Irregular Choice has been one of the most inspired and unique shoe companies since 1999. Offering creative shoes at an affordable price, influenced by fantasy and travel, predominantly in Asia and Japan, Dan Sullivan hit the news wire this week with the introduction of the Star Wars collection featuring styles that reference the Jedi, Darth Vadar, the Death Star, Chewbacca, C-P30, Yoda and more. Many styles are sold out. Get what’s left while they last.
Sullivan doesn’t follow fashion trends or competitive brands. His philosophy is to be original and create stand out shoes. Using ornate heels (like the R2D2 featured on the Star Wars shoe), charms, and interesting color and textural combinations, Sullivan creates over 600 styles each year.
Irregular Choice is one of my favorite brands for statement shoes. I own a couple of booties that suit my style. They invite comments whenever I wear them. They add a little Asian to my style. Let them work a little magic on yours.
The holidays are looming – time for festive footwear! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Parties galore. Always an opportunity to be a little out of the box and a little over the top. My faves for festive footwear revolve around color, texture and shine. This year my top picks are Velvet & Glitter.
Velvet brings a touch of luxury to any outfit. This year Blue is the color of choice. I LOVE these Thakoon booties. Wear all season with jeans to party dresses or anything in between. The cowboy style with harness bow and buckle strike the right balance between feminine and tomboy. Badass & Beautiful.
Looking for velvet value? Check out these two styles Rosemary and Neveah from ShoeDazzle.com. Both are value priced at $39.95, available in blue or cranberry. At this price you can get them both. Use a spray protector on any fabric, including Velvet to keep them looking smart. Don’t forget to test a small unseen patch first to make sure the spray doesn’t ruin the color. A good bet is 3M Scotchgard.
Ready to go really over the top? Mix both velvet AND glitter to make a major statement. These gold glitter and red velvet Michael Antonio booties are particularly perfect for Santa’s Badass and Beautiful Elves.
Whatever festive footwear you choose, prepare now and enjoy the holiday season.
In my part of the world we’ve had an early cold snap that’s reminded me I need warm feet. Dipping close to freezing for a few mornings, I had to dig my sheepskin boots out to walk my dog. I’m a fan of the Bear Paw brand. They are good quality and usually available at good prices on the flash sale sites. I generally buy a couple of pairs at the end of season and keep them handy.
My end of last season pair of black Bear Paw’s came with a wool insole. It’s the first time I’ve had a wool insole and I HATE them. Under very little wear the insole flattens, pill and fall apart. It’s nasty. I’m a sheepskin insole girl.
I have always had a problem keeping my extremities warm in the winter. About 10 years ago I gave in to sheepskin boots and while I don’t love the styles, I do love the toasty toes. I have several style of boots so I’m covered for super casual (basic Ugg like styles), casual (moto-boot) and dress (black wedges with fur fold over) occasions. This solution is workable, but not ideal. I need more range in my wardrobe.
By pure happenstance I found the answer. Several years ago I was perusing the duty-free in the Auckland New Zealand airport and I found sheepskin insoles! These babies are a lifesaver. From that day forward, I was able to wear ANY of my boots or booties ALL winter! The added bonus-you can take them out when you are inside.
These insoles are the best investment in winter warmers I’ve ever made. The sheepskin is resilient and easy to care for. Whenever you need a refresh just immerse the insoles in mildly soapy, luke-warm water. Let them soak about 10 minutes. Agitate just a bit. Remove and rinse in cold water. Roll in an absorbent towel and air dry. When the drying is complete fluff the fur and you are ready to go again. I’ve had the same pair for about 5 years.
To my delight, I have found that I can buy new ones in the US. In fact, Amazon has several options. I’m waiting for a pair of Dr. Sheepskin’s in grey today. (These will replace the wool insole.) Make sure you get the real ones with the sheepskin back. There are lots of insoles with the fur on a synthetic back-not nearly as quality as the real thing.
Get yourself a pair and grab some for holiday gifts. Get them now if you are heading into winter. They are hard to find once the cold sets in.
After several days of torrential rain, I thought I’d say a few words about the humble Wellie. Available at a variety of price points and with some very fashionable styling, the wellie is an essential part of any shoe wardrobe.
I have several pairs (well of course I do). The pair at the farm came in particularly handy this weekend. Stuck under a low pressure system coupled with a passing hurricane, tides were exceptionally high. Good thing it wasn’t too high. These wellies are on their last legs and have a slice in the right vamp:( It’s a good thing the farm settles next week or I’d have to buy another pair.
Wellies are also an essential at the beach. They are the best for running the dog on sands and surf. (I’m feeling like I have Martha Stewart voice today…)
From a fashion standpoint they are an essential as well. As a public transportation commuter that needs to look fashionable at work, it is important to have fashion wellies in my repertoire. I have selected a low heeled leopard print and glossy black flat chelsea boot to pair with any rainy day outfit.
My final pair are suede, that’s right sued. Who in their right mind would wear suede in the rain? Me, that’s who. This pair of waxed suede beauties are just right for fall. From the great orange color to the rugged sole and warm lining, these fit the bill when it’s dark, dreary and damp.
My collection has cost from about $15-$100 per pair. They are well worth the investment.
The first day of Fall is upon us and in my neck of this woods this time of year provides a tiny window of opportunity for some of my shoes. Here are 4 must wears for right now! This is the best time for pumps and booties, open or closed. It’s okay to add a tight or a sock. Make the most of your color palette and look to nature for cues-warm golds, oranges and browns; deep reds and greens; and light reflecting metallics, fall’s finest. Wear ’em while you can.
First up-the caged option. In flats, heels or booties, this gives you the structure of fall with the openness of summer. My personal fave for this year the Fluevog take. Note the talon-like toe detail. The open shoe helps the black look lighter.
Closely related is the perforated option. Laser-cutting has made this design detail available at every price point. Look for it in a bootie as a nice transition from summer to fall. Metallics are still hot and they are a neutral. This is a versatile choice. Imagine a colored tight peeking through in a week or two.
Hopefully it will stay dry for the next few weeks and that will give me the option of trotting out my calf-hairs and suedes. I’ve got a couple of options of each. Here are two that are perfect for right now.
You can NEVER go wrong with a cowboy style boot, bootie or shoe. These calf-hair beauties in leopard work just as well with shorts or dresses as the do with jeans. I can dress them for work or play.
The Oxford is especially on trend this year. In the best cases it is the perfect marriage of femininity and masculinity. In suede with a 3 inch kitten heel these by Splendid project just the right level of bad ass.