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Autumn/Winter 09 Fashion Trends

January 9, 2009

First of all I would like to apologize for not writing any post for a looong time… 🙂 sorry guys, I just went on a trip and I didn’t have any time to write 😦
So here’s the trends post, which I recognize I should have done it a while ago…but no worries now that am back I’ll be posting at least once a week.

Autumn/Winter 2009

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Shoe designers have humbly accepted the challenge of creating fashion provoking shoes and have proven their artistic creativity better than you would have ever wanted in this recession-hit period.

If you are committed to fashion, it’s going to be really hard for you to resist the temptation of maxing out your credit card this winter, with the wide variety of must have shoes and high heels…but don’t panic spending a lot of money its not necessarily a synonym of good taste and being fashionable (look at Paris Hilton for instance)

While there are a lot of exciting flat ankle boots and cute sandals for those who prefer to play it safe and comfortable on flats, there are a lot more tempting high heel shoe options for those who don’t give a damn about aching calves and sore toes, but rather want to be in the fashion limelight.

The dagger like stiletto with killer high heels of four inches and above will be there to add a touch of sexiness to winter skirts and dresses.

Though you may also notice a bit of innovation to stilettos this season as shoe designers have increased the height of the heel and added a platform to the shoe, which obviously means more work to us girls and more balance!

Another trend of winter 2009 is thick high heel covered in the same fabric as the shoe itself – so make sure you keep a look out for those and add a pair to your collection, wedge heels are expected to evolve in style and design this season too

If  you love high heels the way I do but there are just not for you, then don’t worry at all, as ballet flats are predicted to maintain there popularity and will be found in a variety of cute colors and fabrics. Look out for vintage looking satin ballet flats and be as hot as an A-list celeb.

Top Shoe Fashion Trends

Expect to see an influx of knee length and thigh boots on the high streets this winter. Their fetish tag has already been neutralized with endorsements from  couture houses like Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Gianmarco Lorenzi. Besides thigh boots are the only ones that promise to keep you snugly warm.

If thigh boots are still little to adventurous for you then you can safely and stylishly step your feet in a pair of sexy ankle boots. Call them shoe boots, shooties or booties – ankle boots are amazingly versatile as they can go with a variety of winter outfits. The all new range of ankle boots this winter come embellished with high heels, faux fur,bold buckles, rope chains and even laces and ribbons to meet your every fashion demand. But one thing is true, not everyone can work these kind of boots, so if you happen to try a pair of boots in which you don’t feel comfortable or it’s not your style, please don’t buy them! I am a strong supporter of being comfortable and secure before being edgy and trendy.

A popular material winter shoes are boasting this season is super glossy patent leather, in eternal black (my favorite) and sexy red. Add a little drama to your ensemble by putting on velvet shoes in bold winter colors like purple, yellow, green, orange, golden or silver depending on your dress, occasion and attitude.

Add a touch of the wild side too, as animal print shoes are a hot fashion trend in ladies shoes this winter! Animal print shoes such as faux leopard prints will be seen dressing up dramatic wide leg pants and skirts or adding a bit of funk to plain outfits.

The trend has made its way onto every style of footwear imaginable so everyone can take part in the fun and give their dressing a bold and stylish animal flavor that’s sure to draw some attention.

And finally my favorite part, the shoe pics….
Ladies….ENJOY

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Imitations and Fake Shoes vs Original Ones

July 29, 2008

FAKE/IMITATION VS ORIGINAL SHOES

Fake vs Original

Lets face it, not every one can afford to spend $1000 on a pair of designer shoes or $200 in a pair of Nike or
Adidas shoes, so that’s when the imitations start to look appealing(unfortunately).

YES I´M GUILTY . . .
I confess having owned some shoes inspired in other brands or designers, but I never owned the kind
of imitation that has “Addidos” written on the label instead of Adidas, not that I have something against them, I just think that those kind of knockoffs are not so…. attracting, not to mention these kind of imitation is illegal, since logos are trademarks of each company.
If you’re into products inspired by other brands or you are just not willing to spend your whole paycheck on a pair of shoes, then I strongly recommend you this post.

Differences

Maybe you don’t quite notice the difference but in my opinion there are indeed two kinds of imitations.

1)._ There are the ones that look exactly as the original brand and design, except for the label and sometimes the logo, there are also some shoes that are sold as the original and that it is illegal.
To sell a cheaper and lower quality product, claiming to be original is against the law, to buy or own
an imitation or a knockoff it’s not illegal.

Generally these ones are the ones that most of the times are too excessive.
Why? Because if you are not able to afford or simply think that there’s no need to wear expensive
shoes, it’s always better to wear shoes that are unique and not just a replica of other brands.

2)._ In other cases there are other shoe styles & brands that are not just a mere copy, they are innocently inspired in some of the most well-known brands.
These are the ones that I recommend, most importantly because they have some similarities with
popular brands but still maintain their uniqueness, and do not mimic the original company logo or brand
name.
I think it’s always better to wear designer inspired shoes instead of sneakers imitation, since these last ones are too obvious.

After all the price that you see on those fancy and well-known brands, is not only the price of the product, these brands sell the idea of exclusivity and social status.
But in the end you choose what to buy, and lets be honest sometimes the shoes that designers sell are hideous and overpriced!

Like these boots for example:

Maison Martin Margiela Boots
Maison Martin Margiela Boots (Ugly & Expensive)
$2,495 !!

“Knockoffs & Imitations”

Gladiator Shoes
IMITATION (Above) Gladiator Shoes $65

Christian Dior Shoes

ORIGINAL Dior Extreme Platforms $770
(Yes, these are the ones that Sarah Jessica Parker used in the “Sex & The City” movie)

Nine West Boots

IMITATION (Above) Nine West Boots $145Chloe Pumps

ORIGINAL Chloé Pumps $550
(net-a-porter)

Steve Madden Shoes
IMITATION (Above) Steve Madden black satin shoes $89.95

Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes
ORIGINAL Giuseppe Zanotti black shoes $550

Steve Madden Gladiator shoes

IMITATION (Above) Steve Madden Ginn Sandal $199.95


Givenchy Gladiator Shoes

ORIGINAL Givenchy Gladiator Shoes about $1000

Fake Puma Shoes
IMITATION (Above) Puma wannabes or “simply inspired in” ?

Original Puma Shoes
ORIGINAL Puma Shoes

Fake Adidas Shoes
IMITATION (Above) “Addadis” Shoes…. ?#@_¿?¿?

Original Adidas Shoes

ORIGINAL Adidas Shoes

How to spot fake shoes?

Some people might find the look-alike shoes very appealing and obviously they’re willing to buy
them, but what happens when we want to buy a real product and someone tries to sell us a fake one as a real one?
If you refused to be fooled here are some quick tips on how to avoid being scam.

* Well, first of all rely on your common sense and intelligence, if you happen not to posses any of these
simply follow this advice: If you are buying a pair of Dior shoes and the price its below $300 it’s not that
there’s a sale or you’re just lucky, they are FAKE. This applies to every designer shoe, if it’s too cheap, it is for a reason.

*However, to spot fake sneakers it’s a little bit more tricky….

(Pic from spotfakeadidas.com)
Genuine Adidas shoes have different serial numbers on each shoe

(Pic from spotfakeadidas.com)
Hang tags should always be attached thought the first lace hole on the
instep side of both shoes.


Fake Run DMC’s will often come with one shoe laced, neither should be laced.
Extra laces should be packed tightly in tough plastic packaging.

(Spotfakeadidas.com)


(Spotfakeadidas.com)


Genuine shoes don’t have signs of “heel tags”

(Spotfakeadidas.com)

Websites & Fake products

VARIANTS

These are fakes, several sites use this term but it is deliberately misleading.
Look carefully at the Policy section on the site, it might be hidden somewhere but will usually say “these shoes are factory variants”.

SAMPLES

Everyone knows about samples but briefly for the uninitiated, ‘samples’ come in Size 9 with no box, and are used to road test different looks for a shoe. You can come across some unusual samples, some of which might be valuable.

LOOKALIKES

These can be found in department stores, are made by an anonymous brand and are very cheap replicas. The Shelltoes and the Nike Presto have been badly ‘lookalike’ locally.

CUSTOMS

If you see a shoe in a non-original colourway, it is either a sample, a fake or a ‘custom.’ Customs are shoes that have been hand detailed in some way. There are quite a few well known custom designers out there who are quite famous in their own right. They take a legitimate shoe and jazz it up and then charge premium prices, so it is unlikely you’ll be buying these without being aware of it.
Some sites call their shoes ‘customs’ but they are fakes. Pretty much anything that has been structurally altered is fake, such as all the Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Burberry AF1’s.

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Summer Shoes 2008: Trends and Fashion

June 30, 2008

SUMMER SHSunE TRENDS

Summer

Summer has finally arrived; those long sunny days are here at last!
But let’s face it; few things are harder on shoes than a hot, sweaty summer day.
So, what better way to pamper our feet than offering them the latest fashion shoes trends?
We know that some of these stylish shoes might cost a whole lot of money, so why not approach summer with “disposable” shoes?

Make them colorful, fun, and most importantly, cheap.
Aim for the $100 or below, and buy a bunch – that way no single pair ever gets you bored, and the best part, they haven’t cost an arm and a leg.
Still, every now and then what woman can resist to at least having one designer pair of shoes?
That’s why you’ll find some nice “visual treats” in this post, with three or even four cipher price tags.

Most Popular Shoe Trends

In women’s shoes, the style of the season is still the platform, but thongs are always hot when the temperature climbs, and wedges are on their way back after a brief disappearing act over the last couple of seasons; of course Gladiator sandals are still present this season as well, bright colors, color-blocking, prints, patents … these are just a few of the hottest trends in women’s shoes for Spring and Summer 2008.

Keds Bravo Browns Browns ID

$49.98 – $59.98 – $99.98

www.brownshoes.com

$20 and under Feet First Collection

OldNavy.com

JLo David Dixon Town

$99.99 – $99.99 – $69.99

Townshoes.com


Sam Edelman- Gilda Black Snake $85 – Jildor

Women’s Gilda Gladiator Sandal $85 – Amazon

Sam Edelman – Pewter Snake Gilda Sandal $78 – Kitson

Christian Louboutin
Marilou Zeppa wedges

$870

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Giuseppe Zanotti
Rock flat sandals
$ 750

net-a-porter.com

Celebrity Sightings

Photo from:Instyle.com
Sarah Jessica Parker kicked of yet another shoe trend with her Roger Vivier pumps.

Photo from: Instyle.com

Kylie Minogue hit the bricks in sunshine-bright slides.

Photo from: Instyle.com

Kirsten Dunst kept her cool in black gladiator sandals with ankle ties.

Photo from: Instyle.com

Misha Barton

Men’s Fashion: It’s all about sandals

Sandals are no longer simply considered shower or beach shoes; they can take you from the office to the local happy hour, and from the boardwalk to the club. They have taken on a life of their own, and worked their way from the bottom to the top of the fashion chain. And since it’s all about survival of the fittest, you’ve got to prove that you have an eye for style if you want to catch the eye of the lovely ladies — who always seem to swarm the streets come summertime.

Check out some cool men sandals at: aldo.com