I am here to make your life - and – feet a lot more comfortable because I recently headed over to the Sole Commerce fall/winter 09 footwear trade show at the
Hayden-Harnett: I’m familiar with this Brooklyn-based designer’s handbag line, so it was a pleasant surprise to note her stylish shoe collection. While all the trendy bases are covered – platforms, wedges, ballerinas and gladiator inspired styles – the shoes are feet friendly and chic. Check out the “Arbus” a ruffled tie front booty with wedge heel. It comes in either leather or kidsuede in black, brandy, and grey and will retail around $325. Find out more at email@example.com.
Bernardo: They must be doing something right since the brand’s been going strong since 1947, and yes, I grew up wearing their sandals in the ‘50s! Fast forward to ’09 and run, don’t walk to the nearest retailer who carries the line. You have to buy the fabulous desert boots (they’re back and better than ever) in giraffe print pony, antique calf, suede or best of all, dusty patent. The latter comes in luscious shades of chocolate, black and amethyst. They’re so hip it hurts – but not your feet. Believe it or not, Bernardo also offers a twist on the classic boating shoe in gorgeous, gotta have it shades of cranberry, mushroom, burnt orange, chocolate and blueberry dusty patent. Figure on spending around $169 for the desert boots and $139. For the boat shoes. Go to www.BernardoFootwear.com.
Joie: I saw a lot of interesting boots here. Everything from above-the-knee cavalier styles to ankle boots with or without platforms. Go for a vintage ‘40s vibe with the strappy high heel low platform, “
Love Collective: From the
DKNY Shoes: While I found lots of terrific stuff to choose from I especially liked the Active Line’s mid heeled ankle booties. My top picks include, “Hilda” a lace-up in gunmetal metallic leather ( $175) and “Bee” in leopard patent with black lug sole and heel ($125). Handsomer still was DKNY’s take on the classic riding boot. “Jockey” comes in a logo jacquard/lizard embossed leather. In black, chino, navy and gold/black, it’s a steal at $135. From the affordably priced DKNYC collection I loved “Davin” a criss-cross platform sandal in mercury or bronze metallic leather. Looks twice the price of $130. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunter: While you probably know the brand’s rugged
Vera Wang Lavender Label: You can always count on high fashion looks from this designer. Even her rtw diffusion line is outstanding so it should come as no surprise that the footwear collection is on target with all the key fall styles. I’d buy her mid-calf belted “Patty" high heel boot in anthracite, brown or plum. It’s a graceful silhouette that will make the most of your legs. Definitely worth $525. Also chic (but only if you have mile long skinny gams) is the “Evelyn” cuffed ankle boot with sexy open toe and curvy mid heel. Price here is $395. Check out the website, www.verawang.com.Melissa: I never thought I’d go gaga over plastic shoes but this line just blew me away. Talk about fashion forward styling, this isn’t your typical line of jelly sandals. Rain or shine, look terrific in the Vivienne Westwood designed peep toe “Lady Dragon 11” sling back pump with bow detail. It’s going to be available in seven colors but I’d go for purple or green. The retail price is $150. Also cute in a space age, streamlined kind of way, is the criss-cross strapped shoe by architect, Zaha Hadid. Comes in the same range of colors and I want them all! Unfortunately, this fabulous style will set you back a steep $300, but for anyone with a true shoe fetish it’s probably a steal. And besides, since they’re plastic, they’ll last forever! Find out more about the complete range at www.melissaplasticdreams.com.
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