Archive for the ‘shoes’ Category

New Bohemian chic? UPDATED!

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Time for shoe blogging!

Take a look at these sandals, which are featured in today’s WSJ’s article on The New Bohemians
The haute hippie look reminiscent of faraway places has returned in a smart new form—and just in time for the warm days ahead

The article shows a variety of outfits tastefully mixing pseudo-ethnic prints with plain pieces, and the sandals are at the end, where they advise you to “Work one of these items into a classic, simple ensemble to get the look of Bohemian 2.0”

Bohemian with bucks beaucoup,

Lambskin Sandals, $2,175, Chanel, 800-550-0005

and also with a lot of time, to buckle on and off.

Instead of a Bohemian/hippie vibe, these bring back a different memory altogether,

Linked by Dustbury, who says,

Fausta, with the tango in her soul and the legs to die for


And now, something away from politics,

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

from The Manolo,
In Which the Manolo Considers the State of the World

We have become trivial peoples who mistake our trivialities for profundities, and pat ourselves on the back for it.

Go read the whole thing.

While you’re at it, check out his portraits, too.


Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Michelle Obama borrowed three very nice bracelets for Monday’s DNC fundraiser in New York (h/t Silvio),

If you’ve been saving your nickels and dimes, the cuffs are available locally at Judith Ann Jewels. The First Lady wore Katie’s Lotus cuff priced at $15,000 with 2.9 carats of diamonds, her Gothic cuff at $15,350 with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 with 1.73 carats in diamonds.

The news is making a stir, considering the recent rumblings of class warfare; even NYC’s own mayor Bloomberg was saying there’ll be rioting on the streets. However the First Lady chose bracelets designed by Houston-based Texas A&M graduate Katie Decker, who will probably be able to hire more people, as Texas leads the nation on job creation:

The Lone Star State added 84,900 jobs in the field of professional and business services between the midpoints of 2006 and 2011.

That’s the kind of stimulus I favor.

DIfferent stimulus in fashion news comes from Paris, where Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández was strongly supporting the hotel and shoe industries:

Cristina Fernández and her daughter stayed at the luxurious “George V Hotel” ($1,500-$12,500 a night) in Paris during an official visit to France ahead of flying to New York for the United Nations General Assembly today.

Those of us who follow these stories may recall that terrorist Yasser Arafat’s widow lived at the 5-star Georges V for many years.

But I digress.

Before her meetings with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and other French officials, Cristina had the “George V Hotel’s Personal Shoppers” bring her several purses and pairs of shoes which she tried on in the comfort of her suite.

In addition to Louis Vuitton bags, Hermès Birkin and Kelly bag purses, the Argentine president purchased 20 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, at approximately $5,500 a pair.

You must be in Paris to get those. Here in the USA us plebes have to settle for the cheap Louboutins at Saks’s shoe department, all with the sought-after red sole,

The pair above retails for US$895, and certainly would be most appropriate for UN conclaves, even when you ought to miss the Durban III part where Ahmadinejad and Mugabe beat up on Israel.

For the budget-minded, I must admit that I own a pair of red-soled shoes,

Sharp-looking, but didn’t cost anywhere near Louboutin’s.

Ironically, they were made in Argentina.

Linked by The Other McCain. Thanks!


All hail The Manolo!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Says The Manolo,

the Manolo’s rule is now wear what you desire, as long as it is refined, well-made and appropriate to you and the occasion

Reminds me of Jill Kerr Conway’s advice, too.

Fausta’s blog: It’s not just about American politics and lunatic dictators, it’s also about tango and the shoes.


You, too, can wear Hugo on your feet

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Hugo Chavez shoes, $67.00

Being stupid enough to wear them, priceless.

There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.

Hat tip: Venezuela News and Views – you’ll love his headline.


Friday night tango shoes

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Via Melina, who says,

I just found this video on the internet. It’s not only perfectly fitting to my former post on visual orientation in Tango it also displays my two antagonistic personae: the psychologist/scientist and the tangodancer.

How many tango shoes does a woman need?

And here’s Melina dancing with Detlef, dancing to Piénsalo bien,


Cat Woman in a burqa?

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Another news item today like something out of a movie?

A PURR-FECT DISGUISE: A wanted poster shows a likeness of the masked woman who robbed Arche shoes at Astor Place in Manhattan and The Body Shop in Forest Hills, Queens, last week.

Thief of a thousand a couple of disguises and very little brain:
Holy masquerade! Cat woman strikes.

But wait, she wears Cat Woman mask to Arche, and only takes $86 from the register?

According to the source, the lithe 5-foot-6, 115 pound thief, described in a wanted poster as possibly Middle Eastern, strode into the store at around 1:30 p.m. She prowled for about 45 minutes before donning her disguise and pouncing on a sales clerk.

Love how she put on her mask after being caught on tape, but then there’s the report: Hmmm… lithe? prowled? pounced? The guy who wrote this report for the NY Post has a huge crush on Halle Berry, for sure.

“Give me the money. I have a gun,” read a note Cat Woman passed to the worker, according to the source.

She got her paws on $86 in cash and scampered off, the source said.

Oh yeah. The reporter just purrs over Halle. $5 says he’s got this poster somewhere in his habitat:

But back to the thief:
What was she thinking? Arche shoes are $300+. Couldn’t she at least get a few pairs in her size, and then get the register cash for cab fare and lunch money?

Anyway, the next disguise was a burqa, which she wore to – where else – The Body Shop. No irony intended on the burqa/cosmetics statement.


Shoes: The $470 difference

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The ever-witty and charming Manolo has a very funny article featuring the Loeffler Randall Mesh Lace-Up Ankle Boots For the Monday.

Alas, the beautiful Loeffer shoes retail for $625.00.

They remind me of my practice tango shoes, custom-made by Jorge Nel in Colombia, the Corazon:

You can get them in light tan leather, and they are $120 plus shipping. If you add a few extras, such as leather soles ($10), arch support ($10), and extra cushioning ($15), your total is $155.00. The Corazon come with fabric shoelaces, which you can replace with leather shoelaces if you so desire.

And you have a pair of high-quality, all-leather custom-made shoes especially made for you -whether you dance or not. (Please read the terms and conditions.)

I wear the Corazon, in red leather and 2″ heels (with suede soles) as my tango practice shoes. They are wonderful shoes, wonderful dance shoes, and they are worth the wait. I’ve had them for over a year and have been wearing them every week.

Click on the above for more beautiful custom-made shoes.



Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Thank you, Nice Deb!

(Yes, it happened last year, too)

“What would it take to fill my shoes?”

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Zappos people were asking exactly that question during BlogHer09, and here is my answer,