Stop it Shoes

I love shoes. There is nothing original or surprising about this statement. I’m a women, I live in New York City, and I’ve been reading fashion magazines since before I was in a training bra. Of course I love shoes. And as much fun as it is to poke around the sale racks at Saks or pick up an impromptu pair of Seychelles on endless.com, sometimes shoe dreams can be as exciting if not more fulfilling than buying the pair you can actually afford.

Giuseppe Zanotti metallic leather curved-wedge T-strap sandals, $895, saks.com

“Stop it” shoes are a pair of shoes that make you stop and stare. They are expertly crafted little works of art that happen to be intended for wear, but would be just as useful housed in gallery-style glass cubes and stared at all day by twenty-something girls who can barely afford their monthly manicure, let alone a pair of Stop it Shoes.

Imagine stomping down the streets of your town in these bad-ass wedges. Talk about a fashion statement!

Today, it’s a metallic leather platform with inverted heel from Gieseppe Zanotti. Damn, those Italians know what they’re doing! Probably easier to walk in than the Lady Gaga-approved McQueens that peppered the sidewalks of lower Fifth a few seasons back, these shoes are sporty, elegant, and fantastical all at once. Perhaps also because the price of gold is so high right now, anything gold in color just seems that much more opulent and exciting. These artfully shaped platforms retail for well under $1,000 dollars, but from we’re I’m sitting, they’re priceless works of art.

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Try Something New: Bad girl lace

I adore lace. We knew this, right? I especially love a white lace sundress on a hot summer’s day. The utter sweetness is what keeps me coming back for more. But this spring I did something totally out of character. Well, sort of.

I was at H&M, one of my favorite “I-need-to-buy-something-but-can’t-afford-to-buy-anything” spots. Sometimes at the end of a rough day I give myself a $30 limit and go into a cheap store to buy something cool as a little pick-me-up. I figure it’s the same that two cocktails would cost me, but without the calories. Bing!

Anyway, I spotted a long-sleeved white sheath dress on the rack and raced toward it. Slimming! Short! Gorgeous! $19! Closer inspection? The lace wasn’t just fluttering with flowers and butterflies. Were those…SKULLS?

Hm…

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Close-up on the material. Do you LOVE this??

I am a sweet girl, a soft-spoken girl who is known for Peter Pan collars, pink denim, and Ferragamo shoes with bows on the front. Lace made of skulls? Could I do this?

Not only did I do it, I became obsessed. Somehow when wearing this sweet-gone-naughty dress, I feel an extra little swagger in my step. Maybe I have edge after all! Well, at least the dress does. When I wore it with my brother recently, he died over the fact that from far away, my dress was girly innocence at its best. From close up, it was bad girl material.

Since purchasing my skull-clad lace, I’ve started to pay attention to the trend. There are examples over all the place! Below are some ideas if you’re up for the challenge. Email me your photos! I want to see you in your cute naughty lace.

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Black skull lace tank, $88, urbanoutfitters.com

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Baby pink hair clip with white skull lace, $5.50 by MmPresents on etsy.com

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Alexander McQueen skull lace overlay t-shirt, ON SALE for $417, saks.com