Alternative and Halloween Costume Shoes & Boots

September 13, 2012 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, New Styles and Discontinued

We have been busy doing a little fall cleaning — removing discontinued products and adding new and exciting styles to our collection. First off, we have added a new category, Alternative, to our selection. We have added items from Hades Footwear and Demonia. Hades offers a beautiful collection of intricately designed shoes made not only with elegance but a dangerously addictive sex appeal.

 

Steampunk shoes

Many of the styles in this new category are considered "steampunk". Steampunk fashion has no set guidelines, but tends to synthesize modern styles influenced by the Victorian era. This style is often embellished with wildly creative bits of hardware or technology that might have been conceived by a Victorian mind. You will find rivets, spikes, gears, heels made of metal and many other intriguing items. We have shoes, from flats, creepers and platform heels, to ankle boots and knee high boots.

Sky Captain

We have also been busy adding more selection to our costume footwear category. We have even more choices for the children, women and men to pick from. Halloween is only 47 days away. Most stores are already selling costumes and candy for the big night! Don’t wait too long to get the shoes or boots you need to totally set off your costume. Quantities are limited and if you wait too long you may not get the size or style that fits just perfectly. We have styles to go with just about any costume.

Now is the time to come check out our new additions!
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Tax Free Weekend For Tennessee Residents

August 03, 2012 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, News

As most Tennessee residents are aware, it is tax free weekend. August 3rd through August 5th we are not collecting sales tax on any purchases by Tennessee residents. Usually this tax exemption is limited to items under $100, but we are waiving it for this weekend only, on any and all high heel shoes and boots. This is a great opportunity to purchase a pair of ballet heels or maybe a pair of genuine leather biker boots!

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Platform Shoes Shaping North Korea’s New Image

July 11, 2012 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, News

Attempting to forge a new image for himself and his country, North Korea’s youthful supreme leader Kim Jong Un is loosening the government’s grip on how women dress allowing women to wear pants, platform shoes and earrings. The only times women had been allowed to wear pants were when they were working in factories or in the fields. Any women walking the streets in pants were subject to a police warning or a penalty. According to a young woman who defected to the South in 2004, “If caught, sometimes they would cut your pants right there in public to make it into a skirt”. North Korean women spotted wearing skinny jeans and earrings often made news

 

platform shoes

in South Korean media because such items were known to be confiscated in the name of being too capitalist. But the trend has been visible in the past few years, and now platform shoes are in demand. Platforms ranked second out of 10 most popular items in North Korean society last year. The platforms shown to the left reportedly belonged to Kim Jong-il, who usually wore some sort of platform shoes due to his stature. Wearing of this type of footwear was commonplace hundreds of years ago as kings and nobility wore them.

Clothing isn’t the only lifestyle choice that the Kim Jong Un has reportedly eased up on: Kim apparently allows people to nosh on previously outlawed food, such as burgers and fries; encourages trips to zoos and amusement parks; and is steadily making more cell phones available.

While his father was leader, Kim Jong-il banned American-style fast food among other Western concepts, he allowed millions of his own people to starve to death, human-rights groups say. Beef is a luxury that few in North Korea could afford under any circumstances.
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Is Wearing High Heels While Driving Dangerous?

May 02, 2012 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, Men Wearing High Heels

Is it dangerous to wear high heels while driving? Many ‘experts’ will say yes. This past Sunday, the Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel tested the myth "Spike heels and platforms may be the height of fashion, but does fancy footwear put you at risk on the road?".

 

Here we have Adam and Jamie donning red patent 4" stiletto high heel pumps. Both drove the same course wearing their normal shoes and wearing each different style of footwear to be tested.

Images courtesy of Discovery.com

The team tested bulky snowshoes, silver glitter wedges, and high heel pumps.

 

Adam believed it seemed harder to drive wearing each pair of these shoes, but overall they both drove just as well and matched their control time (same test wearing their everyday shoes). Most men and women that wear heels will not be driving in the same manner as was done in this test. MythBUSTED!!
When asked about feeling uncomfortable wearing these high heels, Jamie said that there was nothing wrong with wearing them…he is secure in his manhood. It’s just another day on the job!
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No More High Heels in Moscow, Russia?

August 29, 2011 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, News

Will women wearing high heels in Moscow, Russia become a thing of the past? In an effort to "Europeanize" Moscow, they have begun to rip up and replace the sidewalks in the city center. This may not be too handicapped friendly either.

“The saddest thing of all is that spike heels, which Moscow women wore in any weather, will most likely disappear into history,” wrote Nikolai Uskov, the editor of the Russian edition of GQ magazine, in a blog post last week.
Young women left to swelter in sticky Moscow had suddenly taken to flats or wedges that better negotiated the gaps around the bricks. Although this is much more recommended footwear for traveling to work or other places by foot, it does create hassle for those who just can bear to go out without putting on a pair of high heels!
Many citizens agree that the tile looks more attractive than asphalt, but it is forcing many of the rollerskaters from the sidewalks to the streets. This is good news for many pedestrians.
62% of Muscovites are in favor of the new tile sidewalks.

Moscow high heels

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Update – High Heel Wars – Louboutin vs YSL

August 10, 2011 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, News

The signature red soles on Christian Louboutin high heels may one day be showing up on shoes sold anywhere!

A court ruling today refused to grant a preliminary injunction requested by Christian Louboutin against Yves Saint Laurent alleging trademark infringement on shoes that featured red soles suspiciously similar to those of Louboutin’s. The decision not only cleared the way for YSL to continue producing its shoes, but also seemed to give coverage to other shoe manufacturers who may want to add a scarlet underpinning to their own future models.

The federal judge ruled that the trademark Louboutin obtained in 2008 for its “lacquered red soles” was “overly broad” and likely not protectable. The court ruled that allowing Louboutin to claim that scarlet sole as solely its own would have been like enjoining Monet from using a specific shade of blue in his Water Lilies series because Picasso had gotten there first with the paintings in his Blue Period. The parties have been ordered back to court next week.

We will continue to track this story and give updates on the outcome.

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Prom Fashion for 2011

April 11, 2011 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Advice and Assistance, High Heel Fashion

Prom season is quickly approaching. While many have already made all their arrangements, some are still trying to find the right dress, reserve their tux, make last minute floral orders, limo reservations and hair and tanning appointments.

 

Floral Prom Dress

Many girls look to their favorite movie and music stars for fashion ideas, seeing what they wear for the red carpet and award ceremonies and incorporating their own style. There are several key trends from floating florals, whimsical whites and charismatic colors to sparkling short dresses, one-shoulder gowns and Grecian goddess looks. It is said that ‘big’ and ‘bold’ and ‘beautiful’ are the key phrases this year. It’s everything from all-over sequins to lots of embellishments with ruffles, feathers and lace treatments. This is not a year for the meek and timid.

Images courtesy of eDressMeProm.com

There are several things to keep in mind when purchasing your shoes for prom. Comfort and ease of walking are of upmost importance. If you do decide on going with dyeable heels, make sure you allow for the time for the store to dye them. Most places require approximately one week time. Also keep in mind that they dye is water-soluble and will bleed or stain if exposed to moisture, custom dyed shoes look different indoors than they do outdoors, and finally it is not possible to get a perfect color match due to the textural differences between the shoe fabric and the dress material being matched (unless your shoes were made from the same fabric as the dress). Keep in mind that lower high heels and heels with an ankle strap are much easier to walk and dance in than are slip on mules and platformed high heels.

 

For the guys, classic black tuxedos with a snug fit and slim jacket are hot this year. If you want to go all dapper, then try a white dinner jacket a la James Bond. Guys most oftenly rent their tux and shoes and avoid alot of the outlay that the girls succumb to, but quite often are responsible for the cost of the limo rental, prom tickets and professional photographs taken at prom.
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Flatforms the Shoe of Spring

February 02, 2011 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion

Happy Groundhog Day!! Since Phil didn’t see his shadow, it is predicted that spring is soon to come, much to the enjoyment of many.

Flatforms, or platformed flats, are predicted to be the shoe for spring 2011, where the sole of the shoe is all one piece. Flatforms differ from traditional wedges, which have little to no platform in the front and a high heel. Traditional heels have a pitch, meaning the way your foot is arched based on the heel height. This is, in most cases, where the "ouch" factor comes into play. Flatform shoes are a great solution to add height without discomfort.


Pictured above you can view the difference between a platform heel, on the right, and a flatform, on the left. The flatform trend is predominantly driven by the 1970′s-inspired silhouette that is quickly taking over. "It works very well with a fit-and-flared trouser or that 1970s-style jean that we’re loving," says Sherin, Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue. "A flatform shoe also looks good with the new longer length skirts and dresses that we saw for spring. It’s kind of a total look."

It is recommended that one go with wooden or cork soles for day, while leather or satin is a crisper look for evening. It’s a versatile look that can be dressed up or down with ease. But the best reason to love flatforms is the ease of wear. Flatform shoes are a great solution to add height without discomfort.

 
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High Heel Crocs

April 18, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, News

Almost a year ago we posted a story ‘Is it the End of Crocs??‘. Much to our surprise, no it is not. But who would have ever imagined that Crocs would have strayed off into making high heels for women? They have invited footwear fans to “Feel the Love™” with 20 new styles in their spring / summer lines for women, men and children.

To the right is shown the Sately, one of the new Retro-inspired wedge styles for summer 2010, which retails for $39.99 a pair. This item is available in five different colors in sizes 4-11.

To the left you is shown the Conse, a 3.5 inch leather pump, which sells for $90 a pair. This style is part of the ‘YOU by crocs™ ‘ line, and has been on the market for several months. Reviews for these heels have been rather positive, especially among women who are used to wearing heels of this height several hours a day and usually complain of pain. With these they find it easier and more enjoyable to wear high heels.

Shown to the right is the Ambler, a men’s fur-lined ankle boot. Created for the winter months, the price of this item is currently reduced due to the season. It is not known if these will be restocked for winter 2010 / 2011.

Many people feel that Crocs is making a mistake by branching off in this direction. One brand strategy firm stated they "should skip the heels and stick to its strengths". Crocs made it’s good reputation due to the comfort that their footwear offers. If these new additions to their line can offer the comfort that other manufacturers

 
cannot provide, then why not go for it? They would like for consumers to "think past that ugly-but-comfortable clog with the goofy holes and think more of, well, regular shoes". Those of you who disliked the original Crocs, do you think these new styles could sway you back?
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High Heels Made from Elephant Crap??

March 13, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, News

I thought I had seen just about everything, but surprise, something has pooped up to make me think again! High heels dipped in elephant dung?!? Is this pushing the natural material idea a little far? Since when has crap had a place in fashion or art? And since when has “that looks like crap” been a good thing? I guess now…

 

London-based designer INSA, who is already known for his joint venture with shoe designer Ruth Shaw with the label INSA HEELS, is responsible for these 10" platform heels dipped in elephant dung. These high heels are part of a new art exhibit at the Tate Britain. This piece is entitled “Anything goes when it comes to (s)hoes…” which will be included in a larger exhibition of work where several artists respond to Chris Ofili’s controversial The Holy Virgin Mary made from elephant dung. INSA is a fine artist and designer who has established himself from a graffiti background through extensive street level work and gallery shows around the world.

 

To the left you can see the exquisite bead work that has gone into this piece of art. This crap work is anything but crap!! Just like the collection of heels available from INSA Heels. Their styles are far from ordinary. Each unique style is a piece of art with prices that start around $250 per pair! Just as much as one would pay for a pair of heels designed by Chanel, Leboutin, or Vuitton. This could be one heck of a conversation piece for those who like to shoot the sh*t!

 

 
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