Halloween Savings

October 17, 2012 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News

Halloween is almost here and the rush is on! Now through October 25, 2012 we are offering a special 10% off any purchase over $50. This does not include the cost of shipping. To take advantage of these savings, enter Halloween10 for coupon code in your shopping cart. Act fast as certain styles and sizes of our most popular costume shoes and boots are becoming very limited in availability. Don’t forget, we have styles for women, men and children!

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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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High Heel Wars – Louboutin vs YSL

April 29, 2011 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News

French footwear designer Christian Louboutin has filed a lawsuit against rival Yves Saint Laurent, a subsidiary of the Gucci Group, over the use of the color red on shoe soles. Louboutin launched his line of high-end women’s shoes in France in 1991. Since 1992, his designs have incorporated the shiny, red-lacquered soles that have

 

become his signature. Since January 2011, Louboutin has requested YSL to stop selling red-soled shoes in the same boutiques in Manhattan as he does. He claims that as it is virtually identical to Louboutin’s use of the red-sole, it is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public.

In 1992, Christian began incorporating the red sole into the design of all his footwear. Since then he has trademark the idea. To the right is displayed just one of Louboutin’s popular red lacquered high heel pumps. Styles such as these can fetch more than $1000 a pair!

Louboutin high heels

 
Yves Saint Laurent heels

To the left is a pair of Yves Saint Laurent red soled high heel pumps. Although the soles are red, they don’t appear to be much of a match of Louboutin’s use of red lacquer. It appears that YSL is actually matching the sole color to the shoe color on many styles, and not trying to impersonate or cause confusion. There are three styles in question — the Tribute, Palais and Woodstock. These styles also come in green and purple, with green and purple matching soles, respectively.

The law suit asks for a U.S. judge to impose $1 million in damages and order YSL to stop manufacturing similar designs.

 

We think Louboutin would be better off going after companies selling fakes and knockoffs, or even the manufacturers in China who are producing them. Louboutin isn’t stopping at Yves Saint Laurent. The company has filed a second lawsuit against Sao Paulo-based Carmen Steffens of Brazil for shoes with “rosette” soles. In order for these companies to win, they will most likely need to prove that the use of the color is functional.
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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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Higher Shoe and Clothing Prices for New Yorkers

October 02, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News

Since September 2005, purchases of clothing and footwear costing $110 or more per item or pair in New York City incurred a 8 7/8% rate. Purchases costing less than $110 were fully exempt.

As of Friday, October 1, 2010, New Yorkers can expect to pay higher prices at the register on clothing and footwear. A 4.375 percent tax is now being charged on these items that cost less than $110. This was put in place as an attempt to collect more revenue to help offset the state’s projected $8.2 billion deficit. For the next six months, all clothing and footwear purchased in the city will be charged the four-percent New York State sales and use tax, as well as an additional 3/8 percent Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District tax to benefit the MTA.

The exemption will return in April of 2011 through March of 2012, but only on clothing and footwear purchases less than $55. Unless another change to the law is passed, the under $110 exemption will be back for good on April 1, 2012.

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Recyclable Plastic High Heels

February 21, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion

The fashion industry has been calling out for more designers to design and create eco-friendly fashions. Yet another designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, has stepped up with his design for recyclable plastic high heels. Gaultier has partnered with Brazilian eco footwear brand Melissa, to produce a stunning, chiseled-heel plastic stiletto that is not only 100% recyclable, but sexy and stylish as well. It will be available in black, caramel, tangerine, lime and beige, and is expected to be available this June for around $320 a pair.

 

French-born fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier never received formal training as a designer. Instead, he started out by sending sketches to famous couture stylists at an early age. Pierre Cardin was impressed by his talent and hired him as an assistant in 1970. Afterwards he worked with Jacques Esterel in 1971 and Jean Patou. He later moved on to designing his own label. His collections have been based on street wear, focusing on popular culture, whereas others, particularly his Haute Couture collections, are very formal yet at the same time unusual and playful. Gaultier produced sculptured costumes for Madonna during the nineties with her infamous cone-bra, and has caused shock by using unconventional models

for his exhibitions, like older men and full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This earned him both criticism and enormous popularity. Not is he only famous for his clothing and accessories, he also has a popular line of perfumes.
 

Unlike the process of producing plastic, the process of curing leather involves the use of a very toxic compound called Chromium 6 (hexavalent chromium), which makes leather soft and easy to work with, but results in one of the most noxious pollutants known to humans. Exposure to Chromium 6 can cause gene mutations, cancer, and skin and lung irritations. As for some other accepted vegan footwear materials,
harsh chemical solvents, toxic glues, petroleum products, polyurethanes, PVC, and other harmful ingredients that can off-gas, affect factory workers’ health and contribute massive amounts of eco-toxic waste.

The footwear and textile industries are slowly coming around to changing their ways. Leather tanning can now be accomplished with a curing process that involves vegetable tannins, and some companies are reverting to older practices such as using wood smoke and fish oil to cure the leather. Footwear companies are catching on – many are changing their manufacturing processes to include less toxic materials, such as water-based glues and solvents. These eco-friendly practices are also extending to the packaging department, producing an abundance of recycled shoe boxes decorated with soy-based inks.
 
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Interview with Diana Nesbitt

January 19, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion

We thought it would be of great interest to our readers to get some input from professionals in the fashion industry regarding their experiences and opinions about current events / happenings in the field.

We recently conducted a brief interview with Diana Nesbitt, a fashion model / modeling teacher in the UK. Born and raised in Russia until 2002, she then moved to the UK and received her masters in teaching. Just some of her experience consists of working as a TV presenter and journalist, modeling for a number of fashion and retail companies, TV ads and brochures and has often been employed for catwalk fashion shows.

 

Below are our questions and her answers.

Q. Due to your profession we understand that you wear high heels just about all day. Outside of work how often do you wear them and what heel height do you prefer?

A. “Outside of work I don`t wear them at all. I might wear some 2-3` heels that are square or wine glass shaped if I go out and very seldom(like once or twice a year for Xmas party and a holiday night out) I`ll wear stilettos.”

Although Diana does not wear high heels often outside of work, we must say she looks good when she does.

Q. With top high heel shoe designers designing heels that reach heights of 6 inches or more, do you think that the shoes themselves are becoming too high and very hard to wear?

A. “I don`t see any practical use for heels this size. They don`t even look elegant or feminine but rather aggressive. The only place they look harmonious is high fashion catwalk which is nothing to do with real life.”

Q. Not that long ago Chinese models refused to wear  Alexander McQueen’s 12-inch high heels due to the risk of injury. In your opinion do you think we will see more of this in the future and do you believe that it will make designers create high heels with a lower heel?

A. “I am sure that we`ll see extremes like that in the future although I do anticipate some law suits from the injuries. Designers will inevitably  be experimenting with the shape and length of the heels because that`s what the have  to do to keep the shoe-making industry going.”

Q. Do you find it difficult modeling with your son or do you think it brings the two of you closer together?

A. “I never had any problems modeling with my son. In the actual fact I would like to have more opportunities to do so.”

Q. If the opportunity arises, can you see yourself doing commercials or runway, or would you prefer to stay a photographic model?

A. “I would love to do all sorts of commercials and runways. I enjoy this sort of thing even more than still photography.”

Q. In your own words, what would you say was your favorite shoot?

A. “It was a shoot modeling fashion clothing and accessories.”

Q. Outside of modeling, what are your favorite things to do?

A. “I enjoy singing in a band and taking photos in my home studio.”

We would like to thank Diana for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions. We wish her all the best in her endeavors. If you would like to check out her website, the address is http://www.diananesbitt.co.uk/

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Bordello Collection Now Available

May 31, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, New Styles and Discontinued
We have finished adding a new collection shoes and boots to our store. The Bordello collection of heels range from 2″ to 5 3/4″ in heel height, featuring glitter, satin, rhinestones, sequins and velvet. These new items include booties, peep toe sandals, pumps, slides, ankle and knee high boots. This is a truly sophisticated line of footwear perfect for special events including weddings, proms, pageants or if you just want to be noticed.
High heel closed heel sandal The Rosa-02, shown left, features a 3 3/4″ heel, closed heel, and flower accent on the vamp. It is available in baby pink satin as shown, black satin and champagne satin. This beautiful shoe is perfect for bridesmaids or the mother of the bride.
The Courtess-1025, shown right, is a front lacing 5″ platform calf high boot with glitter and rear lace up accent. This item is available in gold as shown, green and baby pink. Glitter calf high boot
Mary Jane platform pump The Teeze-07L, shown left, is a 5 3/4″ concealed platform Mary Jane style pump with lace overlay decor. This shoe comes in hot pink as shown, lime green, red and nude.
These three items are just a sample of the exquisite new styles now available for purchase.
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Can High Heels Improve Your Sex Life?

January 04, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion, News

Happy 2009 everyone!! I hope everyone got what they wanted and had a safe holiday and New Year. I took the week off to spend time with family and friends. It was nice, but it is now time to get back to work.

Most people will agree that high heels are very sexy and some would go as far to say they are just as sexy as any piece of lingerie a woman can put on. But although these shoes are sexy and have the power to instantly turn on most men, they can also improve your sex life in other ways. Dr. Maria Cerruto, an Italian urologist, discovered that wearing high heels can improve a woman’s pelvic floor muscles. His findings were based on 66 women, all under the age of 50, who after wearing 3 inch heels were found to have elevated electrical activity in their pelvic muscles by as much as 15 percent on average. The women were also noted to have better posture as compared to women who wore flat shoes. This finding disproves the assumption that the spine will curve forward from the wearing of high heels. Professor Ki Kyung-Do, a professor at Kyung Hee University, states “Wearing reasonably high heels can tighten the thigh muscles and affect the pelvic muscles connected to the leg muscles. Since pelvic muscles are not used often, wearing high heels can provide them with a form of exercise. Although more negative studies show that wearing high heels can shift one’s body weight forward and put pressure on the knees and spine, there is no real danger for young women in wearing 1 3/4 to 2 inch high heels.” He goes on to say that if a woman wears heels that are 3 inches or higher that they should not wear them for more than six hours at a time and not more than four times a week.

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Tips before you try Botox.

October 28, 2008 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High heel tips and suggestions

Hello friends.

Another week has gone by and Halloween is getting closer and closer and the weather is getting colder and colder. I hope everyone is ready for the holiday, I know I’m looking forward to it as it is time I can spend with the kids.

I’m sure you all may have seen the news articles on the Botox treatment that is geared towards women who wear high heels to prevent what is being called “stilettotarsal”. Now I have searched medical terms and cannot find that anywhere, but for those that do not know what it means it is the newly derived term for the pain of the soft tissue on the ball of your foot. The treatment consists of a series of shots into the ball of the foot creating a Botox padding.
This padding allows that person to wear high heels for a longer period of time without the pain. The treatment is rather new and finding doctors that know how and where to give the shots are slim depending on where you live. Prices for this treatment is approximately $500 for those who can find a doctor that can and will administer the treatment. Please also note that Botox was not made for this reason and was originally released to combat frown lines and brow furrows in our ever growing quest for long term beauty and perfect looking skin. Now I’m not a doctor and I’m not going to go in to whether this treatment is good or bad for I feel we can make up our own minds on that one. But I do want to provide a list of alternative ideas to this treatment that woman can do now and maybe save them some time, money and yes, pain.

1: If you work in an office setting, take a pair of flats with you to work and leave your higher heels under your desk. The flats should be a pump style of shoe with a maximum of a 2 inch heel. These shoes still look stylish enough for the office while giving your feet a break. Save your higher heels for meetings and other events. Also while sitting at your desk take off your shoes and sit at your desk barefoot, leaving your flats where you can quickly put them on if you have to run.

2: Leave your heels at work or in your car. Driving in heels is not a good idea to begin with as it wears a hole in your floor mats and also wears on the heels themselves. While driving wear tennis shoes or flats and change into your heels once you get to work or get to your desk. I work with alot of women who do this. Some of them even put back on their tennis shoes and walk during lunch trying to keep their figure. Although tennis shoes do not give any type of sexy or flattering look, it does say here is someone who cares about what they look like. In this day and age it has become commonplace to see women in short skirts and tennis shoes before work, after work and during lunch.

3. Try and find heels with padding. Most single sole shoes do not have this or have very little, but mini platforms on the other hand tend to have more. The more padding the better for your feet as long as your foot does not slide causing a blister on the ball of your foot. I have even seen women take shoe inserts and stick them on their shoes with double sided tape. Some say it helps while others say that it tends to slide or fall out. If you are able to find a shoe that is well padded, no other padding should be needed.

4. Lastly, change what height of heel you wear. This is also important to give your feet a break from time to time. You do not always have to wear 5 inch heels, and changing to a 3 inch heel will give your feet a break, especially if you follow the rules above.

Although Botox can help for a short time with the pain I would rather see women, especially our customers, save themselves some money and pain and try some of the tips above. People are saying that Botox works for the short term, but no one knows what long term effect it will have or if you will do more harm than good over time. Yes we sell high heels and yes we have a passion for these shoes. And if you feel this treatment is right for you, then by all means try it. But you may want to consider trying some of the tips listed above and put that money in the bank, or better yet buy another pair of heels.

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