This editor usually always dons a pair of sparkly pumps for New Year’s Eve, but that is probably a little overdone for December 31st. We think a pair of tuxedo-inspired pumps would be a unique twist on a classic standby. Oddly enough, we found this “Wednesday’s Shoe,” labeled “Black & White Tuxedo Classic Pumps/Wednesday Shoes” on the site Uturn Utopia. Wednesday, as in Wednesday Addams? Possibly, or maybe just an odd coincidence! Either way, it works! A few years ago, this editor sported a tuxedo cocktail dress for the holiday, and while these would probably be too “matchy-matchy,” they would look adorable with any black or white getup! The four inch heels retail for $44.99.
This “Wednesday’s Shoe” actually falls on Christmas Day, and we thought these heels certainly epitomize “jingle bell ROCK!” The red velvet pumps are from British designer Charlotte Olympia, whose adorable holly-inspired heels we featured last holiday season (it’s also very fitting, because our editors spent the last two Christmases in Olympia, Washington!) The Jingle Bell Dolly platform pumps originally cost £625. They’d be stunning with a holiday cocktail dress, or help turn you into one sexy Mrs. Claus. 😉
Since it’s “Back-to-School Week” here at theSkinnyStiletto, what better shoe to feature than a plaid Mary Jane heel? It combines everything that reminds us of going back to school in the crisp weather as a young schoolgirl. This particular shoe is actually called the “Red Plaid Rockabilly Pin Up Mary Jane Heel School Girl,” and was featured on the site Uturn Utopia for only $44.99. Unfortunately, it’s sold-out on that site, but we’ve multiple sellers featuring them on eBay when we searched “red plaid heels.” They are so cute!
This “Wednesday’s Shoe” is a staple of Gwen Stefani’s looks – a pair of leopard pumps she sports in her 2005 music video, “Cool.” While rolling around her satin bedsheets, she sings about her lost love in an adorable navy and white outfit, topped off with these Christian Louboutin heels. The Pigalle pumps have a 1950s feel, just like most of her music video does. Made of dyed pony hair, they are both sexy and sophisticated – just like the lady wearing them! We know she’s cool about her ex moving on, but we’d be upset if we lost any of her wardrobe pieces!
When looking for an Irish-inspired heel this year, we came upon a message board where Irish-dancers were discussing footwear that reminded them of their soft shoes, also known as “ghillies.” One of the girls suggested these Stuart Weitzman pumps, also named the “Ghillie,” that resemble the lace-up front of an Irish dance shoe. The gray metallic stiletto has a 4 inch heel, and originally retailed for about $345.00.
It’s hard to believe Blake Lively is only 24 in this picture, because she constantly exudes elegance (even if she is always getting cast as the trashy girl these days…) Here she is going to the Late Show with David Letterman this past summer. Blake is sporting a Jenny Packham key-hole wrap dress with crystal detailing, accompanied with sparkling Christian Louboutin pumps and a loose, modern beehive. Simply stunning, as always. Too bad her wedding photos weren’t released to the public… we’d LOVE to see that gown!
First Lady Michelle Obama matched her dress at the DNC last night perfectly with these pretty pink pumps from J.Crew! They’re called Everly Suede Pumps, and cost $245.00. They have a 3.5 inch heel and are made in Italy. Michelle chose her heels in the color rhubarb, but they are also available in azure, vivid lime, and burnt sienna. While the country may be broken up into red and blue, and politics isn’t always black and white, we certainly support the First Lady’s choice to be pro-pink!
“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home,” Dorothy Gale says to herself, while clicking her heels in The Wizard of Oz. Her ruby red slippers are probably the most famous pair of shoes to ever appear onscreen, and have remained a cultural icon for over 70 years. MGM’s chief costumer at the time was Adrian, who designed the magical pumps for the film. There was no Academy Award for Costume Design in 1939, but we imagine it would have been an interesting competition between Adrian and Walter Plunkett for Gone With the Wind! (Fun Fact: In L. Frank Baum’s original book, Dorothy’s shoes are actually silver, to symbolize the silver standard of the American monetary system.) Our editors loved the ruby slippers so much, when one was gifted a plastic pair for Christmas as a child, the other got pretty indignant until she got a matching set… We were extremely excited to see the real pair when we visited the Smithsonian in 1996, but they were visiting a different museum at the time! We finally got to see the real ruby slippers 15 years later (pictured, below) when one of our editors was living outside Washington, D.C. last year. Oddly enough, these magical slippers are still making news! Leonardo DiCaprio is currently looking to purchase one of the four remaining pairs for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. At least one pair will make it back to its home in Hollywood!
Looking for some sweet shoes this Valentine’s Day? These black suede pumps are called Heart Pointed Court Shoes from GIGGLES, and used to be carried at TopShop for $116. They are covered in bronze glitter hearts and have a 4.5″ heel. With a sophisticated shape and a whimsical design, these shoes are the perfect pairing of young and old. They’ll be sure to make your Valentine swoon! (Or make him think you go shopping with your 5-year-old niece! <3)
Today the former teen queen of MTV’s Laguna Beach, Lauren Conrad, turns 26, and with two television shows, a couple of books and a clothing line at Kohl’s already under her belt, she – well… she just makes the rest of us feel like a bunch of losers! Hehe. But we thought since she’s now producing discount clothing, we’d take a look and see if any of her shoes were worth featuring. These black platform pumps are available on the Kohl’s website for $59.99 (which is definitely more than we would spend on shoes made of only man-made materials), but the customer reviews on the site were very positive. Most of the women said the shoe was very comfortable, and 87% of them would recommend it to a friend. The material might be as fake as The Hills, but in reality, they’re apparently awesome!