United Nude has another fun collaboration for sale. This time they teamed up with graffiti artist Niels Shoe Meulman. His specialty is Calligraffiti which combines calligraphy and graffiti. You can see some of Shoe’s (he goes by that name) work on his website. While graffiti is his main discipline he also produces sketches, photography and drawings.
I love the neon green version of the Calligraffiti shoe but it comes in black and off-white for those that aren’t as adventurous. The laser cut leather upper spells out “Unruly Shoe” which is one of those charming details that I fawn all over. The heel is 5.1 inches and that includes the platform is 0.8 inch platform. You can buy the Calligraffiti Shoe on UnitedNude.com. They are $550.00 which is less than the press release quote of $750.
I love these D’Orsay stilettos by Monika Chiang that are available at Intermix. I’ve recently come to realize the value of the simple stiletto as a complement to an outfit. Crazy fun shoes are important and necessary but I’d always find myself in a situation where the outfit is perfect and my shoe collection just doesn’t fit.
Cougar Boots had a mobile installation going around the city showing off the new Pillow Boot collection for the season. I stopped by the King and Brant intersection where they had set up shop one November day during lunch.
The installation was there to show off the new Cougar Pillow boot styles to the public. Media was also invited to check out the new styles.
I was really impressed with the new styles added to the Cougar Pillow Boot line. The reworked original Pillow Boot is back in different colourways like black, sienna, rust and tan. New styles are a bit more feminine with wedge heels and different textures.
I love the tall Pillow Boot called Quilty Pleasures. They come in black and chestnut. They are calf Leather with quilted nylon. These were the boot I received from the collection courtesy of Cougar. I wore them yesterday because it was the first below -10 degrees day. I seriously forgot how cold it could be as we’ve been spoiled with mild winters for the last couple of years. The Quilty Pleasures boot is warm, light and comfortable. You can roll down the shaft to reveal a furry inside but I prefer to keep them up to keep my legs warm. I don’t stop wearing dresses or skirts in the winter so tall, warm boots are an absolute necessity.
The Quilty Pleasures boot is a nice addition to the Pillow Boot collection as it adds a tall option for customers.
The Wedgy is the reworked original Pillow Boot with an added wedge heel. It’s for those that like the reworked original but want a feminine touch. It comes in tan and black.
The Edgy Wedgy boot wasn’t on display in the truck which is a total shame. From the photos they are my favourite pair of the new collection. I would have picked these over the Quilty Pleasures (even though they are amazing). They are like a wedge sneaker snow boot and probably the only time you’ll see me approve a description that includes sneaker and wedge.
All boots in the Cougar Pillow Boot Collection are rated from -10 to – 30 degrees which makes them perfect for Canadian winters. They all have the tell-tale red fleece lining and range in price from $200 to $250. The boots are available at a number of retailers like B2 and Browns in the city.Â See the website for a more complete list.
Nicholas Kirkwood hasn’t been featured on the site in awhile. These colour block suede and patent leather platform sandals are so much fun. I’m jonesing for summer again. Available at net-a-porter.com.
This is the part two of four in the I want â€“ I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want â€“ I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want â€“ I got approved.
So, join me the second part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.
RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler ($795) – RIMOWA’s flagship store, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket ($595) – eluxe.ca – The most perfect little jacket, must have in any closet
JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, sterling silver braided band in green amethyst, citrine or amethyst ($695) – 61 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Toronto and Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Moonrox Treasure Bracelet ($95) – moonrox.ca, One of a Kind Show – This bracelet is made to order and you have a choice of colour schemes.
So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.
This is the part one of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions.Â Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up.Â The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.
So, join me on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.
complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
HermÃ¨s Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
HermÃ¨s Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
Stefano Pilati’s final kick at the Yves Saint Laurent can is pretty awesome this season. He’s really gone out with a bang and I miss him already. These Mae Suede and Metal Pumps are just so beautiful and classic.
In 2008 the YSL Tribute Sandals started to become the go to shoe for Editors and Celebrities. In my search for information regarding the Tribute’s entry to the market I came across a lot of celebrity references. Apparently, Julliane Moore was the first celebrity to start wearing them
There are so many colour combinations and leather choices that I’m not particularly picky about which ones I do buy in the end.
I’m not a hot pink person but these are my favourite of the bunch. The purple Tributes are second.
Firefly Books contacted me about a new fashion book called Shoe Innovations: A Visual Celebration of 60 Styles: by Caroline Cox. They also provided me with a copy for this review. Shoe Innovations is visual guide to the 60 most iconic shoe designs from the 20th and 21th centuries. Caroline Cox adds important social, historical and cultural context to the shoes in addition to the stunning photography and sketches.
This is not just a picture book, Caroline provides meaty descriptions of each design. It’s a perfect reference to modern shoe design that can be read from cover to cover or picked up for reference. There are numerous photos of the shoes from the historical to modern. Shoe Innovations was published in August 2012 so it’s pretty current.
I am very impressed with this book. It’s a great reference and guide that provides historical, designer, celebrity and cultural background to each style. It’s also a perfect size for a reference book. You can view some sample pages on the Firefly Books website. It can fit into a handbag as well as look good on a coffee table. I think it would make a perfect addition to anyone’s fashion library, especially the shoeaholic.
Caroline Cox is a London based Fashion historian and writer.
Shoe Innovations: A Visual Celebration of 60 Styles is 29.95CDN and available from Amazon.ca and Chapters Indigo.
I really want a pair of Church’s shoes but I came across these Dr Martens that I could equally love. The Arien style is part of the Creeper collection with a pointed toe and low profile Airwair sole. They are sturdy looking too and would make a nice seasonal substitute for my Rokin derby shoes which can’t handle the winter.
The pink Arien’s are pretty sweet too and add a fun, quirky twist to the shoe. They are $149 available online or at the Queen Street store.
I haven’t had a drool worthy shoe moment for a long time, then I saw these crazy, beautiful booties on the Intermix website.Â These exclusive to Intermix booties are from B Brian Atwood which is Brian Atwood’s lower priced shoe line.
I love the cognac colour of these shoes but I know the 5″ stiletto heel is just a bit too high for me and the platform is only a quarter inch. I know my limits and I’ll be satisfied with just staring. These are available exclusively at IntermixOnline.com. I’m not sure if they will be available at the Toronto location.
Flip flops are utility shoe for me. They have their place in my public life and that’s at beach or in a gym shower. Flat leather sandals are my preferred choice for summer footwear. I have no rugs, hardwood floors and two cats at my place so I wear flip-flops instead of wearing the cute knit slippers my cousin made me for Christmas. The knit skippers would just be a dust and hair magnet.
The random swag flip-flops I’ve collected over the years were all not very comfortable. I received an email about reviewing flip-flops that had some support features and I said why not. Bonus is that they are Canadian.
Love Beach is a Ottawa based company. They are striving to make the perfect flip-flop that can be dressed up or down. The fashion aspect of the shoes didn’t really interest me but the claims of “Gentle arch support, Gel cushion heels for optimal wear-ability, Triple layer EVA soles for softness and durability, Nice “huggyâ€ fit â€“ no floppiness, Supple TPU uppers help minimize rubbing and hold their shape” did.
I did select the Peacock Turquoise style for my test drive pair. Each pair of Love Beach flip-flops have little removable pendant. I like the peacock more than the flower option.
They were really pretty when they arrived. I wondered how the design would hold up since it’s a sticker and not embedded into the EVA sole. The peacock pendent is a fun addition and pretty sturdy. You have to be careful how about you place your feet in these flip-flops as those peacock pendants really hurt. I’ve worn the flip-flops daily for about two months. I get home, heels come off and Love Beach comes on. They really are comfortable thanks to the added arch support and the gel cushion heel. I love Love Beach flip-flops but not enough to make me wear them outside as a regular shoe. I fall on that side of the fashion fence.
My support is based on a totally utilitarian position. So it didn’t bother me when the sticker design started to peel off a month in. Eventually, I just peeled the remaining design off. The flip-flops are still great without the design. The pendant still looks brand new.
Love Beach flip-flops are $39.95. You can order them online with free shipping at lovebeachstyle.com. They fit true to size and if you are outside of Toronto you might be able to find some retailers. Check on the Love Beach website.
I have to admit I’m a bit surprised that I’m writing about Manitobah Mukluks. I’m not a fan of Mukluks and I usually cringe whenever I see people wearing them around the city. They are very popular and the Manitobah Mukluks company is as close to the genuine article as you are going to get.
I’m a huge fan of Louie Gong though and he’s partnered with Manitobah Mukluks to create a boot even I can love.
The eagle is a cross-cultural symbol of strength, leadership, and long-term vision. By portraying the eagle on a women’s mukluck with a diving posture, oversized claws, and open mouth, I offer symbolic acknowledgment of strong women of all backgrounds. When wearing this eagle design, each step represents bold movement towards your life goals and leading our families into the next generation.
The grey Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot are pretty damn cool. The boots are available for Pre-order on manitobah.ca for $299 with delivery happening September 15, 2012.
Schutz’s creative director is luxury shoemaker Alexandre Birman. Shoemaking is in the blood and 39 years ago his father founded the Arezzo Group. The company is made up of three brands: Arezzo (lower-priced collection), Schutz(the contemporary collection) and Alexandre Birman (luxury collection). Alexandre started designing Schutz 15 years ago and it’s finally making it was to North American markets. The shoes are all made in Brazil.
I attended the Schutz Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 preview and got a look at the extensive collection.
My summer staple shoe is a platform wedge. It’s my favourite style of platform and probably my favourite style of shoe. Platforms give me the extra height I’ve always wanted and the wedge is an easy shoe to wear. I love the little pops of colour in the Casey Wedge by Schutz.
The celebration for the launch of the Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection exhibit at The Bata Shoe Museum brought Bruno Frisoni, Creative Director of Roger Vivier to Toronto. The next day he was entertaining socialites and a few media types at Holt Renfrew for a private lunchtime event. There were many Roger Vivier fans in the audience who were loving the women’s Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 handbag and shoe collection. I’ve never seen so many buckles on shoes in my life.
Bruno Frisoni is so adorable in this video. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him and just gawked instead.
See all of my photos from the Holt Renfrew Hosts Bruno Frisoni and Roger Vivier event
A few weeks ago I attended the Ecco Fall Winter 2012 preview at the Brill Communications head office. Ecco is one of those companies that responded to the changing face of the market. They noticed that customers are more style savvy and made efforts to target that market. I think they’ve done a great job in making Ecco a fashionable choice for many.
The Ecco Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 collection has three overall themes.
Active Vibration – Active Vibration illuminated the spaces where sport meets fashion. Clean and functional lines, in combination with sporty comfort and colour blocking, describe the shoes in this part of the runway. Shoes from this category are for an active lifestyle, focused on health and wellness.
Aesthetic Being -There was much focus on esthetics and elegance and a softer approach to classic minimalism in this part of the collection. “Less is moreâ€ and classics featuring fashion trends from several decades. Slow fashion, old school and even masculine styling were key words describing a number of the autumn/winter ECCO styles.
Nordic Breathing – Finally, ECCOÂ®’s AW12 runway was offering shoes to all of us who live and breathe Scandinavian lifestyle in terms of great, natural materials – in particular leather. And leather will certainly be in the air when the leaves start falling from the trees this fall. Being one of the world’s leading leather manufacturers, ECCO will be on top of the agenda.
This season sees dark purple, saffron and amber make strong appearances in the collection. I loved the colour selections this year and the boots. Ecco boots have always interested me more than the heels. This season the short and tall boots are excellent. The photos in this post show my favourite items from this season.
The Mattijs X United Nude Fan shoe generates a jaw dropping response. I learned about these beauties after my tweets about my United Nude dream shoe purchase. Twitter friend, @TheDIYCouturier aka Rosalind wrote to tell me she just ordered a pair of United Nude because I inspired her to shop (hee hee, not the first time I’ve heard that). That’s right friends, she pre-ordered these beauties and put my Abstract Rome’s to shame.
The Mattijs x United Nude Fan shoes are all about glamour. Designed in collaboration with Dutch fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen for his Catwalk show at London’s fashion week. No surprise the shoes are designed with a concept of pleats as Mattijs is considered to be the Dutch King of pleats. Only 120 Pairs total Limited edition were made.
Mattijs van Bergen studied at Central Saint Martins in London before starting his brand in the Netherlands. “One of the most promising young designersâ€ (British Vogue), “Crown prince of Dutch Fashionâ€, “King of Pleatsâ€(Dutch Elle).
Rosalind, you are 1 of 120 lucky women.Â I need twitpics when they come in!
To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams. -Roger Vivier
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection focuses on the designer who was renowned for the bejewelled and elegantly sculptural shoes that he created throughout his life. Many of his innovations, such as the needle, choc and comma heels are as important in fashion today as when he first introduced them.
Vivier’s career was established in the 1950s when he became the shoe designer for Christian Dior. During his time with Dior his shoes were the epitome of mid-century glamour and Vivier’s early training in scuplture at Ã‰cole des Beaux Arts is evident in the sculptural heels and toes he designed for Dior. After Dior’s death, Vivier continued to produce elegant footwear for the House of Dior but in 1963 he set out on his own. Among his many successes include the pilgrim buckle shoe popularized by Catherine Deneuve, which sold in the thousands, the thigh high boot popularized by Bridget Bardot and the reintroduction of the platform shoe.
Throughout his career, Vivier proved to be extremely responsive to cultural shifts and he remained devoted exploring the artistic potential of shoe design. Ever engaged in designing shoes, Vivier worked right up until his death in 1998 at the age of 90. Throughout his illustrious career Vivier ceaselessly sought to refine his process and continually strove for perfection.
The focus Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection is the working process of Vivier and his masterpieces of shoe design. The Bata Shoe Museum’s Vivier holdings will be complemented by loans from world-renowned institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Deutsch Ledermuseum in Germany and the Roger Vivier brand.
Visitors to the exhibition will see never before exhibited drawings by Vivier and pull-overs designed for Christian Dior which illuminate his working process. Visitors will also be able to see the jewels of his oeuvre—-the shoes that his working process wrought into perfection.
Regular readers of I want – I got know I have an obsession with United Nude shoes. They will also know that I lament the state of United Nude retailers in the city. The stores that carry/carried them stocked the worst styles of the collection and not the architectural beauties that United Nude is known for. Who really wants to buy these after all. I figured the only way I was going to get a great pair of United Nude shoes would be at the flagship store on my next trip to New York City. Well, my prayers were answered at the media preview of Queen Street pop up shop, Sauvage.
Sauvage is behind Whitecrow in the Burroughes Building.Â It’s got some really great shoes and handbags.Â I anticipate that this will be my go to summer sandal.
I posted about my favourite shoes ALDO Rise Spring Summer 2012 collection. The final production list is out for Aldo Rise and it includes pricing. Not all the shoes from the designer collaborations weren’t produced but a lot of my top picks where.
Prices range from $155 – $175.Â Canada, aldoshoes.com and the rest of the world receives the shoes on March 8, 2012.
Iris Van Herpen and United Nude teamed up to create the most intense footware for her Haute Couture Spring Summer 2012 show. If I was a collector of expensive, elaborate shoes these would be at the top of my wishlist. I can only look with my shoe budget.
Models stepped out in “Fangâ€ shoes with ten sharp teeth to each foot â€“ the product of van Herpen’s fifth successful collaboration with United Nude. The shape of the wedge is so complex that each one consists of fiberglass and carbon fiber, made in a slow molding process
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So, the BeachMint team are expanding internationally and now JewelMint, StyleMint and ShoeMint are shipping to Canada. Rock-it Promo sent me a sneak peak package from BeachMint consisting of the Victorian Charmer Necklace and the Pauline Wedge in Wine. The jewellery is the quality you would expect for $30.Â I have stayed away from Steve Madden shoes since the early 90s but I have to admit I like the Pauline Wedge.Â I’m a bit obsessed with e-commerce retailers and packaging.Â The packaging for ShoeMint and JewelMint are pretty nice with jewellery box being my favourite.
I’ve been browsing the JewelMint, ShoeMint and StyleMint sites more seriously since they started shipping to Canada. Here are my top picks.
Shipping costs to Canada are from $9.99 to $19.99.