Shoes in the News: November

For those of you who may not be “in the know,” we decided to offer a monthly round up of the important shoe-related stories of which you should be aware. November’s round up includes stories that are helpful in planning your upcoming purchases, stories that serve no real purpose at all and stories for those 30 minutes in the morning before your boss arrives when you do anything but work.

  • No one would describe my television taste as sophisticated, yet even I avoided the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show the other day. I did, however, seek out images of the shoes Nicholas Kirkwood created for the thematic looks. And, yes, they are as ridiculous and fabulous as one might expect. Major disappointment: apparently, they chose not to use the pair of roller skates with pink wheels Kirkwood designed. Such a shame.
  • I have name dropped the color of the season a number of times on the blog this fall. Oxblood, oxblood, oxblood. It’s everywhere–every accessories designer has his/her version of the color, but it theoretically falls somewhere between bordeaux and burgundy–a deep, red wine. If you now feel as if your closet is hopeless without a touch of oxblood, we can help with that too. My personal favorites are these Elizabeth & James suede pumps or these Marc Joseph round-toe flats. You’re welcome.
  • Rainy days like today inevitably have me reaching for my Hunter boots. When it’s cold, I add my fleece liners. Yet, I have a feeling I will step up my game this winter as J. Mendel just joined forces with Hunter to create fur-lined boots that are just beyond.
  • New York magazine’s style blog, The Cut, has put together a slideshow of the top 50 ugliest shoes in history. Do yourself a favor and read the commentary to the right of each photo too. It will make you chuckle. My personal “favorite” is the second one–a fin on a pointed, lace-up pump?!?
  • A final shoe trend which I simply cannot condone–I mean, I sell shoes for goodness’ sake!–is the recent celebrity enthusiasm for going barefoot. Yep, barefoot. Apparently, Kristen Stewart didn’t wear shoes on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Her excuse? She was set to play a game of ring toss. *rolling eyes* Just hours later, Marion Cotillard was caught removing her shoes on the red carpet! She was wearing a pretty fabulous pair of Dior pumps, but apparently they were too painful. While I sympathize with Marion, I am fearful that this trend will catch on and I will be out of a job. Therefore, I must roll my eyes at her too.

Well, that’s our dose of shoe news for the month. I hope you have been thoroughly entertained. A la prochaine!