Prints From Foreign

I’ve noticed an increase of shoes with African and Aztec type ethnic prints lately. It first became blatantly obvious last year when my fave Canadian shoe brand Aldo did two pairs of funky wedges.  They completely stood apart from the rest of their collection and thus caught my eye.Image

I must say it is a trend I’m falling head over heels for.  I love loud, unique colourful shoes that shout out individuality and these definitely fall into that category.  I for one believe in showcasing one fabulous piece at a time.  If I wear a funky WOWZA pair of shoes I’ll dress down my outfit in solids or even plain black and vice versa. I especially love when the unexpected are paired together. Not many people have African print items in their closet so its new and fresh to see it in shoes paired with your fave skater dress. Here are a few of my absolute faves as of late.

And for those of you who want that extra edge, that will catch everyone’s eye these awesome Delilah booties from Senso go the distance.  Going with the ethnic theme they amp it up to a whole other level with this hot angular cut out heel below.

Click the pic to shop Solestruck.

You can find these at the following websites for the moment:

Mona Mia Inspiracionhttp://www.lulus.com/products/mona-mia-inspiracion-green-multi-fabric-platform-wedges/47381.html

Bakershttp://www.bakersshoes.com/p-230190-SARI.aspx?c=276

Matikohttp://www.lulus.com/products/matiko-bali-black-print-thong-platform-sandals/48385.html

Qupidhttp://www.lulus.com/products/qupid-enrich-124-black-multi-stripe-peep-toe-wedge-booties/44181.html

-C

Shoes I Love to Hate, a Throwback to Yesterday

Please be warned, this is just my opinion…if you love the shoes I hate or hate the shoes I love thats A-okay by me.  Please don’t be offended, I’m totally down for sporting your own style/individuality/preference. These following shoes are just ones I’d prefer not to be caught dead in.

<Crocs!!!  These are old and I rarely see people other than toddlers wear them anymore (Thank God).  Regardless, I still hate them and you’ll never catch me in a pair.  I know I know “they’re so comfortable” I don’t care!

I suppose the thing that drove me most crazy about this fad was people wore them as if they were REAL shoes. Gardening, corner shop, ’round the house sure. Down town, on the bus, dinner date NO!  I was utterly appalled when I encountered a woman at a funeral in a pair once.  Who insults the dead like that?

<Uggs!!! Short for UGLY, I never really understood these boots.  Like Crocs, they’re comfy and cozy but also hideously unflattering.  Who wants to have the foot of a Yeti or Michelin Man?  Not me sistah!  Mostly I just really don’t think they’re cute, I have something similar I wear as indoor slippers.  I really don’t get why people became so obsessed either.  People like Joey Essex for instance :-P.  Although I do like other shoes/boots by this brand the classic Ugg-ly boot I detest!

<Air Force Ones!!! Maybe these remind me of the 90’s when everyone seemed obsessed with athletic brands, foreign child labour and wore their pants like they had had a dump in them.  I recall people wearing them two sizes to big and them flopping around like flip flops or the wretched sound of the sole scuffing against the floor. I thinks its mainly the shape, the massive thick platform of a sole and the overall volume of the shoe I’m not fond of. The oversized stitching says cheap to me. I don’t mind the high top but velcro…ewww. I much prefer Nike Dunks, they are more slender and just look less sloppy.

<Platform Foam Flip Flops!!! Especially in white.  I love love love platforms, they’re easier to wear and walk in, they make you feel on top of the world (literally) and they help out the shorties.  But flip flops? Goodness no!  I see platform flat shoes coming in again so it is merely a mater of time now.  These are the cheapyest summer shoes around, especially in white. Once they’ve been worn a few times they become filthy and ’round the house worthy only. But that doesn’t stop people. Once you’ve worked ’em in there is a dirty footprint when you take them off, can you imagine seeing them on you’r welcome rug. Yuk! No they do not look cute with a summer dress, they’re foam and absorb bacteria so you can’t even wash it away. Garbage!

Thanks for letting me vent, if you have any shoes you love to hate be sure to leave me comments.

-C

♫ These Are a Few of my Favourite Things ♫

Spring has sprung and all the new lovely shoes for the season are out to play!  Here are just a few of my absolute faves!

< Firstly we have the Dolores T-strap by Miista.  One of my favourite UK brands, they make a sturdy shoe which for me is important.  I love the vintage feel, with woven toe, chunky stacked heel and 70’s mustard. Perfect with a flowy maxi dress and head scarf or smart pair of shorts with blouse. Click the pic to shop Miista.

< These next beauts are from Nasty Gal. Cobalt is a great colour for a wonderful pop. I think suede always brings a sense of luxury to any shoe and the corseting up the front makes ’em sexy. Platform with square heel is practical to walk in. Click the pic to shop Nasty Gal.

<Who doesn’t love Paris?  These unique pair come from a Paris based fashion collective,  Surface to Air – Art Deco V1. I love the angles keeping it fresh. I’m also lovin’ the tribal/aztec reference which is all the rave at the moment. I see these with some rolled hem skinny chinos and a simple linen button up. Click the pic to shop Solestruck.

-C

Hello world!

I Heart Shooz is a blog about the love of shoes!  As an addict I’d love to share with you my faves, your faves and much more juicy stuff.  Thanks for visiting and bon appetit!

-C