Gentlemen: Step Away from the Square-Toed Shoe

 

 

Let’s be honest. Not only do square-toed shoes look funny, but they’re also a bit dated (and don’t plan on them coming back anytime soon). Instead, steer clear of this type of short-lived trend and choose a couple of pairs of classic lace-ups, like an Oxford or desert boot for every day and a brogue for those occasions that call for a little something extra.

Tips:

  • Brown leather or suede is the best neutral to start off your collection.
  • Try a rich chestnut as well as a lighter brown to add variety.
  • Pair with all shades of denim and pants – these are versatile and go with almost anything.

 

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer 

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October 16, 2012

Yes, You Can: Rock Colorful Shoes

Today, in my usual morning flurry, I reached for my (very) predictable heels and noticed a sizeable tear in the leather (curse you, wide feet). It then occured to me: my beloved black pumps are beaten to a pulp from overwear, while my collection of purple heels sits sadly in my closet. Needless to say, it was an ah-ha moment. From neons to crayon hues, color is everywhere this summer, and it’s officially time to mix it up. Using these tips, I’ll show my purple shoe stash some love, without looking like I got a little too crazy with the finger paints.

1. Pop of color:
In the summer it’s so easy to throw on a little white or black sundress with sandals and go. Choosing a color-pop sandal breaks up the monochrome with a shot of fun. Same rule applies to any neutral outfit, wearing jeans and a tee? Throw on a red heel. Done.

2. Matchy-Matchy:
This takes the above tip a little further. Don’t stop with the bold shoes, add some accessories, jewelry, a lightweight cardigan, or even a boyfriend blazer in the same eye-popping hue. Or, if you’re wearing a colorful print, pick one of the accent shades and repeat it on your shoes. Shoes in a print? Pull out one of the colors and wear it on top.

3. Colorblock:
I’ll admit, this is my favorite. Too timid to try kelly green jeans with a sky blue top? Shoes are the perfect way to embrace this look. Try a hue that complements your outfit, but doesn’t necessarily match it. For inspiration, check out these unexpected color combinations.


By Sam Dulac, Senior Staff Writer

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July 31, 2012

Rue How-To: Choosing A Great Running Shoe

New BalanceWith our New Balance Boutique just opened, we turned to our Corporate Concierge and three-time marathoner (soon to be five) for her insights into what it takes to find the perfect running shoe.

While my life is dedicated to style, I have to say it: you can not pick running shoes based on color. Each shoe is designed with specific runner mechanics in mind. The prettiest colors may not always give you the right type of support or flexibility you need. Make up for it by buying fun running clothes or getting a great running buddy.

I recommend you go to a running shop and get fitted. A good place will analyze how your feet hit the ground, ask you about trouble spots (like knees), and recommend shoes based on these (and other) factors. The store should let you test the sneakers, and have a pretty good return/exchange policy. The fitting is free, and the time spent up front will avoid time spent at the doctor’s or physical therapy later.
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August 25, 2011

Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Beverly Feldman Schools Us on How to Shine

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE STAR SHOE DESIGNER

Beverly Feldman

Just dripping with rhinestones and festooned with floral embellishments, Beverly Feldman designs footwear that whisks us off our feet. Needless to say, we were beyond excited to chat personal style with the designer.

Rue La La: You’re a bold and confident woman with a very definitive sense of style. What advice do you have to offer other women looking to formulate their own personal style?
Beverly: You need creativity to have personal style. Personal style is the same as package design. You are the package. It is how you choose to present yourself to the world. I decided when I was very young I wanted to be a “star” so I started to dress like one. And voilà, people began to think of me in star terms. All of my outfits were and still are memorable.

Rue La La: Why shoes?
Beverly: I always loved shoes from the age of ten. And the cutest boys worked at our local shoe store. There will forever be a connection between shoes and sex, from both sides.
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June 8, 2011

Behind The Scenes: Birkenstock Collections

A LOOK BEHIND THE LENS AT OUR BIRKENSTOCK COLLECTIONS PHOTO SHOOT

These comfy classics make walking the walk a whole lot easier. Take a peek into our delightfully dirt-packed photo shoot.

Behind the Scenes: Birkenstock


March 30, 2011

Designer Inspiration: Elaine Turner on “The Jackie O,” and More

BY ELAINE TURNER

Elaine Turner

We’re all about destination glamour and transporting our customer to a location. And every season, I design collections based on two inspirations: a muse and a place. For Fall 2010, I was inspired by Jackie O. and her years in New York City.

Like New York itself, Jackie O. was multi-dimensional and complex. She expressed her style yet always remained classic, elegant, and timeless. I am fascinated by the legacy of her culture, compassion, and charm.
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November 10, 2010

A Decade of Design

AN INTERVIEW WITH SHOE AND HANDBAG DESIGNER ELAINE TURNER

Elaine Turner

Elaine Turner is turning 10. And what a decade it’s been. We sat down for a one-on-one chat with the designer who always knows how to make resort wear uber chic. Read our interview as Elaine dishes on the past decade, her hopes for the future, and how one little flowerpot-top handle bag started it all.

Rue La La: Who and what have been some of your biggest influences over the past decade?
Elaine: I am influenced by many things - seaside destinations, modern art, architecture, and interior design. Over the past decade I have been primarily influenced by iconic fashion and interior designers - Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Diane Von Furstenberg, Trina Turk, and Milly - to name a few.
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June 18, 2010

Walk the Walk: How to Glide in Stilettos

BY GABRIELLA DAVI-KHORASANEE, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF M.I.S.S.

Stilettos got their name from the Italian word for “dagger” (and if you’ve ever been stepped on by one, you know why). The stiletto made its debut on the Christian Dior runway in 1955, designed by none other than shoe genius Roger Vivier. Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood starlets helped make the stiletto infamous. Whenever I have to get dressed up, my motto is “the higher the better.” If you’re going to wear them, wear them well. And never let the shoes wear you. Here’s how.

Stand up straight
Posture is so important, especially when wearing stilettos. Follow these simple rules: 1. Hold your chin up. 2. Make sure your shoulders are down and wide (not up by your ears). 3. Suck in your stomach. 4. Tuck your butt in (no arch in your back, it’s all in the muscles). 5. Straighten and elongate your spine. 6. Straighten your legs (but don’t over-straighten so that your legs are concave). Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga classes are amazing for help in this area because they deal with lengthening muscles, finding your center, and developing your core strength – all of which lead to better posture.
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April 23, 2010