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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Look for Less - Sporty Sandals for Spring and Summer

Last spring I dipped my toes into the sporty sandals trend with some Prada-inspired DIY jeweled Teva sandals and some gold Aldo sandals

sporty sandal trend, Teva sport sandal trend

Teva Universal Sandal, sporty sandal trend

gold Aldo Parramore sandal, sporty sandal trend

After months of wearing boots and sneakers, spring has arrived, and I'm more than ready for sandal season. This year, I'm still incorporating the sporty sandals trend into my spring 2015 lineup with everything from cropped denim and day dresses to printed shorts and culottes. 

How to wear sporty sandals? The trick to pulling off the trend without looking like you're heading to or from the gym is to inject dressier elements into your look such as fluid blazers, silk blouses, cropped trousers, midi skirts, or city shorts. The contrast of dressy with sporty/casual is both glamorous and unexpected. The best part about this trend is the high comfort factor. Who might even find yourself putting those heels away and hitting the streets for long walks.

While designer versions abound in styles ranging from slides and cleated soles to wedges and flatforms, there are myriad styles if you want the look for less. Below are my top twelve picks under $150.
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Get the look for less:

1. United Nude, $95 (also in black, white, blossom, yellow, and red)
2. Steve Madden, $99.95 (also in silver and white leather)
3. Topshop silver sandals, $70
4. Topshop velcro sandals, $65
5. Teva flatforms, $49.95 (also in orange/white/black)
6. Report Signature sandal, $59.95 (also in bronze)
7. Steve Madden, $79.95 (also in gold)
8. Aldo gold glitter, $70 (also in silver)
9. Aldo studded sandals, $70 (also in bone)
10. Splendid leather slides, $68 (also in yellow)
11. Steve Madden, $139.95 (also in black or gold)
12. Kate Spade leather slides, $98 (also in blue/white)

March 25, 2015 update - Check out the new shoe collaboration between Nasty Gal and Teva featuring a colorful mesh sandal and a flatform.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Look for Less - Chloé Knee High Gladiator Sandals

This spring, I've embraced a new kind of shoe - the tall lace-up gladiator sandals that Clare Waight Keller sent down the spring 2015 runways at Chloé. They come in flat, wedge, or even ankle length versions, but my favorite is the knee-high style. They are glamorous, grown-up, and ideal for the winter-to-spring transition, when boots get tucked away and sandals come out to play. For maximum 1970's vibes, take your style cues from the Chloé and Valentino runways, and pair your gladiators with everything from white lace dresses and double denim to rompers and printed gowns. If Chloé and Valentino aren't in your budget, you can still get the look for less with a multitude of tall lace-up gladiator sandals priced under $300.

Chloe tall gladiator sandals spring 2015, knee high gladiator sandals spring summer 2015

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Chloe suede knee high tall lace-up gladiator sandal look for less, Chloe gladiator sandal look alikes

Get the look for less:

1. Topshop 'Figtree', $85 (also in tan or black)
2. Chloé suede sandals, $1370 (splurge on the wedge version here or here, or the shop the  ankle version here
3. Free People 'Rae' sandal, $298 (other colors available)
4. Free People 'Decibel', $128 (other colors available)
5. Breckelle's sandal, $37.76 (other colors available, shop the high-heeled version under $25 here and the mini wedge version here, $19.99)
6. Free People 'Cypress' sandal, $128 (other colors available, or get it here in charcoal, sand, rust, or black)
7. Jeffrey Campbell, $265 (get the black perforated version here)

March 24, 2015 update - Just found this flat lace-up style under $100 in beige and in black, and a Valentino-inspired wrap-around strappy style under $40 that comes in brown, white, black, or grey snake print.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Look for Less - Chloé Suzanna Boots

The Chloé Suzanna boots have been around for several years and although they cost a small fortune, they're street style favorites. I recently scored a pair in ash grey suede (seen on The Key To Chic), and I can attest to their sturdy construction and amazingly crafted studded details. 

Chloe Suzanna ash grey studded ankle boots

They add instant edge and attitude to any outfit, and with their rock 'n' roll vibes, they make the ideal complement to distressed denim and a killer jacket, as shown below. 

Chloe Suzanna Boots Street Style

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So you can't swing the over $1200 price tag? No worries. There are many options that won't clear out your bank account. Below are some of my favorite Chloé Suzanna boot look alikes (plus options if you want to treat yourself to the real thing). 

Chloe suzanna boots look alike, Chloe studded suzanna boots look for less

1. Jessica Buurman 'Carmen' boots, $129
2. Aldo 'Bugiano' leather boots, $75 on sale
3. Bumper studded boots, $32 and under (also in burgundy and cognac or beige)
4. Chloé Suzanna boots, $1345
5. Ash 'Joyce' boots (I tried these on in store and they're super comfy), $99.50 on sale
6. New Look studded boots, $30.77 (also in deep red)
7. Bumper studded boots, $18.49

Get the look for less:

Splurge on the real deal (they run true to size, have great arch support, and are impeccably made):

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Look for Less - Stella McCartney Britt Platform Oxfords

Stella McCartney's 'Britt' platform oxfords didn't immediately strike my fancy this fall, but the more I see them on bloggers and celebrities (including the designer herself), the more they're growing on me. I'd definitely describe them as shoes that your boyfriend or husband is highly unlikely to love. On the bright side, they offer a boost of height without the pain of heels. So what's the appeal? Perhaps the mix of a sporty sole, sustainable wood platform wedge, and lace-up oxford upper is both nerdy and unexpected. 

Stella McCartney Britt Platform Oxfords Street Style

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While Stella's shoes are priced near $1000, there are many options for $300 and under. Here's how to get the look for less.

Stella McCartney Britt Platform Oxfords Look for Less, Stella McCartney Britt platform oxford look alikes

1. Jeffrey Campbell 'Berliner' $174.95 (or get them here in sizes 8, 9, 10)
2. Sixty Seven 'Harper' leather oxfords, $160 
3. Mango platform oxfords, $39.99 (on sale and going fast) 
4. Stella McCartney 'Britt' platform oxfords, $995 (in orange and tan)
5. Jeffrey Campbell 'Munk' leather platform, $175 
6. Jeffrey Campbell 'Berliner' in white leather, $180 
7. Topshop 'Kisser, $85 
8. Opening Ceremony 'Grunge', $300

*Update - I also spotted this style under $32 and it comes in black, red, or white. Or opt for this star-printed style in red, pink, light green, or black for under $39. I also spotted this style pictured below for under $22.

platform oxford look for less, Stella McCartney platform oxford look alike

March 27, 2015 update - Just saw this faux patent style with a white sole in black or nude for under $33.

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