Yay or Nay?: Ultra Platform Wedges

Happy Friday, my heel hunters! It's almost the weekend...mmmm, I can just taste it!

Well, on this sunny Fridizzy, I had to share somethin' with ya and get your true blue take on the matter: The other day my little shoe-scouring eyes came across an intriguing shoe review by the ever-loved Rachel Zoe, featuring Italian designer Bottega Veneta. BV boasts mounds of unforgettable spring/summer 2010 sandals & wedges, but what stuck out to me most were these uuuultra platformed-out wedge, Bottega Veneta 'Paille' Raffia Wedges. Wow, that's a whole lotta sole for one little shoe! I will reinforce to you all that platform wedges are the "it" shoe this summer, but whatcha think--is this takin' it to the extreme?? Let me know your thoughts, readers!

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Something Fresh

I have a dear friend who just adores the color green. It's so sweet, because whenever I see her, she's managed to splash the color green into some element of her outfit--whether it be shoes or accessories or a funky hair ornament--she's always bringin' the green! I think it charms me the most because she said once that the color reminds her of growth and freshness and the start of something new. What a good thought.

Well today that thought inspired to me to hunt down happy green kicks, just in time for spring 2010. I knew I could find 'em! Some of which I've actually purchased myself, so I'll tell you how they fit when they land on my doorstep. In the meantime:
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These BP. 'Geneva' Platform Sandals can only be found at the adored Nordstrom.com (very similar to these Mia 'Cristina' wedges on Piperlime, though). They're at a killer price and are perfectly paired with wide-leg linen pants or pretty spring dresses. The green suede on these is just so striking, it gives you a perfect grassy burst of color.

And how about these Miz Mooz 'Waverly' Sandals to add a retro spin to your modern-girl outfit?! Perfectly curved & slender glossy green straps wrap right up the foot to the back ankle zipper. A short & sweet 2 1/2" heel promises comfy all-day wear.
If it's the Bohemian chick look that you're after, you've met your match with these Frye 'Dara' Sandals. A chunky wooden-heeled & studded platform is designed with a fabulous teal green leather, and just the right amount of shabby-chic to spice up any solid spring outfit.

Here's to something fresh! Happy Spring.

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My Sunday Treat

You see, it all started with the Global Glamour spread in the April 2010 Lucky Magazine--culprit: page 133, cotton wedges, Cynthia Vincent for Target. That's right, you'd be quite impressed with Target.com's StyleBoutique that features designer gems at bargain basement prices! Well, I've had my eyes on these colorful wedges for a few months now, via this Lucky Mag spread, but could never spot them during my regular Target dashes for paper towels, nail polish remover and birthday cards. Yep, sad lil' old me would always browwwse past the shoe section, hoping for Cynthia Vincent's elegant name to pop out at me.

Well, today I was in luck. Got 'em...at $30 flat. Cynthia Vincent for Target® Print Wedge Sandals - Multicolor (oh yes they are!):
Pretty sure I can pull these off with any outfit that needs that kick-in-the-pants of color & tribe. Ohhh, I'm so happy! Made my Sunday, quite frankly. That, and my husband finished some killer home improvement projects (a close 2nd). Go out and get these, ladies! They're worth every penny, and Cynthia Vincent agrees.

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Mastering the Leopard

Let's all face it right now, it's hard to pull off animal prints without looking trashy, cheap, and predictable. Hard to hear, I know, but the truth hurts sometimes ladies! And with a leopard printed shoe, it has to be just the right shade of brown, black & tan and just the right heel height too. If you find a good leopard printed heel, you better snag it because they go fast (there's a leopard joke in there somewhere, I just know it)!

Luckily, Jimmy Choo has given us something to work with, as the Choos usually do. Described as "the perfect platform" this 'Clue' platform Sandal by Jimmy Choo is elegant and classic beyond belief! The tiny leopardish spots in patent leather really tie in wild + Audrey Hepburn, equaling perfection for fanciful dinner parties and events requiring a special impression. And c'mon, they're Jimmy Choos, you really can't go wrong here!
If Jimmy's price tag scares you a bit, I've found a fabulous alternative that'll give you that animal print trend you're looking for, without having to whip out the credit card. Betsey Johnson's 'Lakin' peep-toe pump is offered at just the right price on 6pm.com (which is a new site to me, but I'm thrilled I came across it!). An easy slip-on 4" heel gives you comfort combined with fierce style--and check out that cute patent piping around the entire heel! Swoon, swoon Miss Betsey.
Happy Friday, lovelies! Keep it ral.
holly in heels


Earth Day edition

So today is Earth Day--the day that we bust out our recycling bins and earthy green clothes, plant trees and celebrate Miss Mother Earth! And in honor of this globe-lovin' day, I thought it'd be fun to show off some eco-friendly shoes. Yep, they're out there, and not as ho-hum as you might think...

Payless (I know, don't kill me, but they're cute you must admit!) carries a sweet line called Zoe&zac and these Currant peep-toes are fully made of organic cotton and flax seed blend, and finished off with a recycled rubber sole. I'm diggin' the amethyst shade of the shoe--a cool color accent to any spring or summer outfit. Super comfy-lookin' and only $25! Mother Earth herself would be proud of your bargain-hunting skills in this case!
Naturalizer Naya 'Arnelli' sandals are also a hit with richly colored chrome-free leather in a T-strap sandal style. The real statement comes in the Mother of Pearl ornament--super unique & pretty detail! A nickel-free metal buckle, recycled elastic goring, sustainable cork and rubber footbed all give this heel an A+ in earth-love! Basic wood & white heels are that name of the game with these Naturalizer Naya 'Telluride' sandals. Made from chrome-free leather or organic cotton, the heel sling strap with the gathered fabric at the sides gives a cute, girly bunched look. All of this is finished with a recycled cork outsole and 2 1/2" sustainable bamboo heel with an eco-friendly finish. You're guaranteed to be one modern tree-hugger in these sandals!
Happy Earth Day! It's good to be here.
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Sky-high neutrals are walking your way!

Well, it's official: alluring springy platform sandals in chic neutral tones are draping the department stores & online shopping-ville everywhere I look! It's so super fun to see so many designers' takes a nude-colored sky-high wedges, strappy sandals and espadrilles. And if I do say so myself, Endless.com has done a fabulouso job of giving us a good mix of what to wear this spring. Per Holly in Heels ritual, I've pulled some of my fav styles in the most breathtaking price ranges you'll find this side of shoe heaven. From the pop-star lines like Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers & Jessica Simpson's JS line, to the ever-classic Sam Edelman and Michael Kors brands--you're sure to find a tall, tall sandal to take you fashionably from mall Mondays to fiesta Fridays.
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Harajuku Lovers 'Karis' Sandal towers high above the spring treetops, in the most funky way possible I must say! That platinum princess Gwen has done it again--the mesh, the pink soles and the buckled ankle--all let everyone know that you've arrived to the party. These 'Karis' sandals are not for the faint of heart (or weak of ankle!), with their 4 1/2" heel, and 1 1/4" platform, wowza. But they are beautiful on, and are for sure scoring high on your night out with the girls list! Under $90 too!
A bit more tame on the Richter scale of funk is this 'Kasi' Platform Espadrille (also from Harajuku Lovers' line). All twisted & knotted up at the center, this pretty dark brown leather is a color that makes for a good daytime or evening heel. A sweet, tiny buckle wraps delicately around the back of the ankle, while the roped base of the heel is ready to take you places! Add to wish list pu-leez!

Up to bat next, this Sam Edelman 'Kasi' Sandal is just plain gorgeous in my book (yep, and same style name as the Harajuku's above! Crazy, right?). I wasn't sure about that basket-weavers-dream, meshy leather wrapped all the way around the shoe (to the very sole!), but it quickly grew on me as it made it's style statement. Mr. Edelman sure makes some amazing wedge sandals--with a touch of class + hippie chic, he's got it nailed.
I couldn't resist featuring another Sam Edelman I found on Endless.com (free shipping people, seriously), the Sam Edelman 'Kyla' Sandal. Hey, and it's another fully wrapped-up sandal with another good woven design on top! This time suede is the weapon of choice, and I'm loving the back of the wedge where a light wooden heel decided to peek through! Such a cool detail like that goes a looong way.
Simple & sweet the Michael Kors 'Meadow' Wedge Sandal surely gets an honorable mention for being so stinkin' clean cut and versatile. Rustic, stacked wedge and an amber brown x-strap make these your easy spring & summer staple, m'friends!
Miss Jessica Simpson may not be an expert when it comes to picking her men, but she sure knows a good shoe, eh? I'm lovin' these towering Jessica Simpson 'Heathery' Wedges, ideal for vacations and poolsides (bonus: sassy leopard accent design!). A sweet, smooth desert sand shade of leather's at the top, and stitching 'round the bottom gives good detail & flair. PLUS, you're gonna love the way your legs look in these tall thangs!

Ok, get ready...finale heel. These might be a tad outta your price range, but they're not a bit outta my dream-range! Dream with me! The Velvet Angels 'Le Mambo' Platform Sandal is geometrically perfect, in all the right spots. These are your spring dancin' shoes, ladies, just you wait! The chain link straps across the front bring a real unique style to a shoe that's pretty unforgettable. In every way.
Well, I've given you a lot to chew on here! Have fun and happy heel hunting.
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Confession time...

Umm...and while we're on the topic of neutrals & nudes, I had to share my latest obsession: bib necklaces. This Cara Accessories one in particular. I know, I know...this has nothing to do with high heels (or does it?) but Holly in Heels must vent. I WANT THIS NECKLACE BADLY. I can see it attending so many fun events with me--becoming besties with my cutest spring dresses and basic summer t-shirts.
That is all, thanks for listening <3
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Wonderful Weitzmans

Last week, an amazingly chic Stuart Weitzman Spring 2010 Trend Catalogue landed gracefully in my inbox and I've been having shoe-filled dreams of soft spring looks ever since! Mr. Weitzman's spring catalog is filled to the brim with whispy sheer fabrics and nude shades and textures, it really is quite a vision. I know many of these picks might be slightly out of our ideal price range, but it's perfectly healthy for every fashionista (no matter what the shoe budget looks like) to browse designers' latest looks for pure inspiration, if nothing else. And I know these neutral lovelies will have your heart instantly inspired to throw on angelic outfits paired with day-dream shoes:
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All stitched-up and studded are these amazing 'Avignon' pumps. At the just-the-right-height of 4 1/4" with a 1" platform, you'll be walking on clouds and turning heads in the meantime! Not to mention, this brand's Ultrasuede® lining that provides the most optimal comfort! Classic nude patent leather is bound to pair up nicely with any outfit--day or evening. And we know the peep-toe pump is known for making any foot to look picture perfect.
Equally sweet are these more summery 'Hiway' sandals. Same heel and platform height as the 'Avignon' pumps, but the strappy & buckled look gives it a more kick-back, casual flair (which I dig!). I see cute, flat front shorts and the 'Hiway' sandals in my future...ahhhh.
If it's sassier sandals that call your name, Stu has the answer for you! It's the 'Saxony' sandals from his Spring 2010 collection that have a heartbeat of style from front to back. With the back zipper closure and the strap-filled front, you'll manage to match these with just about anything in your wardrobe, guaranteed. Black, Camel, and Saddle are the colors to choose from in the 'Saxony' and truly, with any shade, you cannot go wrong sista.
There's been a whole lotta clog talk lately, and I think we're all warming up to the trend quite nicely, if I do say so myself! This 'variation on a clog' (sounds like a piece that Mozart mighta' written, right?) is both vintage and funky--SW's 'Studclog':
Aaaaand, BONUS CLOG!...I swear, I'm not obsessed, just finding so many goodies I wanna share! The 'Apron' sandal (sorta a clog marries a sandal kinda idea) makes me think of biker-chick meets Janis Joplin.I heart you, Stu Weitz! Keep up the good work.
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Give me one in every color!

I have to say, it happens pretty frequently that I'll go out for a day o' shoe-shopping and I'll find an irresistible heel that I just cannot imagine walking through those exit doors without. And the problem occasionally arises that I fall in love with every single shade of the same shoe that I'll wanna exclaim to that sweet girl helping me, "gimme one in every color!" It's never actually happened, but I feel those words bubbling up inside every now and again.

Well the good news for Holly in Heels (and others like me) is that choosing more than one color in the same shoe is but a shameless click away when you're shop-shoppin' online! And Chinese Laundry has managed to get me ooo'ing and aww'ing over every color of their new spring 'Dresden' wedges. Now now, don't be afraid of that 5" heel--it's a wedge! Full high heel support and comfort! And three sweet gold studs glide down each side of these suede peep-toes. Just a reminder, it's FREE SHIPPING on their site now thru April 16th (cha-ching!)!
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You could go the basic & versatile route, when choosing the SAND color wedge:
Or go the cool as a cucumber, I'm-dreaming-of-a-vacation-in-Palm-Springs road with the DESERT IVY tone (I'm totally admitting that my craving for a Palm Springs vaca, you're right):
Treat yourself like real royalty & complete your jewel-toned shoe collection with these gorgeous PURPLE heels:

Orrr, really shake things up with a sassy RED:
Any color, you can't go wrong. And you'll be set for the last few weeks of spring!

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Clog Culture

I get a ton (I mean a TON) of emails everyday from different mailing lists--mostly about fashion, makeup, accessories, handbags--from designers all over the globe. It's super girly fun to get up in the morning and look over my pretty emails + a good cup o' coffee. Today, I opened up a Daily Finds email from REALSIMPLE mag, titled '10 Classy Clogs' by writer Elinor Smith. I loved it, Elinor! Aaand it single-handedly inspired me to get into this whole clog-rage that seems to be sweeping the style world this season. Here are a few of my favs to get you inspired too:

The Seychelles brand is doin' a stellar job, as usual, of giving us their dolled up version of the clog--especially with their 'Twistin The Night Away' pumps! Although I'm unsure about dancin' & twistin' any nights away in these, I am sure that I could pair these up with a sweet outfit for day or evening outings. The dazzling pewter color is an easy and comfy way to dress up any outfit with little effort. Perfect crisscross leather strappies, too! Woo-wee!

Another Seychelles clog-fav of mine is the new 'Care to Dance' clog, also featured at a good price on Endless.com (and free shipping, gals!). These boast just the right height to give some length to those cute-cute legs of yours, while showing off a knotted detail down the side of the shoe. Both Whiskey & Black leather shades are adorable, in my humble opinion, so you can't go wrong there. These are both playful & classic in all the right ways.
TwentyThirtyForty.net is a new site to my style-spotting eyes and I'm so glad I found them! They offer tons of unique threads, accessories & shoes--you'll be shopping for days on their page, no doubt. New York-based designer Rachel Comey shows off this fantastic 'Closed Toe Twisted Clog' that will positively have you running to the closet to wear with anything in your wardrobe this spring. All of that twisted leathery detail and cute little buckle are sure get you thru long days at work when all you can do is stare are your shoes and think....'ahhh, what a good purchase!' ...not that I ever do that myself, just sayin'.

Clog culture at it's finest.
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Step Into Summer

As soon as I get excited for the beautiful season of spring--birds chirping, sun shining, tulips blooming--I'm realizing that summatime is just 'round the corner. Not only does this mean I'm doing twice as many sit-ups in the morning to get ready for bikinitime, but it also means that I need to spice up my shoe closet with a few summer finds. My little heart is excited to be browsing the stores and online shopping sites in search of the perfect burst of bright & cool color trends. By golly, I think I may have just found a few that you'll adore along with me:

I know some of you might cringe at the thought, but I have to be totally honest with you readers and tell you that CLOGS are doing their best to make a comeback. I know, I know, I'm not 100% sold either but I'm trying to make the best of it! When I think of clog shoes, I automatically think of noisy, hard-to-keep-on, mom shoes. Well, I think Max Azria heard my clog cries and answered my worries with these cute, summery 'Agreice' sandal-clogs. Pretty fun, eh (and at the right price too!)?
When I flipped open my Lucky Magazine last month, naturally, thousands of good shoes had my attention. But what especially intrigued me was being introduced to this shoe site I had never heard of before: MySpringShoes.com. It's got great, trendy finds that'll have you swooning! From this site, my new neutral-shaded friends are these buckled up 'Tinkham' heels. The 2 1/2" wedged heel gives all girls a decent amount of height for all-day wear--and I'm especially diggin' the zipper back detail.

If it's color you're craving (and if you're like me, you often feel the need to splash some color in your everyday outfit), I've got the cure. Endless.com opened my eyes to these Seychelles 'Wild Card' peep-toe pumps! Stripey goodness on top of wild, poppin' color gets you noticed in a flash. And when it comes to choosing what color you'd want in these, you really can't go wrong--although Whiskey & Cobalt are my personal favs! The almost 4" heel takes you from day-wear to hot summer evening out. A little Endless.com free shipping can't hurt either!
And you can't ever go wrong with some classic Vince Camuto heels, ladies! Another lavishly detailed peep-toe is found in these Vince Camuto 'Feliciti' heels (both Barley & Black are pretty color selections!). All that stitching and layering in one decadent shoe has me craving my summer vaca, done in style. These delightful kicks will go with anything in your closet--from jeans to dress to skirt to shorts. You'll be glad you made the purchase!
Happy summer shopping!

holly in heels