BooTuesday: Faux-Knee

7 09 2010

Hi there!

I hope you all had a lovely labor day and bought some shoes with your hard-earned money. I didn’t, but that’s ok because I make up for it every other weekend haha. This fall and winter is going to be boot bonanza. Unlike previous years though, there’s a new type of knee high boot in town–the faux-knee. (It’s catchy if you say it outloud) 😉

Charles David "Regent"

The faux-knee is an over the knee type style without the constricting feeling of other knee high boots. The faux-knee is more like a cuff that goes over your knee instead, making it chic, easy to wear and very diverse. Usually faux-knee boots have an open back behind the knee making it easy to bend and move around. Also, the cuff over the knee is loose, unlike other knee high boots.

Think this is just a fad? Think again, faux-knee’s are popping up everywhere and are available at lots of different price points. You can find them in most major department stores and I guarantee you can view a wide array on a street near you this fall. You can find some other great styles of the faux-knee here, here and here!





BooTuesday: Slouchy, Not Sloppy

3 09 2010

Hi there!

Hooray for September–boot season is officially upon us! There’s nothing better than shopping for that perfect new pair and breaking out your favorites from last year. But, don’t get too excited just yet. Depending on where you live, it may be too warm out to start wearing boots. I firmly believe that just because the temperature is warm enough for flip flops doesn’t mean they are acceptable. However, that also doesn’t mean you should toss on your Uggs when it’s 70 degree. So then what do I wear?

Simple, you wear slouchy, light fashionable boots. Keep it casual, classy and cool! You can absolutely rock a great pair of “transitional” boots this time of year with skirts, shorts and dresses. Slouchy doesn’t have to mean sloppy! Slouchy boots are perfect this time of year because they have a more loose and airy fit. Also, they are usually shorter and more fun than your typical fall/winter boots.

Here are the don’t with slouchy boots. DON’T wear slouchy boots with an uber-professional outfit. Slouchy boots aren’t really work appropriate, but they can be if you work in a very casual atmosphere. Typical corporate cults won’t really favor slouchy boots though. DON’T wear sloppy boots that are just old, worn in and scrappy. Slouchy is a style, sloppy is not. Finally, DON’T wear boots that aren’t meant to be slouchy but are slouchy on you because they don’t fit correctly! So many people have this problem. If a boot isn’t meant to be slouchy, you will know. When you try it on, if you can’t pull it up high enough for it to fit correctly, you shouldn’t buy it! You will be uncomfortable and the boot will not look it’s best.

Here are some great slouchy boots for your enjoyment and don’t forget to keep up with SASI on Twitter! 🙂

Matisse "Amigo" 199.95

Steve Madden "Candence" 99.95





Weekend Replay: Summer Soiree and TOMS

30 08 2010

Hi there!

Sorry that I fell out of the blogosphere last week, I was busy busy. The good news? I have shoes to report on! 🙂

Friday night I had the pleasure of attending the Junior League of Chicago’s annual Summer Soiree at the Chicago History Museum. Although the theme was “A Night on the Green” the attire was summer cocktail and that only meant one thing to me–a pair of fabulous shoes to accompany my dress. I wore a frilly and fantastic black strapless dress from White House Black Market and paired it with Betsey Johnson’s “Whitney” open-toe pump. I’m an idiot and forgot to take pictures of the outfit, but trust me, the shoes looked great! More importantly, they felt pretty good, respectively. It’s hard to really say any pair of high pumps are comfortable, but these were some of the more comfortable ones I have worn in a while. The platform made the heel feel less high and the open side kept my feet from feeling too restricted. I was fortunate enough to find these lovelies at Akira Shoes and they retail for $150. In my opinion, they are worth it in style and comfort.

In addition to getting to wear those great Betsey’s I also tracked down and bought my first pair of TOMS shoes! I talked about TOMS once before, and although I love everything that TOMS stands for, I haven’t always loved their shoes. The style is simple and the canvas material is casual. I have definitely seen some people who look great in Tom’s and, as always, there are some people who don’t look quite as good. So, I was kind of neutral about myself in Tom’s. That was until I tried them on while killing a few minutes at Nordstroms. The last thing I expected was for these shoes to be as comfortable as they are, seriously awesome. And, the canvas felt great and the shape of the shoe really came to life once I put it on. I was immediately sold, but Nordstrom’s was only sold out. Since I didn’t want to pay for shipping OR have to battle with those stupid UPS stickers on my front door, I was on a shoe-hunt for a pair of Red canvas Tom’s in size 7. Tom’s shoes stretch about a half size so it’s better to buy them a half-size down from your usual shoes. Finally, after days of looking around, I picked up my Tom’s in the Nordstroms at Old Orchard mall. I am happy to know that my $44 purchase not only made me happy, but funded a pair of shoes for a child in Africa. I encourage all of you to at least try on a pair of Tom’s the next time you’re shopping because I think you will be just as excited as I was.

Check in tomorrow for BooTuesday and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!





BooTuesday: Sandal Boots

24 08 2010

While I was initially very skeptical of the sandal boot combo, the trend has infused shops and closets everywhere and has grown on me tremendously. What’s a better fusion for the end of summer/start of fall than these guys? Almost nothing. Sandal boots, my affectionate name for them, are trendy and come in a few different styles. From flats to wedges and even chunky heels, anyone can find a little summer booty. 😉

The best way to wear these is with ease and flare. The looser fit of the actual boot part makes these shoes casual but adaptable. They look great on bare legs and over skinny jeans and leggings. There aren’t a ton of options on how to wear these because you definitely want to show them off, so that’s really the only limitation. Summer booties are perfect for fall because they aren’t as flip-floppy as regular sandals and the boot makes them more weather appropriate. Summer boots are a refreshing fusion of fall and summer right now. You are ready for fall, but aren’t ready for actual boots and heavy shoes, I totally understand. Try on a pair of these the next time you’re out shopping and I have a feeling you might fall in love.

Here are the dont’s: DON’T wear these with longer flowing skirts or dresses, it totally throws off the balance. Try pairing it with mini’s instead. DON’T worry about your cankles–these sandals are the perfect disguise. DON’T think these shoes are too trendy for you, I’m positive there is a pair out there with your name on it!

Enjoy the pics and don’t forget to follow SASI on Twitter and Facebook!

Steve Madden "Tipper"

Naughty Monkey "Brilliant"

Blowfish "Fontana"





Pain is Beauty? Not anymore!

23 08 2010

If you’re like me, the pain one pair of shoes can cause forces you to make very wise and prude decisions regarding your shoes for the next day or even next week. No more! If you suffer from uncomfortable pain while wearing shoes you likely need insoles. There are several types of insoles and I promise there is one just right for you. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s what:

If you wear lots of sky high pumps then you need insoles with lots of ball support. The balls of your feel take on all the stress when wearing your pumps and its important to provide a cushion for your feet. The best kind of insole is one that covers the ball of your foot and reaches back to the arch.

Open toe shoes–go with a more narrow insole made for women’s feet and one that is the length of the shoe. You will still need plenty of support on the balls of your feet but also on your heel, so make sure you pick an insole with both. The more narrow insole will fit like a glove inside your shoe and you’ll avoid all bulk and any chance of divulging your secret.

Are you a runner?? You should definitely get some insoles in your shoes! All runners have different needs and stress points according to their bodies and their shoes, but insoles for your running shoes are still important. If you suffer from shin splints in particular, insoles can really help out. Find the best insoles for your shoes at your local running store.

Not sure? Memory foam insoles are a safe bet for all shoe types. They provide lots of comfort and support for your feet. As long as you can’t see the insoles from the outside of your shoe and your shoes still fit correctly with the insole, you should be all set.

More tips? Send them my way! You can also follow me on Twitter and don’t forget to see whether Friday’s shoe was a look or a make ya look!





Thrifty Thursday: 15% off Shoes.com

19 08 2010

Happy Thursday!

Today’s thrifty deal is 15% off at Shoes.com! Shoes.com is a great place to buy a new pair of running shoes or your winter Uggs. They offer a wide variety of brands and search options so finding the perfect shoe just got easier! Also, they offer FREE shipping and easy returns! Click here for a list of all the brands featured on Shoes.com. For 15% off just enter the code 15OFF when you checkout.

Enjoy!





BooTuesday 2.0

17 08 2010

Hi there!

Since another fall/winter season is upon us I’m proud to welcome back BooTuesday! Every Tuesday for the next few months will be dedicated to boots so be sure to keep up. You can find previous BooTuesday posts here.

This is seriously the best time of year to buy a new pair of fall boots. With the weather still warm boots aren’t a necessity yet but the styles are all just waiting for you in the stores and online. Last year I fell madly in love with these Steve Madden boots and he’s up to his old tricks again this year. The Maryn boot is to die for! This high wedge boot comes in a cuffed style–a trend that is blowing up this fall. The cuff makes this boot a little more casual but the wedge adds that little something extra and the back zipper just brings it all together. Yesterday I talked about the 3 fall flavors to keep your eye on–guess what? This boot fits all 3! The whiskey color is perfect for the prep in you and the zipper adds that little industrial touch. If the zipper isn’t rough enough for your industrial taste then check out the distressed Stone Leather color, this is sure to bring that urban edge you’re looking for.

The boot retails for $269.99 but I have already seen it on sale so I’m sure if you wait, you can find it cheaper. Maryn has a three inch wedge and is made out of leather. She’s available in three colors: black, whiskey and stone (very distressed). This boot can easily be dressed up, down or glammed out, whatever you want, you can have with Maryn.

Steve Madden "Maryn" Cognac

Maryn Boot--Stone Leather