April 14, 2009

Hot Shoes for a Well Deserved Night Out

Fendi High Heel Gladiator Sandal It' been a long time since I bought a killer pair of heels.  I did insist on wearing heels throughout my pregnancy, but I have to admit that it was usually wedges or chunky heeled platforms.  And I certainly didn't buy new heels while pregnant.  After the little man was born, my high heels were pushed even further back in my closet.  I do too much baby-wearing or just running around for high heels.  So when date night comes (or girl's night out or whatever), I'm usually pretty excited to bust out my high heels.  Except.  I have noticed that in the last couple of years high heel trends have shifted a bit.  The bootie – which was just getting big when I was pregnant two years ago – is still here, and is influencing the stiletto.  Stilettos are now serious, dominatrix looking things, straps and studs and craziness everywhere, and the resulting look is a little stronger – more sexy, less sweet.  I predict that this shoe trend will continue well into fall….and this trend makes my tasteful (yet still sky high) strappy sandals look almost dowdy by comparison.  Time for a seriously sexy shoe to sex up my old existing going-out outfits. 

My first pick would be the Fendi's High Heel Gladiator Sandal, pictured above left.  Since my first picks are usually out of the question from a price perspective (I'm picturing my husband's face as I outline for him the various merits of an $830 sandal…) let's just use the fabulous Fendi's as a source of inspiration for other hot date night shoes.  If however, you are not scared away from an $830 price tag, you can buy the fab Fendi's at www.eluxury.com.

Since date night shoes are hardly practical, I want to find something as cheap as possible, but that still accurately captures the strong, sexy look.  Here are my picks for affordable, drop dead sexy date night shoes: 

Under $150

Alfisi Steve Madden Carlos Santana Heels

The first sandal pictured above is the super-hot Alfisi from Aldo, $120.  I love the metallic studs.  Next, is the Steven By Steve Madden Women's Martiny Open Toe Strappy Ankle Boot, $96, and the Carlos by Carlos Santana Women's Cage Ankle Strap Sandal, $80, both from endless.com. 

Under $75

Nine West Kentaro Didi Dress Heels Petrova Gladiator Sandal

The first shoe shown above it the Nine West Kentaro sandal and usually retails for $89.  However, if you order from www.ninewest.com, it is currently 25% off….leaving a bargain price of $66.75.  Due to the hot heel shape, crazy criss-crossing straps, zipper back and studs….this might actually be my favorite pair of the bunch (except for, of course, the Fendi).  Next is the Simply Vera by Vera Wang Didi Dress Heels, $30 at kohls.com, and the Mossimo Petrova Gladiator Sandals, $30 at target.com.  Don't be scared away from the dark brown color of the Simply Vera sandals, the black heel ensures that this pair will still look hot when paired with black.  I love mixing brown and black, anyway.  So chic.

How to Style

Now, pay attention – this gets complicated:   Put on your favorite date-night outfit…then add these shoes.  Done!  Seriously.  These babies go with everything – little black dresses, skinny jeans, summer dresses, pencil skirts, minis, shorts – you name it.  The genius behind this style is that it sexes up  virtually any outfit.  So.  If your date night look is already
straddling that fine line between hot and trashy….then you might want
to skip this shoe. 

For the skeptics out there, let me illustrate the versatility of this shoe with a few pics:

Lbd Pencilskirt Pinkdress

The three looks above are all from www.shopbop.com.  The pic above left shows how the shoe can make a little black dress much more interesting. The pic in the middle
shows how you can take something fairly work-appropriate, lose the
blazer and sex it all up with the shoes.  The pic above right shows
how these kinds of shoes can anchor a light colored dress — the look
becomes a little more sexy, a little less sweet.  

Levi for DKNY 501 Boyfriend Jean and Gladiator Sandals  However, these days, most of my date nights are pretty low key.  For a date
night look that's pizza and beer appropriate, I wanted to find a pic
that shows how these shoes can sex up even a tee-shirt and jeans.  The look at left (also from shopbop.com) is exactly the look I'm going for.  This outfit is sexy, but won't make you feel out of
place at your favorite dive.  FYI – the jeans pictured are part of a collaboration of Levi and DKNY.  This jean is their 501 Boyfriend Jean, $225 at shopbop.com.

xo,

S

ps.  I know gladiators also come in styles that criss-cross all the way up, right below your knee.   Unless there is a costume party and you are going as an actual gladiator (feathered helmet and all), just say no.

6 Comments
  • M.
    April 15, 2009

    Ooo, thanks for the jeans look–wouldn’t have thought of that. I recently bought a pair of these but so far have only worn them with a dress.

  • Abbey
    April 17, 2009

    Beautiful pictures of hot shoes for a well deserved night out. Thanks for sharing information of how to make your sexy look with these affordable, sexy date night shoes.

  • S
    April 17, 2009

    Thanks for the feedback, Abbey! I’ve been coveting these shoes for some time. :)
    xo,
    S

  • Anna
    November 10, 2009

    Just stumbled upon your site and methinks I might become a bit obsessed with it! Just the kind of wardrobe encouragement I need.
    Love it!

  • Anonymous
    November 21, 2009

    not cool(:

  • Extra Wide Shoes
    September 22, 2010

    omen who have wide width. For such people it could be a real challenge when searching for the appropriate shoe that would match their feet. More often than not they fail to do a thorough search with the fear that they would not get the appropriate size.

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