Category: Random Tidbits

Kanye West & Nike Release The Yeezy 2

Aaaaaaaand Kanye’s at it again. Word on the steets is that his new Yeezy 2 Nike kicks are creating quite the stir, boasting $90,000 eBay bids and causing fans of the rapper’s Yeezy line of shoes to flip their lids.

Nike stores apparently got smart after the release of the first Yeezy shoe created mass chaos in 1990. They’ve implemented their Twitter RSVP Raffle in an effort to avoid bodily injury, the need to camp out for a week to get a pair, and to remind us that even as adults who apparently have a few hundred extra buckaroos to blow on sneakers we will never wear, we still present the need for extra special control measures via the Twitterverse.

Other stores that will carry the Yeezy 2 have followed suit, and implemented raffles of their own, as only a mere dozen or so pairs of shoes will be alotted to each store. Only about 5,000 pairs total are set to be released.

While pre-sale auctions are under way offering the shoe for anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000, the Yeezy 2 will go on sale this Saturday for a retail price of $245.

Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 2

Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 2

What do you think? Father’s Day gift of the century?

Hey now – don’t be jealous, ladies. Kanye’s got something for us too. Pearlicious pumps from he and famed shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti are displayed for your viewing pleasure here.

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Krysten Ritter + Keds + Allure Magazine

Allure featured actress Krysten Ritter from the ABC sitcom Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt 23 in the “Beauty Reporter” section of their June 2012 edition. She’s rockin’ red lips and some sweet red Keds. Champion Original Keds, to be exact. Like what you see? I wonder who could help you land some luscious red Keds like Miss Ritter’s…

Krysten Ritter In Keds

…oh wait. I can! The ease with which you can dress them up or down makes them perfect for any and every summer occasion. My personal faves are these delicious Mint Chocolate Chip (that’s not really the color, I just threw that in beacuse the actual color is Aqua…boring) Keds Champion Candy Stripe sneaks.

Check out more Keds here, or skip straight to the Keds Champion Original in red.

How much do you love your keds? Give us a shout in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter. You can also check out tips, tricks and videos on our Pinterest page!

“Black and Tan” Shoe Leaves Nike Black and Blue?

We’re all painfully aware of the politically correct day and age in which we live (or are we…?). We don’t have mailmen, we have letter carriers. We must use the polite pronunciations of Uranus and harass (it’s Ur-uh-nuss and hare-as, duh) unless we want to raise eyebrows. Unfortunately, Nike might not be so in tune with these social stigmas.

While Nike obviously had their bottom line in mind, their attempt to capitalize on the follies and casual drinking of St. Patrick’s Day may have their revenue reeling. The release of a shoe donned the “Black and Tan” has the Irish community up in arms, as the history of that term is less than flattering.

Nike Black and Tan

Nike Black and Tan

As far as the alchemy of alcohol in the U.S. is concerned, a Black and Tan is simply a dark beer (such as Guinness) poured over pale ale (such as Bass), thus creating a layered effect in your pint glass – black on top, tan on the bottom. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a beverage commonly consumed in Ireland.

In Ireland, Black and Tans won’t have you feeling warm and fuzzy after you have a few. The Black and Tans were a paramilitary group that became infamous for atrocities committed against Irish civilians during the Irish War of Independence. The term “Black and Tan” is still an irreverent term in Ireland, and is not likely to lose its negative connotation any time soon.

Are we pushing the limits of political correctness to the point that we’re making mountains out of mole hills, or is there a real problem here?

What do you think? Should Nike apologize? Possibly rename the shoe?

Would You Ever….

…buy shoes designed by Kanye West?

He raps, he manages record labels, he steals the spotlight from sweet country bumpkins giving awards speeches, and he…designs shoes?

That’s right, folks. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better. Kanye West teamed up with shoemaker Giuseppe Zanotti to create two pairs of women’s shoes that most of us would have to take out a loan to own.

These stiletto sandals, crafted from calf leather (calling all PETA members!), are embroidered with enough pearls to make an oyster cry. Price tag: $4,968.07 (plus shipping + handling from Paris, of course).

Zanotti-West Collaboration Shoe

Zanotti-West Collaboration Shoe

The more affordable (ha!) option are these strappy stiletto sandals in black. Also made from calf leather, but sans the ocean accoutrements, you can add these kicks to your collection for a mere $792.

Zanotti-West Collaboration Shoe

Zanotti-West Collaboration Shoe

So, let’s say you were just handed a check for $5,000. Which pair would you spring for?

Post a pic of your shoe splurge and it could end up on our Pinterest page!

Trending Now | Glitter Gals

So Adele swept the 2012 Grammys – anyone surprised?  Her sultry voice and style to match make the singer irresistible to both our eyes and our ears.  The singer looked every bit the Vogue cover girl that she is, channeling the best of the 60′s with her red lips and cat eyes.  Elegance became her as she donned a shimmering Giorgio Armani gown and Louboutin heels to match.  Think Marilyn Monroe meets Dorothy in the Emerald City.  We think her sparkle-tastic shoes were a total hit.

Adele At The 2012 Grammys

Sparkle-tastic At The 2012 Grammys

Since we can’t run out and snag a pair of Christian Louboutin heels, here are a few affordable options we have in our line-up. Hopefully they’ll have you clicking your heels together three times and saying, “There’s no place like Shoe Metro, there’s no place like Shoe Metro, there’s no place like Shoe Metro.”




Jessica Simpson Nolita

Jessica Simpson Nolita

Style & Co Endora

Style & Co Endora

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

The History of the Cocktail Ring

I’ve been really into the history of shoes and accessories this week. I came across this short, awesome article on the history of the cocktail ring. Here’s the gist of it:

“Back in the days of Prohibition where alcohol was illegal and flapper dresses were the newest fashion statement, the speakeasy was the place to go. Only the elite and wealthy had access to these secret parties. They would doll up in their finest and venture to underground rooms where the fashion was fabulous and the alcohol, aplenty.

Status seekers, the women would parade around showing off massive rings as they held up their illegal and oh so desirable ‘cocktail’ of brandy. Hence, the cocktail ring! It was all about prestige.”

For more on the history of fashion, check out this other excellent blog, The Fashion Historian.