Topshop ‘Sherbert’ Bow Heels

These ‘Sherbert’ Bow heels from Topshop remind me of the Harajuku Lovers ‘Dobson’ bow-tie booties that I saw last week (check them after the jump). But they look much more sensible, very elegant, very attractive. The upper is made of two-toned leather with two bow decorations, one at the vamp, one at the toe. The heel stands 4 inches high. I like them. They pop without being too flashy like the ‘Dobsons’. A nice, calm way to end an otherwise hectic Friday at the office. Alright, enjoy your weekends everybody!

Photo: Shoewawa

Photo: Shoewawa

These ‘Sherbert’ Bow heels from Topshop remind me of the Harajuku Lovers ‘Dobson’ bow-tie booties that I saw last week (check them after the jump). But they look much more sensible, very elegant, very attractive. The upper is made of two-toned leather with two bow decorations, one at the vamp, one at the toe. The heel stands 4 inches high. I like them. They pop without being too flashy like the ‘Dobsons’. A nice, calm way to end an otherwise hectic Friday at the office. Alright, enjoy your weekends everybody!

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Online Holiday Sale at Shoe Metro

Just a quick heads up for everyone: our online store is having a holiday promotion till this Sunday (my bad, super-late notice). When you spend $80 or more, you can get a $15 discount on your purchase. You just have to enter this code at checkout: FNEYGS

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Weird Shoe Wednesdays: On a Pedestal Museum Exhibit

It’s Wednesday again and I need to get over the hump. What better way to get over it than by towering over the hump in 19-inch heels? …… Um, not that I wear heels ever but, I mean … um ……

Photo from Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Photo from Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Anyway, so The Bata Shoe Museum up in Toronto recently opened an exhibit called On A Pedestal: From Renaissance Chopines to Baroque Heels. The exhibit showcases the craziness of the now-dated (thankfully) platform chopine trend in Western footwear back in the 16th century and how the chopine evolved into heels. Pretty much all the shoe models in the exhibit (and seemingly, in the entire museum) are eyes-popping-out-of-my-head-worthy. But this Venetian chopine wins for sheer audacity. Seriously. Nineteen inches tall. That’s like gaining another lower leg in height. If people were still rocking out in Venetian chopines, the entire sport of basketball would be a moot point because everyone would be able to dunk just by raising their arms up, a la Yao Ming. And we thought Lady Gaga’s “Armadillos” were insane.

Check out more shoes at the exhibit’s page on the Bata Shoe Museum website.

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Converse Spreads AIDS Awareness, Raises Funds with New Chuck Taylor

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Mine was pretty eventful. For one, I made this pretty great sweet potato salad. For two, I had stuffing that I enjoyed for the first time in my life. And finally, I played some pool with a random homeless guy at my local pool hall (I lost $5 but hey, he earned it). What more could I ask for?

Photo from www.hypebeast.com

Photo from www.hypebeast.com

But that’s neither here nor there. I’m back and today is World AIDS Day. In support of AIDS awareness, Converse has released the Leather Jacket Chuck Taylor as part of the (PRODUCT)RED line. (PRODUCT)RED is a partner brand fronted by Bono, U2 frontman and enthusiastic activist for world charities. A portion of the proceeds from all (PRODUCT)RED products go towards the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. To date, the brand has raised more than $135 million in funds.

The Chuck Taylors themselves consist of motorcycle jacket inspired red leather in a patchwork design with quilted lining, decorative zippers running up the vamp, and a zipper closure at the heel. They retail for $200USD. Check out some more pics after the jump.

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Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Lady Gaga’s ‘Armadillo’ Heels

Welcome back to Weird Shoe Wednesdays, that time in the week when I get the screwface and a bunch of animated question marks start blinking above my head.

This week’s winner: the “Armadillo” heels by Alexander McQueen, as worn by fashion icon/popstar Lady Gaga in her new music video, “Bad Romance.” The snakeskin monstrosities have 10-inch heels, standing 12 inches high altogether in a sort of claw-like posture. The shoes make a short cameo in Lady Gaga’s video but that was enough apparently. The “Armadillos” and all its siblings look like they’ll be selling out pretty soon. Personally, I think the only benefit the “Armadillos” could ever have that would make them in any way appealing would be if the material was as strong of a protective shell as real armadillos’ shells. Like if the shoes were nearly bullet-proof, military and law enforcement might have to look into getting some pairs to go with their bullet-proof vests.

Photo: iwantigot.geekigirl.com

SRT79HKCTG84. Photo: iwantigot.geekigirl.com

After the jump, the runner-up: Harajuku Lovers’ “Dobson” bow-tie boots, via Shoeper Woman (seriously, where does she find these shoes?).

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Nike Debuts Native American-Friendly, Eco-Friendly N7 Collection

Since Thanksgiving arrives this Thursday, I thought we might take the time to pay some respect to Native American communities, who have sacrificed so much in the history surrounding Thanksgiving. I guess Nike had similar plans.

About a week ago, Nike debuted a new line of shoes called the Nike N7 Collection. The N7 Collection is designed to meet the unique needs of Native American feet and to be as environmentally safe as possible. A portion of the funds from sales of the N7 Collection will go into the N7 Fund, which supports youth sports in Native American communities.

Nike N7 Air Pegasus+ 26

Nike N7 Air Pegasus+ 26. Photo from dubdaily.com

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Hand-Painted Twilight Converse Chucks

TWILIGHT MANIA CONTINUES!!! IN ALL CAPS, NO LESS!!!

A talented artist and devoted Twilight fan who goes by Alcat2021 is selling some nice custom Twilight Chucks on Etsy, a website that deals exclusively in hand-crafted goods. The shoes feature a variety of choice characters, symbols, scenes, and quotes from the Twilight Saga. The prices are pretty steep, but I’m sure your love for Twilight runs much deeper anyway so that might not even be an issue. And if you can’t find your absolute most extremely favorite-est character, symbol, scene, and/or quote from Twilight among the available collection of Converses, don’t worry: Alcat2021 does custom orders with anything Twilight-related that you can imagine.

By Alcat2021

Photo by Alcat2021

Alternatively, PunkYourChucks.com also has a wide selection of Twilight Converse Chucks and will also make custom shoes tailored exactly the way you want them. More pics after the jump.

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Bella’s Shoes in New Moon: The Twilight Saga

I couldn’t leave for the weekend without mentioning the phenomenon that is The Twilight Saga. New Moon, the latest movie in the series, premieres today (that is, it premiered last night at the stroke of midnight to legions of bloodthirsty fans). Since we know that all these Twilight characters are way too cool for school to the max, I thought it’d be neat to look into the footwear of one of them, namely Bella.

Bella goes through at least a couple of pairs of shoes in New Moon. Earlier in the summer, she was spotted in a couple pairs of Keds “Champion” lace-ups, one in navy blue (above) and one in beige, while shooting two different scenes in New Moon (the reunion scene and a LaPush scene, respectively). Check out the beige Keds and another pair of shoes that Bella sports in New Moon, after the jump.

Worn during the reunion scene in New Moon

Worn during the reunion scene in New Moon

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Adidas Developing €1 Shoes for Bangladesh

Sorta staying in the same inspirational mood as yesterday’s post about TOMS Shoes, Adidas announced earlier this week that it was in the process of developing extremely cheap trainers to aid the millions of people worldwide who do not own shoes. As it hasn’t finalized the design and/or production costs of the shoe yet, it hasn’t finalized a price yet either. But Adidas is aiming for a €1 price point (about $1.50USD). The company plans to begin production in Bangladesh next year.

Can you imagine: shell-toes for about $1.50?

Can you imagine: shell-toes for $1.50?

Adidas likely isn’t doing this for the most admirable of reasons, like TOMS Shoes. Sports apparel companies like Adidas and Nike continually come under fire for exploiting workers in developing countries. This is probably just a move to clean up the company image a bit. Still, this is very positive news and hopefully, it’s a sign of a growing trend of socially responsible business. And hopefully, Adidas also decides to promote their new shoes by reuniting Run-DMC (with all due respect to the late Jam Master Jay, of course).

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TOMS Shoes Founder Speaks on New Shoes and Spreading Philanthropy

Running With Heels recently ran a good interview with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes. The TOMS Shoes footwear company is an extremely charitable company that operates on a One to One giving model–basically, for every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, the company donates another pair to impoverished children in South America and Ethiopia. To date, they have donated more than 150,000 pairs of shoes. TOMS Shoes is inspirational, to say the least.

Photo from www.worldvisionreport.org

Photo from www.worldvisionreport.org

The interview reveals some of Mycoskie’s thought process behind the design of his new shoes, how the needs of the children even guide both the functional and aesthetic qualities of TOMS shoes. If you’re in the giving, charitable, full-of-good-will mood this upcoming holiday season, maybe think about getting some TOMS. They’ll be both a gift to your friend or family member and a gift to a child in need.

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