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How-To Guide: How To Fix Broken High Heels

I recently took a gander at my sister’s shoes and they were in terrible shape. The uppers only had minor scuffs but the heels were absolutely mangled and I wondered how she could ever walk in them around the linoleum floors of her classroom (she’s a middle school teacher, by the way) all day long.

So for my sister, I’ve researched how to replace those damaged heel tips to enable smooth comfort again. I hope this helps you as much as it’s helped her!

Photo: TLC

Photo: TLC

Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Shoe Bathtubs

Imagine taking a bath in a big, giant, fabulous shoe! How great would that be, right?

A designer in Italy had that exact idea and created a line of tubs that look like women’s platform heels. These tubs are built for you to recline into with your head at the heel and your feet at the toe. Water streams down from the jet at the heel and drains out at the toe. They come in a number of designs, all decorated in an elaborate glass mosaic style. There’s even one based on heels worn by a Barbie doll (the tubs were unveiled last year, which was Barbie’s 50th anniversary).

Photo: Telegraph.co.uk

Photo: Telegraph.co.uk

Photo: Manolo

Photo: Manolo's Shoe Blog

I just wish we could have shoe-shaped soap and shampoo bottles to go with the bathtubs. And shoe-shaped sponges. And shoe-shaped bubbles! At the very least, they should design a shower in the shape of a boot. THEN, my life would be complete.

Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Scarf + Boots = Scoots

Have you ever thought, “Wow, my scarf is so beautiful! If only I could put it on my feet. What should I do?” Well, here’s your answer.

Judari is an Italian company with Russian roots behind the Russy Valenki shoe brand. For the Russy Valenki Spring/Summer 2010 line, they’ve combined two Russian costume traditions into one: valenki boots and Pavloposad woolen and silk shawls, which are traditionally given as wedding gifts. Valenki boots are traditionally made of felt but for warmer weather, Russy Valenki goes with the much cooler wool and silk materials. Besides accommodating for warmer weather, the design makes the boots extremely versatile. As you can see, you can sport these boots in any number of heights and you can tie them around your leg however you please. Very cool, very stylish, and really, what a great concept!

Photo: Style Bubble

Photo: Style Bubble

Runner-up is yet another pair of animal-inspired heels. This time it’s the mythical “unicorn” by way of Roger Vivier. It’s a beautiful shoe. The feathers give the shoe this soft, ethereal air about them, which lends it perfectly to capturing the spirit of the unicorn. But its beauty makes it more tragic that the designer had to add the unicorn horn. Otherwise, it’d be highly wearable. Check it out after the jump.

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Weird Shoes Wednesdays: Q by Pasquale’s Glass Shoe Collection

Last week’s Weird Shoe Wednesday was pretty gross so this week, I chose some very pretty shoes. I wouldn’t necessarily say they are weird-looking so much as it’s a novel concept and I really hope it actually works.

Photo: Sassi Sam

Photo: Sassi Sam

Photo: Shoeblog

Photo: Shoeblog

Pasquale Fabrizio, go-to cobbler/shoe guru for Hollywood, is releasing his own line of shoes called Q by Pasquale, an ALL-GLASS collection of high-heeled sandals. No, not just some transparent synthetic material. Glass. As in what Cinderella was sporting way back when. At first, I thought it might just be a case of creating shoes as an art piece (like these other glass shoes featured previously). But no–Fabrizio actually intends for these heels to be worn (probably only by the Hollywood elite, but still). And if there’s anyone that could make it happen, it’d be Fabrizio, if his track record is to be believed at all.

Me personally, I’m a clumsy, stumbling, bumbling idiot, so I’d be very scared if anyone around me was wearing glass shoes. I really don’t want to be the reason one of my friend’s glass shoes shatters into a million pieces, leaving them out of a very fancy/expensive shoe and probably with a lot of nasty cuts on their foot. No, I think I’ll stick to good ol’ malleable leather.

And because I’m still having second thoughts about the weirdness of these glass shoes and wanted to stay true to Weird Shoe Wednesdays, some Giraffe heels, after the jump.

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Cake Maker Creates Designer Shoes and Handbags from Chocolate

Yum! Here’s some tasty news. There is a cake maker in London who has taken to crafting shoes and handbags out of chocolate. They go for a pretty penny, ranging from £8.50 – £21 (about $14USD – $34USD). But they are still high in demand. The cake maker, Frances Cooley, supplies her chocolaty creations to 25 local boutiques and delicatessens. Recently, her candy shoes have also been picked up by luxury department store, Liberty (like the Macy’s of London, I think).

Photo: Telegraph

Photo: Telegraph

They look great but I think if I had a pair, I’d be very conflicted. I’d want to keep them up as a souvenir to show off for as long as I could. On the other hand, I have this kinda, really insatiable sweet tooth. I might be able to keep the temptation at bay for awhile. But that one day when I run out of Rocky Road in the freezer …… I’m just saying, those pumps just might turn into flats after I munch on the heels like candy bars (that is, if there’s any piece of shoe left at all). Read more about how the shoes are made at Telegraph.

Moschino ‘Poinsettia’ Heels for the Holidays

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was pretty hectic as I scrambled to wrap gifts with all the grace of a rhinoceros. But isn’t that what the holidays are all about: scrambling around like a fool for the sake of your loved ones?

Anyway, feast your holiday eyes on these heels from Moschino. It’s got a real cute two-tiered petal-shaped ankle strap that drapes over your foot a little bit. It definitely reminded me of beautiful red poinsettias, which should be out in full force for the holiday season. The heels also have a back zipper closure, leather lining, and smooth leather outsole. If you can find a pair, they’d be great for all your holiday parties.

Photo: Shoeblogs.com

Photo: Shoeblogs.com

Photo: Wallpaper Collection Blog

Photo: Wallpaper Collection Blog

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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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

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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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