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“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?

Crazy For Color! | Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

Pantone is the authority for anything and everything color in the fashion world. With colors like Tangerine Tango, Solar Power and Cabaret we can already tell this will be a bright season. Use their Fashion Color Report to stock your closet for Spring 2012 and find the hottest styles in the most decadent colors!

Pantone | Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

Pantone | Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

Check out these awesome colors on kicks from the Shoe Metro collection – Spring, here we come!

Rocket Dog Dana | $49.99

Rocket Dog Dana | $49.99

CASADEI 1521C | $98.99

CASADEI 1521C | $98.99

BCBGirls Clady | $52.99

BCBGirls Clady | $52.99

Madden Girl Toriie | $43.99

Madden Girl Toriie | $43.99

Guess By Marciano Marietta | $62.99

Guess By Marciano Marietta | $62.99

80%20 Flora Ankle Boots | $38.99

80%20 Flora Ankle Boots | $38.99

Moda Spana Shugie Wedges | $34.99

Moda Spana Shugie Wedges | $34.99

Rocket Dog Costa | $39.99

Rocket Dog Costa | $39.99

Kelsi Dagger Linzy | $59.99

Kelsi Dagger Linzy | $59.99

Pour La Victoire Portia | $161.99

Pour La Victoire Portia | $161.99

Post a pic of your fave color shoes and it could end up on our Pinterest page!

After The Oscars | Fashion Feats And Fashion Flops

The stars hit the red carpet on Sunday with uber class, and a little sass. Or maybe, uber sass and a little class. Either way, with bling shining, hair flowing and faces glowing, the stars flaunted their best (and worst) ensembles for the commoners (aka you and me) to oogle over. And yes, we’re judging them. So while you’re crammed in coach, cruisin’ in your sub-compact import, or chillin’ in your postage stamp-sized apartment, take comfort knowing that we can openly turn our noses up at celeb fashion flops.

We’re head over heels for this glittery number! We all know glitter is where it’s at right now, so jump on the bandwagon and shine it up! We’d pair this enviable ensemble with these hot heels.

2012 Oscars | Ellie Kemper

2012 Oscars | Ellie Kemper

Oscar Worthy | Jessica Simpson Waleo | $64.99

Oscar Worthy | Jessica Simpson Waleo | $64.99

Golly, we love Emma Stone – what’s not to adore? We just can’t help but wonder which mirror told her this would be it – this would be the dress she takes to the Academy Awards. She’s yelling at us through her wardrobe. Whispers, Emma. It’s whispers that get the most attention. Anyway, if the dress doesn’t do it for you, these shoes certainly will! We’d pair this fuchsia number with these classy pumps.

2012 Oscars | Emma Stone

2012 Oscars | Emma Stone

Oscar Worthy | Dereon Sasho | $44.99

Oscar Worthy | Dereon Sasho | $44.99

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this one has a lot to say. But we have questions for you, photograph. 1) Is Anna Faris drunk, or does she have a peg leg and we just didn’t know it? 2) Why did she dip herself in latex before she went to the Oscars? Rhetorical questions, of course, we love this funny front woman when she’s at her best. This just isn’t one of those times.

2012 Oscars | Anna Faris

2012 Oscars | Anna Faris

Oscar Worthy | Paris Hilton Nandi | $61.99

Oscar Worthy | Paris Hilton Nandi | $61.99

Saving the best for last – by far our fave fashion feat of the night! When you’re wearing such a superb gown, who cares what shoes you’re wearing? Just kidding…we care. Try these on for size.

2012 Oscars | Jessica Chastain

2012 Oscars | Jessica Chastain

Oscar Worthy | Kelsi Dagger Linzy In Bronze | $66.99

Oscar Worthy | Kelsi Dagger Linzy In Bronze | $66.99

Who do you think claimed a fashion feat, and who flopped??

Oscar-Worthy Styles | Flashy, Or Less Is More?

Hello again, Oscar! The Academy Awards are this Sunday, February 26,  and we know we’ll see a lot of new styles, new twists on old styles, and everything in between.  We can’t wait to see what some of our fave stars and starlets stir up!

While Hollywood is busy prepping, primping, and perming (well, maybe not that), we took some time to pick out a few Oscar-worthy styles that are prime head-turning, envy inspiring footwear fashions.

Madden Girl Sookiee Slingbacks | Bronze

Madden Girl Sookiee Slingbacks | Bronze

Steve Madden Showstop | Black | Beige | Blue

Steve Madden Showstop | Black | Beige | Blue

Turns out all that glitters is not gold (sorry to disappoint), but with all the attention sparkle-laden fashions are getting these days, these shoes may as well be as good as gold!
Animal print or bust!  Let’s Face it – animal print never gets old.  Unless, of course, you’re Nicki Minaj.  Toned down and paired with an equally awesome ensemble you can’t go wrong.
Steve Madden Wicked

Steve Madden Wicked

Paris Hilton Tyra

Paris Hilton Tyra

Paris Hilton Shelly | Gold | Black

Paris Hilton Shelly | Gold | Black

Jessica Simpson Waleo | Silver | Pink

Jessica Simpson Waleo | Silver | Pink

For those of us who are intimidated by making a statement with our feet, there are the classic Oscar-inspired looks.  Sometimes…less is more.

Tell us which stars you think will rock the best Oscar style!

Color Me Spring! (PLUS A Pre-Sale Alert – Yay!)

Spring is in the air, people. As the seasons change, so must our wardrobes. Time to update your stockpile from browns, blacks and greys to the new it colors of spring. Feet – meet peep toes, sandals, pumps and flats donning coral, turquoise and purple hues. Vibrant colors and edgy designs define this seasons footgear.

Drab winter tones, exit stage left. Enter bold and inspiring spring and summer colors on relaxed styles!

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

We couldn’t have asked for a more versatile pump! Perfect for going from office to happy hour and…what do you know? It’s dressed in a lovely shade of purple that exemplifies the freshest Spring trend.
Relaxing day at the beach? Hangin’ out poolside, perhaps? Yes, please! These puppies are the perfect combination of island attitude and mainland fashion sense (not that the two are mutually exclusive, of course).
Rocket Dog Clover

Rocket Dog Clover

Steve Madden Manngo Platform Wedges

Steve Madden Manngo Platform Wedges

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Coral calling! This color looks great paired with just about any and every other color in the palette, and is the choice of many fashionistas for breaking free of Winter’s icy grip.
As promised – I’m letting you in early on our President’s Day sale – woot! Tomorrow through February 21, 2012, you can take 20 percent off of your entire order. Any price, any style, any shoe! Don’t jet out of here too quickly, though. You do need a code to take advantage of this smokin’ presidential deal. Do your shopping tonight, and head over to ShoeMetro.com first thing in the morning to grab your 20 percent off code.
Nautica Tomales Bay

Nautica Tomales Bay

Sperry Top Sider A/O 2-eye

Sperry Top Sider A/O 2-eye

Nautica Cvo Velcro

Nautica Cvo Velcro

Sperry Top Sider A/O Barrel Lace

Sperry Top Sider A/O Barrel Lace

Diba Car Laa

Diba Car Laa

Madden Girl Naughtyy Platforms

Madden Girl Naughtyy Platforms

Sperry Top Sider A/O Pump

Sperry Top Sider A/O Pump

Madden Girl Mayville

Madden Girl Mayville

We want to know — what color will you dare to wear this spring?

Bearpaw Photo Shoot With Local Surf Phenom

Aloha all!  So, this post is a bit different than what you are used to seeing, but the past couple weeks have seen epic surf here in San Diego, and all the toes on the nose bros and surfer gals at Shoe Metro have certainly been taking advantage.  We wanted to share some awesome pics taken right here in our own backyard, of some of our very own local surf gurus and Shoe Metro family.

Bobby K Shredding The Rock Sunset At The Shack

 

Also have to give a shout out to super grom Tiare Thompson – home grown right here in La Jolla.  Check out this snapshot from our Bearpaw photo shoot with this talented young surfer, and let us know how awesome she is!

Surf Grom Tiare Thompson Wearing Bearpaws

It’s not flip-flop season just yet, so don’t forget to check out our favorite lineup of Bearpaws that will keep your tootsies warm after a refreshing spring surf sesh.  Even better – they’re 30% off with the coupon BEARPAW30!  Your favorite pair of Bearpaw boots or slippers is just a click away – but hurry – the coupon expires tomorrow…

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.”

Enjoy!

REPORT SIGNATURE Parker 3

REPORT SIGNATURE Parker 3

Jessica Simpson Nolita

Jessica Simpson Nolita

Style & Co Endora

Style & Co Endora

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

LIKE Us On Facebook For Something Very Cool

Just as a heads up, if you haven’t already, it’s probably a good time to LIKE Shoe Metro on Facebook. We’re finally winding down the days to the launch of our spiffy, super-cool new website. And if you follow us on Facebook, you’ll get a Sneak Peek on all the new perks including Rewards Points, Gift Cards, easier shopping, and a sitewide upgrade in stylishness.

We’ll be rolling out the invites soon. For now, you can click the link above or click on the photo below to go to our Facebook page. OR you can just click LIKE on the Facebook Fanbox over in the sidebar. Rest assured: it will be a big deal.

Shoe Metro's Facebook page

Something's a-brewin' very soon for our Facebook fans

Shoe Metro Holiday Savings

Hey just wanted to give everyone a heads up about our holiday promotions. I know I haven’t been as good as I should’ve been but it’s my early New Years Resolution to be better at that.

Check out the promo code below. With it, you can get $15 OFF your order of $85 or more. Make a gift of a pair of shoes, for your friends, your loved ones, or hey, maybe just yourself (because don’t we all deserve just one more pair of shoes?). This promo goes from today until Thursday, December 16 so go to our Shoe Metro store and act quickly. And stay tuned for more promos! =)

Shoe Metro Anniversary Sale Extended!

I forgot to mention that because our 1 Year Anniversary Sale went so well, we’re extending our Anniversary Sale until the end of the month. Get 20% OFF your purchase at our retail store. You can also check out our clearance section for shoes as low as $5.99. And don’t forget that we’re open every Saturday now. Check out the flyer below for details! =)

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