Sunday Shoes:Nu Shooz

.....or gay man.....
…..or gay man…..

It’s nothing new that I have an addiction to shoes. Shoes make me really happy. I find shoes as a way to help represent my mood rather than wearing black all the time.

Generally, I go for things that stand out to me. Which then becomes a problem because I’ll sometimes get one use out of it. However, I don’t feel as bad because I’ve almost mastered the art of finding the shoes I want(especially the designers) on sale.

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The one I was really excited about was the “The Rabbit” CA by Cinzia Araia. The one that literally allows the wearer of the shoe to have limitless options in tying their shoe. Only problem, it’s kind of complicated but it’s kind of fun creating your own statement.

One day, I’ll grow tiresome of shoes but until then “These Boots Are Made For Walking!”

 

Shoe Addiction: New Year’s Eve

Inside the FW 2010/11 Lookbook that came with the shoes
Inside the FW 2010/11 Lookbook that came with the shoes

As far as I’m concerned, I truly don’t need another pair of shoes for a while. Today, I was going to through and organize all of my shoes and clothes that I don’t wear anymore to get ready for donation. I got distracted after talking with my Grandmother this morning, so then I just decided to put it off until tomorrow.

New Year’s Eve will be interesting. I never like to really go out on NYE, because it’s just an unnecessary hassle. This year, I’m going out by myself too, which is just another anxiety provoking thought because I have to really pay attention to people around me. So for Christmas, I really wanted a new pair of winter boots. I typically wear moonboots, despite the name behind the brand, I feel as though the quality is rather inferior to what the standard is. This year, as I was searching for boots, I remembered Lil Wayne had a pair in the music video for “The Motto“, being able to remember the brand, I immediately started searching.

Upon their arrival, I immediately knew that I couldn’t wear them out on NYE as much as I want to. I’m just afraid that someone is going to spill a drink and then trying to find someone to clean them…DISASTER! Unbeknownst to me, it came with the FW 2010/2011 lookbook campaign. I really got lucky finding these because they were brand new, not even taken out of the box once. Amazing!!They’re insanely comfortable feel as though I’m walking on the moon. So cool. Definitely going in the books as one of my favorite pair of shoes, if not my favorite pair.

In all honesty, except for two pairs of Y.R.U. and the teddy bears, I’m all set on shoes. I guess the question that I never asked “What should I wear with them?” I was almost thinking grey or silver denim and probably just  a white or black shirt. Keep it cute and simple. What is everyone doing for New Years?

WHERE TO FIND:  There are multiple shoe sites that I follow that carry the brand but these are ones that I pay attention to.

Yoox is now having  a sale on Forfex. Great prices. Great choice.

ASOS also carries the brand as well and they have nice sales as well.

DROOLOVER is the official website and online store of the Forfex brand which is now closed until Jan 02, 2014.

 

 

Let’s Walk A Mile In Each Others’ Shoes

The famous Carrie Bradshaw line but my shoes are on the floor in my closet...
The famous Carrie Bradshaw line but my shoes are on the floor in my closet…

Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes? I’m going to speak for everyone when I say that “Everybody loves shoes!!” To me shoes are an extension of the soul in a sense. You probably don’t realize how intimate shoes really are but think about it for a second.

Ready? Here are some reasons:

  • Shoes will do whatever we want them to do. We can dance, run, kick, strut down the street with confidence in our shoes. When we get tired of them….to the back of the closet they go.
  • A good pair of shoes that is properly fitting will last you a LIFETIME! The most loyal friend on earth we never have to worry about them not fitting us if we have a carb filled night.
  • Shoes define our personalities. Put on a pair of shoes and your stripped of all your other masks and left with your SHOES! 
  • You can have as many or little as you want. You can’t really do that with relationships unless your kind of well….um(you thought it, I didn’t say it)
  • Love at first sight! Forever and always true love….Take good care of them and you’ll be obsessed for years to come. Put them in the closet for a few months or longer and pull them out of the box and say “Hell Yeah F*cking Right!”
  • The worst that is gonna happen is you might get a blister, run them down to the ground, or you fall in them and people laugh. A lot better than anyone else doing these things to you cause if someone gives you a blister “There’s an app for that!”
All Gold Er'Thang
All Gold Er’Thang

I was always obsessing over shoes I think but I didn’t realize it until I worked in the women’s shoe department of a clothing store. The countless pairs of shoes that women had to choose from. It’s unfair. Lucky for me that I am able to wear a women’s sneaker…..LUCKY FOR ME!!!! I loved helping women find shoes that fit their personality and I would give them an honest opinion just as I do when it comes to hair color.

Personally, I like sneakers or funky dress shoes. They define my personality, I could wear the simplest of things but the right shoe can totally change the appearance to make me complete! However, I do not use shoes as a method of protecting me from people. I think of my shoes as a connection to people.

Shoes. Shoes. Shoes. My God!
Shoes. Shoes. Shoes. My God!

What are some your favorite shoe styles? Do you have a particular brand that you absolutely love? I’d love to hear and maybe find a new brand for myself!

Brands A Make Me Dance:

CA by Cinzia AraiaCinzia Araia created this sportswear line that would act as  the sister to her namesake. Unisex shoes that have an edgy, modern yet wearable for the fashion forward person. Particularly The Rabbit which is my favorite of her shoes. I wrote a few posts about them here.

Jeffrey Campbell-Amazing shoes that really take femininity to the next level but with a grungy edge. Both men and womens shoes have this Courtney Love/David Bowie feel. I can’t wait to buy the Jeffrey Campbell Wordz!!!

Ralph Lauren-Comfortable shoes. Synonymous with luxury. Classic, elegant and modern for that New England Prep School student in us all.

Philipp Plein-Edgy. Sexy. Rocker. Chic. Glamorous are words that I would use to describe this bad boy of the design world. Take a look for yourself, you’ll fall in love!

Shop ’til you drop:

Luisaviaroma

Yoox

Barneys

Farfetch

Solestruck

 

It Was Meant To Be, You Were Meant For Me…..

So That Means We Gotta Make It Work

Wrapped High Top Sneaker aka Rabbit
Wrapped High Top Sneaker aka Rabbit from CA by Cinzia

Everybody that knows me knows that I am a freak for shoes. I love shoes because of the way that can transform the outfit that a person is wearing and allow that user to stand out or blend into the crowd. I believe in standing out with my footwear and basing my outfits off my footwear. It’s easier than having to plan the outfit and then having to worry about the shoes. Start from the bottom up, am I right?

Anyways, in a earlier blog I had written about this interesting luxurious but casual sneaker that I saw on Barneys.com . To recap what the details that were mentioned, the parent brand is Cinzia Araia and this was her offshoot brand CA by Cinzia Araia. Which is the more street wear inspired footwear line and at a bit lower of a prince point then the parent Cinzia Araia. This shoe is just amazing and in doing research for my marketing class about the brand, I learned a lot about the shoe and the concept and not just adding this too my closet.

Cinzia Araia started in 2010 and in 2011 introduced us to CA by Cinzia Araia. With this new label underneath her still new label, she developed the Wrapped High Top Sneaker.

Wrapped High Top Sneaker in Black
Wrapped High Top Sneaker in Black

The really amazing thing that keeps drawing me back to these shoes are how versatile they are. You can always be funky fresh dressed ready to party or you can wear it a little more rock star subtle. Perfect for the office fashionista who is afraid to really be edgy but still right for the mom picking up her kids from school. By the way, did I mention that they are actually unisex so for the metrosexual who is feeling comfortable in his sexuality he can purchase a pair and look ever so good! This particular style runs from about $315-$345 depending on what site you buy from.

So the reason the particular style of sneakers is also known as The Rabbit is because of the long laces that are inspired by the ears of a rabbit. The laces are long because it gives the wearer the ability to create a few different looks. Another amazing thing was that Cinzia had her shoes internationally patented so that particular model type can become synonymous with her brand as her signature piece. Smart thinking from a wise gal!

I mentioned a little earlier about the cost of the shoes, however, Yoox.com has other CA by Cinzia shoes on their website. Worth a shot to see if you like something else. They have a pair of The Rabbits from the fall in a size 10 for about $98!!! WHAT A STEAL!!!

I really cannot wait to search a little more and find a pair. I say search a little more because I’m terribly indecisive when it comes to things like that and have to analyze every little detail. Goodness Gracious Golly Me, What Am I Going To Do With Myself?”

 

Where To Purchase:

www.cinziaaraia.com

www.barneys.com

www.yoox.com

www.luisaviaroma.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paub1Jm35v0

 

Long Heels, Red Bottoms

Long Heels, Red Bottoms

I absolutely love shoes. They make you feel great. They can make or break a look. I own way more shoes than I probably should. I’m a hoarder of shoes, you could probably say. I love every shoe that I own….even if I haven’t worn some of them at all since purchasing.

I became obsessed with the hidden wedge sneaker look. I bought a pair of the Steve Madden’s just because one day. I actually wear them a lot. It was the best purchase ever. They give you height but you can’t tell it’s a heel. AMAAAAAZZZZZING!!!!!!!! However, I then saw the Guiseppe Zanotti and Isabel Marant versions and wished that I had saved for those instead. Then again “It’s Not About The Label,How You Wear It!”

I was on Barneys.com on Sunday morning and I think I was looking in the handbag section. There on the sidebar was a shoe and I thought I’ll take a gander at shoes. I’m one of those really fortunate boys that has a shoe size that translates well into a women’s size. So off I went to to look at shoes. There staring back at me in all of it’s FIERCENESS:

CA by Cinzia Araia

I actually am a big fan of shoes like this. They are grown up sneaks!! The really cool thing about this shoe is all the different ways that you are allowed to wear it.

For instance, you can wear it up high by unfolding the suede wrap around straps to create a really cool look with a  pair of cigarette pants or leggings(for a girl, or a really fashionably daring gay man)

I really like the contrast of suede and leather along with distressed nature of the shoes soles.

CA By Cinzia Araia

I’m really just beyond obsessed with these shoes. I love sneakers and I think this is a really cool way of growing up from sneakers to SNEAKERS!

Pair this baby with a drop crotch pants and a cropped jacket….FIERCE!

If You Read The Blog, Buy Me A Pair!

Anyways, somehow the formatting got messed up. That’s annoying but these shoes I mean they are awesome. This brand is really  spectacular. I’m able to see my personality shine through in these shoes when I look at them. That’s important when buying a shoe because it really completes the look. It almost even creates the look. I wish the brand much success and I’m sure she’ll have no problem finding that if she’s only 22 and receiving such a buzz!!!

http://www.cinziaraia.com

http://www.yoox.com

http://www.barneys.com