Sunday, January 30, 2011

Christian Louboutin Zip-Back Over-the-Knee Boots


Sneaker meets bootie! Metallic sude leather with black leather piping, highlighting the bootie's alluring curves."Louboutin" applique on the side distinguish the style. Lace-up front, side grommets, and back pull tab recall a sneaker, while the 5" covered heel speaks otherwise. Crescent toe conceals 7/8" platform.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

CONVERSE All-Stars TRIVIA



All-Stars became popular again in the '90s as fans of the world famous grunge-punk band Nirvana emulated the band's front-man Kurt Cobain, who had worn All-Stars for many years prior to the '90s due to the influence of different punk rock bands he enjoyed in his youth. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello was (and still is) also known for commonly wearing Chucks. U2 guitarist The Edge has been seen wearing All-Stars onstage in recent years. Jackass star Johnny Knoxville is also known for his signature black hi-top All-Stars. Snoop Dogg has also been known for regulary wearing Chuck Taylors, as well as his associated rapper/friend Wiz Khalifa.

Converse All Stars have also been seen in many movies and television shows. For example, in the movie “I Robot” Will Smith (the main character) wore a pair of classic black high tops. Also, in the television show “Chuck” the main character (Zachary Levi) wears his classic Chucks in almost every episode. The iconic shoes were also a signature of the Tenth Doctor being used in multiple colors over the series.

Today the shoes are very popularly worn by children, teenagers, and young adults of both sexes. The shoes are available in several core colors, seasonal colors, and a variety of print styles. 

Thus far, 800,000,000 pairs of Converse All Stars have been sold.

The Converse Rubber Company opened for business in the year of 1908 by Marquis M. Converse, in Massachusetts. Marquis was in his late 30s and had some earlier experience as a manager at a footwear manufacturing firm. Initially, Converse only made galoshes and seasonal shoes. 

Nine years later, however, they decided to make athletic shoes so they could have continual production all year around. As basketball grew in its popularity, the Converse Company wanted to provide the players with good basketball shoes to accompany their sport. 


The Converse All Stars were the first mass production basketball shoe in America. As a high school basketball player in Indiana, Chuck Taylor began to wear Converse All Stars and became very fond of them. The shoes were not particularly popular until Chuck Taylor adopted them as his preferred shoe. He was impressed with the design so he became the shoe's leading salesman. 

After Chuck Taylor was hired by the Converse Corporation, he suggested new ways to sew the shoe together providing more support but also flexibility. He also suggested adding the patch for the brand name. 

When Chuck's suggestions proved themselves adequate, the shoe got its current name and Chuck Taylor's signature on its ankle All Stars patch. At first the shoe was only in earth tones with black trim, but in the 1920s they came in black canvas or leather styles. 

Another change was the switch to nonslip soles. Although classic black is the most popular, Chuck Taylor was himself known to prefer unbleached white high-tops (known in his day as simply "white"). 


The Converse soon had their own industrial league where Chuck was the coach as well as one of the players. Chuck Taylor traveled all of the time promoting and advertizing the shoes and running basketball clinics. 

As Chuck's popularity rose, he attained more opportunities to create extensive themes and designs. In the 1930's, Chuck designed white high tops with blue and red trim for the 1936 Olympics (the first year basketball became an Olympic Sport). Chuck Taylor also managed to become the army's fitness consultant during WWII. 

Soon after that, white high tops became the “official” shoe for the United States armed forces. Later in 1957 the low top All Stars were created for the more casual look.


Consumers demanded more variety from the shoe – particularly with respect to colors in order to match basketball teams – so colored and patterned shoelaces became popular to complement the two colors, blacks and whites, available before 1966. Afterwards, more colors and styles became available. Low-top or "Oxford", high-top, and later knee-high, versions were produced. More materials were offered for the construction, including leather, suede, vinyl, denim, and hemp. 

Some versions of the shoe were offered without laces, held up instead by elastic. These new versions of the shoe were also co-designed by Chuck Taylor.
In 1968 Chuck Taylor went into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Only a year later, Chuck Taylor died from a heart attack in Florida. 

A full biography of Chuck Taylor was published by Indiana University Press in March 2006 under the title Chuck Taylor, All Star: The True Story of the Man Behind the Most Famous Athletic Shoe in History, with a foreword by the retired college basketball coach Dean Smith. 



During the 1970's and 1980's, Converse All Stars became extremely fashionable. Even adults who had grown up wearing them, refused to give them up. The shoe became part of the hippie movement accompanied by musicians and their bands. The hippies often wore the shoes as mismatches to promote their individuality. 
Converse All Stars were no longer only a basketball shoe, but also a shoe for more casual wear that began to represent rebellion and freedom.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

STILETTOS Trivia



DID YOU KNOW






Stilettos give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot, and a greater overall height. They also alter the wearer's posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles, and making the bust and buttocks more prominent.

Paul Smith Shoes with Quirky Design


Paul Smith has the ability to anticipate, and even spark off trends not only fashion but in the wider context of popular culture. He manages to transmit a genuine sense of humour and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classics.


Paul Smith Leather Shoes featuring this season's Mini Lighthouse print, Paul Smith signature heel logo,a unique perforated look on the side of the shoes.


These seven eyelet lace ups comes with spare laces.Another stylish trainer from Paul Smith with 100% leather uppers decorated by multi-stripe webbing.


These lace-ups also have a vulcanized construction and the 100% rubber outsoles have special grip detailing.Paul Smith Shoes played the part of still maintained its brief,but not simple style.Paul Smith Shoes is forever not out of the fashion world

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WHAT WOMEN NEED: SHOE RACKS



Where To Put All These Shoes!
What woman does not love shoes or a closet rack full of them? They collect them like a gardener collects clay pots. But piles and piles of shoes can get pretty messy and clutter up the house. While it’s easy enough to stack shoes in boxes or try to line them up neatly on the closet floor, they can easily get ruined or lost and isn't pretty. 

Besides, who wants to dig through a pile of dusty shoes, then clean them off to make them ready to wear? That’s a lot of work for a pair of shoes! One of the easiest solutions is to use closet shoe racks.

Of course, you can always build shelves and shadow boxes made specifically for your shoes to stay in. But who has that kind of room? In fact, who has that kind of time or money that it takes to build such things? The simplest solution remains closet shoe racks. They make it easy to keep your shoes organized and give you much needed room for other things, like more purses to match your shoes!  


What could be easier? Then you can move on to matching jackets, earrings, nail polishes and…well I think you get the idea of where this is going. 

Can Racks Be Pretty??

Make Your Extra Room A Closet!

Let’s just think about how simplified your life could be. Instead of searching and searching for the right pair of shoes, all you do is open the door and there are your beloved shoes! Then all you have to do is pick the pair you want to go with your outfit. Of course, since we women tend to try on three or four pairs instead of just one before deciding, the convenience of the closet shoes racks can save us a lot of time by presenting all of our options at once! Seriously, every woman alive needs one of these.

But closet shoe racks don’t just benefit the woman. Men can use them too.  Even if the man only owns one pair of shoes, if he does not want to trip over his woman’s shoes every day, it would be a great idea for him to get her one of these. She’ll know he thought of her and he will know that the gift actually served a purpose for him. Besides, most men could use their own rack. You know, for all those golf shoes, sneakers and dress shoes? To put it simply, these are a must for any shoe lover!

Pic Courtesy: Fotoplix

How To Shine Your Shoes Like a Soldier



There are a lot of opinions when it comes to the best way to shine a shoe. Everyone has their own unique twist from using spit to using a lighter to burn the top coat of polish (cool, although potentially dangerous). The process below is a simple one that I have used for many years.

Step 1

Find an old towel or newspaper to spread over the area you will be working on. Shoe polish has an uncanny ability to get smeared everywhere even when you’re being extremely careful…and it’s really hard to get out of carpet.

Step 2


Clean the dust and dirt off your boots with a horsehair shine brush or damp rag. If you must get your boots a little wet to clean them off, allow them time to dry before applying the polish.


Step 3


Cover the entire shoe with a generous amount of polish, using your shoe polish brush. The polish I’m using is black Kiwi Shoe Polish, but be sure to match the color of the polish to your shoe as closely as possible. Make sure you get down in the seams of the shoe and attempt to cover evenly with polish. Allow 15 minutes for the polish to dry.


Step 4


Brush the entire shoe vigorously using the horsehair shine brush. The point of this is to basically brush off all the excess polish, leaving only a small film on the outside of the shoe.


Step 5


Once you feel comfortable that the entire shoe has been covered and brushed it is time to focus on the toe and heel for extra shine. Dip a cotton ball or pad into some water and squeeze out any excess moisture so it is damp, not dripping. Then get a little polish on the damp cotton. Next apply the polish on the toe and heel of the shoe using small circular motions. Sit back, this is going to take a while.


Step 6


Repeat Step 5 until you are satisfied with the level of shine. Remember to use a new piece of cotton each time and to remove all excess polish before applying a new coating. Also, the initial shine is the hardest, it should get a bit easier each time you do it. These boots were fairly new and this was my first time giving them a good shine. From start to finish, it took me approximately 45 minutes to get them to the state shown below. Most of this was spent with the cotton pads shining the toe and heel. If I were to come back in a couple weeks it would take me half the time to do the same job.


Building a Shoe Shine Kit


Before you try to build one, if you have black shoes you can always just buy the one sold on military bases worldwide…and the one I use. It is basic, cheap and has worked for me for 6 years. Here is the link. If, however, you want a nicer kit, different colors of polish, or just like being independent, here are the items you need

  • tin of wax polish

  • horsehair shine brush

  • shoe polish brush (applicator)

  • cotton balls

  • shine cloth

Extra Thoughts


For those of you who are really hardcore, you can clean up the edges of the sole by purchasing edge dressing. It’s basically black goop that goes around the edge of the sole and makes it look shiny. I’m not a fan of it, but you may feel the urge at some point.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Shoe Trivia

BY SONAL BERIA

What's Your Shoe IQ?
 
Q: Who created and filed the first patent for the wedge heel in 1937? Hint: His shoes famously adorned the glamorous feet of Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn
A: Salvatore Ferragamo. Click here to see more of the fall 2009 collection by Ferragamo designer Christina Ortiz.
 
 
Q: Call yourself a fan of Sex and the City? Then this is a gimme: For her final date with Big before he moved to Napa in season 4, Carrie wore these pink, tiered sandals (topped off here by a Michel Kors frock) by what beloved designer? They were infamously — but accidentally — ruined by Miranda on the same episode during a trip to the hospital.
A: Christian Louboutin, of course.
 
 
Q: What did Christian Louboutin use to paint that now instantly recognizable red sole?
A: His assistant's red nail polish. She was painting her nails when he struck upon the idea of a hot-red sole and used her polish to color the sole of a prototype. Today, that shock of rouge is so recognizable, it even stands out on the red carpet
 
Q: For his spring 2008 runway show, Marc Jacobs sent accessories editors (and the fashion world in general) into a tizzy by doing what to his pumps?
A: In a creative move worthy of the great surrealists, he inverted the heels.
 
 
 
Q: Which political figure known as the "Steel Butterfly" accumulated more than 2,700 pairs of shoes?
A: Imelda Marcos
 
Q: Girls and women alike love wearing Mary Jane-style shoes (like the vampy Yves Saint Laurent platform shoes shown here). But who was the original Mary Jane?
A: Comic strip character Buster Brown's little sister, Mary Jane. She first appeared in comic strips in 1902, and the pair frequently wore shoes with a thin ankle strap
 
Q: What does the "UGG" stand for in UGG boots?
A: Australian fashion lore has it that it really does stand for "ugly." The sheepskin boots have been used by outdoorsy Aussies and swimmers for decades and decades. Cozy but homely, they were totally utilitarian from the get-go, and were often referred to as "ug" boots.
Stay Tuned in with Me- Sonal (Gimme Shoe fame)
 

BOOTS


Cowboy boots refer to a specific style of riding boot, historically worn by cowboys.
They have a high heel, rounded to pointed toe, high shaft, and, traditionally, no lacing. Cowboy boots are normally made from cowhide leather but are also sometimes made from "exotic" skins such as alligator, snake, ostrich, lizard, eel, elephant, sting ray, elk, buffalo, and the like.
Cowboy may sound ancient
But the boots are now in vogue

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN CORSAGE SANDALS



I hate pansies, wall flowers that only fall away from the wall when they see something stronger they want to cling to, to support them. Boring blossoms like that get tossed away in a day.
The only flowers I like are like the black roses on these Alexander McQueen corsage sandals. So smartly shaped, so carefully structured, the little dark clouds of unique beauty make these Alexander McQueen shoes boss. Unlike copycats and catty housewives, the roses could easily stand on their own.
Eyes wide shut, imagine:
The roses would make great pasties, right?
Alexander McQueen corsage sandals $1,124