My Top Ten Spring Shoe Trends 2014

There is no theme to my shoe list,  it is all over the board.  Crazy, Beautiful, Conservative, Feminine and all out unpractical!  In other words they are me!   In the best interest of shopping my closet this year and not purchasing new items, I have come up with compatible styles that I will be satisfied as “new” Spring Shoe Trends!

1.  Tod’s Nude Fringe Sandal / My Version:  Joan and David Cognac T Strap Wedge Sandal

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2.Burberry Red T-Strap Naked Heel / My Version: Talbots Stripe, Horsebit Hardware T Strap Heeled Sandal

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3.Manolo Blahnik Alligator  Black Lace -Up/ My Version: Manolo Blahnik Brown Croc Lace Up

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4.  Manolo Blahnik Orange Fiesta Feather T-Strap Heels? My Version:Aquazurra Dalmatian T-Strap High Heel Pump

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5.  Phillip Lim Utilitarian Black Chunk Heel Open Toe Walking Shoe/ My Version:  Dolci Vita Metallic Chunk Heel Black Sandal

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6.Rochas Feather Slipper/ My Version:  Guess Polka Dot Ballet Slipper with J Crew Ostrich Feather Barretts I added on

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7.  Sophia Webster Twinkle Toes/ My Version:  Via Spiga Red Patent Round Pumps

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8.  Narciso Rodriguez Black Embellished Bead T-Strap Heel/ My Version:  Stuart Weitzman Black Patent Cage Wood Heeled Bootie

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9.  Tabitha Simmons Sky Blue, White Snake  Loafer/ My Version:  My old Gucci Loafers I will never get rid of!

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10.  Cognac Brown Gladiator Boots, Italian Designer/ My Version:  Joie Cognac Gladiator Weave Wedge Bootie

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Spring Shoe Splurge!

As I edited my closet recently getting ready for spring,  I realized I was lacking in a few functional pairs of shoes and sandals so I madly surfed Ebay typing in my favorite brands and this is what I came up with:Ten pairs of designer shoes, avg price 30.00. The designers I consistently type in are Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade, Joan and David, and for a long shot Christian Louboutin.  My total for Ebay Purchases was $300.00  As I have said before Ebay is for the buyer not the seller these days.  I would also like to say they arrived in a shockingly speedy time. I am set now for Spring and Summer.

To emphasize the spirit of spring in the Desert I displayed my new shoes appropriately.

Kate Spade:002Stuart Weitzman:007Paul Green:018Cole Haan:008Kate Spade:003Cole Haan Nike Air:005Joan and David:010Cole Haan:025Banana Rebublic:021Cole Haan:020My next upcoming blog post I will compliment the shoes with Ten Great Outfits. Check back in a week or so.

Scoring Shoes on Ebay

Shopping for shoes on Ebay is one of the easiest ways to go about getting designer shoes at a fabulous price.   All you need to know is what designer you want and your size.  For example my husband loves Tsubo’s ; a sporty mens shoe.  Since he knows he is a 9.5 he just types in Men’s Tsubo’s 9.5 and voila up pops up a stream of at least 15 choices.  He bids on the ones he wants, rarely is there any bidding wars, the auction ends and 2 weeks later he has his shoes delivered to the front door.  Victory!  Also, there are so many auctions that have Buy Now if you agree with the price of the seller you just click the button and you win automatically. Victory!

In today’s Ebay Market I personally believe it is a buyer’s market , not a seller’s market.  There are so many people selling that rarely are there  bidding wars which means the price doesn’t move so you always get a great deal. Some of my favorite designer’s are: Stuart Weitzman, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Vince Camuto, Joan and David, Bally, Giuseppe Zanotti, and  Prada.

One of my lovely clients decided to do some shoe shopping on Ebay.

She particularly loves Cole Haan’s, they fit her foot well and she knows she is always a size 8 when it comes to Cole Haan.

She was looking to build her shoe wardrobe and also replace a pair of booties that her dog Jack decided to eat, chew and destroy. Jack is lucky Melissa has such a forgiving kind heart!

Let’s just say Melissa’s Ebay shopping was a total success and her average price per shoe was $20.00.  She bought 11 pairs.  What a deal!

1.  2 Pairs of Cole Haan Black Booties- Avg Retail Price $250

2.  The Cole Haan Line Up- Avg Retail Price $200-$300

3.  Donald Pliner Line Up- Avg Retail Price $200- $300

4.  Cole Haan, G Series and Naturalizer – Avg Retail Price $100-$250

The  Grand Shoe Showcase!

 Good Job Melissa, as I always say “You can never have enough shoes!”