Our closet got a little cramped so we had to find new digs ..
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Our closet got a little cramped so we had to find new digs ..
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.. recently someone asked me if I had gotten a Shoe Cake for my birthday.
Considering that my own MOTHER didn’t get me a cake for my birthday, the answer was sadly no.
So.. seriously.. this was the cake she was referring to:
Is this not a cake befitting of a shoe whore??
When I first saw this picture over at CakeWrecks.Com, I couldn’t stop staring at it. I called for everyone who was ANYWHERE NEAR my general vicinity to come and fawn over this confection of awesomeness.
I said that that if anyone wanted to present this cake to me on my birthday, I would die in eternal happiness.
So I’m just going to guess that nobody wanted me to die!!
Anyway.. having a husband who is in this field and has the ABILITY although not the CREATIVITY to do something like this is like the fish that fell in love with the bird.
See what looking at shit like this does to me!!!
I did a little finger walking and found a few other’s that I liked ..
Not so crazy about the actual shoe.. in fact, I even want to say that it isn’t a Manolo Blahnik shoe but one, I’m not 100% sure ( I KNOW!!! Right!!! ME??? ) and two, that’s just splitting fondant and it isn’t fair to the person who created this.
I will say that I absolutely adore the tissue paper and bow.
And I would DEFINITELY NOT turn this cake away if it just so happened to grace my table on my next birthday.
Just in case you wanted to know!!
Love the colors.. LOVE THE SHOE!!
In fact, I have a pair of Gucci’s that are soooo similiar I am going to convince myself that someone actually commissioned this cake for me but somewhere between there and here, they hit one of the major pot holes littering the highway that the poor thing just toppled over and became a heap of sugar and fondant mess!!
Because they couldn’t give me a messed up cake, right??
And kudos for them for keeping it a secret!!
I only kidding around folks.. but really, I am blown away by the creativity of these cakes and if you ever watched the Food Network Cake Challenges.. you know just how hard something like this is to pull off.
Now.. if you want to see some NOT so good renditions, check out cakewrecks.com … you’ll be peeing yourself!
For the LIFE of me.. I can’t figure this trend out.
Unless you’re Russell Crowe and wearing a leather strapped Roman kilt.. I can’t see ANY reason why you’d want to put these things on your feet and wear them out in public.
Unless maybe you’re a post-apocolyptic punk rocker… or into the whole alternate lifestyle, I’m just not getting it.
Are you suppose to wear them with jeans? Shorts? Skirts?
Am I just too old and set in my ways to see their value?
Mind you.. I never thought twice about buying a pair of shoes because someone else would think they’re ugly.
I just don’t see the appeal in this type of shoe.
I will say this though..
There are some types of shoes that don’t look like much on display but have a completely different appeal once they’re being worn.
There are some young girls that I’ve seen wearing Gladiators and they looked cute.
Of course, they were all around 15 with mile high legs no wider then a pencil so maybe that’s what it takes.
So is it me?
How do you feel about Gladiators?
Trend or soon to be staple?
But yknow.. yknow.. stick a heel on these suckers and you won’t be able to hold me back. Check these out from Bebe..
Now.. THAT’s what I’m talking about!!
If I had this pair in front of me, I’d be cradling them like a baby and oooh and aaahh over them.
Maybe even drooling a little but I’d be sure to not get any on the leather!!
These 5″ heels have a half inch platform and while I’m not a fan of platforms in general, I think I’d be able to live with this one.
Anniversary is in 7 days..
Guess what I’m asking for!!
Here’s a secret..
As much as I love shoes.. I’m actually a bare foot person. There’s nothing I love more then kicking off my shoes when I get home and running around the house or the yard bare footed.
So as soon as the weather starts getting warm, my toes start their campaign to plead their case in front of the parole board and be set free.
There hasn’t been a denial yet!
But just because there’s less SHOE .. doesn’t mean you have to forgo the FABOOSH!
Take, for example, these Casadei sandals on the left. In my world “Faboosh” doesn’t exactly mean expensive but these puppies here go for $1260.00
You, read that right.
Now please get off the floor before the police come and tape around your body.
While I HAVE spent that much on a pair of shoes WAY before the responsibilities of step-parenthood.. I wouldn’t dream of spending that much on a sandal.
And those baubles? Yea.. not real.
So sorry, can’t justify these.. however, if you WANT to have a Casadie sandal, I did find these on the right at a much more reasonable price.
That is.. if you consider 188.10 on sale, a reasonable price. I personally don’t.. again, that’s a lot of money for not that much shoe but to each her own. If you love them, then go for it sunshine!!
Unless I’m going to a function, I like to keep my sandals at a reasonable price. I tend to wear the hell out of them daily so for me, it doesn’t seem prudent to spend a lot of money on them. Under $25 seems reasonable to me.
I went a head and found some really cool sandals at BareFeetShoes.Com that won’t break your bank.
Although I’m not really a “jelly” person .. I tend to think they make your feet sweat more then wearing two pairs of socks and thermal boots in the winter .. I like the multi color beading on top.
These will go with just about anything in your closet and would make a great shoe for walking on hot sand or even into the ocean.
And for $9.99, you can’t really beat it.
I think I already mentioned that I love anything with stones on them and this pair of J. Loren black slides gives a casual shoe a little of the ‘omph’ factor.
I think these would look cute paired with a short skirt or capris.
I don’t necessarily like wearing these types of shoes with long pants but again, to each her own!
These Melody slides are right up my alley and would fit perfectly with my wardrobe. A little more casual then the black pair but with a little more interesting embellishment.
Don’t know about you, but I tend to lean more towards earth tones when I want something casual and black for something dressier.
But never red.
For some reason, no matter how expensive red shoes are they always look cheap.
Call me quirky.. I accept that sash with pride!!
And alas.. I have no sure fire tips for wearing the thong between your toes. I get just as irritated by them as the next gal so if YOU have a way to beat the blisters or callouses.. give me a holler! I’d love to know about it!
And remember… you’re feet will be out on display so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure they don’t look busted up. Not saying that you should have a professional pedicure every other day, but it doesn’t take much to sand blast the ash off or clip the nails for that matter. Ain’t nothing like looking at some one’s busted up feet to ruin a day!! LOL!!
I know you’re probably wondering why I didn’t start with Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo or one of the other uber-kids that are mentioned all over the place but I thought I would bring home old school for my first introduction.
Although really, I don’t think Ferragamo is “old school” necessarily but his were the first major pair of shoes I bought with my very first paycheck. A plum-suede pump.
Go head. Laugh. It was the 80′s dammit!
The 11th of 14 kids ( Italians know how to take advantage of “down” time ) Salvatore Ferragamo was born in Bonito, Naples, Italy in 1898.
He made his first pair of shoes 9 years later for his sister’s confirmation and knew he found his passion. Guess my 12 year old step son is a little late in the passion finding, huh? Note to self: Get on his ass!!
Anyway, Ferragamo studied shoe making in Naples.. opened a store in his parents home but then decided to move to Boston in 1914 where some of his brother’s worked in a cowboy boot factory.
Cowboy boots in Boston. Go figure.
He stayed for a while but convinced his brother’s that California was the place to be.. so they loaded up the truck and moved to Bev-er-ly!!
Sorry.. wrong story.
Anyway.. the Ferragamo boys made it to California and eventually to Hollywood where Salvatore opened a shoe repair shop and also “Made To Measure” shoes.. which sent the Hollywood Stars gaga.
Because of that, he spent a long period of time designing shoes for movies but he still wasn’t as satisfied being the “Shoemakers To The Stars” as I probably would be.
Which is probably why he’s an iconic shoe designer and I’m.. well.. not.
He studied anatomy at USC because he wanted to know why his shoes were a pleasure to the eye but painful to the feet.
Yes, Salvatore!! More important that the Chicken / Egg question.
In 1927, he returned to Italy.. to Florence where he opened a shop on the Via Mannelli in 1929. There, not only did he create shoes for the hub-bubs he also started experimenting with design and patented ornamental and utility models.
Although he filed bankruptcy in 1933.. he stuck to what he knew and by 1950′s, he had expanded his operations to include 700 artisans that produced something ridiculous like 350 pairs of hand made shoes a day.
Think about it. 350 PAIRS a day. HAND MADE.
Salvatore Ferragamo died in 1960 at the age of 62.
Fortunately his wife and six :: I think it’s six :: children carried on with the brand and expanded it internationally to include handbags, sunglasses, watches, perfume and even a ready wear line.
Personally, I find Ferragamo’s story fascinating but maybe it’s because his was similar to my grandfather’s.
My grandfather wasn’t an iconic shoe designer either ( dammit! ) but the drive.. determination.. passion and willingness to leave everything you know behind to follow your passion is a parallel.
If you have the opportunity to try on a pair of Ferragamo’s then do so.
They won’t feel like any shoe you ever put on your feet before.. but you just might want to go with a friend and have them hold your credit cards and check book just in case the price tag is a little out of your league.
Honestly .. they are that comfortable.
Sometimes.. just sometimes.. it isn’t feasible to be wearing heels all day.
Or maybe.. you’re a bridesmaid and you’re required to wear a pair of heels that your hatred for is ONLY surpassed by their mission to pinch and bind and rub the balls of your feet raw.
OR maybe your at a holiday party and the shoes your wearing are SO bad ass but require you to be carried from the car into the event and then back to the car.
If you have to go to the bathroom.. you’re screwed.
Possibly you’re a model going on “go-sees” and have to run all over town .. up stairs.. down stairs.. in the subway.. across 6 lane streets…
You get the idea, right?
Well.. FootzyRolls will save the day.
For thirty bucks you’ll get a pair of ballerina flats that fold up so you can carry them in really inconspicuous places.
They come in a wide variety of colors :: mine are sparkly silver because I love making a spectacle of myself!! :: and have a non-skid sole. They come with a pouch for the flats and a larger pouch to hold your heels. Granted, you may not be able to tuck your heels into a clutch.. but I’m positive you’ll be able to find someplace for them until your ready to head back to the comforts of your pig fuzzy slippers.
The photo on the right here shows you just how simple and convenient FoostyRolls are.
Check out their website HERE to see all their colors and styles.
If you take the plunge… let me know how you like them!
I love.. Love.. LOVE shoes that have belts and buckles and stones and feathers and bows and ribbons and anything and everything that make a statement.
These boots just don’t make a statement, they yell DON’T FUCK WITH ME, BITCH!
I wasn’t even looking for shoes or at shoes when these suckers pointed a loaded gun to my back.
How could I say no?
They also come in Camo but.. yea.. even I think that that’s a little much. With my luck, I get picked up as some kind of high fashionista terrorist or something.. especially because I’m always at Dunkin’ Donuts at weird hours of the morning!
The boots are made by Funtasma and ShoeBuy.Com has them listed at 63.95.
Not a bad price.. especially if you’re not going to wear them all the time.