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In the Market for Cap Toe Oxfords

29 Dec

Christmas came and went this year all too quickly as per usual but memories of what it feels like to see your loved ones eyes light up when they open my gifts will last forever, or maybe for at least another week.

This year, finally having a job and all, I decided to really go all out for my honey. Now, it’s not easy buying for him because he’s actually very fashionable and picky. He likes what he likes and that’s that. He also tends to research the heck out of any purchase and lately, he’s been all about researching men’s dress shoes – the material, country of origin, how they’re made, how long they should normally last, you name it, he probably knows about it.

A few years back, when we first started dating I bought him his first pair of really nice professional dress shoes. They were a pair of Cole Haan’s that I spent a pretty penny on (at least relative to my income or lack thereof at the time). They were a pair of Cap toe Oxford’s, no brogues, nothing fancy, just regular black classy shoes that were nice enough for suits but could be dressed down for jeans.

He wore those things out like it was his job. He basically wore them everyday to work for the last 2 years, that’s a long time and certainly speaks to the quality of Cole Haan’s shoes. However, they were looking really scuffed up lately and I knew he had been looking into a pair of Allen Edmonds.

I had only seen Allen Edmonds stores in New York City and the display always showed gorgeous really upscale looking shoes. Well let me tell you, each pair of those puppies starts at $385 so they better look upscale. Anyway, I thought that as a Christmas treat I would get him a pair, knowing that he would never spend that kind of money on himself. That’s the point of gifts right? To get the person something they would never buy for themselves.

I started looking at different types of shoes with little swirlies that are called brogues apparently, and wing tip or not wing tip, derby, omg the amount of different styles was overwhelming. So I thought about it and I decided that he needed a new pair of Oxford’s to replace his current and old pair of Cole Haan’s. I chose not to be fancy and get him a shoe that would be only a once in a while sort of thing and instead get him Cap Toe Oxford’s, which he loves and actually desperately needs. I chose the Park Avenue model, which I think was his favorite and also the most practical for an everyday dress shoe.

We opened our respective gifts on the morning of Christmas Eve because we had plans with family on both Christmas Eve and all of Christmas Day. When he opened the beautiful dark blue box with huge letters that read “Allen Edmonds” I could see the smile forming on his face. He could not believe I had actually bought him such an expensive but high quality shoe. He could not have been more grateful and I felt fantastic, what a win for me that was!

I highly recommend looking into this brand. The shoes are made in the US and the highest quality leather is used. Also, I learned that what separates a great shoe from a mediocre shoe is how the sole is attached. Apparently, cheaper shoes attach the sole by using glue, whereas Allen Edmonds stitches the sole on with a very thick thread. The sole itself is also very thick which offers durability and longetivity for the wearer. All in all, I did a great job.

Yesterday was my boyfriend’s first day back to work after the holidays, and you can guess that he has been wearing those cap toe Oxfords since then and will continue to do so for another 10 -12 years.

If you have a man in your life that needs a durable high quality dress shoe, I 100% recommend purchasing a pair of Allen Edmonds. If you’re lucky, like I was, you may even be able to snag a pair for $375 on Amazon vs. the regular $385.

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Talus Heelbands

15 Jul

“With feet stable and aligned, you can now walk without pain”

Every woman has a different opinion on heels, I for one love them. I always feel any outfit becomes 10 times nicer with the addition of some cute platforms, or dangerously high heels. It just gives me a sense of self confidence and makes me feel sexy. However, high heeled shoes are possibly the most uncomfortable, unnecessary pain that we voluntarily put ourselves through.

But, as every woman knows, beauty is pain right? The question is: should it be?

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Skechers Shape-Ups

7 Jul

Skechers Shape-Ups, what do they actually Shape Up?

It’s everyone’s dream to do absolutely nothing and yet manage to lose weight. Banking on this exact psychological flaw that as humans we share, Skechers created a shoe specifically designed to tone your butt, thighs, and legs with little to no effort on your part.

I know, I’m a bit late to mention these “hi-tech” creations called Shape-Ups, but I’ve heard a lot about them lately and decided to read up on them a bit. The first time I saw the ads in magazines I just laughed to myself. First of all they are possibly one of the ugliest, least flattering shoes ever made, and secondly I was extremely skeptical.

skechers shape ups ad

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Hair Trends 2010

15 Jun

Girl, Work that Up-do!

Fashion trends don’t have to end at shoes, tops, and skirts. In fact, hair trends change almost as frequently as clothing trends. This summer season redefine your do with these new and inspired looks.

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Before There Was Gossip Girl, SATC Ruled the Streets of Fashionable NYC

27 May

Now that there are only days left until Sex and The City 2 comes out in theatres, the countdown has truly begun. Always at the forefront of fashion, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte do it again by adding even more glitz and glamour to the silver screen.

Who doesn’t want to look like them? Have a closet brimming with Manolo Blahniks and Christian Louboutins, drawers overflowing with La Perla lingerie, and couture gowns lining the walls? As portrayed in the show and the movies, these women truly do live the high life, but is it possible for the rest of us to dress like them? You know those of us who don’t have the disposable income of Bill Gates.

Apparently it is! Thanks to Cosmo Magazine we can now buy our very own shoes that even Miss, or should I say Mrs. Bradshaw would approve of…

Here is  SJP wearing beautiful, but overly expensive sparkly gold Christian Louboutin’s. Right beside it we have very similar, unfortunately not glittery, but still pretty Charles David bronze pumps. The best part is, they are only $88!

Ah the newspaper dress, somehow she manages to pull it off. The gorgeous floral shoes definitely lend a hand in making this outfit SATC worthy. Dollhouse brings us the affordable version, at only $60.

What an amazing casual look for a warm NYC day, the lavender color of her pumps just screams summertime! Here’s the Steve Madden version for $109.95. I’m not too happy with this comparison. I usually try to stay away from Steve Madden shoes unless they are flats because from experience not only are they overpriced for their cheap quality but they are almost as uncomfortable as Jessica Simpson shoes. This pair is definitely not a potential purchase for me this summer.

Charlotte, the sweetest but most naïve of the four. Let’s ignore for a second that she looks like an over the hill Barbie Doll and just concentrate on how incredibly cute those shoes are. I love the pastel colors. The cheaper version…umm not even close. Come on Cosmo, step up your game! They’re not awful but at $100 from Guess, they’re not my cup of tea.

Finally, back to Carrie and her always versatile style. There’s something about these funky caged heels that really appeals to me. And the Aldo version for $80 is actually really cute too.

Who else is on the edge of their seats counting down the days until the new movie premieres?

xoxo

~ an American girl in Paris ~

In Some Relationships, Twin Day is Everyday!

26 May

Have you ever noticed when couples spend a little too much time together they begin to look and dress alike? Why is that though? I understand loving your partner, but loving them to the extent that you wish to look like them? Now that’s a huge no no.

I feel like every day during my lunch hour I run into people who are so detached from fashion that they inspire many of my posts.

For example, today I went out with a couple of friends to get Thai food. The café is tiny so we decided to find someplace to sit down on the street. Seeing as benches are almost non-existent in France, we found some church steps that would be perfect to enjoy our meals.

While chatting and munching on deliciousness, we all noticed a couple walking towards us drenched in the color purple. I kid you not, he was wearing a bright purple sweater and she was wearing almost the exact same shade as a t-shirt. The kicker was that he was carrying a purple umbrella that matched perfectly to her lavender colored shoes.

So I thought to myself, could this really have been a coincidence and once they realized what they had done it was simply too late to change? Or does this couple actually prefer to dress in similar styles and colors while strolling in the fashion capital of the world?

I guess I’ll never know the real truth, but I do know they looked ridiculous. However, thanks to them I learned a valuable lesson. No matter how much I may love my future husband, I will never allow us to turn into that purple couple. Late or not, if we do end up wearing the same outfit one of us will be forced to change, end of story.

Have you ever committed this fashion crime with your loved one?

xoxo

~ an American girl in Paris ~

Purses and Shoes, the Two Loves of My Life

25 May

While on my Italian excursion this past weekend I noticed that many Italian women carry Louis Vuitton purses. The brand was so prevalent that it made me wonder if, as a citizen of Italy, you are required to own one.

I am almost certain that many of the purses I saw were not real, considering there were vendors lining every street selling Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Chanel, you name it. It was just funny to see the citizens “representing” their culture.

Then again, who am I to judge? Maybe they were real and the fake stuff only appeals to tourists?

Fashion in Italy is on a level of its own though. I saw the most beautiful shoes while strolling along the streets of ritzy Capri. It almost made me sad that I am not the long-lost daughter of a celebrity or a king.

How fitting...This picture perfectly describes how I feel

Happy Shopping

xoxo

~ an American girl in Paris who occasionally travels to Italy ~