Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Much Ado about Shoes: FFANY part 2 Hilton Hotel and Nine West

Tales of a Trade Show

Earlier this month, I attended the FFANY New York Shoe Expo at New York's Flatotel, Hilton New York Hotel and various member showrooms (see my faves from the Flatotel here). In addition to swooning over the shoe offerings for S/S 2011, I had the opportunity to chat with representative from various brands (which means the inside scoop on where to buy the shoes, and maybe future giveaways, so stay tuned). Here are the shoes that made me squeal at the Hilton and the Nine West showroom:

You may remember the buzz surrounding Q by Pasquale's Glass Q Shoe. For S/S 2011, they're offering a new line of more accessible, more mainstream shoes with Murano glass accents and beautifully painted soles. I love the fact that there's a thin, clear rubber layer under the footbed that allows you to marvel at the artistic painting without scratching it when you walk. I'm hoping the Shoe Fairy delivers one or all three of these (I wasn't allowed to take photos the day of, but my contacts have emailed me images since then): 

Elizabeth Brady's designs straddled the line between conservative chic and trendy touches with their ruffles, platforms and not-quite-neon pops of color. The retail prices will be really reasonable, too! These three swept me off my feet:

Enigma, a brand known for celeb-worthy styles at super-low prices, will keep things fun for Summer 2011, but I was more caught up in their offerings for Fall 2010. Strippertastic Platforms, sky-high heels, bright booties? I'm sold!

Nine West's Spring/ Summer 2011 lineup will be a brightly colored and sometimes sparkly nod to Marylin Monroe, Grease and other iconic Americana.

We may be feeling the breezes of an approaching Autumn, but I'm shoely looking forward to Spring 2011 now.


  1. I love all the shoe photos! :) Especially those first few ruffly, girly ones. So my style :)

  2. The Elizabeth Brady ones? Yes... They're really great. She has a lot of other styles... hmmm I think I have a couple more to tweet now that I think of it.

  3. I'm interested in opening a shoe store with affordable yet trendy men and woman shoes for example Carlos Santana, BCBG, Jessica Simpson, Bebe, among other designers I currently wear. I will be in attendance at this years FFaNY trade show in NYC June 2011. Can you say NERVOUS! My biggest problem is finding merchandise. Where do I buy shoes in bulk? Is the trade shoe the place to start?