Tuesday, January 19, 2016

How to Win: UGG Glitterati Challenge II

Bada Bling, Bada Boom!

Win this UGG Australia X Swarovski Tall Boot

These boots are made for winning. Literally. They're the grand prize in UGG's Second Annual #Glitterati Challenge II. To win them, just go into one of 31 retail locations from January 18- 31 and and guess how many Swarovski crystals adorn the displayed custom UGG Classic Tall boot. The entrant who guesses closest to the correct number without going over wins a pair of $4,900 crystal-encrusted boots. The second place winner will receive a $500 UGG gift card, and third place gets you one for $250. There's no purchase necessary to win. Gotta love that part. Click here for participating stores.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sale Scoop: Where to Buy Designer Shoes Under $500

Booties to Kick Your Year Into High Gear

It's a new year (Hey #sweet16!), we've made our resolutions, decided on our mantras, made our vision boards, planned our weekly menus and sworn off frivolous spending. (For the sake of transparency: the Shoes N Booze squad did NOT do all of that. We did commit to more consistency, and we hope you'll hold us accountable.) Anyway, back to the frivolous spending thing... there are certain sales that make refraining pretty impossible. Besides, a pair of kick-@$$ designer heels in a timeless silhouette at a fraction of the original price is really more of an investment, right? Well, here are a few places to score a good deal:


Patent stiletto heel booties from Giuseppe Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti's stiletto-heel, pointed toe patent booties are a great bet because they're incredibly versatile. Whether with jeans and a tee, a polished skirt and skirt or an edgy mini dress. Since the silhouette is sleek, you'll be able to wear them over and over without that "ugh, those shoes... again?" feeling. And they're down to $394 from $895 at


You really can't go wrong with block heel ankle booties this season (and beyond...)- especially when they have gold insets at the heel and are from See by Chloe. They've got enough cool girl cred for for an indie show, and (we're guessing) the block heel lets you dance the night away at the after party. And if you end up making a walk of shame victory strut the next morning, they're not an easy telltale sign. Wait... new years resolutions... right, no more "after the party it's the hotel lobby." Got it. They're down to $212 from $425 at #treatyoself

Moda Operandi

Work. Weekend. Between. Beyond. With a block heel, pointed toe and a textural combination of brown leather and gray suede, Laurence Dacade's Isola Ankle boot seems to have it all. We don't suggest going out to dive bars or clubs in these because (well) gray suede, but they're probably a front runner for brunches and other outings where you want to look polished but not contrived. They're $256, down from $945. Get them while you still can.

At a glance this shoe almost looks like a patent slingback pump over a white sock, but it's really Maison Margiela's slick black and white ankle boot. Year after year, monochrome is discussed as if it's a trend, but please know this colorway is a style mainstay. Trust us, you'll constantly find new ways to wear this bootie. Available in limited sizes for $313.50 (down from $1045) at (More sizes available for a few more bucks more at

Kirna Zabete

On the fence about the fringe trend? It's time you join the fray because this free-spirited accent isn't going anywhere for a while. An easy entry is a classic pointed-toe bootie with western-inspired pull tabs and fringe at the ankle. This "Paris" bootie by Saint Laurent is a luxe take, and you can get it for $498 (down from $995) at Kirna Zabete.

Have you seen any great designer shoes on sale your fellow readers should know about? Have any of the styles above made it to your want list? Have a style on your mind you'd like our "Shoe Sleuth" to find? Let us know in the comments!