Last week, retailers and press swarmed the Hilton New York Hotel, Flatotel and various shoe showrooms for FFANY's New York Shoe Expo. Most brands were showing Spring/ Summer 2011, but some had a few pairs left for Autumn/ Winter 2010. Most shoe lovers anxiously await Fashion Week each season, but I get just as excited about the Shoe Expo. It provides an opportunity to meet some of the designers, connect with smaller, lesser known brands and touch/ try the shoes. My friend, Jewell (the Fashion Socialite) and I had a great time. I'll be posting interviews and pairing some of the shoes I saw with cocktails once they're available for purchase. However, I thought you'd like a tidbit of what made me swoon in the meantime.
B by Aperire's Fall offerings, with their walk-all-day heel heights, bright colors and playful designs, are a great way to fight the cool-season blahs. These are on to-buy list (and available now for $230- $250 retail):
|B by Aperire Biggie
|B by Aperire Blow
|B by Aperire Bio
Killah, another brand characterized by its whimsy and affordability is serving up lace, chiffon and other girly details in electrifying hues. Here's are my faves for next Spring:
Australian brand, I Love Billy, will be doing a line of floral canvas, heels, flats and oxfords next spring. This pair of darling platforms caught my eye. Get this, they'll retail for $100 or less!
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It's all about details at Miucha. Ornate bows, colored soles (some with a small rhinestone on the shank), studs and skins round make their shoes playfully demure. Spring 2011 will couple those accents with fun colors and interesting textures, such as cork and snake embossed leather. Here are a few gasp-inducing pairs:
|Miucha Gisele 1314
|Miucha Jaqueline 1330
|Miucha Rafaela 1465
|PGF Footwear Andriela
|PGF Footwear Stella
|PGF Footwear Victoria