Shoes

Black Bootie Dilemma 2014

I know, I know “black bootie dilemma” is a bit dramatic, but if you’ve been on the market for a pair, then you feel my pain! First of all, I’m a little picky when it comes to black and especially black leather. There’s just always been something about it that screams “BIKER CHICK” and as much as I love Sons of Anarchy, (so sad about tomorrow night) I don’t particularly want to dress like a cast member. Then, there’s the fact that every time I fall in love with a pair, the price tag quickly crushes all of my dreams. So, assuming that I’m not the only girl on the face of the earth having these issues, I thought a little Real vs. Steal black bootie edition would be the perfect way to kick off the week! (see what I did there)

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The Everyday Suede Bootie:

I’m pretty sure that this is THE ONE for me! This style can go with everything from jeans and a sweater to tights and a nice dress. The mid-height heel keeps them comfortable, but still tall enough to give your legs a little Kendall Jenner effect. BONUS: they’re suede, so that rules out any biker babe confusion.

Rag & Bone Newbury / Sole Society Livvy

The Flat Bootie:

This minimalist chic style is for the girl who wants the look, but without the bother of a heel. These are so on-trend when paired with black leather skinnies or rolled up dark denim. Also, try replacing your classic ballet flats with these to take any outfit up a notch!

Lanvin Chelsea / Aldo Alieng

The Hot Heeled Bootie:

The sky high leather bootie is the best choice for any party girl! These are the ideal booties to dress up and wear out. The thin heel and pointed toe make this a dressier option and while not as practical as the first two, will definitely make you stand out in a crowd. This is a perfect replacement for black pumps in freezing temps.

Saint Laurent Classic Paris 110 / Madison Harding Zenia

 

REAL vs STEAL- shoe edition

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For a little treat on this rainy Friday evening, I wanted to share with y’all my first REAL vs STEAL! My favorite thing to shop for in the fashion world is shoes, so I thought that would be a great place to start. Dress from the shoes up- that’s what they say, right?! If you’re like me, you love to keep up with the latest high fashion trends and see what all of the big designer’s are coming out with and the celebrities are wearing. But, sometimes their prices are just NOT easy on a girls’ wallet! The great thing is you can find similar styles for a mere fraction of the cost!! No, I’m not talking about those fake Louis Vuitton bags you bought on your 8th grade trip (totally guilty). These aren’t “fakes” or “replicas” they’re just budget friendly versions of what is hot right now!

1. Valentino Rockstuds- Okay, so I totally have a pair of these and I absolutely LOVE them!! But, that was also before seeing these strikingly similar pair from Tobi (ps- if you’ve never heard of Tobi, you must check it out. you.will.die.). These are the perfect neutral heel to have in your closet. They’re super practical, but the studs also make them a bit edgy. They can be worn to dress up jeans and a tank or to add a bit of rock n roll to an otherwise girly dress. With the $58 version, you also won’t be worried about messing them up on a night out!

2. Chanel Espadrilles- I’m currently OBSESSED with Espadrilles, especially these Chanel beauties. But, spending over $500 on a pair of casual shoes is kind of insane, especially since they’re white linen and I would probably dirty them the first time I wore them. These Kendall & Kylie for Madden Girl’s are a great alternative. Not only are they like a tenth of the price, but the synthetic leather material will definitely hold up better through wear and tear. The black and white is still a timelessly classic look!

3. Birkenstock Arizonas- So, Birkenstocks may not exactly be outrageously priced. But, they have been going in and out of style my entire life, most of that time spent out. I never think it’s a great idea to spend a ton of cash on a trendy item, especially when there is another option! These Sam & Libby for Target sandals are almost identical to Birks, BUT they also have gold studs!! I mean seriously, you had me at gold. Priced originally at $29.99 they’re currently on sale for $22.49, so when they go out of style again in a few months, you won’t be hating yourself for spending over a hundred bucks. Plus, if you’re like me and have the Target Red card you also save another 5%!! Yes, that’s totally what I tell myself every time I walk out of Target after spending $300 on bathing suits, office supplies and dog toys- “at least I saved 5%”

I would LOVE to hear what y’all think of my REAL vs STEAL post and if YOU have any items you’re looking for a less expensive alternative to!! Everyone have a happy and safe weekend!! XOXO

 

Midweek Shoe Sale Fix

So, I’ve been wanting to break Southern Meets Chic into more than outfit posts for a while now, but I just never knew exactly where to start. That is, until I got word that Saks Fifth Avenue was having a HUGE designer shoe sale! Once I got on their site and saw all of the amazing deals and variety of styles, I knew I had to share this with the world!! If you’re like me, you love big name brands, but can hardly ever afford to fork out the dough for them. Now is your chance to get designers like Prada, Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo- the list goes on, at up to 60% OFF!! Now, a lot of these can still be a little pricey so I also threw in some, still designer, but less expensive options as well. I’ve organized them into 4 different categories- flats, sandals, dressy heels and casual heels with info below. If you are seriously interested in a pair, I’ve got a great contact over at Saks in Atlanta I can hook you up with. Happy Shopping & Happy Hump Day!!

6b9b0564e7127b298bc8b603984999961. Jimmy Choo Alina Perforated Leather Ballet Flats in Lemon <original price: $675.00 SALE: 315.16>

Consider these neon babes the new neutral for summer! You can wear these with virtually any color to add some fun to your everyday look. The laser cut leather was huge for Spring/Summer ’14 and is a great way to spice up a basic flat.

2. Miu Miu Patent Leather Mary Jane Flats in White <original price: $550.00 SALE: $256.79 >

These Blair Waldorf-esque Mary Jane flats will put just the right amount of “prep” in your step this summer. This style is perfectly classic, but with a modern and trendy twist. These can be worn easily with most shorts, skinny jeans and dresses. Now all you’ll need is a fun headband to complete the look!

3. Chloé Suede Mary Jane Double-Strap Ballet Flats in Red <original price: $630.00 SALE: $294.15>

I absolutely love these precious flats! The ballet flat keeps them simple, but the double strap adds a bit of funk. They are a great transitional shoe between seasons. I can picture them worn with fun, floral tops and black/white striped shorts, but also with black tights and a skater skirt and fuzzy sweater in the winter. Simply perfect!

620297d7e4228334b407ec491c6cf1371. Rachel Roy Camden Studded Ankle Strap Sandal in nude <original price: $295.00 SALE: $137.74>

These are a basic must-have sandal to keep in your closet! They are easy to throw on and put with everything. But, with the gold studs they are anything but boring! Great chance to add a staple shoe to your Summer wardrobe, and if you’re like me, throw out your 3 year old Target go-to’s!

2. Nicholas Kirkwood Bicolor Leather Zigzag Sandals in black/red <original price: $495.00 SALE: $231.12>

Now, I will be the first one to say that I am OVER chevron- if you’re considering it as a part of your outfit, don’t do it!! However, on the inside of your shoe it actually has a bit of a draw (besides the fact that it can’t be seen). These are a sandal that you can easily match with outfits, but still add a pop of color! You’ve also got to love that gold toe!

3. Prada Saffiano Patent Leather Gladiator Sandal in white <original price: $575.00 SALE: $268.47>

These white beauties are a different take on gladiator sandals. The gleaming white is perfect for summertime and will go great with all of those fun neon colors you’ve got in your closet! They can also take a classic jean shorts & white tank from boring to chic!

2e0b368260d80c4b45d45312e3dbbfd21. Tibi Anouk Leather High-Heel Sandals in Mandarin <original price: $395.00 SALE: $184.43>

The color of this shoe is everrrryyything!! The options of how to wear the style are endless- perfect for shorts, skirts, jeans, dresses..I mean the list goes on! I love the idea of wearing it with black/white, neon yellow or even a really pale sky blue.

2. Reed Krakoff Leather Cutout Pumps in Sky Blue <original price: $695.00 SALE: $324.50>

The laser cut leather does it again!! This time in an absolutely beautiful pump. Remember above with the Tibi heel in that great mandarin color? Now picture these shoes with a dress that color. Gorgeous, right?! Also, the perfect splash of color and sass to an all white outfit.

3. Jimmy Choo Thistle Patent Leather and Metallic Leather Sandals in White/Gold <original price: $795.00 SALE: $371.19>

Can you say Grecian Goddess sandal?! These babies are a great summer shoe for a night out on the town! Or, how about all of you future brides out there? These are perfect for bachelorette, showers, rehearsal dinner or even the big day!! A designer wedding day shoe for almost half off?! Oh yes, that just happened!

 


b34e2c8b887aee7ba6035e8fade7d4b21. Kate Spade Aisha Leather T-Strap Sandals in Luggage <original price: $328.00 SALE: $153.14>

If you know me, then you know I love a block heel! If you have yet to get into the trend, these are the perfect starters. The classic colors make this super versatile. This sandal will take you from day to night and looking super classy all the while!

2. Valentino Patent Chevron-Espadrille Slingback Wedge in Pink <original price: $575.00 SALE: $301.50>

Okay, so ignore the word chevron being in the title because that super cute stitching on the heel is nowhere near that stuff that makes me want to gauge my eyes out! These are the most fun wedges! I know they’re a little Elle Woods, but it’s summer, you’re supposed to add a little fun to your life and wardrobe! These would also make perfect pool party shoes- think Vegas & Miami BABY!

3. Diane von Furstenberg Remy Leopard-Print Calf Hair Cork Sandals in Camel <original price: $350.00 SALE: $163.41>

These 1970’s style leopard sandals are TO DIE!! It’s no wonder DVF is Rachel Zoe’s mentor/role model, these totally encompass everything that is RZ. Just add some bell bottoms, loose black tank and huge sunnies and you are ready to go!

 

*** What did you think of today’s non-outfit post?! Did you have a favorite shoe? Did this inspire you to purchase a pair of designer shoes on sale? Is there anything YOU would like to see me blog about? I absolutely love to hear from my readers!! Comment below or shoot me a message on my contact page!! XO ***