Blogger Spotlight: AllieWears

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Check out one of our favorite bloggers, AllieWears. Read on to see how Allie goes from casual daytime to nighttime with some of the trendiest sandals of the summer!

 

 

Allie’s styles the Dolce Vita Amina Sandal with classic black skinny jeans and a trendy long maxi tank. She pulls the look together with a cool pair of sunglasses and a tote bag. This outfit is perfect for a lunch date or a stroll with friends thanks to the comfortable block heel.

 

Cute and comfortable, the Lucky Brand Honeyy Toe Loop Sandals are the perfect casual shoe for any summer look; take a style cue from Allie and pair them with an easy summer dress. As she points out in her post, these sandals go with everything!

 

Even Allie agrees that everyone needs a staple black sandal for the summertime. Allie opted for the Dolce Vita Lyndon Cage Sandal paired with a casual LBD (little black dress). Use these to dress up your summer look or swap these in to take your look from day to night.

For more stylish looks from Allie, check out her blog and her Instagram account.

Blogger Spotlight: Merrick White of Merrick’s Art

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In celebration of #bootmonth, we’ve partnered with the amazing Merrick White of @merricksart to help us style some of this season’s best boots. Merrick will share her complete looks and tips this weekend on our Instagram so be sure to check them out.

We hope you’ll be as inspired and excited by her genuine, effortless style and classic pairings as we are.

Here’s a sneak preview:

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Shop Merrick’s Sperry Duck Boots here.

Featured look: Charles by Charles David Reed 

How to Style Cowboy Boots

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Every season, new shoe trends hit the market. Trends come and go, but there’s something oh so chic about classic shoe styles. Pairing such footwear with the latest fashion trends give your wardrobe style that can’t be achieved by being a walking trend. Cowboy boots is one of my favorite classic footwear styles for its American Cowboy heritage as well as its incredible versatility.

A classic cowboy boot has a heel and pointed toes to help feet stay in stirrups more securely, stitching on the outside to reduce chafing, and a taller shaft to protect the shins. These practical details have made cowboy boots the style icon they are today, and add that unique style to any wardrobe. Below are some fashionable ways to style cowboy boots for fall.

A cowboy boot looks great with ‘70s inspired fashion; the contrast keeps it from looking too dated or costume-like, but the silhouette beautifully complements midi skirts, silk bow blouses, and boho-inspired fashions. Take cowboy boots from the ranch to the workplace by pairing with a chiffon pleated midi skirt and cashmere sweater. The Ariat Magnolia in caramel leather pairs beautifully with autumnal colors like teal, navy, berry, mustard, pumpkin and even Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala. Don’t be afraid to mix shades in the same color story for a version of monoblocking and a rich effect. Add the Latico Ryan Bag 7979 in cognac leather to finish the look.

Ariat Magnolia Cowboy Boot for fall for the workplace

 

Once broken in to custom fit your feet, a cowboy boot will become one of the most comfortable shoes you own, making them perfect for travel and sightseeing. This look would be perfect for a day touring historic monuments and art museums, be it Portland or Paris.  The Durango RD4112 11 has a worn-in look from the get-go but will only get better with time (and a few splashes from puddles). For a day about town, pair with skinny jeans, a sweater layered over a knit for fluctuating temps, and a hat to add style, keep you warm, and protect you from the elements. This Kangol Modelaine Beret is shower-proof, keeping your style even if the skies are gray and rainy. Choose a crossbody bag like The SAK Deena Flap Crossbody to keep your valuables close and your arms free for a latte, umbrella, or map.  Such a bag is also a chic way to add a pop of color to your ensemble.
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Cowboy boots look fantastic with loose shift dresses; choose a style right at or above the knee to balance the heft of the boot. For this look I paired the Durango RD594 10 with a shift dress and denim jacket, great for a night out with the girls or the weekend. The contrast of denim and leather with a silk dress and statement necklace is always chic. With a 14.5” shaft width and 10” height, this is a fantastic style for petite women, athletic calves, or just to elongate the leg and have space to tuck in jeans or pair with thick socks.
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A cowboy boot looks amazing with an outfit that has a bit of a rock & roll vibe. I love the slouchy shaft of the Durango Boot RD540 11 which gives a relaxed rocker vibe. Pair with distressed skinny jeans, but to keep it from looking too Hair Band, pair with a Breton tee and boyfriend blazer.  The metallic finish and tough chain strap of the Latico Harlow Crossbody 7816 and a bold silver statement necklace make for the perfect details to complete this ensemble for Date Night or a Bachelorette party.

Durango RD540 11 cowboy boot styled for fall for a night on the town

 

Are you a fan of cowboy boots?  Would you consider adding a pair of cowboy boots for your fall wardrobe?

Labor Day Style: Find the Best Shoes for your Travels

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Best Foot Forward For Your End of Summer Travels

Summer is my favorite season. The long days, the looser schedules, the chance to escape for a long weekend…

Whether you head to the seashore, the city or a country escape, there’s still time to eke out at least one more summer getaway. Here’s what to pack for a Labor Day jaunt to three different destinations.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-SandyToes-080415Sandy Toes and Seashells

If you’re headed to the seashore, packing for long walks on the boardwalk and shelling along the water’s edge, look no further than the classics.

Converse low tops are the perfect shoes to slip into for longer walks on sidewalks on decking.  These Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Low shoes are a perfect muted shade of goes-with everything greige that will carry you well into fall, paired with jeans and sweaters when the air gets chillier.

If scanning the coast for summer souvenirs is on your weekend to-do list, then make sure to pack a pair of these Reef Gypsylove flip-flops in your traveling bag. You’ll want to keep them in there for winter getaways as well. Reef flip flops fan the flames of year round wanderlust, offering just the right amount of light arch support paired with easy bohemian surf style.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-CountryEscape-080415

Kick up Your Heels Country Escape

Headed for a weekend of farmer’s markets, antique-ing and a picnic by the lake? We’ve got some suggestions for that as well.

A perfect transition shoe, these perforated UGG Darling Seaweed Perf  booties go great with shorts, jeans and skirts and will keep looking great on through the fall. We’d wear them on a hayride or out to the movies. They are perfect gear for a casual country evening.

For brunch with friends or a stroll around town, you can’t beat these versatile Lucky Brand Pepperr Sandals. These simple strappy leather staples are so easy to dress up or down and are a great shoulder season shoe for those times when it’s still warm enough to wear sandals, but summer brights no longer feel right.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-CityAdventure-080415

City Adventure

Are you off to do some museum browsing, trendy shopping and sidewalk café people-watching these last few days of summer?

These Steve Madden Nonstp booties are an urban staple – sturdy enough to walk blocks in, sophisticated enough to wear into the evening hours and perfectly poised between summer and fall footwear. They’re very right, right now and add polish to almost any outfit.

If you’re taking the city by storm (on foot), or simply looking for a chance to shine, consider these comfortable Cape Clog Solids in gold. They are orthopedically healthy for your feet, but that doesn’t take away from their funky, bold beauty. The shiny gold of this shoe works perfectly right now with your summer tan. Wear these with bare feet and short or long outfits. These classic clogs will also be great this fall, worn with fun patterned socks or tights as the days grow shorter and cooler.

Wherever you are headed for the last weekend of summer, I hope you’re going in style and comfort.

Slip into these styles and other faves available from ShoeBuy on your next great escape!

 

Back to School 2015: Top Shoe Picks

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Back-to-School time is almost here! This year I have 4 sons heading off to school and my daughter is heading to preschool. That’s right, 5 kids in the Back-to-School shopping craze! In all honesty, I LOVE shopping for the kids during this time of year because I really take stock in what they need and what will get some really great fashion use for the school months ahead. I’m all about finding trendy, chic; yet classic items that are going to work for my children. I’m a total lover of all things fashion, so for me – I love to make sure my children are on fashion-point for Back-to-School.

One thing I always get my children before school kicks off is NEW SHOES!

I remember buying new shoes with my  mother when I was heading Back-to-School, it’s one of my fondest memories. My mom would always “just know” what was fashion-perfect for me and my sister – and she was always right!  She knew what would work best with different looks and styles, and also what we would get the most use out of during the school year. I have absolutely turned into my mother for Back-to-School shoe shopping!

So what are my top picks this year for Back-to-School 2015? I’m excited to share my top picks for boys AND girls!

Let’s start with the girls! Ladies, first – right?

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UGG Classic Short Sparkles

Never be afraid to add some sparkle and glitter into your look! I am obsessed with these gorgeous UGG Classic Sparkles! You could wear these with any kind of style – jeans, skirts, dresses, capris, even shorts! I love how UGG takes their classic boot and amps it up a notch with some pizzazz!! They come in different color options, too – pink, purple and silver! Have some fun and SHINE BRIGHT!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Low

Good old fashioned Converse Chucks! You will never go out of style with a pair of Chucks. Never. I love how classic they are, but mostly how they just exude a coolness factor. There’s not many shoes out there that you can wear at ANY age and rock them like true superstars, these are THAT kind of shoe!  Fabulous to have and to wear as true showstoppers, always!

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Every girl needs a boot. And every boot needs a girl. I am ALL OVER Cowboy Boots this season. They are the most fabulous type of boot because they just work with ANY style. Jeans? They work. Skirts? They work. Dresses? They work. They are truly a staple boot for the Back-to-School season and I LOVE that! If you’re looking for a fabulous boot to get your girl, look no further!

And now for the BOYS! Since I have 4 of them, I’m pretty up on what they need and what will work best for them!

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Crocs Duet Sport Clog

Crocs are always a big hit, regardless of your age and I love them. Crocs are perfect for any kind of weather and they are essential when it comes to a comfortable and well-fit shoe. Crocs can be worn with everything boys have in their wardrobes, so you truly can’t go wrong with adding a new pair each season into their shoe-closet! I am obsessed with the classic styles because they are – truly – perfectly classic.

Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original

Every guy needs a Sperry Top-Sider, it’s just a fashion truth and necessity. Top-Siders are great for Back-to-School because it’s a dressy shoe that isn’t over the top, but it’s also not over the top casual. This is the kind of shoe that you keep in your closet and you REALLY use with your sons. A true boy-staple. Find one that fits his style and his taste and never part with it again!

Keen Newport H2 Sandal

Want a shoe that is a great cross between athletic and dressy-casual – you get KEEN. What I love about a KEEN style is that you’re getting a fabulous fit for your son, but it’s also the kind of cool shoe that can be worn with just about anything, too. You can pull off this style with jeans, shorts and khakis. Not to mention, they’re so comfortable – your son will thank you!

Back-to-School shoe shopping is FUN! Take the time to find some styles that will work well for your child(ren), but that also can truly be worn over and over and over (and over) again! After all – their feet are the foundation to everything – show them off!

How to Wear Booties in the Summer

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Think boots are just for fall and winter? Think again! A great pair of ankle booties can take you through the entire year, no matter how scorching the summer temperatures may get. Today, we’re showing you 3 ways to style your favorite pair of booties this summer, and also highlighting some of our top boot picks for the season! All photos found here.

1. Booties + a Fedora
When paired with a fedora or beach hat, ankle boots are instantly given a more summery feel. Still on the hunt for that perfect Fedora? You can shop our favorites here.
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Get the look: Bella Vita Raine // Jessica Simpson Cainn Bootie // Sperry Top-Sider Liberty

2. Booties + a Babydoll Dress
Dark leather boots have an inherent cold-weather feel, but you can take them into summer by pairing them with your favorite breezy dress, ensuring chic street style while also keeping cool on those hot summer days in the city! And these looks will help you transition well into early fall when the weather is still warm, but you want to keep your look light.
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Get the look: Frye Reina Bootie // Lucky Brand Basel // Wild Diva Camila

3. Booties + Denim
Ankle booties will always look great with jeans. So whether it’s your cutoff denim shorts or your favorite pair of skinny jeans, pair them with a loose-fitting shirt and your favorite pair of booties for instant summer style.
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Get the look: BCBG Capricorn Ankle Boot // Kork-Ease Helene //Dromedaris Kelsy Boot

 Can’t get enough of these summer booties? You can shop our full collection here!

Blogger Spotlight: Boston Fashionista

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We love bloggers that take statement pieces (like these bold blue booties!) and style them in a comfortable, wearable way. And when that blogger shoots them in our home city of Boston, well, we love them even more!

Meet Kristen of the Boston Fashionista, who has traveled to some of her favorite locations in Boston this summer to show off her fashion finds from ShoeBuy. Shop Kristen’s New England-chic style below, and learn how to combine her must-have summer outfit picks.

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For a street chic look while on the go, try pairing a comfy shift dress with your favorite pair of bold booties. We love how Kristen spiced up this outfit with fun accessories, like a fashionable pair of sunglasses and a bright white backpack.

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Get the look: Ugg Dress | Vince Camuto Booties | Latico Bag | Dickies Backpack | Vince Camuto Sunglasses One and Two

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Casual Cool in Fenway

Whether you are in the stadium or just heading out to watch a ball game with friends this summer, there’s no outfit that’s more easy and effortlessly cool than the one Kristen wears here. Throw on your favorite pair of Converse, distressed boyfriend jeans, and white T shirt for a summer look that will never go out of style.

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Get the look: Converse Sneakers | Patagonia White Tee | Patagonia Canvas Bag | Jessica Simpson Sunglasses  | Antique Distressed Jeans

 

Love Kristen’s style as much as we do? Head over to the Boston Fashionista for more summer outfit inspiration!

3 Ways to Style a Tulle Skirt

We know what you are thinking: Tulle skirts are just too fancy and poufy for everyday wear! But the truth is, tulle skirts aren’t just “tutus” anymore, and are trending both with those who love high fashion and those who want a more casual daytime look. Today we’re showing you three ways to style your tulle skirt and make a fashion statement without looking like a ballerina.

#1 Tulle Skirt With Denim

By nature, tulle skirts can feel very extravagant and feminine. By pairing it down with a chambray shirt or jean jacket, you can give your tulle skirt more of a relaxed daytime feel.

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Get the Look: Chambray Shirt / Denim Shirt / Jean Jacket / Sandals

#2 Tulle Skirt With Sneakers

We always love fuss-free outfits that can be thrown together in seconds. Make tulle edgy by pairing it with your favorite everyday sneakers and your most comfy graphic tee.

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Get the Look: High Top Sneaker / White Sneaker / Keds Sneaker / Slip On Sneaker / Running Sneaker

#3 Tulle Skirt With Stripes

Get all dressed up and pair your tulle skirt with a black and white striped top and heels. No matter what color or style your skirt, a striped shirt will always make for a match made is fashion heaven.

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Get this look: Striped Tank / Striped Tee / Striped Henley / Heels / Clutch

Would you dare to rock a tulle skirt? Tell us what you’d pair it with in the comments section below!

This Week: We’re Inspired By

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1. What I Wore
We can’t wait to see what Jessica will wear next, but she really had us when we discovered her past outfits are all available to scroll based on color. Such organization! Not to mention that her amazing maternity style will prove that dressing with a bump has never looked better – and now, we love the peaks into how she’s styling her adorable little man.

2. Chocolate Covered Katie
It’s the holidays and although shopping remains high on the to-do list, baking is right up there. Offering healthier versions of deep-dish cookie pie, one minute chocolate cake, and “21 Secretly Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes,” Katie’s dessert blog is one you should sink your teeth into.

3. Mind Body Green
This time of year can be frenzied and so once in a while, it’s important to take a moment for wellness too. With tips and advice on everything from power breakfasts to how to really get the most out of a yoga pose, there is something for everyone interested in a healthful lifestyle.

4. Spotify Year in Music
Get lost for a few minutes in the year in review from Spotify. The tunes to explore here are coupled with fun facts and if you’re a Spotify member, you can even get your own personal year in review playlist. Definitely worth checking out if you need a music-inspired break in the day.

5. Jo-Lynne Shane
From gift guides to party appetizers, Jo-Lynne Shane invites you inter home and you will click away feeling inspired to plan your next vacation and equipped to select your next Her blog is about trying to stay sane when you’re generally prone not to, and about making a long-running marriage work.

This Week: We’re Inspired By

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1. Unabashedly Preppy

Looking for a fresh take on your classic preppy men’s fashion? F.E. will give you your fix, but you’ll also find amazing photographs of everyday style that brings it all to life.

2. Penny Pincher Fashion

We just stumbled upon Kimberly’s blog and love her sensible approach to fashion. She pulls together flawless “steals” looks that will make you feel like your closet has hit the jackpot.

3. Scary Mommy

Scary Mommy is not actually scary at all. Jill and her fantastic team are relatable and help those of us moms remember that we all love our children fiercely, even if we’re not always “perfect.”

4. The Pioneer Woman

Ree invites you into her home and her life on her frontier with such authentic manner, you feel like you want to join her in her kitchen while she cooks. And it doesn’t hurt that she inspires us to (try to) make spectacular food without unnecessary fanfare.

5. Life Hacker

If you’re looking for tips and tricks for nearly anything, Lifehacker should be on your reading list. From reliable tech tips to shopping guides, we learn something new every day.