Hi-fi shoes: What fashion week was REALLY about

An $850 million acquisition of online retailer by Amazon. The Sex and the City sequel where extras are clamouring for Carrie Bradshaw's shoes. Children's footwear posting an 11.8% dollar volume in sales increase. While the retail industry in almost all areas is experiencing one of the worst economic downturns in recent history, the shoe industry in the last three months has proven to be a bright light at the end of a very dark, damp, dismal, depressing tunnel. “When the product is right and offers multiple reasons for wear, the purchases will come,” according to Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for The NPD Group in an interview done by

“Consumers are showing they want footwear and are willing to show their passion on their feet rather than on their backs.”

Cohen's sentiments could not be more true considering what I saw Mercedes- Benz fashion week. While the most of the collections had buyers barely raising an eyebrow, the shoes on the runway caught everyone's attention. here are some of my favorites:

Guiseppe Zanotti Balmain leopard print

Check out these Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain animal print boots. Yes they are priced at over $1,000 but guess what? People are buying them like crazy. Why? Because this country's mantra when it comes to spending is "where there's a will, there's a way." We'll discuss that later.

Guiseppe Zanotti Balmain zipper shoes

Another Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain boot. Awesome right?

Guiseppe Zanotti for Balmain

These are my FAVORITE.

Guiseppe Zanotti leopard print shoes

Again, another crazy pair of shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti. What would you wear these with?

Guiseppe Zanotti cut out boots

I think Rhianna was eyeing these...

Roberto Cavalli shoes

While it's not really my thing to a) spend upwards of $300 on a pair of shoes and b) purchase anything at full retail price, these shoes were worth talking about because they are metallic. I have several pairs of metallic shoes and they are the best accessories in my closet!

To lie for, to die for.

I've decided to bring back my old column I used to write called "To Lie For, To Die For." If any of you read Allure magazine, it's not that different from the "Lust/Must" page they do every month. I came across these amazing patent leather Mad Mary Christian Louboutin heels for another piece I am working on and loved them. I'm not a HUGE fan of white shoes but the gold grommets give them a little edgy touch. The point of these shoes is to NOT wear them with jeans or long pants (you don't want to cover up the awesome detail!). Instead, stick to an A-line dress in black. navy or purple or if you are in a warm climate wear these with a pair of long bermuda shorts and an empire waist shirt. HOT!!! cl-mad-mary.jpg

(Mad Mary Ivoire heels by Christian Louboutin,$865. For more information, visit

If spending close to $1000 on a pair of shoes is out of your price range, check out the Nine West Ketro sling backs. For $90, you can wear them with jeans or with a short dress- just make sure your jeans are Ernest Sewn and your dress is Phillip Lim. Wearing a cheap dress with cheap shoes will make you look... um, cheap.


(9 West Ketro heel, $89. For more information, visit