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Footwear Finds for Fall 2014

Looking at the trends and what is new in men’s footwear for this Fall, I noticed shoes having duel fashion purpose. Nothing is better than having a little versatility in your closet. The first one I came across at www.macys.com, while I was looking for some youth-approved footwear for a teenage relative.

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With a sea of black shoes and sneakers out there, the Ralph Lauren Black Leather Tedd High Top Sneakers still managed to catch my eye. They have the look of a black leather work boot, but the weight and agility of a high-top sneaker. At $87.99, the quality is fantastic and they are the perfect cross-over shoe from Fall to Winter, being also a great choice for work or school.

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Next, is an unusual mix of fabric for a man’s shoe. They are the Nike Men’s LeBron Denim High-Tops. They have the styling of a basketball sneaker, but lean also toward a casual shoe with the indigo denim that is surrounded by a black leather anterior foot and heel. It is a great choice for those guys who just hate to wear anything but sneakers and need something that is a little less athletic looking.

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Another choice for an on-trend casual footwear for men this year are the Creative Recreation Men’s Camo High-Tops. Camouflage is still a hot pattern in both clothing and footwear for Fall/Winter 2014. This particular one contains the traditional camo colors of tan, green, and brown, which is trimmed in dark brown leather around the laces and along the toe/heel area. For about $100, it is also a casual shoe that can transition seamlessly from Summer, to Fall and Winter too.

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Lastly, is a unique combination of the distinct details of the Wing-Tip Oxford and a lace-up leather boot. These creations by Ben Sherman have the ability to cross the line from casual to a semi-formal style of dressing. Tucked under a pair of dress pants, it would be hard to tell that they are a pair of boots. However, I could still see them working with a pair of cargo shorts, some bulkier knit socks, and a button-down plaid dress shirt.

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7 Pairs of Shoes Every Girl Needs

Necessary and shoes are not usually two words that come together in a woman’s vocabulary. Although we may think that having a closet just for shoes is totally worth it, you may not actually need as many pairs of shoes as you thought. There are seven essentials when it comes to a fashionable woman on the go; pumps, wedges, flats, sneakers, sandals, boots, and boat shoes.

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If you choose the right pair of each, there is no stopping how many combinations you can create to make every outfit work in any weather condition while still staying current in the ever changing fashion world. Buying shoes can be expensive, not to mention they take up a lot of space, so follow these tips to a thriftier you and more spacious closet.

Black Pumps with a Red Sole

There are two types of material that are recommended for black pumps, either leather or suede. Both are easy to clean; the dark color will hide most scuffs and won’t clash with any other material you are wearing.

If you are in for the long run, buying the well-known red sole heels, aka Louboutin’s, are going to be not only luxurious but durable. If your budget is a little slimmer, splurge out on an excellent pair from Steve Madden’s collection that will still last at a discount.

Nude Wedges to Match Everything

Some days full on pumps just aren’t an option, so dress it down a little and give your feet a break with a pair of nude wedges. Great for going out to the club, summer wedding, or even a first date matched up with a pair of denim jeans.

Wedges make seem durable but with their wide angled platform and usually flimsy strap material they are susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. This means finding a good leather face or thickly woven rope strap style of wedge is necessary for support and longevity. Try to stay away from cork and string backed platforms as they are most likely to break after a few nights out.

Simple Flats for an Interview

Since we have already advised on getting a good pair of black and nude shoes, a pop of color in your flats can be very stylish. Just remember to match your wardrobe appropriately and stay away from overly flashy prints or embellishments as these should be your go to shoe for business casual.

Again suede and leather are a preferred material especially as cheaper brands make a lot of plastic styles and can rub your feet the wrong way.

Sneakers to Hit the Gym

Not just for the gym, sneakers can be good for any high movement activity, volunteering, gardening, ect. Even if they do get dirty you can conveniently but carefully throw them right in the washer! During these time periods your body is at its most vulnerable, one little slip and your ankle could be in serious trouble.

That means choosing the right kind of sneaker for your activity should be a top priority. Nike is always good for runners but doesn’t rule out the other brands. Adidas, Puma, Lacoste and Reebok form a great variety of products to suit your needs and unique style.

Comfy Sandals with a Touch of Bling

Your feet give off much heat and during the summer keeping them cooped up in closed toe shoes may not be ideal. Sandals are very casual but if you keep it classy and choose a pair with just a touch of bling/metallic they can work for a walk in the park or a nice dinner party.

We recommend earthy tones but light pastels are a summer favorite and match most of the colors you’ll be wearing in the summer and spring.

Fur lined Boots for Chilly Winters

We’ve covered all the bases for warm weather but what about for the colder weather at night or when winter rolls in you may ask? Obviously a boot is necessary, but specifically a fur lined one. The fur will give you the look of big spending without sacrificing your warmth or comfort.

Uggs are very popular and for a reason! If you buy them on sale during the summer, they can be extremely affordable for the quality even though other brands such as Bearpaw will surely do the trick.

Boat Shoes for Long Walks  

If you are not a fan of the classic boat shoes such as Sperry’s, there are a multitude of closed toe options that you can choose from. Sneakers are great for high volume activity but for long periods of walking your feet need support without the workout spandex to match.

Keds and Toms are another alternative and come in over a hundred different materials and prints for every look.

Just remember, shoes take a lot of abuse from our feet, but the repairs are worth it when you invest in a good solid set of seven pairs. So go big or go home on these few and know that your budget and your closet will eventually thank you!

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Spotlight: Designer Menswear from Haxby

While men’s fashion has gone through numerous changes over the years, quality construction never goes out of style. This is the brand philosophy behind Haxby Collective, a new menswear line created by Michael Dow and Timothy White.

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Haxby is all about creating contemporary menswear that lives up to the quality of past purveyors of men’s fashions. Savile Row, those iconic tailors that dressed the men of London in years past, is just one inspiration shared by Dow and White.

The resulting line is comprised of things like jeans, sneakers, and many great accessories guaranteed to turn heads. Unlike other contemporary men’s brands, Haxby insists on handcrafting all of their pieces, taking these common items and turning them into something unforgettable.

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Emphasizing Quality Over Convenience

The creation of the Haxby line involved extensive research that took place all over the globe. The results of this two year mission, which involved compiling only the best in raw materials and crafters, can be seen in Haxby’s debut pieces, which include many great items perfect for work or play.

Gorgeous materials are made even more stunning by the level of craft that goes into each piece. Unlike the automated processes that feature greatly in most clothing lines, the minds behind Haxby insist that all items are handmade. This results in a level of detail that must be seen to be believed.

Classic Footwear Gets a Boost

While most men’s footwear puts the emphasis on function over form, Haxby sneakers eschew a utilitarian aesthetic in favor of all-out class. This is wholly evident in the sleek cordovan leather used in construction, in addition to the hand-buffing that each pair undergoes before they are ready for sale. Each pair is meticulously crafted in Montegranaro, Italy, and features a classic design that can easily go from casual wear to more formal attire.

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So Much More Than a Pair of Jeans

While jeans are a staple of many wardrobes, they don’t often possess that wow factor typically found in luxury clothing. Haxby has changed all that with their amazing line of hand-crafted jeans. Featuring a number of great styles, Haxby jeans are created from only the finest denim available utilizing the tried and true methods of quality garment creation. Even the accents are labored over, featuring hardware derived from precious metals and gems.

Accessories Complete the Look

Much like the rest of the line, Haxby really ups the ante when it comes to accessories. Belts are crafted in Switzerland and Italy, and utilize only the finest materials available. These include stainless steel, along with hand-cast gems. Haxby’s eyewear collection is also quite stunning, thanks to the keen attention to detail. All Haxby glasses come courtesy of Japan’s world-renowned Masunaga Optical factory, which entails a 200 step process to create just a single pair. The inlay is available in either a 24K yellow or white gold, serving as yet another example of Haxby’s devotion to detail.

Style, Beauty, and Quality in One Package

From head to toe, Haxby has what it takes to turn a lackluster wardrobe into a sight to behold. These introductory pieces are merely a sampling of what to expect from this up and coming menswear designer.

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How to Rock Grown Up Jellys

Lots of our old favorites are coming back with a vengeance: crop tops, mini backpacks, and, now, the jelly shoe. Not just for kids anymore, the jelly shoe is a great summer staple. You can get them closed toe or open and in an array of bright candy-colored shades.

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We love the fun, colorful Hunter Original T-Strap Thong Sandals which come in shades like Lipstick (a pink, red, white combo) and Blue Lilly (which is orange, a bright blue, and a light blue). If you’re looking for a tropical feel, Melissa’s Harmonic Jelly is adorned with a big jelly flower perfect for the beach.

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For the high end jelly wearer, many big name labels have created jelly shoes. From the Valentino Couture Bow Thong Sandal to the Melissa + Jason Wu ‘III’ Cutout Jelly Flat. Stuart Weitzman has even put his twist on the traditional jelly with the Glogladius a jelly sandal/gladiator shoe covered with Swarovski crystals. If you’re looking for caged jelly sandals and have $250 to spare, the Glogladius is certainly the shoe for you.

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Kate Spade has created a ladylike yet trendy jelly shoe, complete with metallic accents and bow details. For an effortlessly elegant jelly, look no further than Jeffrey Campbell’s Jelly Love flat, a molded d’Orsay which comes in an arrangement of glittery colors from pewter to pink.

It’s apparent that the plastic jelly shoes of your youth have been elevated! Buy a pair to change up your summer wardrobe, or if you’re just feeling nostalgic.

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Travel Fashion Advice – Handling Overseas Travel in Style

Thanks to your corporate travel agent at http://www.au.fcm.travel or your last minute machine-guided nab on google.com/flights, your planes and itinerary are sorted, and now all you have to worry about is what to pack in your suitcase. Packing for overseas business travel doesn’t have to be a dreaded task to check off your to do list. In fact, with a little bit of planning and fashion finesse, packing for your business trip overseas can be a pleasant experience leaving you relaxed and ready to network in style.

Want to take everything but the kitchen sink? Ensure you don’t risk paying for overweight luggage by reading these awesome fashion tips

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Fabrics and types of clothes to pack

When travelling for business, consider shirts and suits in wrinkle-free and stain resistant fabrics such as microfiber, non-iron shirts, and blended fabrics; TravelSmith’s selection is a pretty legit example. Selecting this type of clothing has the added benefit of being lightweight — they pack well and limit the option of checked luggage, which means less time in long lines at the custom desk. Your destination will dictate the type of fabrics you choose to pack. For winter climates think about outfits that contain wool or polar fleece: both types of fabrics will keep you warm. Cotton, linen, silk, and rayon are perfect choices for warmer climates.

Coordinates and accessorising

Business travellers should consider packing coordinates; for example, packing a wrinkle-free shift dress and combine it with a well-tailored blazer. This will easily transition from day to night: keep it professional: for day team a classic shift dress with a blazer; turn the same dress into effortless evening chic with a piece of jewellery or scarf for a networking dinner. Mixing and matching clothing is necessary when you want to maximise your luggage and your look.

Add style to your travelling wardrobe

Basics like black trousers or dresses are a classic look and you can keep it stylish with a pop of colour; for example, striped shirt for men or a floral print for women. Teaming basics up with seasonal trends keeps your look professional and on-trend. The same applies for suits, although pinstripes for men will work, you can’t go wrong with basic solid colours. Women can be on trend by throwing on a colourful scarf or wearing an elegant piece of jewellery.

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Don’t forget the shoes

Fashion tips apply to all; a well-cut suit, two to three shirts, accessories: men should consider black and brown belts — a belt can also double up as a shoehorn. Pack a few pairs of shoes – just a few, and we fashion bloggers know it’s hard – something that will take you from the boardroom to the bar without compromising on professionalism or style. Women should wear closed–toe shoes to wear to meetings as well as a pair of low heeled shoes.

Getting to your business meeting doesn’t need to leave you crimpled and wrinkled; follow these fashion tips on what to pack for your next overseas business travel and you’re guaranteed to arrive looking your best.

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Men’s Fashion Trends – Men’s Designer Footwear for Spring/ Summer 2014

When it comes to Spring and Summer, it’s not only time to change out the wardrobes, but also time to take a look at what’s new in footwear. There is nothing worse than freshening up your clothes with a few new items and leaving your old, worn-out shoes to bring down the look.

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This year, some of the top designers have revealed their men’s footwear collections for Spring and Summer. The first pair is from the design house of Jimmy Choo. It is an update on an old favorite: The Boat Shoe. This iconic, nautical shoe style has been enhanced with a more textured navy leather upper and a dark stitching along the white sole for interest. I could see them with your favorite jeans and a white polo shirt.

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Next, is a pair of light grey lace-ups by Emporio Armani. With these shoes, texture is the key to what makes them interesting. The thick white sole looks like it would make a comfortable walking shoe, but I probably would wear them with a darker trouser to make them stand out.

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Another one of my favorites in a slip on shoe style is this brown, black, and orange camouflage pair by Givenchy. Camo is a huge trend in all accessories this year and these will be the focal point of any neutral outfit.

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One look in men’s Summer footwear that never seem to go out of style is the Gladiator-style sandals. This pair by Dolce & Gabbana offers plenty of foot coverage with the laced-up leather overlapping from the toes to the arch of the foot and leather heel support. This look would be a great pair of khaki cargo shorts or more dressed up with a pair of white linen pants.

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Lastly, if you are more of a minimalist when it comes to Summer footwear, then the David Beckham endorsed K-Swiss flip flops with the multi-colored rubber sole and black fabric thong straps may do the trick.

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Women’s Fashion Advice – Why to Buy Shoes Online

From retail stores to catalogs, boutiques and online shops, there are many ways to shop for the perfect pair of shoes these days. While some people prefer trying on shoes at retail stores to ensure comfort and fit, many consumers are now primarily shopping for shoes online.

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Online shops offer many benefits that brick-and-mortar stores simply cannot offer. Traditional stores have limited shelf space; they are often unable to carry extended sizes and a wide variety of colors in the same style of shoe. Online boutiques primarily work out of warehouses, so they can offer consumers a significantly larger range of sizes, styles and colors. When you shop online for shoes, you can pick up styles for the whole family in one fell swoop without having to visit multiple shoe boutiques in town. Most stores offer discounted or free shipping offers, and many online stores allow free returns also. You can try on brand new shoes in the comfort and convenience of your own home; you never know how many people have tried on those shoes before you at a brick-and-mortar shoe boutique.

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Shopping at a one-stop-shop online store like Peltz Shoes makes the buying process a breeze. They offer a wide variety of well-known shoe brands in a variety of sizes and colors, and they carry everything from work shoes to hiking boots and athletic footwear for the whole family. They have been in business since 1957, and they are committed to providing top-notch customer satisfaction and sales service.

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