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Confession: I am a Saks-aholic. Somewhere along the way it became my favorite retailer — even though I used to work at Bloomingdale's.
When I wrote my first shoe post, Schutz was having a special 15% off event — that's how I chose the styles featured in the previous post. But when an upscale retailer like Saks is having a sale? That's when the magic really happens.
As the worst influence ever, I need to remind you not to think of the actual price — focus on the fact that these are high end shoes you will keep and cherish forever. To justify my own shoe binges, I remind myself to focus on the amount I'm saving — not spending.
Shop my favorite picks below and check out some of the stunners by Gianvito Rossi and L.K. Bennett — two footwear lines that merit a post of their own. (But who's got the time? Not me.) If you shop the links I provide, I'll get a slight reward — but considering the damage I'm preparing to do to my Saks account, I've earned it.
1. Slingback Ankle Booties or Block-Heel Mules
3.1 Philip Lim Drum Suede Ankle Boots ($260, orig. $650)
The pointed toe, slingback, and structured block heel makes these irresistible to me. For a more economical alternative, check out the pair of faux-bootie mules below. While I die for a pointy-toe, if you are more into almond-shaped toes, Vince Faris Leather Mules ($140, orig. $350) are for you.
Frye Flynn Block Heel Mules ($208.60, orig. $298)
2. High Block-Heel Sandals
Gianvito Rossi Metallic Leather Block Heels ($397.50, orig. $795)
There is nothing to say because both of these styles are dreamy. They're perfect and I want them both desperately. They're the type of shoe worth splurging on — statement-making, perfectly on-trend, and easier to balance on than stilettos.
L.K. Bennett Suede Ankle-Strap Sandals ($297.50, orig. $425)
3. Midi Block-Heel Sandals
Gianvito Rossi Braided Ankle Strap Sandals ($437.50, orig $875)
Midi heels are both necessary and on-trend right now. I love braided footwear and the way a pop of red can complement an outfit. This pair also comes in brown. Below, you'll spot another suede style I'm a fan of. A neutral shoe is always a good idea as it elongates legs, depending on your skin tone, and is squarely in fashion-friendly territory in that nude hue.
Alexandre Birman Clarita Suede Block Heel Sandal ($238, orig. $595)
4. Elevated Espadrilles
Stuart Weitzman Sidewalk Leather Espadrilles ($186, orig. $465)
Not only have I never seen espadrilles this chic, but my favorites of all time are made by Stuart Weitzman. You can wear clearly wear these street-chic sliders beyond the summer months. I am also obsessed with the streamlined look of the babies below — which also come in denim.
Stuart Weitzman Back Up Wedge ($190, orig. $475)
5. Denim on Denim on Denim
Stuart Weitzman Back Up Wedge ($190, orig. $475)
I'm not in love with the denim trend in footwear and beyond, but I am in like with it. And I do love Stuart Weitzman. Any excuse to score yourself another pair is valid, making this on-trend shoe pick a win. The design elevates the espadrille to contained, sartorial perfection.
I also dig the silhouette of the pair below, which I saw on FarFetch in black leather with a silver metallic heel accent. Industrial-chic vibes are always welcomed in my wardrobe and that pair would be my preference, but the pair below will transform white wardrobe picks in the best way.
Clergerie Lamod Denim Mules ($170, orig. $425)
Gianvito Rossi Twisted Knot Slides ($347.50, orig. $695)
The GR pair above is muted — they won't detract from your outfit or demand attention — and their flawless silhouette is what you're paying for. They also come in a high heeled form and in flashier color palettes, but black is my go-to. (I'm basically gothic at heart.)
I included the DvF pair below because the velvet texture is unique, but there is a pair of sleek black leather Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Roslynn Leather Mules ($278, orig. $695) from the runway with silver accents.
Diane von Furstenburg Mikaila Velvet Mules ($131.20, orig. $328)
7. Metallic Must-Haves
Gianvito Rossi Pointed Block Heel Bootie ($522.50, orig. $1,045)
The shape of the boots above is perfect. I can't get over Gianvito Rossi's footwear! As for the ones below, all I can say is that if I could justify purchasing them, they would already be mine. They change up a classic style in a refreshingly modern way, infusing shapely femininity into the metallic trend.
Gianvito Rossi Asymmetric Metallic Leather Pumps ($372.50, orig. $745)
8. Satin Slides
Tabitha Simmons Knot Satin Slides ($230, orig. $570)
You can rely on slides as both functional and stylish footwear — just slide 'em on to elevate your look, then slide 'em off again to get comfy. If you hate the bows, check out Mercedes Castillo Paulita Satin Slide Sandals ($118, orig. $295) or the suede Joie Paetyn Suede Sandal ($111, orig. 278).
So many pairs of slides caught my eye... but my question is, why deprive yourself of a pair of Manolos? I have a pair of black leather slides just like the ones below and I wear them all the time.
Manolo Blahnik Classic Open Toe Sandal ($238, orig. $595)
9. Fancy Flats
Aquazzura Christy Leather Lace-Up Flats ($270, orig. $675)
In addition to theis must-have pair of flats, I have a confession: I unfairly excluded Michael Kors' adorable lace up styles unfairly because I am still adjusting to the fashion forward re-branding they have undergone. Their change-up has been great, but old associations die hard.
Since animal print is a huge trend in fashion RN, they also come in leopard print.
Aquazzura Christy Leopard Print Lace-Up Calf-Hair Flats ($358, orig. $895)
10. High Tops + Sneaks
Vetements Printed Canvas Sneakers ($390, orig. $790)
High tops rock — especially if you don't do the "ugly sneaker" trend that is currently taking over LA. I don't dabble in ugly footwear territory, but high-end high tops are definitely my cup of tea.
P.S. "vetements" means "clothes" in French. P.P.S. My super-stylish friend Tamar has a pair of sneakers from APL and I approve.
Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Phantom Sneakers ($123.75, orig. $165)
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