The weather this week has been anything but ideal for the season, and putting on my clunky rain boots every day has made me yearn for warm summer sun. Mother Nature may be stopping us from showing off our bright pedicures at the moment, but we can still dream of summer and everything that goes along with it–she can’t that away from us.


It’s reasonably likely that you have your mother to thank for your current shoe addiction. An interest in fashion is often passed generationally, from mother to daughter, teaching you to do everything from tie your first sneakers to how to score that awesome shoe deal you’ll be bragging about for months.


Once a year, I like to treat myself to one big luxury item and what better time to splurge on myself than when celebrating my quarter-century milestone this past Monday? One year, I bought the Gucci Soho Shoulder Bag, another year I bought my first pair of Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps and last year, you all helped me decide between the Saint Laurent Monogram Satchel and the Chanel Wallet on Chain bag.

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This past weekend, NYC felt like summer for one glorious day. Everyone was wearing sandals and shorts, and it quickly got me thinking about how I really can’t wait for real summer weather. (It might also have to do with the fact that this weekend, I celebrated my 25th birthday by treating myself to an all-white pair of Valentino Rockstuds.)

As the temperature rises, there are plenty of cookouts, pool parties and other casual, outdoor activities to look forward to.


Let’s be real: Blake Lively is most likely an android created in a lab somewhere to a) school us on the privileged-yet-tormented lives of the Upper East Side elite, and a) shame us for being physically and fashionably basic in every conceivable way.


Whether it’s your work-week essential or your weekend counterpart, there are just some shoes that touch countless shoppers’ hearts. We all know them; they are recognizable yet unique, have proven loyalty among shoe lovers and staying power in a market where there’s always something new for shoppers to lust after.


New collections are stocked up in stores, and that’s given us time to shop around and notice some emerging patterns. We already made note of some of spring’s biggest trends, but if you think that’s all the footwear market has to offer, think again.


We have long admired Miranda Kerr because few celebs (yes, even supermodels) make A-list style look so effortless. Last week, we showed you all the chunky heels Taylor Swift has been favoring as she continues to careen through the fly-by-night fashion preferences of her mid-twenties, but if the thought of chunky heels (and being in your mid-twenties) triggers a slight gag reflex, well, Miranda’s sartorial shoe game is the perfect antidote to all of that.

Steve Madden Sassey Two-Piece Fringe Sandals $129 via Macy's 

Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals $785 via ShopBop

Footwear trends come and go, and so far, Spring 2016 has brought along plenty of its own. In the upcoming months, we’re eagerly awaiting lace-up sandal, low, chunky heels and spring fringe. And while we would love to put everything on the plastic and act like the bill isn’t coming, sometimes practicality is required.

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As the temperature rises, sandals are going to be our go-to shoe of choice. We’re just a few weeks away from the official start of sandal season, and that means it’s time to start stocking up on some of this season’s hottest designs, as well as time to make an appointment with our local manicurist for a mani-pedi.


While most celebs have already slipped into minimal sandal mode, Taylor Swift has recently discovered a love for fat heels, and I don’t fault her; a good chunky-heeled shoe is far easier to walk in than a designer stiletto.


Today marks the first of many Shoe Guides to come, and we couldn’t think of a better place to start than Valentino‘s signature Rockstud. Like the Ultimate Bag Guides you know and love, our Shoe Guide follows a similar format; below, we’ll highlight important buying information like pricing, fit and style comparisons.

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