Calvin Klein

It’s been ages since we last showed you a “Shoe of the Day” here on this blog and we thought it was time to revive that feature. That’s why today I present to you: “Andrina” by Calvin Klein, a classic yet playful, almost architectural black ankle boot with a gold rounded heel and a gold oversized buckle at the ankle. “Andrina” is an absolute design classic and will get you a ton of mileage due to its timeless elegance while the gold accents and the intricate placing of the heel will avoid looking it is yet another boring black boot and make any outfit with these boots an instant eyecatcher! $245 isn’t a steal, I hear you, but when I originally first saw the boot, I didn’t look at the price tag right away and immediately assumed this had to be a $700+ designer shoe because of the superb craftmanship and all the clever little details. That’s why I was extra pleased to learn that this is a boot that costs less than $250! So if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect black standout boot that’ll still go with all of your outfits, why not take this one into closer consideration?

Calvin Klein Andrina Buckle Booties in black and gold

Calvin Klein “Andrina” Buckle Bootiesls
($244.95, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Macy’s & eBayeBay.

Image source(s): Nordstrom


Update: This post has been updated on January 19, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Despite the respect and admiration I have for the creativity of Monsieur Christian Louboutin; if I had to buy a pair of Louboutins with my current sad little shoe budget I’d choose a very classic style to ensure I’ll get maximum bang for my buck. I’ve always loved the shape of the “Bianca” – a high platform stiletto pump, so it’s very likely I’d go for this style because it looks like one of my personified shoe dreams.

Christian Louboutin Bianca Slingback Platform Pumps in black patent

Christian Louboutin Bianca Slingback Platform Pumpsls
($755, Saks)

Calvin Klein “Gracen” Slingback Pumps

UPDATE (01/19/2013): After a long time I came across these slingback pumps by Calvin Klein which double as great Christian Louboutin Bianca Sling alternatives. Also available in mint, blush and red.

Calvin Klein "Gracen" Slingback Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Bianca Sling knockoffs)

Calvin Klein “Gracen” Slingback Pumpsamazon
($80, Amazon)

ALDO “Aime” Slingback Pumps

UPDATE (02/11/2011): ALDO has also a pretty good Bianca slingback look-a-like which is available in either black, camel or khaki patent.

ALDO "Aime" Slingback Pumps (Christian Louboutin Bianca knockoffs)

ALDO “Aime” Slingback Pumpsls
($80, ALDO)

GUESS “Rapine” Slingback Pumps

UPDATE (01/03/2011): Here’s another fabulous Louboutin look-a-like coming from GUESS. Available in nude, black and red patent.

GUESS "Rapine" Slingback Pumps in nude, black and red patent (Christian Louboutin Bianca knockoffs)

GUESS “Rapine” Slingback Pumpscj

bebe “Jacob” Slingback Pumps

As long as I still have to save up for the real deal, I might as well get something nice for the time in between. bebe.’s “Jacob” slingback pump looks like very much like Bianca’s little sister, but costs way less than her big sister. I love how Bebe put Loubie’s signature red sole on the outside of the heel. Looks good this way, too, huh? Available in black/red or navy/black patent.

Bebe "Jacob" Slingback Pumps in black patent and red suede (Christian Louboutin Bianca Sling knockoffs)

bebe “Jacob” Slingback Pumpsendlessamazon
($75.64, Amazon)


Leopard Print 2.0 – Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

by Irina on February 18, 2011

2010 marked the year where leopard print was taking over the fashion world. Suddenly it was all about animal print shoes, bags, accessories, clothes. Now it’s 2011 and the trend is still going strong. And what’s better is that by now mainstream fashion brands have caught on to this trend, so nowadays we not only have out-of-the-world priced designer options but actually affordable styles we can slurge on without feeling guilty. See our top 12 shoe picks below and let us know what you think.

Leopard Print 2.0 - Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

Go Shopping:

  1. Bandolino “Thanku” Wedge Sandalscj, $85.95
  2. Maxstudio “Changzou” Bootiesamazon, $154.95
  3. Ivanka Trump “Magnolis” Ballet Flatscj, $130
  4. Chinese Laundry “Duster” Flatscj, $69
  5. Calvin Klein “Fanya” Wedge Sandalsamazon, $55.99
  6. Betsey Johnson “Eloise” Ankle Strap Sandalsamazon, $175
  7. Jessica Simpson “Fannie” Flatsls, $69
  8. Steve Madden “WIICKED” Peep-toe Wedgescj, $149.95
  9. ALDO “Nolton” Platform Pumpsls, $90
  10. Pelle Moda Issa 2 Sandalscj, $80
  11. Ivanka Trump “Pinkette” Pumpscj, $132.99
  12. Maxstudio “Zomba” Bootiesamazon, $109.42


Winter is still upon us, but I’m already looking at Spring 2011 footwear. Flirty wedges, colorful pumps and sexy sandals like these by Calvin Klein are what I’m putting on my shoe shopping list this spring. I adore the sexy bondage-like straps on these heels and I’m enamored with both the black reptile version as well as the natural python print one. Do you have a personal favorite?

Calvin Klein "Wynne" Criss Cross Sandals in black and natural

Calvin Klein “Wynne” Criss Cross Sandalsamazon
($148, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos & Dillard’sls.

Image source(s): Amazon