What It’s Really Like to Walk in a Pair of Christian Louboutin Daffodile Pumps

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Christian Louboutin Daffodile Pump_2

It’s no secret that Christian Louboutin doesn’t design with comfort in mind; anyone who owns a pair of Louboutin pumps can vouch for that. Fashionista has quoted Louboutin saying, “I don’t want to create painful shoes, but it is not my job to create something comfortable. I try to make high heels as comfortable as they can be, but my priority is design, beauty and sexiness.”

Louboutin takes the idea that ‘beauty is pain’ to heart, and nothing looks more painful than his Daffodile pump. These are by far the most daunting heel and platform in the Louboutin shoe family, and I was curious to try a pair and see if these pumps are as scary as they seem.

I normally wear a size six, but in these shoes, I wear a five and a half. When I slipped my foot into a pair, the toe box was a bit more narrow then I expected, but once the back of my foot was in, I was able to wiggle my toes just fine. Then came the moment of truth: Could I walk in these monstrous pumps? While I was sitting, I felt like my knees were a bit closer to my chest than normal; clearly, these shoes were not playing around.

With the heel measuring six inches and the platform measuring two and a quarter inches, that was an understatement. Surprisingly, though, I could walk on both carpet and tile with ease, and I didn’t feel my limbs straining to keep my balance. With most of the weight falling to the front of this pump because of the platform, I actually didn’t feel like I was being weighed down. My foot also didn’t slip out in the back because I opted for a half size smaller than normal, which is a problem I usually face with pumps that do not have a strap to keep my foot in place.

In the past, the Daffodile’s heel and platform were enough to turn me away, and now I’m starting to have a slight change of heart. The platform and heel give off a very extreme and exaggerated look, however, but these pumps were actually made for walking longer then a few moments. While the So Kates are near and dear to my heart, those are pumps that are made for looking sexy and doing very little walking. The Daffodiles, on the other hand, will make you look sexy and mobile, for a bit longer than the So Kates, at least.

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There’s More Up Stuart Weitzman’s Customization Sleeve

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This isn’t Stuart Weitzman’s first time around the customization rodeo. Last week marked the fourth customization project for the Weitzman brand, and this time around the program’s called SWxYOU Perfect Pumps, which allows you customize the brand’s Poco kitten heel, the Heist mid-heel and the Queen stiletto. According to Footwear News, 14 color options, including suede or crocodile-embossed leather, will be available. Depending on heel height and materials used, these pumps will retail from $355 to $395.

I decided to create some of my own pumps from the Stuart Weitzman site, and the process was effortless. First, you start by picking your pump of choice, followed by the color, size and width, and voilà! The only thing left to do is add it to you basket, and then wait until the end of October for your pumps to arrive at your doorstep. While the latter may be the most unappealing part of this process, waiting a few weeks for a custom-made pair of pumps from one of fashion’s most popular footwear brands is definitely worth it!

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Louis Vuitton Blend Shoe Collection

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Louis Vuitton gives the classic Men’s Derby shoes a modern twist with the Blend shoe collection as seen from the Men’s Fall/Winter 2014 fashion show.

Inspired by hiking boots, the Blend shoe is characterised by its surprising combination of materials and colors with technique, practicality and modern detail. The front is crafted from dark matte calf leather with a “LV” perforation on the toe and rubber sole, while the back and heel are made with colorful glazed waxed calf leather. In creating the Blend, a patina technique is employed: a layer of dark-colored wax is removed when the upper is assembled, revealing the brightly colored base. The shoes features padded insock for enhanced confort, and hand-waxed heel & treaded rubber sole.

The Blend Richelieu, a low version, and the Blend Ankle Boot, a higher version with a chevron-patterned tweed collar extension, are released in a range of three colors: Marine, Bordeaux and Cognac. These dashing and daring pairs will add a hiking-spirit to your style; a versatile choice for business and leisure.

Blend Richelieu




Colors: Marine, Bordeaux and Cognac
Price: US$895

Blend Ankle Boot




Colors: Marine, Bordeaux and Cognac
Price: US$980

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Monogram Forever

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International Edit August 18


Here, a Fleur d’éternité from Louis Vuitton’s Monogram is crafted in guilloché mother-of-pearl and surrounded by a delicate string of diamonds. It rests on a mirror-finish gold dial created by Louis Vuitton’s dial craftsmen, itself enhanced with a bezel set with diamonds on the pink gold case.

A sophisticated yet easy-to-wear watch, available in a small quartz version measuring 28mm in diameter, and another medium automatic version measuring 35mm in diameter.

Tambour Monogram Forever Specifications:
– 18-carat pink gold case
– Dial and bezel set with diamonds
– Diameter: Quartz 28mm / Automatic 35mm
– Nude satin strap
– 18-carat pink gold ardillon buckle
– Monogram engraved back
– Water resistance: 50m
– Quartz
– Functions: Hours, minutes

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Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Bag Names and Prices

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Fall/Winter 2014. Nicolas Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton. This season, the bags take reverence from Louis Vuitton’s rich heritage of travel. Taking inspiration from the iconic Louis Vuitton trunk, the Petite Malle and the Malletage bags will surely delight history buffs and fashion lovers alike. Luxurious leathers take centers stage while the Monogram canvas appears here and there. Subtlety is key this season. A stunning new shape is also introduced, the Lady Bag, a dedication to travel, an icon in the making. Discover Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2014 bags below:

Petite Malle

Inspired by Louis Vuitton’s iconic trunk, the Petite Malle beautifully mixes Louis Vuitton craftsmanship with a bold, stylish statement. Reflecting the Maison’s heritage in trunkmaking, it is charmingly adorned with the crosses ingignia signature of world traveler Albert Khan. A truly breathtaking piece, exceptional at any time, perfect for day to night.

The Petite Malle comes in three versions; first in Monogram canvas body with black calfskin trim, second in Damier canvas body with black calfskin trim, another in colorful Epi leather body with black calfskin trim, and lastly in Metallic Epi & calfskin taking reference from the 1868 trunk invented by Louis Vuitton crafted in zinc to protect the voyager’s goods.

Petite Malle features a black removable calfskin leather strap, golden brass hardware including the striking S-lock (with palladium in Metallic Epi version) and magnetic closure. Inside, the Petite Malle is lined with luxurious lambskin lining.

 Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Bag Names and Prices
Monogram Petite Malle
Size: 7” x 4”.7 x 1”.5
Price: US$5200

 Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Petite Malle
Size: 7” x 4”.7 x 1”.5
Color: Ebene
Price: US$5200

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Epi Petite Malle
Size: 7” x 4”.7 x 1”.5
Colors: Black, White, Red, Pink, Orange
Price: US$5200
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Metallic Epi Petite Malle
Size: 7” x 4”.7 x 1”.5
Colors: Silver, Gold, Electrique
Price: US$5500


Flip Flap

As if it could blow with the wind like feuilles, the double flap opening of the Pochette Flip Flap canvas evokes gracefulness. Crafted in sheepskin and Monogram canvas body, sheepskin lining & trim, and golden brass finishings, it’s a fashionable accessory for everyday. Pochette Flip Flap features a removable and adjustable cowhide leather handle offering more ways of carrying, a zip closure, and a subtle tone-on-tone metal LV signature.

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Pochette Flip Flap
Size: 12.9″ x 8.6″ x 0.7″
Colors: Burgundy, Black (pictured)
Price: US$3550


Epi Leather

With a single handle and a artfully curved base, the Doc bag in Epi leather evokes femininity and polish – a new interpretation to the iconic Speedy. It’s an impeccable option for dressing up or dressing down, an exceptional piece for a well-heeled woman.

Doc features a unique single leather handle, a removable and adjustable leather strap, natural cowhide leather trims, golden brass finishings & lock, a leather keybell and zip closure. Inside the bag offers generous space with one spacious compartment, one zipped pocket and one open pocket. The interiors are lined with soft microfiber lining. Doc BB is very subtle in its logos, with the Louis Vuitton signature debossed on the trim & keybell. Doc comes in two sizes – BB and PM, and three colors – Natural, Coquelicot, and Black.

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Epi Doc BB
Size: 8.6″ x 7″ x 4.3″
Colors: Coquelicot, Black
Price: US$2850
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Epi Doc PM
Size: 11.4″ x 9.4″ x 5.1″
Colors: Natural, Coquelicot, Black
Price: US$2960


Malletage

Born from the tradition of malletage – the crisscross, diamond pattern lining of Louis Vuitton trunks, the Malletage collection is crafted from supple lambskin with cotton & synthetic ribbons criss-crossing the bag’s body. The collection features 4 shapes: the Alma and its handle-less pochette version, the Doc, and the structural Pochette Flap.


Malletage Alma Pochette
Size: 9″ x 6.2″ x 3.1″
Color: Black

A new reinterpretation of the classic Alma shape, the Alma Pochette loses its handles in favor for an elegant hand-carry option. Its smooth lambskin leather becomes more supple over time. Alma Pochette features a cowhide leather trim, golden brass hardware and double zip closure. The bag is lined with Sheepskin and has 1 interior zipped pocket.

Malletage AlmSize: 9″ x 6.6″ x 4.3″
Colors: Black, Natural
Price: US$3950

The effortless silhouette of the Alma BB is highlighted in Malletage lambskin leather. Inspired by the crisscross lining of Louis Vuitton trunks, the timeless style blends a rich heritage with innovation. Alma BB features a removable cowhide leather strap, 2 leather handles, cowhide leather trims, golden brass hardware including finishings, padlock and bottom studs, a keybell, and double zip closure. Inside, the bag is lined in sheepskin and has 1 open pocket.

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Malletage Alma PM
Size: 12.2″ x 9″ x 5.9″
Colors: Black, Natural
Price: US$4700

Lithe and soft, the Alma PM is a classic reinvented in chic Malletage leather. The refined style is innovated from the crisscross pattern that lined the Maison’s trunks. A choice, polished Louis Vuitton signature piece. Alma PM features a removable cowhide leather strap, 2 leather handles, cowhide leather trims, golden brass hardware including finishings, padlock and bottom studs, a keybell, and double zip closure. Inside, the bag is lined in sheepskin and has 2 open pockets.

Malletage Pochette Flap
Size: 10.2″ x 7″ x 3.9″
Color: Black
Price: US$4400

Timeless and stylish, the Malletage Pochette Flap is made with smooth lambskin and a sheepskin covered chain shoulder strap. Its an inspired piece that cleverly mixes iconic Louis Vuitton malletage pattern with the new. Pochette Flap features golden brass hardware including finisishings & the iconic S-lock. Inside there’s 1 zipped pocket and 2 open pockets.

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Malletage Doc BB
Size: 8.6″ x 7″ x 4.3″
Colors: Natural, Black
Price: US$3950


Lady Bag

Rich in craftsmanship with a purity of line, the Lady Bag is an icon in the making. It is inspired by the Maison’s travel and fashion heritage and is crafted in luxurious materials, and a timeless silhouette. A resolutely elegant design perfect for daily use or for travel.

The Lady Bag comes in three versions; one in Monogram and Cowhide leather, one in Textile and Cowhide leather, another in Box Calfskin, and lastly in exotic Crocodile leather. The bag is subtle as it is elegant. A low-key bag with delicate branding (except for the Monogram version) with its tiny Louis Vuitton signature at the bags and LV signature on the leather luggage tag.

 Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Bag Names and PricesMonogram Lady Bag PM
Size: 12.6” x 8.3” x 5.5”
Color: Coquelicot
Price: US$3250

Louis Vuitton Monogram Lady Bag Black MM Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Bag Names and PricesMonogram Lady Bag MM
Size: 8.6″ x 7″ x 4.3″
Color: Black
Price: US$3550

Textile Lady Bag PM
Size: 12.6” x 8.3” x 5.5”
Color: Copper
Price: US$4000

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Box Calfskin Lady Bag MM
Size: 13.7” x 9.4” x 5.9”
Colors: Rusty, Blue (pictured), Copper
Price: US$4650

 Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Bag Names and Prices
Crocodile Lady Bag PM
Size: 12.6” x 8.3” x 5.5”
Colors: Cognac
Price: US$54,500


Bowling Vanity

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Bowling Vanity Tweed
Size: 11″ x 8.6″ x 4.3″
Colors: Vert, Bleu
Price: US$4550

A throwback to Louis Vuitton’s artisanal heritage, the Bowling Vanity Tweed catches the eye with a curvy silhouette and a leather covered pearl chain. A Maison classic crafted in stylish tweed.

Bowling Vanity is a leather connoisseur’s dream as it features various skins such as sheepskin which covers the bag’s pearl chain handles, calfskin and sheepskin trim, and calfskin lining while golden brass hardware adorn the bag.

Louis Vuitton Tuffetage Bowling Vanity Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Bag Names and PricesBowling Vanity Tuffetage
Size: 11″ x 8.6″ x 4.3″
Color: Blue
Price: US$5550

Tufts of elegant fabric and a sophisticated spirit are apparent in the The Bowling Vanity Tufettage. Sheepskin covered pearl chain handles and golden brass hardware embody Louis Vuitton craftsmanship.

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Ashley Tisdale Refuels in Stuart Weitzman Sandals

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Ashley Tisdale Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals

Ashley Tisdale was recently spotted gassing up the G Wagon in Toluca Lake, California, wearing a pair of black Nappa leather Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals, which are yet another popular style from the brand for 2014. Stuart Weitzman seems to be winning the hearts of celebs left and right this summer.

Gladiators have been pretty hot in recent months, and we’ve found several great designer takes on the gladiator for under $500. For a similarly fair price, you can buy the most celeb-beloved Stuart Weitzman style of the season: the Nudist Sandal. 

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