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Best sites for sandal shopping

Last week my tendonitis nearly resurfaced because of too much obsessive sandal shopping online. There’s a plethora of choices this season, from fisherman styles to gladiators to Sally Draper looks to wedges, and, and, and, and…now you’ve got so many tabs open you’re starting to sweat.

To keep things in perspective — and in budget — I’ve limited myself to checking a few sites and ignoring all the rest. No ShopStyle search engine browsing for this shopping task. Here are my favorites for sandal and spring bootie shopping this year:

Zappos: Completely overwhelming inventory, but the ability to narrow choices down by color, size and other qualifications helps me shop without needing a cocktail.

Free People: Great for laid-back and rocker-chic sandal fixes. Sizes run out fairly quickly, but at least once you’ve picked out a pair you like, then you can jump on ShopStyle for a more edited (sane) experience to find your size elsewhere on the web.

DSW: Customer reviews are a big plus, as are the cheaper prices!

Endless: Look for free shipping and other deals frequently offered by Endless.com, a veritable sandal Mecca come spring and summer.

Lori’s Shoes: Adorable sandals and summer shoes for all style types, especially good for finding comfortable, simple looks with a twist. Fabulous brands, too.

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Jeffrey Cambpell’s hybrids + a Shopbop giveaway

Late last week, I crumbled and finally bought my annual pair of everyday fall/winter shoes: a pair of clog/booties hybrid from Jeffrey Campbell, from Shopbop. They arrived earlier this week, and any worries I had about them being too heeled for my new weekend habit — block party hopping — or running downstairs for quick bathroom breaks for my husky quickly withered away. These things are solid. The hybrid style hides a stacked platform fit, giving height without forcing an upturned arch, and while the woody shell needs a little breaking in, I can wear these for hours.

Plus, they go with virtually everything. They do make me look a little shorter because of the shaft height, but they can be worn over skinny jeans or under bootcut jeans, and I think they’d be adorable under these pair of 7 for All Mankind slouchy corduroys. They play off distressed jeans: a touch of shearling + ripped jeans gives a downtown throwdown to the ski resort look this fall. Whatever your favorite style or brand of jeans or shorts — Jbrand, Levi’s, Hudson jeans — they work equally well with tights, leggings or even bare-legged.

To help you get a new pair of fall boots — or jeans, a holiday dress, or cruise-worthy bikini — Shopbop and I are giving away a $100 gift card to a lucky reader. To enter, just check out the list of Shopbop designers and post a link to the shoes, accessories or piece of clothing you’d most like to get with your gift card. A winner will be chosen (by drawing out of a hat) on Monday, October 25: get your submissions in by 12p.m. noon that day!

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Frye’s Billy Shootie

Do you likey?

Or does it make you think of a pimp shoe? Still on the hunt for the perfect brown bootie for this fall.

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Elaine Turner offers boutique shopping in Rice Village

I breezed through Elaine Turner’s shop in the fall but didn’t spend quite enough time to appreciate all the corners and shelves filled with lifestyle-branding items and whimsy. Last Thursday, I visited the store again to snap some pictures for a Toast the Coast event, benefiting the National Wildlife Federation and the Gulf Coast oil spill, hosted by NOLA native Alixe Ryan.

It vaguely reminded me of a Tory Burch or Lily Pulitzer boutique, but less pretentious than the first, and not as beachy as the latter. Continue reading

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TOMS gets fancy.

Photo Source: toms.com

Have you guys seen TOMS new wedges? Yea or nay?

They’re clearly meant to appeal to a more Cape Cod/Kate Spade type of customer, and they do make more sense on the beach than a $300 pair of wedges, but do you think the “heels with heart” are worth the $69? Or more importantly, are they more white trash than East Coast preppy?

Sorry, TOMS: I like your classic designs, and even your silver sparkly flats, but I’m not getting these.

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Brand whore or brand aversion?

Photo Source: Shopbop.com

The shoes at left aren’t super ugly or impractical. In fact, my personal issues with cork aside, they’re pretty cute, versatile and comfortable-looking. They’re being sold on Shopbop for $140, a reasonable price for shoes you could wear to dinner, the beach, or even out shopping.

But would it change your mind if you knew that they’re UGGs?

It’s like brand-whoring in reverse. Will you refuse to buy something just because of its brand name (all enviromental/sustainable/Fair Trade/copyright infringement ideologies aside).

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Design your own TOMS

Photo Source: TeenVogue.com

TOMS has lots of classic and funky shoes already, but now they want their most creative shoppers to submit custom designs.

The progressive shoe/philanthropic company has teamed up with Teen Vogue to promote the contest which will manufacture a limited-edition pair of shoes to be sold on tomsshoes.com.

You can buy a plain white pair of the shoes for 25% off or download a blank virtual canvas, which is free. Click here for more information and the entry form.

You’ve got until the end of April, so good luck!

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