We're Loving: Tory Burch's Spring Shoes

toryburchteagananthracite_front_300We love Tory Burch’s simple and sophisticated approach to shoes. During the height of the Reva ballet flats craze, we profiled her and also toryburchdevintan_front_300looked at her approach to the biz here. She’s a designer with a clear point of view and while we don’t know her apparel very well, we’re practically drooling over her shoes for Spring & Summer. (Seriously, seeing all of them in the glossy & sleek store on the Lower East Side of New York this weekend made us swoon!!)_5779536clunybir-6322_d

These are our favorites that we are totally, utterly, completely lusting after. toryburchjulianneanthrocite_front_3001Maybe we’ll just have to put our Bloomingdale’s Insider coupons to good use this weekend…!

What’s your favorite?!

photos courtesy of FootCandy (a site we can’t believe we didn’t know before this post given our total addiction to shoes! It’s fab!), Nordstrom and Jildor Shoes (another amazing shoes website!)

Some Fabulous Retail Rx

charles-david-gladiator-wedgesWe fell in love again over the weekend. In Bloomingdale’s & Nordstroms, no less. Whoops!

We got these gorgeous Charles David gladiator wedges available at Nordstrom. God, do we love shoes. How perfect are they for summer frocks?toy-watch

And we decided we’re going back to wearing a watch- this time a Toy Watch! These cute & funky little pieces are listed among Oprah’s favorite things and effortlessly carry off the trend of being edgy, yet sophisticated. The adorning comments from press have been endless.

bcbg-dress1Finally, we got this chic little number to rock in New York this week. And on sale! Yay.

Thank you, retail therapy. Thank you.

Photos courtesy of Nordstrom, Toy Watch & BCBG

Designer Profile: Manolo Blahnik

If you read WIT & Whimsy regularly, you’ve probably already noticed that I’m somewhat of a shoe fiend. I LOVE shoes. My closet is full of them. Some find the collection a tad ridiculous, but in my mind, one can never have too many shoes as long as you’re wearing them! Boots, flats, sandals, wedges, pumps, stilettos…all favorites of mine. Honestly, I’d rather walk in heels than flats. What’s better than a stride in heels, really?
Considered somewhat of a shoe god, Manolo Blahnik epitomizes all that women want in shoes. When given the chance, many women run right to his shoes to get in on the phenomenon. Handmade, Manolos are seen much more as works of art by shoe lovers.

Blahnik keeps his lines rather linear in that the style of shoe does not vary often. He lives and breaths heels and it can be argued that he donned sex appeal upon stilettos.

Manolo Blahnik inspires huge loyalty and devotion- and to me, there is no question as to why. Remember those blue satin heels adorned with a large buckle featured in the “Sex & the City” movie? Well, their sticker price is $945. Goodness! And, according to a NY Times article a few months ago, Bergdorf Goodmans (where the shoe would be on sale exclusively), was besieged with order requests after the movie made its debut. That’s absolutely devotion.

More so, in the same article, you get a good idea of Mr. Blahnik himself.

“…Mr. Blahnik said he thought it was wonderful that customers, especially Americans, get so excited about his shoes and whenever he makes a store appearance.

But even he is a little disturbed by the prices of designer shoes these days, when a classic design — albeit one that had a little screen time — could approach four figures.

“Things are just like that now,” he said. “To make shoes is not a profitable business any longer. A piece of crocodile costs a fortune. The whole thing is becoming ridiculously expensive.”

How does he cope? ‘My philosophy,” he said, “is do less, but better.’”

Now that’s refreshing. (Albeit, refreshingly expensive). I’ll know I’ve made it when I don my first pair of Manolos…I can’t wait!


photos courtesy of Neiman Marcus