Motorcycle boots and fall go together better than Valentino Rockstud Pumps
and fashion week. In other words, they’re perfect for each other. However, we
all know fall and winter tend to be our most expensive seasons, thanks to chunky
knits, wool coats, buttery leather boots and fur. (Lots and lots of fur.) So
while I wish money were no issue when it came to shopping, the fact of the
matter is that many of us can’t talk ourselves into that hefty price tag all the
time. I’ve been on the search for motorcycle boots for quite some time now, and
I’ve scoured the internet and found three similar styles that are bound to fit
just about any budget.
When it comes to fur and boots, like the old expression goes – sometimes less is more. Case in point, these Roberto Cavalli Fox Fur Trimmed Boots. This black leather pointed-toe boot is adorned with gorgeous fox fur, but unfortunately it’s smothered with way too much of it.

While this picture only shows one boot, obviously two will be worn together, doubling the fur overload. It may sound silly, but when I looked at this picture, I forgot that these boots have to worn as a pair (unless you want to pull a Lady GaGa and wear two different shoes), but the face I must have made at the computer screen when I realized this was only half the fur was probably hysterical and horrifying. While the fur is fastened to the shoe with four buckles that do allow for easy removal, that sort of defeats the point of paying all that extra money for such an expensive material. I am usually a fan of Cavalli’s gorgeous designs, but this is one of which I cannot approve.

Don’t agree with me and want a pair? Buy yours through Farfetch for $2,618.

Jennifer Hudson recently tackled Good Morning America duty in a pair of edgy, black leather and silver tone Giuseppe Zanotti Metal Strap Booties. You can obtain these exact Giuseppe Zanottis for $1,263 at FarFetch. BTW, you’re not crazy, that is Alicia Keys trailing behind her. Jennifer and Alicia appeared on GMA to promote the Alicia Keys-produced film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, in which Jennifer Hudson plays a single mom/heroin addict.

If you’re having GMA/Jennifer Hudson-induced deja vu, there’s a reason for that – she appeared on GMA mere weeks ago to promote an entirely different film in a pair of Christian Louboutin So Kates. Personally, I’d take a pair of GZ booties over a pair of sky-high CL heels any day. What’s your preference, Livvy readers?

The RED Valentino brand, Valentino’s little-sister line, has established themselves on the idea of a modern-day fantasy. However, when looking at these RED Valentino 3D Velvet Rose Pumps, I was immediately drawn back to the Shakespearean era, where opulent and lavish dressing was dominant. Could these pumps easily translate into todays popular fashion? That is the question.

What makes the idea of a modern-day fantasy come to life is the all velvet upper and the matching velvet rose. While the rose is slightly out of proportion with the rest of the pump, this exaggeration is effective when we think about the brand’s aesthetic, all big bows and floral embellishments. If we forgo the velvet rose, do you still get the same feeling? Yes, but it’s the over-the-top decoration that allows us to go into a state of reverie. Using this soft material provides a luscious feeling and would not have been effective if any other material was used. What brings us out of this fantasy, though, is the staggering four-inch heel – that’s not so Shakespearean. While this may be unlike any other shoe in your collection, the hopeful romantic feeling makes it worth of a your consideration.

Maybe it’s because I’m having a few love troubles right now, but this modern-day fairytale pump made me feel hopeful, at least for a moment. When it comes down to wear or not to wear, what do you say?

Here’s actress/Robin Thicke wifey Paula Patton in NYC wearing studded Saint Laurent Janis Studded Pumps – I believe this marks our third “celebs in Janis pumps” sighting within two weeks! It’s becoming something of an epidemic. Another fall trend on the verge of full contagion: leather dresses. (We’ve featured back-to-back celebs in leather dresses this week. You’re welcome.) You can get these exact pumps for $1,095 at Saks.

Fun fact: the Janis pumps were indeed named after Janis Joplin. Saint Laurent’s creative director Hedi Slimane is a bit obsessed with old-school rock stars. (Janis wore some cool shoes in her day, but I am 99% sure she never donned heels this high.) Hedi actually made headlines this week for incorporating music legends Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and B.B. King into his latest Saint Laurent ad campaigns.

After seeing some of the best bags and shoes from New York Fashion Week, it seemed appropriate to tackle one of the popular trends hitting the streets right nowblack and white shoes. Personally, this one of my favorite shoe trends because the classic black and white color palette is so much bolder than you’d guess when implemented correctly.

There’s geometric cutouts from Sophia Webster on a sexy sandal, or color blocking on the Michael Kors bootie, and then there’s the modest heel from Sam Edelman that is vamped up with a calf-hair animal print. Whatever your style, you are sure to find a shoe from this trend that will have you raving!!!!!

Fashion Week shoes can be a bit hit-or-miss. A lot of the brands that show aren’t known for their footwear, and many of the most highly sought-after shoe designers don’t have full-fledged fashion lines that necessitate a show. The best of both worlds happens when a smaller brand collaborates with a huge shoe company for a custom set of shoes, and that’s what happens every year with Christian Louboutin and Marchesa.

Not only does Marchesa’s particular brand of highly embellished femininity take Louboutin’s shoes in a direction that they might not otherwise go, but
the runway shoes always give us a sneak peek of where Louboutin’s ideas might be for the season ahead. Based on this glimpse, the brand will continue to embrace the single-sole trend, despite the fact that Louboutin rose to prominence on the strength of his platforms. There’s also lots of laser-cutting and some significant variation in heel heights, so if you think it’s not a CL without a monster stiletto, you may need to avert your eyes from time to time.

Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps are so hot right now. And SO hard to walk in. (But they look so fab when you’re sitting down!) Here’s Jennifer Hudson on the set of Good Morning America, promoting her latest flick, Winnie Mandela, while wearing her own chic black pair of kidskin leather So Kates. We saw Minka Kelly in a pair of black patent So Kates just a few weeks ago. You can purchase Jennifer’s preferred pair for $625 from Saks.

Winnie Mandela, as you might suspect, is a biopic about Nelson Mandela’s wife of almost 40 years, herself an anti-apartheid activist. The film chronicles her story from childhood through the time of her husband’s incarceration. Strangely enough, the movie has been in the can since 2011, which is never a good sign. (Just checked the reviews – maybe wait for this one to come out on DVD?)

Like him or not, Alexander Wang has a knack for certain things. Throwing parties (Nicki Minaj performed at his fashion week fete last week), selling black clothing and predicting hot shoe shapes are among them, even if Alexander Wang’s Spring 2014 shoes look a little prohibitive now. Graphic white Mary Janes with thick rubber soles? You betcha.

The light color and pointed toes of Wang’s runway shoes are right on top of several ongoing trends from the past year, so it’s the in-your-face scale of these kicks that really makes news.
Out are the delicate heels and cutouts of Wang’s last collection and in are githy, solid-color soles in both tall and more modest heights. We can dismiss the mules from the collection, I think (customers seem completely uninterested in backless shoes while designers attempt impotently to make “fetch” happen), and focus on the pumps, which are growing on me more the longer I look at them. I’ve always loved a thick heel, and the shoes have a lovely sense of minimalism to them. Alexander Wang’s usual customers will no doubt be pleased.

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