La Redoute 60% Off Sale

Fresh off the back of being featured in this week’s The Apprentice, La Redoute is firmly in the spotlight which is fantastic because it also happens to be their Summer sale!!

With hundreds of items reduced and with up to 60% off, there are absolutely tonnes of real bargains to be had. I’ve had a look, purely for research purposes of course, and I’ve counted over 125 different pairs of shoes and boots up for grabs in the women’s shoe section!

There’s everything from boots, strappy sandals, heels and comfy shoes on offer so why not check it out and grab yourself a real bargain this June. There’s no end date to this sale but to get the best of the bunch I’d get browsing today…

To have a look at their full sale range, just click here!

Allsole End Of Season Sale

For everything shoe related, get yourself to, one of the most comprehensive shoe shops on the internet! With everything from flip flops to wellies, and everything in between, there is definitely something for everybody here.

And with their End of Season sale now in full swing you’re absolutely guaranteed to pick up a bargain as well! They have 50% off EVERYTHING! so no selected shoes that they just want to get rid of, oh no, at they are giving the discount on their best so whether you want, boots, heels, flats, trainers or flipflops, this is the place to check them out.

And did I mention they’re also giving FREE Worldwide delivery?? So no matter where you ahppen to be reading this post, you won’t pay a penny to have your brand spanking new shoes delivered to you!

Wallis 1/2 Price Sale

Summer is officially here and all of the high street sales have started with a bang so get ready to feast your eyes on some real shoe gems and bargains!

Wallis have kicked off the proceedings with their half price sale which is live and online from June 19th so get browsing and get shopping. With over 150 pairs of shoes in the sale there’s definitely something for everybody.

Whether you’re just after some glitzy flip flops or something a little more formal or even some very swish ‘going out’ shoes then Wallis is the place to start your search today.

To go straight to their sale section just click here!

My-Wardrobe 50% Off is an entirely fashion-focused web site, designed and developed in the UK, and was launched in April 2006. The aim to offer you the latest in high fashion clothing, shoes, and accessories, including a huge number of designers that we’re all very familiar with such as Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, D&G and Mulberry.

And right now they have the mother of all sales with up to 50% OFF all of their top designer clothing and accessories and with over 260 pairs of shoes on sale you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice.

Of course if you fancy getting yourself a nifty little outfit to go with them, or even a fab handbag to sling over your shoulder then then is your one-stop shop for designer heaven!

To browse this incredible range just click here! Summer Sale

If you’re looking for a real bargain this summer and your taste is a little more on the designer side of things then why not browse through the stunning range of high-end shoes, from all of your favourite designers and all at a hugely discounted sale price???, established in 2000, is the leading virtual store for multi-brand fashion and design in the world and right now they’re offering an incredible additional 40% off their designer sale where you can snap up gems from Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Vivienne Westwood and Balenciaga, to name but a few!

So cast your eyes over these designer delights simply by clicking here.

Oh, and by the waym ships over 1 million orders per year in more than 100 countries so you’re definitely in safe hands!

20% Off At New Look

The sun is shining and we can finally see a glimmer of summer around the corner and what better way to enjoy the long, hot (hopefully!) days than by taking advantage of a fab bargain and treating your tootsies to some nice new, and even cheaper, shoes!

New Look, winners of ‘Best Shoes’ in the ‘High Street Fashion Awards 2011’, have their finger on the fashion pulse and with 20% off shoes in women’s, teens’ and kids’ ranges, there has never been a better time to get shopping.

The offer is valid from the 16th-19th June 2011 inclusive and to all you have to do is click here to get the full range on offer!

And if you fancy sweetening the deal even more then how about this…you’ll get a FREE pair of sunglasses when you spend £35 or over!!

Roberto Cavalli

The flamboyant world renowned designer was born into an artistic family in Florence, Italy, in 1940. He attended the local Art Institute where he was particularly interested and concentrated on textile print. As a student he produced a series of flower prints on knit which caught the attention of some major Italian hosiery factories. Cavalli invented and patented a revolutionary printing procedure on leather and began creating patchworks of different materials.

His flamboyant style caught on very quickly and is now synonymous with glamour, rock and animal prints. The designer who himself enjoys a lavish over the top lifestyle translates this to his designs. Glitz, gold, colour, wild animal prints and extreme glamour are his hallmarks. Well loved by the rich and famous his designs appear on red carpets thoughout the world and are worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Catherine Zeta Jones and musicians Shakira and Christina Aguilera.

In 1972 in St Tropez, the exclusive French riviera resort and haunt of the rich and glamourous, he opened his first boutique selling his signature patchworks of different materials. The French film star Brigitte Bardot was one of the first celebrities to wear his designs and the jet setters of the time quickly followed. Feathered evening clothes, rhinestone encrusted jeans and python pants were all the rage. Cavalli lost favour in the 1980s when a more minimalist look began to dominate the catwalks and he has been heavily criticised for his use of animal skins and fur.

Cavalli made a comeback in the early 1990s and launched a Jeans line that was extremely successful. He began showing at the Milan Fashion Week and soon his racy dresses and signature animal prints were a hit with a whole new generation of celebrities. His numerous collections now include Just Cavalli, the Angels and Devils childrenswear range, Roberto Cavalli Casa his houseware collection and an extensive collection of accessories ranging from perfume to vodka!.

Married to Eva Duringer a former Miss Universe runner up, they have two children and live in a hillside villa on the outskirts of Florence, Cavalli also has two children from his first marriage. The couples interests outside fashion include a restauraunt in Milan, a chocolate factory and spending the summer entertaining numerous famous friends on their yacht.

For our full range of Roberto Cavalli shoes just click here!

10% off Irregular Choice

Brand new promotion from Schuh because for a limited time only they’re giving all of their customers a fantastic 10% off Irregular Choice shoes!!

You’re going to need a code for the checkout to get your 10% and this is it; Code: irregular10 and the offer ends on Sunday 22nd of may at 23.59!!

Schuh is every girls favourite shoe shop when looking for something a little bit different and Irregular Choice doesn’t come more unique with incredible funky and trendy designs and patterns – like little works of art!

For the full choice of all Schuh Irregular Choice shoes that you can get 10% off, just click here!

Joy Of High Heels

The foot and shoe have since Egyptian times (3500 BC) been recognised as powerful symbols of fertility and life. During Egyptian times, the lower classes used to walk around barefoot but the higher classes wore leather sandals that were oft times laced together in an imitation of the Ankh symbol which is the symbol for life.

High heels are thought to have come into existence for butchers who needed to be raised above the blood on the floor, and high heels are known to have existed in ancient Greece and Rome in the form of high cork or wood soles which were worn by actors to indicate their social status and the status of their character whilst on stage. Female prostitutes of the era were readily recognised by their high heels.

In the 1400s platform shoes called ‘chopines’ were popular throughout Europe. Venetian courtesans made them a fashion statement wearing them anywhere from 7 inches to 30 inches high! This of course makes walking sound ridiculously difficult, and they would need canes or even servants to help them mobilise. These shoes were obviously fraught with contradiction, hinting at sexuality, power and sophistication, yet inhibiting movement and making the wearer look as if she was constantly in danger of toppling over. Indeed it has been speculated that high heels were invented by men to prevent their women from running away from them!

High heels were ‘formally’ invented for Catherine de Medici, who was the fiancee of the Duke of Orleans who later became the King of France. She was petite in stature (just under 5 foot) and was insecure in her looks due to competition from the Dukes mistress, who was significantly taller than she. She therefore took to wearing 2 inch heels to give her height and an attractive sway. Heels quickly took off and were soon worn by wealthy, coining the term ‘well-heeled’ to mean someone who is privileged.

In 1791 Napoleon banished high heels as a mark of equality yet Marie Antoinette ignored the rules by deciding to be executed wearing 2 inch heels! They became popular again in the 1860s when Victorians began associating the instep arch of a high heel shoe with the curves of a woman, and aristocracy, whereas feet with no instep, such as the feet of African Americans was thought to be the ‘lowest type of foot.’
Today we don’t hold these kind of racist beliefs, but we do love the high heel just as much, if not more.

Sex and the City seems to have liberated us to an extent, in that we can admit how much we really do love high heels. And there are reasons for this – yes, it has been analysed to death. Freud took the shoe to be a symbol of the vagina, with the heeled shoe effectively becoming a vagina with penis – empowerment indeed! The high heel also tilts the angle of the buttocks, making the body look more youthful, and therefore more fertile – and the height given alters the foot, leg, thigh, pelvis and breasts. It has been concluded that they are the most potent aphrodisiac ever invented!

For the full selection of high heels available in our store just click here!

Manolo Blahnik

The legendary shoe designer, made even more famous by Sex and the City, Manolo Blahnik was born and raised on a banana plantation in Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands to a Czech father and Spanish mother. You would be right in wondering how one learnt so much about designing shoes in the Canary Islands but it was actually Blahnik’s mother who inspired him – she loved shoes so much so that she taught herself how to make her own designs.

Blahnik’s parents wanted him to grow up to become a diplomat and enrolled him to study politics and law at university in Geneva, but he left after one term and switched to architecture and literature. He left for Paris in 1965 to study art and worked at a vintage clothes store called Go. After a few years there, he moved to London where he got a job as a PR and buyer for Joan Burstein who at the time owned the Feathers boutique – she now owns Browns.

Blahnik decided that his next move would be to become a set designer and he took a portfolio of drawings to New York in 1971 with the aim of achieving this. It was there that he was introduced to Diana Vreeland, the editor of Vogue who told Blahnik to ‘do things. Do accessories. Do shoes.’ Back in London that is exactly what he started to do – he designed an elaborate pair of shoes for Ossie Clark but they were ‘wobbly’ and he resolved to hone his craft and find a skilled manufacturer.

He bought a shoe shop called Zapata (with borrowed money), a boutique on Old Church street in Chelsea for whom he had already been designing shoes and the shop attracted all sorts of glamorous celebrities – Lauren Bacall was even a customer, and British Vogue warned people to ‘employ a sense of humour’ if purchasing his shoes. He broke into the US by designing a collection for Bloomingdales in 1978, which enabled him to open his first US store on Madison Avenue, New York the following year.

In 1974 Blahnik became the first man to appear on the cover of British Vogue, however it wasn’t until the 1980s that his US business really took off – he brought in George Malkemus, a young copywriter to run it, leaving him free to run the European business.

All of Blahniks creations have his signature style and Anna Wintour the editor of Vogue coined the abbreviation ‘Manolos’ of which Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista bought 6 pairs between them in 1991 – for ‘racing between shows’.

In the same year Marge wore a pair in The Simpsons. ‘Luck’ would have it that Princess Diana was wearing Manolos for a party in the Serpentine Gallery on the same night as Prince Charles admitted his affair with Camila Parker Bowles.

All of these events helped catapult Blahnik into the limelight but most people will still admit that it wasn’t until the shoe obsessed Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City came along that we learned about Manolos!

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