Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fringe Benefits

If you’ve ever worn fringe-encrusted shoes, you know that random passersby instantly look down to see what is shimmying in their direction. It’s an eye-catching form of footwear décor that is equal parts three-dimensional, versatile, and just plain yummy. In fact, to a certain extent fringes feed my fashion cravings. Thus, finding so many different ways to curb my fringe appetite? Obviously overwhelming. In a splendid way, that is.

Dani Black "Fringe Sandal" Most of the time you want to make an impression when you enter a room; but with these Dani Black Fringe Sandals, you’ll create more of a stir when you’re walking out of it. Why? These Southwest style beauties have something in common with the mullet – “business in the front, party in the back.” The scrummy suede fringe is hidden in the back of these gorgeous carved heels as opposed to taking center stage in the front; making a quick, unnoticeable exit completely impossible.

Balmain "Tassel Ankle Sandals" So very rarely do I find myself salivating over a pair of sandals. In fact, I’m not sure if such a thing has ever occurred before in my life. Leave it to Balmain to change that. I’ve seen them worn with boyfriend jeans and blazers; leggings and mini-dresses. Face it, these Balmain Tassel Ankle Sandals would look to-die-for paired with just about anything in your closet.

Christian Louboutin "Short Tina Suede Peep-Toes" I think I love you. From the first moment I laid eyes on these Short Tina Suede Peep-Toes, I can’t help but to admit that I felt an undeniable connection with them. The color is positively electrifying. The fringe around the ankle seemingly sashays with every step you take. And the little belt-like buckle? J’adore! These are not shoes meant to take a backseat to any ensemble; they are meant to stand front and center, the crowning glory of your outfit du jour. As heartbreaking as this sounds, I feel the need to bow down and worship these shoes.

Office "Magnificent Tassel Bootee" Have you ever seen the movie The Shaggy Dog? I believe that these Magnificent Tassel Bootee’s are the shedding, slobbering scoundrel’s fabulous footwear counterpart. The long tassels are very reminiscent of an unkempt (yet completely chic) fringe; while the peep-toe makes these ankle booties perfect for spring, summer, winter, or fall. Take the silver studs around the ankle into consideration and I’m in heaven.

Dolce Vita "Maraco Fringe Sandal" I’ve always wanted to be Pocahontas, sans the villainous Governor Ratcliffe, of course. The second I spotted these Maraco Fringe Sandals, I just knew that the time had come for me to fulfill my fantasy. At least fashion wise. A little bit slouchy. A little bit flirty. I think I’ll pair them with my white cotton sundress. Maybe a denim mini. Or...I’ll pair them with anything as long as they’re mine. Je veux!

How do you feed your fringe appetite?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Victoria's Secret, Net-A-Porter, Office Shoes, and Free People for the pictures.

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