Monday, August 15, 2011

Barbara Briones Shoes Winner


And the winner of these gorgeous shoes is ...



Allegra! Congrats, I'll be in touch.

Gonna take a short break from giveaways. Back in a few weeks!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Barbara Briones Shoes Review and Giveaway



I feel very fortunate to be in a position to work with and promote up-and-coming designers, and was totally thrilled when the folks from Barbara Briones Shoes got in touch about a review and giveaway. Barbara is a tremendously talented Chilean designer who is now based in New York. She studied in London at the Cordwainers school and then spent some time working Mulberry, several years at Ferragamo, and then launched her marvelous eponymous line a few seasons ago. Her shoe designs are bold without being jarring, eye-catching without being over-the-top, and all utterly lovely.

I was sent the Isabel to try.*


These shoes are a marvel. The basket weave is crafted from an incredibly supple suede that has just enough give and just enough structure. The textured bow also holds its shape beautifully, yet is made from an incredibly soft leather. The heel is fabulously walkable. And, of course, the shoes have a cheeky retro vibe that appeals to my own sense of personal style.

All that said, I've got a DIFFERENT fabulous pair of Barbara Briones shoes to give away that I think will excite you even more!


Aren't those stunning? These gorgeous peeptoes are the Emelia style, and they're a special edition for Anthropologie. Barbara designed three special edition shoes for Anthro and all three embody Barbara's longtime obsessions: Handmade woven leather, mixing colors, and the lovely traditional woven café chairs that she remembers so fondly from her time spent in Buenos Aires.

You could totally rock these amazing heels, you know. Since you clearly want to get your hands (or feet!) on a pair, here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Be a U.S. resident.

  2. Like Barbara Briones on Facebook. You MUST do this to enter.
     
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us how you'd style your Emelias if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  4. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, August 14, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

*These shoes were a sample for review purposes only, and were sent back to the vendor.

Stiletto Hardware Winner


And the winner is ...


... Tia! Congrats, my friend, I'll be in touch.

More giveaways right away!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Stiletto Hardware

As a bona-fide shoe lover, I've had to spend a good amount of time, money, and effort experimenting with products that are meant to improve shoe fit. I've got a vast array of inserts and pads that have been deployed in various ways, and most of them help a little. But none are perfect.

I was recently introduced to the Stiletto Hardware line of products, and they may not be perfect either, but they're quite an improvement over the stuff I've been using! I was sent the ball of foot cushion, the slender ball of foot cushion, and the heel cushion to try.*


This pair of Seychelles heels is actually the right size, but because my foot slips down the slope of the sole when I stand up, they gap at the back. They're incredibly uncomfortable for that reason, and I've pretty much stopped wearing them. I've tried using cushioned inserts to alleviate this problem, but they are so thick that they push my toes up against the shoe vamp. Here's the shoe with no padding whatsoever. You can see the gap at the back:


The ball of foot cushion, on the other hand, simply keeps my foot in place - all the while adding some extra softness below my feet - and vastly improves overall fit. Here's the shoe with the Stiletto Hardware cushion inserted:



I used both the heel and slender ball of foot cushions to tweak the fit of these Tsubo sandals. These shoes are both slightly long and slightly wide on me, but the two cushions reposition my feet and add just enough padding to perfect how these adorable shoes sit on my feet.




I'm delighted to have a set of all three Stiletto Hardware products to give away to one lucky Already Pretty Reader. Here's what you've got to do to enter:

  1. Visit the Stiletto Hardware site to learn more about their products.

  2. Leave a comment on this post telling us which pair of your shoes NEEDS these inserts , and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, August 7, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck!

*CMP.ly/2

The Shirt Winner


And the winner is ...

T at The Happy Clipper! Congrats, lady, I'll be in touch.

More giveaways coming right up!