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.

64 comments:

smoore said...
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smoore said...

i would wear these with my jean pencil skirt!
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Nina said...

I liked on Facebook (Niña Sagarbarria)

I'd wear them with a plain white tee and jean shorts.

irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

Lab geek said...

These shoes are fabulous. I can't get over the heels.
I'd pair them with a black dress with an asymmetrical hem I am about to order for a wedding later this month.

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Brianne said...

I would wear them with a simple black skirt and a red corset top.

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Cathy Chamberlain said...

I love the shoes! I would wear them with a black maxi dress, a denim jacket, that is like a short denim pea coat and a chunky necklace.

I also think they would be great with shorts with a paper bag waist and tights.

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Faith J. said...

Liked on Facebook as Faith Jayne.

If I won these, I would wear them with white flare jeans and a black blouse!

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Martina Lynne :: The Life Academic said...

Wow, those are really amazing! I'm super impressed by everything at the website; such elegant construction! If I won, I'd wear my gorgeous new shoes with a super traditional pair of black trousers and a navy blue blouse, so that the shoes could stand out even more and be the showpieces they deserve to be!
Thanks to all for the sweet offer!
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Nil17 said...

I would wear these with my little black dress or my fave jeans & a button down dress shirt with the front tied up. (after the baby is born)...
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Hannah said...

Some scruffed up boyfriend jeans and a drapey black campy shirt!

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Cortney said...

Those shoes are stunning! I think I would wear these with my new black skirt from Express and my black & white striped crop top. Either that or I'd pair it with skinny jeans and a long flowy top.

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Anonymous said...

White lace dress, red leather obi.
Or skinny jeans and flowy tunic -

stochastic said...

I'd use these to help transition my beloved maxi dresses from summer to fall--throw on a bomber jacket, a floppy black hat, and these babies, and I'd be ready to roll!
Samantha :)
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I also liked them on facebook (Samantha B. S.)

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Unknown said...

I love the attitude of the shoe, I could go simple with the rest of the look! I'd wear these with my black pencil skirt, a simple top, and a flowy white chiffon vest.

[liked on FB]

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ABD said...

Oh my! What WOULDN'T I wear them with??? Jeans, black skinny pants, asymmetrical black skirt, khaki trousers, vintage red dress, any of the black dresses I own, tights...shall I go on?

allison (at) drwebsolutions (dot) com

LOVED on Facebook!

SAUCY | f. | BABY said...

Hi!

--- I liked Barbara Briones via FB under: Nicole O.

--- I think these would look great with black denim leggings & a loose silk top.

saucy.baby21[at]gmail[dot][com]

--- Nicole

Angel said...

I liked on Facebook.

I would wear these with EVERYTHING.

Right now I have on a great pair of black skinny crop pants, white tank top and jean jacket...these shoes would be PERFECT with this outfit.

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Trina said...

I have a retro vintage blue and white polka dot dress that would look just smashing with these awesome woven shoes. Crossing my fingers!

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EvaNadine said...

i liked on facebook.

i would style these most basically: with a pair of skinny jeans, a plain white mens undershirt, and a few pops of red accessories.
these babies really need to be the star of the show!

sam2979 [at] gmail [dot] com

Jaimee said...

I would wear these with a short black skirt, or with full-length dark skinnies. They're bright enough that they need to be the focal point.

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Beth said...

I'd wear these with high-waisted wide leg jeans I just got!
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jennypower said...

I would wear these with a chiffon or swingy jersey dress and a contrasting belt.
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jlcl119 said...

These shoes are great and would need to be the center of attention. i'd wear them either with skinny jeans and a plain blouse or a cobalt sheath with black tights.
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Hannah said...

I'd let them color my world with some jean capris and a sleeveless white blouse.

hannahgarbacz at gmail dot com

Julie L. said...

I'd wear these with my black ponte knit dress and my blue leather jacket!

Lisette M said...

I would wear them with a pencil skirt, fitted sheath dress and jeans.lmalbanoathotmaildotcom

Emily said...

I would wear them with a simple black halter dress (so they could be the showcase) and crazy earrings.
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Shrinky Inky said...

I'd style them with my vintage 40's wardrobe! They'd be perfect for my color palette! Beautiful shoes!! Inkchick at gmail dot com and I Like Barbara Briones on FB as Inky Wine!

The Slowest Sewist said...

Just liked Barbara (Jane Winkler).

I'd style these with stove-pipe "city shorts," a white shirt, and a bold cuff. Yummers!

I can be reached at elphaba30@yahoo.com

williebean said...

These are beautiful. I would wear them with skinny or straight leg jeans, and a belted tunic, or a belted shirt dress. Super cute!

liked on facebook

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DeeDee V. said...

I would wear these with my chambray belted Lands End shirtdress. Love!

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Jackie said...

Wow! These shoes are gorgeous. I would wear them with a black wrap dress and muted (brown?) accessories.

Thanks for the chance to win!

jackiewyse (at) gmail (dot) com

Cookie said...

very cool!

liked on facebook (corinne defranco)

i'd wear the shoes with my skinny jeans, a white tee and my black blazer. :)

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Cortney said...

Love 'em! I'd wear them with a jean pencil skirt and cute top. -- cafree at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I like Barbara B. on Facebook. I can see myself wearing these shoes with skinny jeans and a purple blouse, carrying a clutch.

Jen
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Hannah said...

I'd wear them with either my blue midthigh-length Banana Republic dress or my maxi column skirt so they just peak out. Or with some long bootcut jeans. Or...with any number of other options :)
Love the giveaway, thanks!
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Jackie said...

P.S. FYI - I "liked" them on facebook under the name "Jackie Wyse Rhodes"

Jennifer said...

I'd wear them with a full grey skirt and a bright top.

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Frances Joy said...

Oh my gosh these are fabulous! I'd wear them with skinny jeans and a green tunic or with a full skirt and a simple tank top.

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shannon p. said...

oooh pretty! I'd wear them with skinny jeans and a flowy top.

I liked on FB, too.

velorutionista [at] gmail [dot] com

Audi said...

Holy smokes, those shoes are fabulous! I'd wear them with my midnight blue All Saints suit.

audi{at}coastside{dot}net

Elaine said...

I would wear them with my black dress and braided red belt.

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Elaine said...

Oh, and I liked her on Facebook. :)

raven said...

I have lots to wear them with! I am big on wearing skirts and dresses, and have plenty that would be cute with these. As the months get cooler, I would add a pair of tights.

raven (at) etherea (dot) org

Anna said...

Liked them on facebook.
I would wear them with my new black dress, I think they'd match very well! ayesberger@gmail.com

Shannon said...

I would go simple to let the shoes stand out: sheer black hose, a full, black, mini circle skirt, and a perfectly fitting button-down shirt.

drownshannon at gmail dot com

Liane said...

Liked! I would wear them with dark purple tights, a black skirt and a purple top, maybe with a big necklace.

ismay said...

Liked on FB (ismay ersatz)!

These are fabulously different! I would wear them with a red, gray tweed or black dress and red jewellery or cardigan, or with dark wash navy jeans or pencil skirt.

buzibu at gmail dot com

jewel said...

I'm thinking I would pair them with some wide-leg silk pants and a soft, feminine blouse with a bow tie. Or, I might pair them with some straight leg jeans and a belted tunic top. They are lovely shoes.

jewel@gleeful.com

Michelle said...

I liked theses on facebook. I'd pair these Emilias with a short black flirty skirt and peasant top.

Tool Cute!
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Allegra said...
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Allegra said...

i did the liking :)

I would wear these with a black pleated flared skirt in a floaty fabric a simply slouch tank top on top

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now time to go wish on a couple stars :P

GlamaRuth said...

I almost never go for these giveaways, because the shoes never come in my size - but the Briones site lists a 35 in the Emilia! My first outfit for them would be a matte plum bias cut dress that I got ages ago from Filene's Basement designer room with a gifted 80s' cobalt silk cardi-jacket cinched over it with a woven leather belt.

Khadija said...

I would wear them with my lacy white dress and gold accessories to give my outfit an edge :)

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Mary said...

my these are lovely! I would pair them with a dark denim skirt and a vintage t with neon accessories

Maria said...

I would pair these statement shoes with this sassy skater dress from Asos (but in black). Thanks! weddingfund [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Paula said...

I would wear these with my new short slate grey dress and black accessories!! pmgiglia at yahoo dot com -Paula Giglia

Cedar said...

rock these with skinny jeans and a tunic

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L Joelle said...

I would wear them with everything... black dress, jeans, frilly skirt...

Loryn said...

I would wear these beauties with wide leg jeans and a fitted top. Love them!

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Aibrean Ros said...

I'd wear a full, mid-length/mini(above the knee is key) black pleated skirt with these shoes. Any shirt would do. Maybe a chambray button down?

I'm a US resident and I've liked Barbara Briones on Facebook.

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Ginny said...
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Ginny said...

I love those black ones! I have a great black dress that would look super cute in those!

LIked on facebook

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