Cop Taylor's kicks.
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Have your sundresses and denim shorts been feeling a little lonely lately? Well, go tell them to cheer up, because their new BFF just entered the world—Taylor Swift's latest Keds collection. The new set of 17 shoes is the perfect combination of preppy and quirky, featuring everything from songbird prints to subtle stripes and polka dots. They may technically be a fall collection, but considering how well they'd go with jorts, there's no one stopping you from wearing them right this second.
Before you freak out, we know cutting off the back of your shoes seems crazy because, well, it totally is. Basically, this all started when a meme-y photo of all-white Nike Air Force Ones that got hacked into very (very) DIY slippers took over our Twitter feed. Even though most people publicly shamed this slashed set of sneaks, one person mentioned that it could actually be pretty cool—if only it were executed better. So, since it's summer, and we're feelin' free, we decided to do just that: cut up a pair of Nikes in hopes we could make it look less insane and, heck, maybe even wearable. Check out how it all went down (in GIFs!) below.
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
Congrats! You've decided to cut up a great pair of shoes for the sake of fashion. To start, you're gonna need some sneakers (duh). We swiped up a pair of pre-worn Nike BRS Classics ($40) at Crossroads, but, hey, if you want to splice up a pair of brand new sneaks, we won't judge. You'll also need a pencil with an eraser, a multi-purpose utility knife ($6), and super glue ($6).
The mule emoji has it rough. It's often overlooked as it sits next to the striking, bright red stiletto, which frequents exciting text messages like, "Just went shopping!!!" or "Let's go out, betches!!!" But IRL, the nude mule is actually super hot right now. The thick '90s peep-toe heel in a solid, neutral tone is making a serious comeback as the go-to warm-weather shoe, and we've got buttloads of proof. First up, a pair of nude mules from Topshop ($110) that look like an exact replica of the original emoji. (It's kinda freaky.) The coolest part? That heel is actually metallic gold! Urban Outfitters ($100) also carries a stacked wooden heel version, which is perfect for everyday use.
We watched last night's Ed Sheeran doc. You did, too. But did you catch all those close-ups of his kicks? Our favorite loop-pedaling ginger is a bunch of things—singer, songwriter, Taylor Swift needlepoint recipient—but did you know dude's a sneakerhead, too?
For a guy who's constantly on the go, jet setting from one side of the globe to the other, he switches up his kicks with a truly mind-blowing frequency. In fact, he's pretty much never photographed wearing the same pair of shoes...quite the style statement for a guy who's allegedly not into fashion. (He recently told Billboard magazine, "I’ve just never really given a F about what people are wearing, so I don’t know why people care about what I have on.") Regardless, the people (me) do care what he has on, particularly if he's wearing a pair of VERY RARE Airs in a sold-out colorway.
I, for one, would love to know his secret. Does he travel with suitcases full of Jordans? Or does he wear 'em once, leaving a trail of Yeezys in his wake and picking up new ones as he goes? Or does he spend all his spare time trolling eBay and bidding on limited-edition Dunks? Whatever the explanation, Ed's collection is cool enough to impress even the most discerning sneakerhead out there. Also impressive? The fact that he's literally never been photographed in shoes that aren't sneakers, not even on the Grammy red carpet. His dedication is admirable.
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When: June 5, 2014
Where: KISS FM
What: Air Jordan 3 Powder Blue sneakers
Pull up a chair and break out a fan, you guys. New Balance and Karl Lagerfeld are going to court! The footwear company has filed a lawsuit against the Chanel and Fendi mastermind for "intellectual property rights related to [their] iconic Lifestyle footwear designs." And they're not the only one who feel that Uncle Karl might've stepped on some toes in this sneaker war. Fashion blogger SHEFinds noted the similarities a few months ago.
It's time to officially admit it: Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter are our favorite fashion duo of 2014. (Don't worry, Bey and Jay are a very close second.) Even when Blue Ivy was a wee babe, her sheer existence accentuated Bey's ensemble, and these days, she's discovering her own style—by raiding her mom's closet, obviously. Bey posted this 'dorbs photo of Blue Ivy sporting her stilettos making it look like she planned to match her designer heels with her summery orange floral frock—it's that good. It would be amiss to not mention that Blue Ivy is, in fact, following in her mother's footsteps, and we ain't mad at that! (But hold on, is she already dressing better than us, though? Worried.) Lucky for us mere commoners, Bey posted even more pics of her stylin' mama-baby hangs for a photo sesh we are calling "Queen B and Her BB."
Pharrell's Stan Smiths for Colette.
Photo: @colettestore Instagram
We forgive you if you’re having trouble keeping up with all of Pharrell’s fashion and design collaborations. It seems like there’s a new one every week: Comme des Garçons perfume, a Kartell table lamp, compost jeans made by G-Star Raw—for the sake of time, we’re gonna stop here. But Pharrell’s latest collab makes more sense than any of his others. The singer/producer/current Adidas collaborator teamed up with upscale Paris retailer Colette on 10 custom pairs of Stan Smiths personally painted by Pharrell for a good cause: proceeds go toward his charity From One Hand to Another, which provides educational tools to underserved kids.
Aesthetically, this collaboration could have gone in two very different directions. This year, Pharrell has been spotted in yin and yang custom takes on the Stan Smith: a sparkling pair encrusted with Swarovski crystals and, for daytime, a crafty pair covered in doodles.
Katy Perry's swaggy Ashish x Topshop shuz.
Photo: @katyperry Instagram
In case you hadn't noticed, Katy Perry is very into lights these days. This new KP era is all about light—from performance outfits to her world tour name, Katy loves lights and the materials that reflect them. It should come as no surprise, then, that Katy is already wearing the light-up shoes from the latest Ashish x Topshop collaboration (which isn't even out yet *hair flip*).
The bad news for Katy is: She's going to have to add another suitcase to her Prismatic World Tour travel gear. The good news is: That's because all the pieces in this new collection—especially the light-up ones—are dope.
Excuse my French, but I'm in France...and these ain't the real Red Octobers.
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Picture this: You're a huge fan of Kanye West, and you're in Paris the week before his much-anticipated wedding to Kim Kardashian. You catch wind of where he might be in the next few hours, grab the prized Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers you dropped a lot of coin for on eBay, and head over to the spot in hopes of catching his eye. You actually see Kimye and get RIGHT IN THERE. This is your moment. You're gonna get Yeezy to sign your Yeezys. You make eye contact, present your beloved scarlet kicks and a Sharpie, and Ye obliges with a massive grin. THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. And then he tells you they're fake. *screeeeeeeeching brakes* WHAT?!?!?!??
One Direction shoes because why not.
Photo: @onedirection Twitter
Have your feet been feeling decidedly un-British recently? Do you long to have signatures on your
sneakers (sorry) trainers? Are you very, VERY much into One Direction? Well, then, you're in luck—One Direction finally have shoes that fit all of your needs and desires. This morning on Twitter, the One Direction account announced that for the next five weeks they'd be sending a pair to five people who subscribe to their newsletter. Um, do you get to choose whose signature you get? Some people might only be interested in one specific pair, so, like, how do you guarantee you win the blue ones? Asking for a friend. Also, if this is a surprise, how do they obtain your shipping information and shoe size? While I wouldn't throw away a pair of Niall kicks that showed up on my doorstep (size 8.5 U.S. women's, please), I'd be weirded out that the people who run 1D's Twitter somehow found my address.