Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and Taylor Momsen wear platform boots.
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We aaaaall know the '90s are back. From jumpsuits to roughed up denim to flannel shirts tied around waists to Jeremy Scott's entire 2012 fall/winter collection, the garments from the dawn of the Information Age are experiencing a revival of epic proportions, but now, thanks to Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and Taylor Momsen, raver chic appears to be resurfacing in footwear, as well.
Bloggers Analisa Nguyen, Elle Ribera, and Rachel-Marie Jones show off their springy Palladium shoes on Lookbook.
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Every Thursday we post the top style bloggers of the week, but today we decided to do something a little different. When we heard the news that Palladium Boots was teaming up with Lookbook to feature fashion bloggers wearing their new collection of kicks, we couldn't resist the opportunity to show how these cool girls styled their springy shoes. Palladium is introducing their new LITE Technology line, which is a collection of ultra lightweight shoes perfect for summer—we're talking boots that weigh less than 10 ounces here, folks. Kiiind of awesome. The Palladium team finally found a way to sport boots all summer long, and we're so on board. But let's look at how the bloggers styled their kicks, shall we?
Missoni x Converse sneakers.
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We love a good fash collaboration, especially between a major designer and a classic shoe company. But we've got to give a standing ovation to the latest Missoni and Converse joint effort. Yes, what you're seeing above, folks, are some prettttty dynamic Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars rendered in Missoni's classic zig zag print with flecks of gold metallic detailing. Aren't they GORGE?? If you can believe it, this is the fifth time Missoni and Converse have collaborated, but this spring 2012 collection will not only see two exclusive womens-only versions of the Chuck Taylor but also a super kewl blue and white unisex version, too.
Affordable sneaker wedge options by (clockwise from top) ASOS, Topshop, and Urban Outfitters.
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The wedge sneaker is everywhere this season including on Beyoncé's post-preg footsies, and according to WWD they have officially eclipsed smoking slippers as the "It Shoes" of the season. Can we get a round of applause please? Not only is it amazing that a totally COMFORTABLE shoe is getting its day in the spotlight, wedge sneakers—as a concept—are also worth celebrating. Combining a hi-top sneaker with hidden height? This is genius and mostly attributed to Isabel Marant (she of the Bey sneaks) whose design riff on Nike Dunks started the whole trend. Sadly, we have to pull a sad face where these covetable sneaks are concerned because they are waaaaay out of our price range ($680 - $760 = YIKES territory). Thankfully, many of our favorite stores are offering more affordable versions.
As expected, Blue Ivy Carter, is schooling the legions of celebrity kids with her impeccable street style. Sure, the girl's only a few months old and most (okay, ALL) of this style savvy is courtesy of mommy Beyonce and daddy Jay-Z, but you can't help but be charmed by it all. I mean, it's all the face-melting JOY we find in fashion but shrunken and squeezed down into itsy, bitsy, heartstring-plucking, baby dimensions! *coos uncontrollably* Latest in Baby Blue's fashion galivants are these adorable winged sneakers Poppa Hov posted to his blog with the caption, "Blue’s first flight."
Snooki and her Happy Feet slippers.
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Ever since Snooki announced that she has a baby on the way (!!!), she's been dropping hints that she wants her new addition to be as fash-forward as possible. Just last night she tweeted that she wanted "give birth in heels" followed by a pic this morning of leopard and red patent leather platforms with the caption "My labor shoes! Bahahaha." (Looks like she wants to start her life as a new mom on the right foot. *ba-dum ching*) To put it simply: She ain't messing around when it comes to shoes, which is why she decided to expand her Happy Feet slippers collection into the world of children's and infant footwear, according to WWD. Yep, this means her fuzzy, sneaker-inspired slippers will be donned by little dudes everywhere—especially on her own. Happy Feet owner Pat Yates said Snooki "is extremely involved in the development. She’s extremely particular. She didn’t just sign and walk away. She’s involved in every facet, from the website design to the slippers.” The collection will be available at SnookiSlippers.com for $15 later this spring.
Nicki Minaj at the Kids' Choice Awards in L.A. on March 31.
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It's clear that Nicki Minaj is still very much in the Tokyo spirit after her trip to the fash-forward city last month. She channeled the popcorn dress from her recent overseas visit at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards this weekend by sporting another theater-themed frock paired with—get this—shoes made ENTIRELY of teddy bears! Barbs wore a pastel paneled latex dress featuring a movie ticket stub bustier and sculpted dome skirt with bubbles of theater paraphernalia dotted across her dress. If you can tear your eyes away from her out-of-this-world ensemble, you'll notice her accessory game is UN. REAL. Namely, those shoes. An up close look reveals that Nicki is sporting sky-high wedges covered entirely in light pink and blue teddy bears! A touch of pink chains are draped across the shoes for an added touch of glam, and we officially cannot stop staring at her stompers. The girl behind the custom shoe creation in none other than Onch from Onch Movement accessories!
To put it gently, our hearts exploded when we peeped Azealia Banks' Facebook status last night. It read: "Sooo.... Alexander Wang is making me a custom made dress AND custom made shoes?!?! *melts into mysterious blue liquid* *ooozes across floor*" Then, she followed up with a photo of the shoes (above) on Instagram, and we fuh-reaked out. Cutout black stacked heels in patent leather, lambskin, AND snakeskin? Dead. There's still no photo evidence of the dress (yet), but we're guessing it's something asymmetrical, black, and all-out amazing. I mean, I guess we shouldn't be TOO surprised the rapper is getting killer custom freebies considering she's become a serious fashion staple as of late. She just released a new track at a Chanel pop-up shop shindig in Tokyo, performed at Kanye West's Paris Fashion Week afterparty, and was the music behind the Mugler men's fall 2012 show. Also, remember that time she performed at Karl Lagerfeld's house? Yeahhhhh. We couldn't be more happy for Azealia, though, and we're super stoked that she has such a heavy influence on the fashion world. We LOVE seeing designers get inspired by some of our favorite musicians, and we can't wait to see what other custom clothes are coming down the pipe—as long as she keeps up that unbridled excitement (just like us!).
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New sneakers from the Converse x DC Comics spring 2012 collection.
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Comic book nerds rejoice! As Converse and DC Comics head into their sixth season of collaborating on the iconic Chuck Taylor sneakers, the dream team released two new designs for spring 2012 exclusively on Journeys.com—the Wonder Woman low-tops and the Killer Croc high-tops. Wonder Woman will be added to the already killer roster of Batgirl and Catwoman sneaks, and features a red, white, and blue pop art design that TOTALLY reminds us of Roy Lichtenstein's handiwork. (And that's super awesome.) An American flag design wraps around the back of the heel, with Wonder Woman hard-core smizing in her iconic gold tiara on the outer side of the shoes. The red and blue halftone extends to the rubber toe, and we LOVE the pop of azure blue on the tongue with her signature scrawled along the top of the laces. We could totally see sporting these bad boys with skinny jeans and a tee—especially at moments when you feel you need a pop of bold color with a serious side of woman empowerment. (I mean, let's be honest, any boy that challenges you to a dodgeball duel at recess in these sneaks has absolutely NO chance.)
Kanye West wearing the 'Air Yeezy 2' sneakers at the 2011 VMAs.
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Just when we thought Kanye West's elusive "Air Yeezy 2" sneaker was just a pipe dream, Nike FINALLY released its first public production of the shoe. Streething got the scoop and showered us with amazing up-close images of the highly-anticipated sneaker, which Kanye actually sported at the 2011 VMAs (see above) and rocked last fall in black. The original "Air Yeezy" hit stores in April 2009, so fans have been waiting THIS long for the second shoe debut. Yeah, yeah we know 'Ye has been a wee bit busy, you know, working on those high fashion collections in Paris, but we cannot wait to see these bad boys in real life. Let's take a closer look, shall we?