Vans Sk8-Hi Platform shoes.
Photo: Courtesy of Vans
Welp, we can officially die now. Vans took their skate sneakers to the next level (literally) by creating platform versions of their traditional high-top shoes. Basically, this means there's three extra inches of awesome here, people. *high-fives entire world* Finally, us ladies have a step-up (heh) on the male skater competition with these bad boys, which are available to purchase on shop.vans.com right this second! First up, one of the most iconic designs from Vans' classics collection—the ol' black and white side stripe—has been transformed into a bold, three-inch creeper-meets-sporty sneaker platform that we just love. We could wear these with literally anything in wardrobe (think: printed jeans or floral dresses) and for just $80, these are kind of a steal! Cha-ching.
Justin Bieber knows his sneakers. Whether he's wearing studded Supras, gold Skytop IIs or swanky suede YSL, he has enough sneaker swag to convince even the MOST high heel-obsessed girls that they need a pair of identical kicks. Let's face it: the Bieber effect is in overdrive, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. So in a totally genius move, Justin's just signed on with the adidas NEO brand as its newest "Global Style Icon." This means that the singer will rep the sneaker and lifestyle brand starting in 2013, including fronting ad campaigns, making personal appearances, AND a top-secret project that Biebs hints at below. What do you think it is?!
TOMS wants you to Vote 2012.
Photo: Courtesy of TOMS
Election time is officially upon us, and you know that means— get ready to get your vote on! After you've registered (nudge, nudge), the next practical step is obviously to go shopping. We already talked about how Urban Outfitters has got you covered if you're still not sure who you're voting for. But if you want to rep your favorite political party (or just feel like showing some patriotism), check out the latest from TOMS. The do-good brand has just debuted its new Vote 2012 collection of comfy handmade slipons, and they're cute, comfy, and each pair is custom-screened by L.A. design company Hit & Run. At just $58 each, you can bet these kicks will carry us WAY past Election Day.
Taylor Swift loves her Charlotte Olympia cat shoes.
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Oh how we long for a pair of Charlotte Olympia cat flats. Oh how we need little whiskers adorning our toes, how we need a pink nose upon our feet. How can something so silly feel so essential? Maybe it's our well-hidden but omnipresent cat lady tendencies, or maybe it's just that they're freaking cute. You know who agrees with us? Taylor Swift. The pretty young thing has been seen sporting felines on her feet all over the world, and she's thoroughly convinced us that not only are these super cute shoes, well, super cute, but they're also totally practical. From wearing them out and about to bike riding through the streets of Paris while shooting her video for "Begin Again" off of her upcoming album Red (which comes out on October 22nd). We were totally taken over the edge, however, when Taylor showed up at the Radio One Teen Awards in London wearing a white a-line dress (not a surprise) with a pair of Charlotte Olympia satin cat face PUMPS. Now, we're all for a little whimsy and humor when it comes to your kicking around clothes, but on the red carpet? We were skeptical at first but it's a look that's really, seriously grown on it. We knew that the time had come to scour the internet for cat-face shoes of our own, both the exact same as Tay's and at other, more affordable price points.
We were SO stoked when we found out Alicia Keys would be debuting her first-ever Reebok Classics collection earlier this month—her limited-edition sneaks included everything from black studded high-tops (our fave!) to bold, tribal-printed Freestyles to piano-key covered kicks. After peeping all the shoes, we knew we had to get more details behind the killer collection, and, lucky for us, we got to check out the kicks up close AND chat with Ms. Alicia Keys herself! Spoiler alert: She's awesome. Alicia told us she's been a longtime fan of the Reebok Classics brand (specifically those 5411s!) and always had a dream to design her own pair. Thanks to her hubby Swizz Beatz working as the creative director for the sneaker company and her mega-appreciation for killer shoes, her dream became a reality! She also revealed that—gasp—she has even more Reebok Classics coming out in the near future, so don't worry—we'll have tons more high-tops to drool over. Watch Alicia talk about her collection below, including how the collab came together, what type of girl she designed these shoes for, and how her "inner sneaker freak" has finally come alive!
Guys, should we be worried that Blue Ivy Carter's shoe game is already becoming better than ours? Beyonce and Jay-Z's 8-month-old baby girl is getting QUITE the collection of kicks, and we're getting a teensy bit (OK, A LOT) jealous. We peeped her too-cool-for-school all white Jeremy Scott x adidas Baby J Wing sneakers in April, and we certainly didn't forget those super cute Marc Jacobs metallic mouse slippers from March, but her latest addition is—*drum roll*—custom kicks by Ruthie Davis! *drools*
Theophilus London snaps a picture of the Giuseppe Zanotti shoes for G.O.O.D. Music's "Cruel Summer" album.
Photo: Courtesy of @TheophilusLondon's Instagram
Holy heels! Just LOOK at the gorgeous new ivory Giuseppe Zanotti sandals Theophilus London spotted at Milan Fashion Week. The mix of the bold marble-esque details of the upper and the crisp delicateness of the rest of the shoe is pretty much the epitome of everything the Italian footwear artisan does best. And even if we didn't already know Zanotti and G.O.O.D. Music label founder Kanye West have a history of shoe collaborations (or, you know, had that helpful labeling across the display case), we'd recognize the nods to that beautifully symmetrical Cruel Summer album art anywhere!
Lady gaga wearing her United Nude heels.
Is there an area of culture that Lady Gaga's Fame perfume launch hasn't touched? We have print ads, short films, ice cream socials, masked galas, and now (drumroll please) shoes. One of the most anticipated parts of each facet of the Fame launch machine is what mama monster will be wearing at any given point and in any given asset, and those of us who have been following it closely have also been combing over each image with a fine tooth comb, because if there's one thing we know about Gaga, it's that her attention to detail. is. exquisite. This leads us to the shoes. Last Friday, Gaga launched Fame with an ice cream party outside of Macy's in New York City's Herald Square. Her entrance, as was expected, was Gaga-grand, and she emerged out of a carriage shaped like a perfume bottle in a black bubble-like dress and a pair of sky high heels which, upon closer inspection, had tiny gold men crawling all over them. Calling to mind the evocative image on her Fame billboard, the small figures were rendered in gold and nearly overtaking the enormous 12-inch platform heel. Who could design such a creation? Why, United Nude, of course.
Lil Wayne talks about his Trukfit line and Supra collaboration at Project MAGIC.
Lil Wayne may claim to have never meant to become "a fashion dude," but anyone with the audacity and--erm--cojones to pull off a neon fanny pack and trapper hat at the same time, let alone women's leopard print pants is surely poised for style greatness. Now, the notoriously shirtless 2012 VMA performer sits at the helm of his own Trukfit streetwear label and a forthcoming shoe collaboration with Supra. Weezy launched his skate sneaker range at this year's Project MAGIC Las Vegas fashion trade show where we chatted with him about his burgeoning fashion empire. More on what he had to say about his debut shoe design, the OG meaning of "trukfit," and what he thinks of his personal style in our exclusive video interview after the jump!
Alicia Keys shows off her new Reebok collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Reebok
We all know Alicia Keys can SANG, but did you know she also has some serious design chops too? The singer hooked up with Reebok Classics to create some limited-edition kicks, and, um, we want them ALL. Alicia did a totally new take on our old Reebok favorites—the Freestyle Hi (5411), Freestyle Double Bubble, Classic Nylon Slim and Princess—which she models oh-so-adorably in the campaign images above. The coolest part, though, is that during the Video Music Awards tonight at 8 P.M. EST (where she is also performing at! Check out her rehearsal pics from last night where she is, yes, wearing the brand), Reebok will debut her new Classics commercial that shows her "soul-searching journey to the top against the world's greatest canvas and Keys' hometown—New York City," according to the press release. Oh la la! "I’ve been a Reebok fan ever since I put on my first pair of 5411's," Alicia said. "Collaborating with Reebok and designing this collection has been such a cool experience because I’ve been able to tap into my creativity in a whole new way. Reebok's one of those brands that have endured the test of time and partnering with them felt like a really natural fit." I mean, when her hubby Swizz Beatz is creative director of the brand it can only BE natural fit, amirite?