So, this is a real thing: Christian Louboutin makes ballet shoes. SO cool, right? Ultra glam burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese received these custom-made red-soled pointe shoes for part of her onstage performance, and we CANNOT get enough of them. Not only do they come in a pure satin-y black, but she tweeted a photo of her giant Paris delivery, and it also included hot pink and sky blue pairs of the glorious shoes—one even has pink rhinestones along the front. KILLER. Since we basically grew up in a dance studio (thanks talented older sister!), we have a particular soft spot for the red-soled slipper. I mean, the pale pink color of typical pointe shoes is such a snoozefest! We think he should carry these bad boys in ALL dancewear stores across the globe because 1.) It'd be really, really fun and 2.) There NEEDS to be more couture in dance recitals, don't you think? (P.S.- Can we wear these IRL? Like, on the street? Because we would.)
The slow crawl to the weekend means we're one step closer to PROM. You've given your hairstyle a practice run, secured your dress, selected your accessories, and you're probably well on your way to locking down the PERFECT pair of shoes to complement it all. But maybe you're not that stoked on the idea of teetering around on a pair of ortho-murdering stilettos all night? Well, whether you're just not a heel girl or you're anticipating a grand footwear switch in the middle of your night out, we've compiled an arsenal of sneakers you can wear with whatever prom dress you might be rocking, thanks, in part, to inspiration from three sneaker-and-dress-wearing stylettes: Kristen Stewart, Hailee Steinfeld, and Lil Mama!
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Kristen Stewart wears checkerboard Vans slip-ons with her dress.
Photo: Getty/Courtesy of ASOS/Vans
Kristen Stewart is kind of the patron saint of sneakers-with-dresses, notorious for changing into a pair of Vans or Converse kicks in the middle of awards shows. She's also a prime example of how to balance looking pretty AND punky in a dress and sneakers. K.Stew wore a pair of checkerboard Vans slip-ons with her dress, and you can implement the same idea in your prom look by opting for equally bold styles. Go for printed looks like these pink patterned slip-ons from ASOS ($63.63) or these graphic flatform high tops also from ASOS ($54.54). Add some edgy sparkle to your ensemble with these ASOS ($381.76) studded high tops, or add a major pop of color with some neon courtesy of Vans ($45.00). The key here is to keep the silhouette sleek and the upper loud and punchy.
Cinderella and her infamous glass slipper.
Photo: Amazon.com via Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Did you know that it was National Princess Week? Neither did we, and it's already Friday! What does this mean? Well, we have some celebrating to do in the name of princesses everywhere. (We're gazing your way, Kate Middleton.) Looks like we aren't the only ones getting into the spirit, either. Christian Louboutin just announced via WWD that he will design a pair of glass slippers in honor of the Blu-Ray and DVD rerelease of Walt Disney's Cinderella this summer. Whatever will these "magic touch" creations look like?
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's matching Air Jordans, and Kim in L.A. on April 22.
Photo: Kim Kardashian's Instagram/Splash News
It feels like the entire UNIVERSE is atwitter wondering if the Kim Kardashian/Kanye West dating rumors are true, and this weekend the twosome made some couple-y fashion choices that make us think they're a TEENY bit more than just friends. On Saturday, Kim Instagrammed a pic of her and Kanye wearing matching Air Jordan 3s complete with coordinating shiny black skinnies. Awwwww! We think this is ESPECIALLY interesting because, um hi, Ms. Kardashian is rarely spotted in sneaks. She's willing to ditch her heels to match 'Ye, and that's serious fashion dedication. The two spent the rest of day grabbing ice cream and stopping by Manhattan's Spice Market, according to MTV News, but when we looked a little closer, we noticed ANOTHER fashion homage to Mr. Kanye West—Kim was sporting "KW" initial earrings! Um, three guesses as to what that stands for. Even though Kim's sister Khloe says she doesn't think their relationship is serious, we can't really remember a time when we wore our friend's initials on our ears for all to see. But what do you think? Do you like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's couple-y style or is it over the top?
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Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and Taylor Momsen wear platform boots.
Photo: Splash News/Getty Images
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.
Photo: Courtesy of Lookbook
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.
Photo: Courtesy of Converse
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.
Photo: Courtesy of ASOS/Topshop/Urban Outfitters
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.
Photo: Getty Images
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.