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When Azealia Banks stepped out in her jelly sandals this summer, she singlehandedly convinced us that you don't need to be Kelly Kapowski wannabe in order to get in on the '90s staple. The trend is officially back, and there's no shortage of available options online- Tory Burch, Loeffler Randall, and Valentino currently have 'em up for grabs- but Melissa Shoes has built its entire BRAND upon the fantastic plastic footwear. In other words, this Brazilian label (whose motto is "Plastic Dreams," BTW) knows what it's doing as far as the resurrected childhood trend is concerned...and now it's nabbed Karl Lagerfeld to design FOUR new collections. Between rocking out with Frank Ocean and, you know, creating his own brands, The Kaiser has somehow found time to craft some jelly kicks for Spring 2013.
Alicia Keys wears the Double Bubble in Cargo.
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Alright, Alicia Keys, we're singing your own song about you now. GIRL IS ON FIRE. The R&B queen has been performing non-stop to promote her upcoming album (did you catch her super hot set at the European Music Awards last weekend?), globe-trotting with her whole team - and documenting all the goods on her Instagram for us. But somehow, she's still found the time to gift us with two brand new killer collections for Reebok Classics. Just in time for Christmas? Uh, sorry Santa, but we want Alicia to bring us our pressies this year. Check out these sweet shoes, and we have a feeling you'll want her coming down your chimney, too.
Vans x Iron Maiden sneakers.
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We couldn't think of a better music and fashion collab if we tried—Vans and Iron Maiden (yes, as in the heavy metal band) have teamed up once again to create some badass sneakers based off their The Number of the Beast album from 1982. Whoaaa. This is the fifth collab between Iron Maiden and Vans—the other projects included the albums Killers in 2007, Piece of Mind in 2007, Powerslave in 2008, and Trooper in 2008. The kicks, which come in the classic Vans slip-on style and Sk8-Hi (seen above), are totally decked out in art straight from the album cover. The iconic Iron Maiden mascot (Eddie) is depicted using satan like puppet along the side of the sneaks. On the sole, you can see the name of the album etched into the side in red ink, and there's also an embroidered Iron Maiden logo on the heel. AWESOME.
Would you wear these toothy Apex Predator Shoes?
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Since it is Halloween, after all, we bring you this Wednesday a fashion tale of weird. Take a good long peek at these toothy oxfords by Fantich & Young. Dubbed their "Apex Predator Shoes," the strange kicks are part of one of the British art duo's installments which shows alongside their "Apex Predator Suit." Being works of art and not entirely wearable, it's a bit of a useless question to ask, "Would you wear this?" HOWEVER, if you're reading this now, you're already half-way through a post about shoes that have what look like HUMAN TEETH growing from the bottoms, soooo chances are you've developed your own answer regardless.
Vans Sk8-Hi Platform shoes.
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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.
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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*