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Trendwatch 2013: Ankle Strap Heels

There’s something sensual about the high heeled shoe that we just can’t seem to crack. Yet, we’re obsessed. For decades, this shoe style is one that exudes sexiness, style, and fashion. So, when we take the legendary “it” factor of the heel and pair it with an ankle strap style, we have the top shoe style of 2013. Aside from the fact that this style of shoe fits every style and body type, we’ve found other reasons that make this shoe style a #1 style in (our humble, fashionable opinion).

Why is the Ankle Strap Heel the "It" Shoe of 2013? 

Ankle Security and it's Sexy.  

Picture this: You’re walking down the street looking fabulous and suddenly—oomph! --- your heel (without the sexy ankle strap) suddenly fails you, either falling off your foot, or causing you to stumble. Who hasn’t had this happen to them? If you're prone to these types of ankle twisting mishaps, the ankle strap heel might be for you. Heel styles like pumps, slide ins, or wedges without straps are so cute, but they do not come with what we like to call “ shoe security”. The ankle strap heel allows you to have that added foot comfort and security so you don’t have to worry about incurring foot or ankle problems. Dance the night away, power walk to that job interview, or do the “Carrie Bradshaw” trot down 5th Avenue without worrying about your fabulous footwear failing you.

Getting married? This is a great style for brides and bridesmaids alike to wear; as it gives security for the long day ahead of you while also serving as a stunning shoe style for your entire bridal party.

Leaner Legs.
Admit it, as women, we always strive for a leaner, slimmer, and longer figure. This shoe style is perfect for that. The high heel shoe serves as an accessory in itself, often having feminine patterns or trendy colors that give some trendy “pop” that draws attention to those fabulous ankles and heels of yours. But when you add the trendy style of the ankle strap to this shoe, it gives an illusion we just can’t get enough of. 

Celeb Approved.

As with most fashion trends and styles, they originate from a celebrity in the spotlight wearing this style at some fabulous gala or premiere. Late last year at the Teen Choice Awards, we witnessed Hollywood’s most popular ladies strut their stuff down the red carpet in ankle strapped heels. Stylists spotted this new trend and instantly incorporated it into the most fabulous ensembles that inspired and drove fans to purchase these goddess-worthy heels for themselves.  These shoes are worn by celebrities of all ages—from young Disney divas like Miranda Costgrove and Selina Gomeze, to seasoned trend veterans like Sandra Bullock and Jessica Simpson.

Sources: FashionistaBarbie.com, CoolSpotters.com, whatlotspots.blogspot.com, InStyle.com, MyStyle.com 

When to Wear Ankle Strap Heels

When adopting the latest fashion trend, one might ask—when is the right time to wear these shoes!? Good question. The beauty of this style is that they can be worn at various events, depending on the style, color, and height chosen. Choose an ankle strapped heel with an open toe for a night out with the girls; a covered ankle strapped heel for an event or meeting or interview; and break out the ankle strapped wedges for a weekend out at the Hamptons. Worn beautifully with a high-low dress, these shoes elongate, turn heads, and show off your fabulous style.

The ankle strapped heel and all of it’s fabulousness isn’t strutting off the red carpet or runaway anytime soon. Choose the style that best fits your wardrobe, style, and budget and have fun wearing them. We've created a Pinterest Board of our favorite Ankle Strap Heels. Check them out!


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This Week in Heels: March 14, 2013


 It was another great week for the world of shoe fashion. 

Clockwise, from top left:

  1. Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, and Karlie Kloss were looking stunning in heels at the Victoria Secret Swim Party in L.A. (source: Perezhilton.com)
  2. Naomi Watts sported Jimmy Choo pumps beautifully at the Most Powerful Stylists luncheon (source: people.com)
  3. Emma Stone promoted "The Croods" at the Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin wearing a unique LBD wih a netted top and billowed sleeves, paired with pointed black heels (source: fanpop.com)
  4. Jennifer Garner was stunning, and sans Ben, at the Neutrogena Sun Summit in New York City wearing a shiny purple number and black pumps. (source: people.com)
  5. Blake Lively jumped on board the white heels style train at the Croods Premiere (source: peoplestylewatch.com)
  6. Selena Gomez wore Dolce & Gabbana at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX (source: redcarpet-fashionawards.com)
  7. Mariah Carey looked fashionable in peep toe black heels at the American Idol finalists party (source: perezhilton.com)


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This Week In Heels: January 22, 2013

Here's what's been happening in the world of high heels and shoe fashion this week.

Michele Obama's inauguration attire has been getting a lot of press. She's certainly one stylish first lady, up there with Jackie O, and reportedly on a budget, too. (Source: SheFinds.com)

 With the Sundance Film Festival in full swing, we are seeing a lot of casual, mountain looks. Not with Nicole Kidman, however, who pulls off the nude look quite nicely. (Source: mydaily.co.uk)

 Jessica Chastain of "Zero Dark Thirty" has been hitting the media circuit since her Golden Globe win and Oscar nom. Here she is on NBC. (Source: HuffingtonPost.com)

We're just in front of last week's Golden Globe Awards, where Miranda Kerr sported an exaggerated high slit and burgundy dress. The outfit was much discussed, and complimented by a nice pair of gold heels. (Source: LaModelltaMafia.com)

Jennifer Lawrence stopped traffic on the streets of Manhattan in a red dress, black trench, and a pair of black peep toe heels, on her way to the David Letterman Show. (Source: RealityWeekends.com)

 Renee Zelwegger shows off her thin figure at the Hugo by Hugo Boss show in Berlin, sporting a black halter mini LBD and black heels to match. (Source: People.com)


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Celebrity Moms in Stilettos


Pulling off this kind of style without children is one thing, but these moms make it look effortless! From celebrities with a bun in the oven to those with multiple wee ones, some celebs just can't give up their stilettos. And we absolutely love them for it!


Heidi Klum (source: usmagazine.com)

Jennifer Lopez (source: usmagazine.com)


Jessica Simpson (source: wetpaint.com)


Kate Middleton (source: usmagazine.com)

Katie Holmes (source: justjared.com)

Gwen Stefani (source: cloudreal.blogspot.com)

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Nude Stilettos: A Wardrobe Staple


From lips to pumps, nude is "the new red". We saw them often at the height of 2012's shoe fashion, and we expect the trend to continue. The versatility of nude stilettos is such that you can easily team them up with formal wear, or turn heads with your feet as you get down on the dance floor. Many women believe that, like red, nude is difficult to pull off. However, we are of the opinion that this is absolutely untrue. Like red, you simply need to find the right shade of nude for you!

Tips for Wearing Nude Stilettos

  • If you’re thinking of trying out the nude stilettos trend, we recommend that you try not to overdo the look. Try to steer clear of teaming up flesh toned dresses with nude pumps and then nude makeup. A dash of color would help break the monotone, unless of course you're aiming for a minimalist look.
  • If you are slightly shorter or apple body shaped, nude stilettos can give the illusion of longer legs. High heeled shoes already make your legs appear longer, but the added nude color blends with your skin tone to effectively add in a few “visual inches”.
  • You can wear nude stilettos all year round. 
  • Even though nude complements every color, pastels work especially well, as seen by Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria in the image below.

Nude Heels Four Ways
(sources: People.com, FashionWorship.com)

  • When wearing short skirts or dresses, make sure that your legs are waxed, polished and well moisturized before you step in a nude pair of stilettos. Since the color blends in with your skin, you’ll notice those little things more. And you’ll feel more comfortable if your legs are looking their best.
  • Nude stilettos are effortlessly stylish and are a must-have in your shoe wardrobe. However, remember, no matter what color your shoes, you should always protect and silence your heels with a pair of Clickless!

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