Go retro in the most gorgeous way in this week’s Sweet Treat, the Chie Mihara Ruper! Swing the slingback for 20% off by clicking “be sweet to your feet” at the bottom of the box on the left of most Ped pages. When you arrive at the Ruper with the “Sweet Treat” message, simply add it to your bag to get the discount at checkout! Chain, chain, chain… (but not of fools, in this case)!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Ped fans! It’s the perfect day to dream of all things green (especially because it’s still white outside the window for many of you winter-weary friends). To put spring in your step, here are a quartet of lovely green shoes, like a four-leaf clover for your feet!
One of our all-time favorite casual shoes is the Trippen Eccentric, which is at its quirky best in forest green:
Funky, fun, and incredibly comfortable! Your feet will feel so terrific in the Eccentric you may just leap around like a leprechaun!
Another easy-going green shoe is the Cliff Dweller Canoe, which exudes a delightful retro vibe:
The hatched embossing on the leather keeps things interesting, while the jade color calls to mind the lush green grass of summertime! Aaaahhhh!
Perhaps you live somewhere that’s already warm or simply want to prepare for the sunny days that are right around the corner. If so, consider buckling up Chie Mihara’s Temoti:
Isn’t that pine color cool and fresh? The contrasting natural edge of the leather gives the penny-loafer styling of this sandal extra oomph! We love, love, love it!
The fourth leaf on our green clover could be extra lucky for you if you’re the right size because the gorgeous Cydwoq Caution is on sale!
This slingback spans the seasons and is simultaneously edgy, sophisticated, and chic! Fantastic at
$326, it’s a steal-and-a-half at only $149! (Gorgeous green on your feet and extra green in your bank account! Lucky!)
Hope the luck of the Irish is with you today and every day!
(By the way, in case you didn’t see this week’s Sweet Treat below, it’s the drop-dead beautiful Chie Mihara Amor! To receive 20% off, click “be sweet to your feet” at the bottom of the box on the left of most Ped pages to land at the Amor. Then simply add it to your bag to get the sweet price at checkout!)
Fashion history is a treasure trove! Forward-thinking designers regularly sift through the past to recover earlier trends to reinterpret with a modern edge.
This season some of the best new shoes have their roots in the righteous ’70s, when women’s fashion took a turn for the bold! The precarious stilettos and tight-waisted “Suzy homemaker” dresses of the 1950s and early ’60s stepped aside for chunky heels worn out and about with minis, midis, and pantsuits! Refreshing then! Refreshing now!
Behold a few of the new designs that celebrate the sexy confidence of 1970s’ style!
One of the sunniest interpretations of the spirit of the ’70s is Argila’s Allie!
We are wild about the combination of the buckled and tasseled front (so vintage!) with the hand-cut and sanded wooden heel! And the color? You just have to smile!
Of course, Chie Mihara is the reigning queen of retro-licious beauty! Check out the ’70s sensibility of this season’s Xeroco:
The buckles add just the right punctuation to the broad straps! The sexiness is no-nonsense and take-no-prisoners! Devastating in the best kind of way!
Another great Chie ode to the 1970s is the Rumi (a perennial Ped favorite):
Ped’s Laura swears her fashion-forward mother had a pair of identical shoes back in the 1970s! Beautiful as they may have been, Laura’s mom’s couldn’t hold a candle to the Rumi because the modern version features Chie Mihara’s signature padded footbed, the ultimate in comfort! (Ask anyone)!
Coclico also riffs on the leather patchwork so popular in the ’70s in its Valencia:
What a looker! Absolutely distinctive yet ultra-versatile. Note the subtle curve of the chunky wooden heel—Coclico is always attentive to the details!
Coclico’se retro-sassy Vidal also features this gorgeous heel:
Talk about a statement shoe! The way the back strap and hardware twins the strap and hardware over the instep is ingenious!
Coclico also takes a tip from the 70s in its cork platform designs, like the Melania:
Light and comfortable, this beauty updates the vintage look of a platform wedge by creating it in the most modern of colors: flint grey!
Another stunning cork-soled number is Fiorentini + Baker’s swinging Ding Clog:
So fun, this fringed clog is crafted with the same meticulous attention to detail as F+B’s famous boots! The Ding was love at first sight for Ped’s Laura—she immediately bought it and has been wearing it nonstop! (She loves the terra cotta color of the Indian Red, but we also have the Ding in black, if that’s more your thing.)
Speaking of clogs, Trippen’s Strahl exemplifies what can happen when a designer takes retro inspiration and runs with it:
The Strahl‘s spark lies in the 1970s, but this work of art’s fireworks are thoroughly modern! We adore how the teal edges of the black leather are echoed in the patina of the rivets and the rubber on the outsole.
So, get in the mood by listening to James Brown’s 1972 hit, and then literally “Get on the Good Foot!” Your style will be far out! Dig it!
(Psst, another groovy design, though not ’70s inspired, is Fiorentini + Baker’s Pia boot, which is this week’s Sweet Treat. Make its gorgeousness yours for 20% off by clicking “be sweet to your feet” in the upper right corner of any Ped page, which will whisk you to the Pia, with the magic discount code to enter at checkout! What a great way to step into spring!)
We can’t help it! When March comes along, we feel like tossing off our winter coats and dancing outside! Tulips and daffodils are opening to the sun! Daylight is stretching languidly into the evening! And the mercury is on the upswing . . .
Which is what trips us up every year! We always think (wish, hope) the last of winter’s chill is behind us before it really is. The temptation is to bust out our barest sandals, which leads to literally cold feet, especially after the sun goes down. It’s best to ease into the season, giving our sun-craving soles a taste of fresh air without fully exposing them to the elements. Happily, Ped has just the shoes for making the transition from nippy weather to days of ice-tea and lemonade.
Good news: you don’t have to give up your oxfords to let your tootsies taste the breeze. Just lace up Argila’s Natalie:
An oxford with air-conditioning! The sandy color is a cinch to wear with almost everything in your wardrobe, and the pinked edges are so fun!
Another terrific aerated lace-up is Trippen’s perennially popular Golf:
An ideal walking shoe, the Golf’s Euro-edgy looks and comfortable perforated leather will make you the envy of everyone you pass. (“Pardon me, where did you get those great shoes?)
Cydwoq also knows a thing or two about comfortably walking from early spring right through summer and on into fall, as evidenced by the new Malba:
Bare your heels, while keeping your toes enclosed! We’re crazy about the thong detail, which adds just the right touch to the innovative design. (Not a fan of turmeric? The Malba also comes in fresh sage.)
Another great way to cool your heels is with Cydwoq’s wonderful Orient:
The leather is KNIT! How cool is that? This easy slide immediately became a Ped favorite last year. This year we also have it in black, for those of you who favor all things noir.
“Those are all great weekend shoes,” you may be saying, “but what about something transitional for work?” The answer: Cydwoq’s Poa:
We don’t know how Cydwoq keeps coming up with artistic variations on the classic mary jane, but we’re just glad they do! Dressy, yes, but not too, the Poa stands apart with its luscious lavender leather!
Looking for a transitional heel to boost your height? Cydwoq’s Prairie is just the thing:
The perfect compromise between a sandal and a shoe, this slingback peep-toe is incredibly versatile in addition to being a sophisticated stunner!
If you like the Prairie, but you’re still wishing for something taller and juicier, say good day to Fiorentini + Baker’s Floss:
Good day, indeed! WOW! And just wait until you slide your foot inside the super supple leather of this green dream! De-lish!
Over at Ped’s main site, there are even more ways to walk from winter into warm weather. So, ease your feet back into the outside world! They’ll say, “Aaaah!” while all your fans say, “Ooooh!”
Here at Ped, we love organic materials—leather, wool, cotton, wood! Plus we we have a sentimental soft spot for clogs. But old-school clogs with wooden soles, are often, um, how shall we say, frumpy? And, as Ped fans know, “frumpy” and Ped simply do not mix!
Fortunately, some of our favorite designers have taken a new turn with wood, creating shoes, clogs, and sandals, where the only adjectives beginning with “f” that spring to mind are fantastic, fabulous, and FUN! Of course, each sole is meticulously cut, sculpted and sanded by hand for maximum comfort and pizazz! Behold a few of our woody favorites:
Proving a wood sole can be unbelievably chic, Ellen Verbeek’s Caressa is a total knockout!
Ellen Verbeek perfectly balances the elements—the mix of colors, the lacing in the back, and the cutout wooden wedge—for maximum impact! We especially love how the black strap circles through the cutout under the instep. So cool!
Another sexy heeled sandal with an ingenious design is Coclico’s Lucifer:
Notice how the bottom strap is actually a t-strap that ducks under the others to meet up with cutout straps at the ankle! For you gals who love adding a few inches to your height, the Lucifer‘s 4.25″ wooden heel lets you rise above the crowd, while the 1″ wooden platform up front keeps the pitch comfortable at 3.25″.
Ped’s newest line, Vic Matie, takes things in a slightly different direction by combining wooden soles with leather-wrapped heels. A beautiful example is the Allegra:
So sophisticated but also versatile, thanks to the Allegra‘s slate grey color—an ideal summer neutral. The hand-sculpted and sanded wooden sole feels wonderful against your bare skin!
Experimenting with more traditional clog construction while creating fun, kick-around-town styles, Vialis has the hippest wood in the house this season. Check out the Gabriela:
The way this sandal clog’s straps weave in and out over the toe calls to mind a fisherman’s sandal—if a fisherman’s sandal were super-stylish and sassy! Another thing we love is the meticulous way the leather is stapled to the sole. Craftsmanship!
If you prefer nails to staples, then take a look at Vialis’s cute-as-can-be Delfina slingback:
So much to love from the sweet lacing to the “asphalto” suede (a stellar greyish brown with just a smidgeon of green) to the padded insole! The Delfina is ideal for wearing with summer skirts and walking shorts!
Of course, if you’re looking for the ultimate clog, one that pays homage to the classic style while taking it to a new level, then look no further than Fiorentini + Baker’s Zilla Clog:
Wow. Just wow. Ever fabulous, Fiorentini + Baker has taken the basic architecture of an old-school clog and made it irresistibly sexy and sophisticated! The Zilla‘s brass studding is simply to die for! Wow.
As always, there are plenty more wood-soled beauties to admire at Ped’s main site! So, wouldn’t you like a wooden shoe?
(Psst, this week’s Sweet Treat is also as comfortable as they come: Trippen’s foot-loving Casanova! Simply click “be sweet to your feet” in the upper right corner of any Ped page to land at the Casanova with a discount code that will romance you with 20% off at checkout. Why not give in to Casanova’s charms?)