Brand Of The Week – 8.31.09

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Steve Madden

Steve Madden

My Brand Of The Week of 8.31.09 goes out to Steve Madden, makers of quality shoes at affordable prices.

I love their modern styles and subtle avant-garde influences.  What really stands out to me about Steve Madden, and quite frankly is very impressive, is how comfortable — VERY comfortable — their shoes are.  I think I have owned about 10 pairs of Steve Maddens so far, and even at this moment, am on their site looking for cool shoes to get.  With shoes that makes your feet comfy, it gives me the perfect impression that their customer loyalty is based on the customer’s needs, without sacrificing style and quality.

NO MORE CROCS!!!

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That’s right, folks. It’s about time that this ugly invention of a shoe is out the door for good.  According to Buzzfeed.com, the company lost $180+ million last year and had to undergo massive layoffs due to the recession.  Not that I approve of people losing their jobs, but am very thankful for this piece of crap clothing to be done and over with!!  Fashion and comfort can be merged together successfully (think Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, et. al.), and it should be merged together on a consistent basis.  But crocs?  Again, what a load of.

Kenneth Cole Memorial Day Sale!

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Just got my regular Kenneth Cole newsletter and love the sale that’s going on for their Memorial Day event, starting on May 21 through May 26. Check this out:

For all their entire collection:
For every $100 spent, get 25% off.
For every $200 spent, get 30% off.
For every $300 spent, get 40% off.
For every $400 spent, get 45% off.

You can use this in their retail stores, on their web site, or by phone at 1-800-KEN-COLE.

Also check out their sale items!  I personally like this Ribbed Hooded Sweater, match it with Driver Policy Loafers or the Crescent Moon (Sport) with the New Signature Plaque belt.  Tag that with any of your own personal accessories to make it more unique, and you’ve got an outfit, baby.

Summer Sales at Armani Exchange

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Check some of the latest sales from one of my fave stores!

$10 flip flops with purchase of any swimwear or eyewear using *flipflop* as online code. View the newsletter or go straight to the site.

Check out their End of Spring Sale for some great clothes at valued prices.

And don’t forget to visit their summer looks for guys.

And for my fellow metro guys who want to check out the goods in style before buying them, go look at their virtual dressing room and see your outfits matched by, well, YOU!

Shoes galore

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Haha, yeah… so my latest shopittome.com salemail email is full of shoes – I mean racks full of them. Thanks to Onlineshoes.com and Piperlime.com, I have a plethora of shoes to choose from. And yes, I said plethora. Reminds me of that bit on The Three Amigos…

So check this out. I’ll share what shoes to wear on different styles and outfits, in different settings, based on the salemail email.

  • Adidas Gazelle in Black, paired with dark or semi-dark jeans (baggy or bootcut, depends on preferences, situations, and where you’re going that night), light-colored hoodie or funky stripe/pattern button down, Von Dutch trucker hat (HA!) and Reaction watch. Adidas Gazelle shoes are $54.99 at onlineshoes.com
  • Rockport Colrain in Black, paired with dark bootcut jeans or flat-front khakis, plain white button down shirt and chrome buckle belt courtesy of Armani Exchange. Add aviators, Kenneth Cole watch, and fancy rings at your leisure. Rockport Colrain shoes are $46.99 at onlineshoes.com
  • Adidas O-Type Driving with dark denim (either non-destroyed, or semi-destroyed), and with added patterns to suit your style. Pair with a funky tee from Armani and glasses from Steve Madden and your set for a very casual look. $69.99 at onlineshoes.com
  • Kenneth Cole Biggest Fan paired with dark bootcut denim jeans, chrome studded belt, colored pattern shirt (with at least white as the base color), and a Movado watch will get you noticed, and that’s being real. Kenneth Cole shoes courtesy of onlineshoes.com for $97.98.
  • Guess Donte with either white or khaki linen pants, or even (take a guess) a dark denim jeans with a solid (or striped, depending on your flavor) pique polo from Ralph Lauren, Nautica, or Express for a more comfortable, stylish, and fashionable look that says something nice about you and not calling you a slob. Guess footwear from piperlime.com at $54.97
  • Sketchers Footloose paired with denim jeans (either dark, distressed, or combinations), mixed with a white button down shirt with light horizontal or cross-pattern shirt, folded sleeves, and a nice dragon buckle belt from Buckle. Piperlime presents Sketchers Footloose shoes for $51.99.
  • Kenneth Cole New York Clean Slate boots (my fave) paired with a dark denim bootcut jeans followed with black pinstripe button down shirt from Armani Exchange, Macy’s, Nordstroms, or Express (or wherever you can find one), sleek black leather belt, black classic Movado watch, and, if you can afford it, diamond earrings for your pierced ears. :):) Kenneth Cole New York Clean Slate boots from piperlime.com are $91.97.

There you go… That should give you some ideas on how to wear different types of shoes for your day.  Be creative, and always be yourself.  Have fun shopping!

Shoes Galore!

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Once again, Shopittome.com has provided some great opportunities to check out sales on shoes, and a lo and behold, we have a variety of sources to check out:

Piperlime.com: (free shipping and free returns!!)

Puma Ducati Testrastretta

Puma Ducati

Puma Ducati

 

 

 

 

 

  • Motorcycle-inspired Lace-up sneaker
  • Leather and synthetic upper
  • Perforations on sides
  • Ducati logo on side
  • Cushioned footbed
  • Separated aluminum heel
  • Textured rubber outsole

 $65.99

 

Kenneth Cole Reaction Fence Off

Kenneth Cole Reaction Fence Off

Kenneth Cole Reaction Fence Off

 

 

 

 

 

  • Men’s loafer
  • Leather upper
  • Stitched moc toe detail
  • Textile lining
  • Lightly padded insole
  • Rubber traction outsole

$44.97

 

Steve Madden Unnion

Steve Madden Unnion

Steve Madden Unnion

 

 

 

 

  • Slip-on loafers
  • Leather upper
  • Square moc toe
  • Contrast stitching details
  • Smooth lining, cushioned insole and flexible midsole
  • Driving style leather outsole with rubber traction pads

$55.99

 

Diesel Paradi

Diesel Paradi

Diesel Paradi

 

 


 

 

  • Lace-up sneaker
  • Leather upper with suede overlays
  • Die-cut EVA mid sole
  • Padded tongue and collar
  • Textured rubber outsole

 

Endless.com:

Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s Play Off Slide

Kenneth Cole Reaction Play Off Slide

Kenneth Cole Reaction Play Off Slide

 

 


 

 

  • Leather upper
  • Rubber sole

$38.47

 

Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s Key Note Slip-on

Kenneth Cole Reaction Key Note Slip-on

Kenneth Cole Reaction Key Note Slip-on

 

 

 


 

  • Leather upper
  • Manmade sole
  • Lightly padded footbed
  • Made in China

$77.90 – $97.95

 

Diesel Men’s Zolkin Lace-up

Diesel Zolkin

Diesel Zolkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Leather upper
  • Rubber sole

$60.47 – $109.95

Express $15 3-day sale, Shopittome.com Sales

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Express.com is having a $15 sale for guys and girls, starting Friday and ending on Sunday (but it’s mostly tees for guys). They still have the Box Sale going on as well, with an additional 40% off on top of the sale price. As a reminder, their sizes and colors are very limited!

Prada Sneakers

Prada Sneakers

 

Also, Prada (yes Prada) has a great shoe on sale right now on  Bluefly.com.  I’ve seen something similar in LA and have tried them on, and they’re quite fantastic, IMHO.  While it is a whopping $450, it is 80% off the retail price (down from $2315!!!).  That must be one lovely shoe!!