Week in Review: 5 Big Shoe Stories You Need to Read

It’s the summer of the tariff. President Donald Trump ignited more conversation around impending duties on Chinese imports when he delayed the 10% tariff on some products until December. But the headlines didn’t tell the full story: Most shoes are still in the batch of goods that will be hit starting Sept. 1

Meanwhile, it was a dramatic week for retail earnings. Macy’s shocked Wall Street with its disappointing report, sending most retail stocks down on Wednesday. A day later, Walmart and Alibaba fueled some recovery after both companies turned in solid numbers.

Both the tariffs and the tough retail climate were hot topics at FN Platform in Las Vegas. A special panel discussion featuring Pensole’s D’Wayne Edwards and Aldo’s Valerie Martin also examined another burning issue — how companies can enact real change when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

Plus, Steve Madden snapped up two more brands and Tapestry’s Kate Spade continued to face challenges.

Read on for five big stories that defined footwear this week.

Trump’s Tariff Delays Are Not What You Think — Most Shoes Will Be Hit Next Month

For more than a year, President Donald Trump has suggested that China was footing the bill for the tariffs slapped on United States imports. On Tuesday, the U.S. Trade Representative announced that it would postpone the 10% duty on some of the $300 billion worth of Chinese products. The fourth tranche of tariffs has thus been split, with one set impacted with the additional duty on Sept. 1 and another on Dec. 15. “We’re doing this for the Christmas season,” Trump told reporters. “Just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers.” But according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, more than three quarters (or 77%) of all shoes, clothes and home textile imports to the U.S. from China — amounting to about $39 billion worth of goods — will be taxed when the first wave of tariffs hits in less than three weeks.

Steve Madden Inks Two Deals in Two Days

Steven Madden Ltd. is on an acquisition streak. A day after completing the purchase of sneaker startup Greats Brands Inc., the New York-based footwear firm announced it  snapped up women’s apparel label BB Dakota. Madden has been making big deals in the past few years, adding Dolce Vita, Blondo and Schwartz & Benjamin to its growing portfolio. And its sales numbers continue to impress, even amid a challenging retail climate: For Q2, the Long Island City, N.Y.-based firm reported revenues of $445 million — a 12% gain over the year-ago period.

Macy’s Sparks Retail Stock Selloff + Walmart and Alibaba Help the Market Bounce Back

Blame it on Macy’s. After the department store reported a disappointing Q2 that missed — by a wide margin — analyst expectations, investors punished other retail stocks over concerns that Macy’s disappointing figures were a sign of larger problems in the retail sector. A day later, however, Walmart and Alibaba posted solid results, providing a glimmer of hope to the market and Wall Street.

Macy's store

A Macy’s store in Paramus, N.J.
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Wall Street Is Disappointed in Kate Spade — Here’s How Tapestry Plans to Get the Brand Moving

Tapestry Inc. shares took a hit as progress at Kate Spade — a brand in the middle of an overhaul — stalled during Q4. But company CEO Victor Luis said the company is working to fix it fast. How so? It will focus on reinvigorating product (starting with handbags), launch more whimsical novelty items and unveil a healthy amount of collaborations. The company also is banking on China to fuel growth across all of its brands.

Why Minority Workers Must Become Their Own Strongest Advocates

More companies are prioritizing diversity and equality, but change is coming slow. In a conversation at FN Platform, D’Wayne Edwards of Pensole Footwear Design Academy explained that pay equity can be a “two-way” street. “You should also make an effort to increase your value through knowledge you’ve acquired every single year you’re on that job. You want to make yourself undeniable,” he said.

Sophie Turner Repeats Biker Short and Sneakers Trend in NYC

Sophie Turner certainly knows how to pull off one of the year’s hottest trends. The Game of Thrones actress, known for her edgy, risk-taking fashion, has once again mastered the art of wearing biker shorts while out and about in New York City with her husband Joe Jonas.

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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas.
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Turner was spotted holdings hands with her hubby in a pair of skin-tight white biker shorts, a pinstripe menswear-inspired button-down shirt, and casual white sneakers and ankle socks. The low-top leather shoes are the perfect summer accessory for hitting the town thanks to its versatile appeal and maximum comfort. The biker shorts trend, made popular by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, appears to show no signs of slowing down.

Sophie Turner and Joe JonasJoe Jonas and Sophie Turner out and about, New York, USA - 16 Aug 2019

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas.
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This is not the first time Turner has rocked the popular street-style trend. The actress was just recently seen in another pair of biker shorts while out on a shopping trip with her friend Priyanka Chopra in Miami. On that occasion, she opted for an army green version while pairing it with another button-down shirt and sneakers.

Sophie Turner, Dior d-connect sneakers, bike shorts, celebrity style, and Priyanka Chopra use a rainy day to go shopping in Miami, while the Jonas brothers prepare for their upcoming tour. The pals spent Sunday afternoon browsing Sephora in the city's Design District before making a coffee stop at Panther Coffee in the hip artsy neighborhood of Wynwood. Sophie and Priyanka then moved onto Brickell City Center to peruse designer stores. continue Meanwhile, all three Jonas Bros spent the day at Miami American Airlines Arena to prepare for their tour kick off on Wednesday.Pictured: sophie turner,priyanka chopraRef: SPL5107479 040819 NON-EXCLUSIVEPicture by: SplashNews.comSplash News and PicturesLos Angeles: 310-821-2666New York: 212-619-2666London: 0207 644 7656Milan: +39 02 56567623photodesk@splashnews.comWorld Rights

Sophie Turner wearing bike shorts and Dior D-Connect sneakers in Miami.
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Jada Pinkett Smith Goes High-Low in Chanel Coat, Blue Jeans & Spiked Sandals

Jada Pinkett Smith brought her mix-and-match, high-low style to the premiere of her new film “Angel Has Fallen.” The actress attended the Los Angeles photocall in a luxurious tweed coat from Chanel’s Metiers d’Art collection. She paired the high-end outerwear with a gold embroidered top, dark wash blue jeans, and gold sandals. The T-strap shoes are detailed with small studs and spikes on top of clear PVC.

Jada Pinkett Smith'Angel Has Fallen' film photocall, Los Angeles, USA - 16 Aug 2019

Jada Pinkett Smith.
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Pinkett Smith’s coat is from Karl Lagerfeld’s final runway show for Chanel before the designer’s death earlier this year. The pre-fall collection (which debuted last fall) was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in an Egyptian themed setting.

Model on the catwalkChanel Metiers d'Art 2018-2019 show, Runway, New York, USA - 04 Dec 2018

Model at the Chanel Metiers d’Art 2019 show.
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Pinkett Smith loves to play with sparkly, glittery looks, especially when it comes to footwear. She recently sported a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti black patent leather slingbacks with a shiny bejeweled back at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Her shiny silver tuxedo was the perfect match to go along with her dazzling shoes.

Jada Pinkett SmithMTV Movie & TV Awards, Arrivals, Barker Hangar, Los Angeles, USA - 15 Jun 2019

Jada Pinkett Smith wears Giuseppe Zanotti heels on the MTV Movie & TV Awards red carpet.
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Rachel Brosnahan Spotted Filming ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ in 1950s Dress and Blue Pumps

Rachel Brosnahan was spotted in New York City yesterday in full costume filming for the new season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the hit comedy on Amazon Video that won her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress. “Mrs. Maisel” costume designer Donna Zakowska styled Brosnahan in a 1950s bright green dress, matching fascinator hat, and teal coat. She paired the look with light blue pumps with a sensible heel.

Rachel Brosnahan'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' on set filming, New York, USA - 16 Aug 2019

Rachel Brosnahan on set filming.
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The Emmy-award-winning actress was seen on set carrying boxes and walking the streets of New York. The show is set in the late 1950s, where Brosnahan’s character “Midge” lives a comfortable life in the Upper West Side, often sporting fit-and-flare dresses, elongated coats, and bright colors.

Rachel Brosnahan'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' on set filming, New York, USA - 16 Aug 2019

Rachel Brosnahan on set filming.
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“The transformation process isn’t complete without putting on these gorgeous costumes,” Brosnahan previously told FN. “Having my hair done, putting on that red lip — without any single one of those elements, I don’t feel like Midge when I look in the mirror.” The vintage heels Brosnahan has to wear are reportedly so small that she has to go up a size and a half in all the shoes, which proved to be a challenge in the beginning.

Rachel BrosnahanThe Paley Center for Media Presents - "Making Maisel Marvelous" Celebrating the Opening of an Immersive Exhibit, New York, USA - 10 Aug 2019

Rachel Brosnahan at the Paley Center’s celebration of a new “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” exhibit.
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Alessandra Ambrosio Sports Havaianas Flip Flops Leaving Yoga Class in LA

Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out in Los Angeles yesterday after leaving her go-to yoga spot. The former Victoria’s Secret Angel was seen wearing a gray sports bra and short leggings while holding her yoga mat and a change of clothes. Her hair was up in a bun and she had on black aviators, layered necklaces and a watch. Instead of sporting sneakers, she had on a simple pair of Havaianas sandal flip flops, presumably to take them off easier for her yoga class.

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Alessandra Ambrosio.
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The Brazilian supermodel and mother of two is an avid yoga practitioner and has been spotted leaving yoga classes before. On one occasion, she was seen exiting the venue wearing purple leggings emblazoned with palm trees, a T-shirt, and another pair of flip flops. Outside of working out, Ambrosio keeps her look flexible and appropriate for the occasion, whether it’s a black-tie gala or a work function. For her more relaxed days, she’s been known to slip into high-tech sneakers or slip-ons for her day-to-day affairs.

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Alessandra Ambrosio leaving yoga.

Ambrosio is perhaps known more for her stunning red carpet looks that show off her statuesque figure. She tends to gravitate towards sexy, sky-high stilettos and strappy sandals that elongate her toned legs from designer brands like Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Louboutin. She likes to pair them with short hemlines and minidresses for her more formal events. She was recently spotted at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in an ethereal white Ralph & Russo couture gown and silver gladiator sandals.

Alessandra Ambrosio'The Dead Don't Die' premiere and opening ceremony, 72nd Cannes Film Festival, France - 14 May 2019 Wearing Ralph and Russo same outfit as catwalk model *10068396t

Alessandra Ambrosio at Cannes Film Festival.
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Nick Jonas Steps Out for a Game of Golf in White Slip-Ons and Fanny Pack

Nick Jonas is in the middle of his world tour with the Jonas Brothers, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting a round of golf in between performances. The singer was spotted out and about in New York City this morning on his way to play golf. He sported a navy polo with white piping, white shorts with golf gloves in the back pocket, a navy cap, and black aviators. His black leather fanny pack was slung across his torso, and he also wore a pair of simple, white slip-on shoes. Jonas was also seen holding his golf bag with equipment and gear inside.

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Nick Jonas.
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Jonas is an avid golfer (as is his brother, Joe) and took some time this morning to get a few rounds in before his concert with the Jonas Brothers tonight in Boston. The group is in the middle of the North American leg of their “Happiness Begins” tour, which kicked off this month in Miami. Nick and Joe were also spotted playing golf together there before their performance.

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Nick Jonas.
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Jonas’s white slip-on shoes are a signature look for him as he’s usually seen in white styles from several different footwear brands, including Common Projects and Adidas. The singer does like to mix it up for date night, however, as evident from a recent outing with  his wife Priyanka Chopra in London. Jonas sported a pair of classic grey New Balance 990v5 sneakers on that occasion.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra, new balance, gold sandals

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra.

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6 Celeb-Approved Shoe Brands We Can Actually Afford

Every time Jennifer Lopez leaves the gym after a workout (does she exercise three times a day?!), Emily Ratajkowski walks her dog in a completely over-the-top outfit, or Kate Middleton does, well, pretty much anything, there are photographers waiting to capture their “everyday style.” While the lives of celebrities seem to be filled with glitz and glamour, on a daily basis, they opt for casual pieces. Stars—they’re just like us!

For every picture of Bella Hadid bathed in jewels on Venetian boat, there’s another picture of the model wearing an Adidas sweatshirt. The same goes for Kate Middleton, whose elegant but attainable style is what childhood princess dreams are made of. Thanks to stars providing fashion inspiration for the masses, we’ve rounded up affordable celebrity shoe brands so you too can go to the gym three times a day (or walk your dog looking supremely stylish).

Schutz is my go-to whenever I need a pair of wedges, heels, or sultry shoes to add a certain flair to my outfit. This seems to be the case with celebs, as the brand is loved by Camila Mendes, Bella Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, Alessandra Ambrosio, and more. Best of all, most styles ring in at under $200, making it more affordable than the majority of items in my closet. Schutz has been with me at pivotal moments in life, from college graduation to fashion events in New York.

If you haven’t heard of Veja, you’ve probably seen the brand everywhere without even realizing it. Specializing in simple, affordable sneakers, this brand is a go-to whenever Ratajkowski walks her dog on the streets of NYC wearing a totally inappropriate outfit for said activity (which is, um, always). The only part of these admittedly stylish looks are her shoes: Veja will take you from casual to sleek in no time.

Whenever I’m walking through SoHo, which is too often for my wallet, I make a stop in Sam Edelman. That’s because any time I’m looking for an affordable version of a specific shoe style, Sam Edelman has it. Thanks to its equally fun slide-on sandals and ankle boots, it’s no wonder celebs like Gabrielle Union and Victoria Justice favor the brand.

A classic choice for easy footwear, Adidas is loved by including Kate Middleton, Gigi Hadid, and many more. No one sticks to using them as exercise shoes… In fact, Adidas even makes appearances at royal events and at Paris Fashion Week. Fortunately, they’re always an affordable choice (and comfortable to boot).

Yes, you read that correctly. Love it or hate it (perhaps you have traumatic memories of wearing them in middle school), Uggs are making a comeback. Diverting from its traditional slouchy comfortable boots, Ugg is exploring the world of slides and over-the-knee boots, and celebs like Vanessa Hudgens seem to be on board.

I’m pretty sure everyone owns a pair of classic Nikes at this point. I have at least five pairs, and I’m pretty sure Bella Hadid has 500. Nike shoes are easy and accessible, and they can be styled with everything from workout leggings to a ball gown (if you’re Serena Williams).

This is the other shoe literally every celebrity is buying in 2019.

The 42 Things You Have to Buy From Zara, Nordstrom, and Net-a-Porter Right Now

If you ask me, aside from the holiday sale season, this is one of the most exciting times of the year to shop. Let me tell you why: We’re currently in summer, and with at least a month before the temperatures cool, warm-weather buys are still on the table. However, the most fashionable time of the year (also known as fall) is on the horizon, too, so splurging on a pair of boots or good jacket isn’t necessarily a bad idea either. In other words, the world is your oyster and, as a result, this editor is having a blast scrolling through new arrivals. Speaking of which…

From dresses and going-out tops to basics, accessories, even a wedding-worthy dress, and more, there’s so much to love on Zara, Nordstrom, and Net-a-Porter at the moment that I actually had trouble narrowing my favorites down to just 42. Nonetheless, I did, so to shop my top picks from each site—including a few that are already in my cart—simply scroll down and thank me later.

It doesn’t get more on-trend than this.

If I had to wear a fall uniform, I would want this jacket to be a part of it. 

Basics are the backbone of any good wardrobe.

How to keep wearing tie-dye when fall rolls around.

Baby blue is the unexpected color I became obsessed with this year.

A highly wearable version of the leather trend that’s about to be everywhere.

The outfit opportunities are endless.

A trendier take on your standard LBD.

I don’t need to tell you how much you will use these in fall and winter.

If you like smocked dresses, you’ll love versatile smocked tops.

These under-$100 leggings are as good as their reviews claim.

Your commuter sneaker doesn’t have to be boring.

Nothing gives you the look of a perfect tuck quite like a bodysuit.

How can you not love a dress that looks this good with simple black accessories? 

One of Rosie HW’s go-to brands.

I think I found my next shoe purchase.

I know you’re thinking about Instagramming this bag too.

It’s still not too late to plan a beach day.

This drawstring dress is as flattering as it is cool.

You’ll want to wear these with everything.

I have dreams about this cardigan.

Any brides-to-be in the house?

If head-to-toe animal print isn’t your thing, an accessory is a subtle way to incorporate the trend into your outfit.

Another one that’s currently in my cart.

How to guarantee your outfit looks fun.

Leather trousers will soon be my fall outfit staple.

A simple bag that’s far from boring.

Can you buy a dress for a party you haven’t been invited to yet? Because this is a must.

Vests are making a comeback. Just you wait.

I’m a sucker for anything that can be customized. 

The ultimate party girl shoe.

Who knew Zara makes black tie–approved gowns?

Our office is buzzing about this perfect white top.

You’ll be able to take on anything in this skirt. 

The easiest way to transition your summer dresses into fall is with a pair of slouchy boots.

We know: You want the matching pants.

It’s almost that time of the year where you can wear blazers every day.

The perfect way elevate to your white-top-and-jeans combo.

Into this whole vibe.

Do I even have to explain why you need these strappy sandals? Two words: square toe.

This blouse can easily go from desk to drinks.

Mini bags will always have a place in my heart (and closet).

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5 Ways to Style the Boot Trend You’ll See Everywhere This Fall

If there’s one aesthetic I aspire to every fall—a look I’ll happily embrace each and every day—it’s all-neutral tones. In shades of caramel, beige, tan, and white (yes, even past Labor Day), I long for the elegantly sophisticated feel that this narrow breadth of warm tones brings. In truth, there’s no color scheme that makes me feel more divine in my femininity or closer to Angelina Jolie. Contrasted with a pair of bright red lips, it helps me feel classically  chic and incredibly powerful.

For that reason, my beige turtlenecks and neutral crepe pants were thrilled when I came across the resurfacing of tan boots for fall. There’s something incredibly sumptuous about finishing off a neutral outfit with tan boots—it brings the entire look together in a way black ankle boots could never hope to. If you, too, feel that neutrals are necessary and tan is to die for, shop the best tan-boot outfits below. (Nars’s semi-matte lipstick in Jungle Red is my go-to, in case you were wondering.)

Make like Chrissy Teigen and get yourself an all-neutral outfit in various tones of cream. This outfit is giving me all of the fall vibes—in fact, it’s headed right to my mood board.

There are few things I enjoy more than a good monochrome outfit, and this tan look is no exception. J.Lo looks like she’s ready to stroll extravagantly through the streets of Paris, peering into the windows of Fendi and Chanel before grabbing a single espresso.

The easiest way to style tan boots? With boyfriend jeans and a white tee. Priyanka Chopra is giving us all a lesson is casual chic combinations, and I, for one, am taking notes.

Pantsuits, specifically those that are military-inspired, are made for the bold of heart (you know, ladies like Lily Aldridge). While this outfit would fit in seamlessly on the set of Top Gun, it also looks fabulous on the streets while running errands.

Gigi is giving off major beach vibes as she channels the energy of a mermaid and the golden hues of a sandy Caribbean beach. These warm hues are perfectly complemented by her tan boots—she practically radiates warmth and light.

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The 3 Bras Brands an Italian Girl Swears By

Pasta, clothing, and pretty lingerie are three things Italians have mastered. Want to make homemade spaghetti? Check Google. But when it comes to the best fashion brands, we did the grunt work for you, scouring the internet and Instagram to find a handful of affordable Italian clothing brands fashion girls love. Last but not least, today, we’re rounding up the best Italian bra brands.

In order to hone on the dreamiest Italian lingerie brands, we tapped Michela D’Angelo, an Italy-based influencer, stylist, and fashion consultant. In the past, D’Angelo’s modeled for Valentino and Marc Jacobs, though she now dedicates much of her time to consulting in the fashion world and working with brands such as Calvin Klein and Bottega Veneta. (In other words, she’s a girl who knows good labels.)

Prepare yourselves: D’Angelo’s picks are quite impossible to pass up. From the prettiest lacey bralettes in the game to comfy, affordable options you can always reach for, ahead, the three bra brands one Italian girl swears by (and you will, too).

“I go there to buy all stretch basics in black. They’re very comfortable, and the price point is great, but best of all, the brand recently introduced a line in plain, simple silk, which is amazing. I got three co-ords in black, champagne, and white—all classic and very beautiful.”

“If you want to treat yourself with something really extra, you definitely have to go for La Perla’s pieces. I love the embroidered lace-trimmed silk camisoles and brief set (got one in pink last week), but most of all, the bras in black stretch tulle. There are so many options!”

“I recently discovered this little gem on Instagram. It’s a small company that produces all its pieces in ‘slow couture’ in Italy, paying attention to social values and supporting local craftsmanship. Shop the customizable briefs, which are already a must. Also lovely as a gift for your girlfriends.”

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I Stopped Buying Fast-Fashion Pieces—and Am Happier for It

Confession: I was not always an avid thrifter. For a long time, I, like many other shoppers, was intimidated and turned off by the process of thrifting. It’s hard to find the motivation to sift through your local consignment store when Zara makes it so easy to see the latest collection drop. But there came a point where I looked at my closet and realized it was filled with disposable pieces I didn’t love, so I decided to change the way I shopped. My solution was to start buying quality secondhand pieces over fast-fashion buys. The transition wasn’t easy, but I can honestly say it’s been for the best. Read on to discover the unexpected benefits of thrift shopping and how it’s made me happier…

I’m just going to say something you’re not supposed to say here… I used to think thrifting was gross. (Yes, I know I was a snob and a half.) But to be fair, thrifting was part of my childhood, so I found pleasure in shopping for items that were brand-new. There’s a level of reckoning with privilege when you’re reassessing how you shop; being able to choose between buying new clothing and going thrifting is a privilege in and of itself. And unfortunately society places value on having the latest styles over seeking out sustainable pieces. But for me, thrifting flipped that narrative: It taught me to not only love the hunt but to ditch the guilt around not being able to afford the trendiest bag. As it turns out, great style doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny.

Don’t @ me for the following statement: I’m over the way everyone seems to dress the same. While I love that Instagram has democratized fashion, it’s also made it that much easier to find yourself wearing the same bag as everyone else—and I’m not about that life. If you, too, find yourself wanting to stand out in a sea of style influencers, thrifting is for you. In general, wherever you choose to shop, I cannot stress enough how important it is to buy pieces that are worth the investment and represent your personal style. Bonus: If you choose to thrift, you may score a secondhand I Am Gia leather duster that is not only practical and unique, but can also be worn for years to come. (True story.)

If you live for getting those “I love your outfit” compliments, it’s time you take thrifting seriously. I’ve never gotten more compliments in my life than when I started thrifting (my secondhand Rebecca Minkoff dress is a compliment magnet). There’s something magical about wearing something you love—you just glow in a different way.

I was definitely sleeping on the consignment life—but I’m awake now. The majority of my designer pieces have been found digging through the trenches of a consignment store. But how do you know you’re saving money? I suggest doing some research on your favorite brands. I always try to find the original price of a piece (unless it’s true vintage) before purchasing it.

In addition to looking for the original retail value, I compare prices on consignment sites like The Real Real, Versatile Collective, and eBay to get an idea of how much I’m saving, because some pieces are actually worth buying new. I also try to find pieces priced at 50% (or less) off the original price; this ratio won’t always apply to collectible pieces or a newer designer piece, but it can be a great way to keep track of your savings.

Honestly, there’s no feeling that really rivals scoring a designer piece at a third of the price. Some of my best secondhand finds include my body-con YSL dress and my Cult Gaia ark bag. I’ll admit, however, that it takes some work: I frequently spend my weekends knee-deep in the racks at consignment shops looking for my next gem.

If you don’t have the time or the patience, let me introduce you to… the internet. Sarcasm aside, thrifting has been made easier thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi. Not only can you find some of the best online consignment stores and online vintage shops, but by using specific search terms, you can also set up notifications for the pieces you’re looking for. (In other words, that Fendi Baguette you’ve been eyeing will soon be yours.)

Of all the reasons to abstain from fast fashion, this is the most important. The fast-fashion industry produces over 15.1 million tons of textile waste every year. Because rather than donating or recycling unsold sale items, fast-fashion brands often burn or toss them, and the debris can end up in the ocean where the plastic microfibers are being consumed by fish and subsequently humans. Terrifying, right? But you don’t need to feel powerless; in addition to voting for politicians and policies that help ensure ethical and environmental practices, you can personally adopt sustainable shopping practices. Because in truth, that affordable fast-fashion piece costs a lot more than you think.

There are so many reasons I love thrifting, but maybe the simplest one is the joy it has brought into my life. And while that may seem trivial, your wardrobe should make you look and feel your best, and if you do happen to find the pieces you love most at Goodwill, well, even better.

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The Bra Trend Fashion Girls Are Wearing as Tops

Okay, you already know it’s no longer taboo to wear your lingerie outside of the bedroom. And now that we’ve reached the height of summer—with all the heat and humidity that comes along with it—the last thing you want to wear is more layers than necessary. Luckily, with all of the stylish racerback bras on the market, you can have a top that’ll act as your bra and your top—sounds like a win-win situation to us.

This year, whether it’s a style that feels parallel to a classic sports bra or a more delicate lace option, fashion girls are swapping out their everyday summer tops for a cool racerback style. Wear them under a denim jacket or looser tops when you need more coverage, or wear them on their own with a pair of high-waisted jeans for your next night out. If you’re on board with this easy trend, scroll down to shop 17 chic racerback bras to add into your wardrobe now.

This will feel so delicate underneath an oversize jean jacket.

If you need a style that’s undeniably comfortable, got for this one from Baserange.

You can never go wrong with one of Calvin Klein’s racerback bralettes.

Trust us, you’ll never want to take this off.

Show the back of this bra off.

Underneath a blazer, Cosabella’s bra will feel incredibly chic.

You can’t deny how utterly pretty this is.

There’s a reason 249 people have given Free People’s bralette a 4.2-star rating.

The fabric of this bra will feel so soft against your skin.

A minimalist bra that feels sexy and is made with organic cotton? Say no more.

Absolutely incredible.

This comes with hooks so you can wear it as a racerback or a classic bralette.

We always love a good strappy detail.

Style this ribbed bra with a pair of high-rise denim shorts or a midi skirt.

You can wear this to your next workout class or to brunch with cool cargo pants.

The lace-up detail gives this a feminine touch.

Hands down, this will be one of the most comfortable bras you own.

Up next, check out the stylish swimsuits that are just as good as tops.

I’m 5’4″, and These Are the Fall Trends I’m Skipping (and Wearing)

At 5’4″, I’m considered to be the average height for a woman in America, and it’s still technically considered petite. I buy pretty much 100% of my wardrobe online, so it can be frustrating when all I have to go off of is a photo of a model that’s 5’8″ or taller wearing a particular item, which is often the case. But as someone who has been an avid shopper for life and has been writing about fashion for more than five years, I’ve learned to be able to tell what works and doesn’t work for my frame just by looking at an item. 

I’m certainly not here to tell you what trends to wear and not wear, as everyone’s style preferences and bodies are different. I’m simply here to share what styles I’m avoiding this coming season, in case you, too, are on the shorter side and need a little guidance navigating the trends. 

Read on to find out which fall 2019 trends I’m skipping and supporting, based on my height.

I find frilly ruffled pieces to be a bit overpowering on me (although a few here and there never hurt anyone). On the other hand, feathers are an accent that feels lighter and less voluminous. Carrie Bradshaw was on to something…

Unless I wear very high heels (which I’m not particularly fond of doing), I haven’t had much luck with long, loose pants. But the non-cropped straight-leg denim styles that are trending are quite leg-lengthening, which I can get on board with.

I find leather clothing to be a chic trend that anyone can wear. But a trend that I don’t feel that way about is quilted pieces that could easily be mistaken for a duvet insert.

I’ve seen photos of myself with oversize bags when they were a trend in the past, and I’ve decided that it’s not a look I want to repeat, even though they’re already everywhere this season. The proportions just don’t mesh with my height, so I’m sticking to other trends for now, like bags with chunky chain straps.

Capes are certainly chic on some people, but they have a tendency to swallow me. An outerwear trend I am looking forward to, though, is trench coats, especially since they can be belted at the waist for some definition.

Puff sleeves have been a major trend for the majority of 2019, but I love it so much that I plan on continuing to wear them into fall. I find them to be much more flattering than pieces with broad shoulder pads, which is an ’80s look that has returned.

Don’t get me wrong—I’d happily put on a tent dress (they were all over Copenhagen Fashion Week street style) and call it a day, but as with capes, at 5’4″, I’m swallowed whole. That said, two trends I’m wearing instead are maxi skirts (especially ones that are cut on the slimmer side) and boilersuits, my current favorite one-and-done trend.

Next, the best stores for petite ladies.

5 Color Trends Everyone Will Wear in 2019 (That Aren’t Living Coral)

When Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2019, I was eager to hear the intel on which hue would dominate in fashion and design and ultimately set the trends for the year ahead. But upon learning the news that Living Coral, a salmon-pink color, would be crowned the title, I just laughed (sorry if you’re reading this, Pantone). As a fashion editor, I pride myself on staying abreast of the latest trends, and nowhere in my view was this coral color. Not to mention, I had avoided the shade for a long time, knowing it did nothing to complement my skin tone or my hair color and never knowing what colors pair well with it. I was surprised, to say the least.

It got me wondering: What are the fashion color trends of 2019 that I do stand behind? I dove headfirst into some trend research and decided upon the following five color trends. These are the ones you’ll be double-tapping, adding to cart, and ultimately wearing throughout the year, so I suggest you get to know them if you, like me, are proposing a ban on Living Coral.

From reinvented pastels that are actually groundbreaking for spring to the one non-color color trend that Instagram’s already having a field day with, keep reading to see and shop them all.

Slime green may have emerged as the buzziest color trend only a few months earlier, but the overpowering shade of green will be replaced by a much softer (and easier-to-style) hue for the remainder of 2019: sage green.

Pastels for spring—groundbreaking, I know. This dreamy shade of blue comes with all the apropos springtime pastels without any of the clichés.

Remember when Gen Z yellow was all anyone could talk about? Well, the sunny color is being revamped this year with a particularly saturated, zingy twist. Think of farmers market lemons or, I don’t know, a Post-it note.

No lie: I used to be anti-pink, associating too many negative “overly girly” connotations with the color, but the rise of this more subdued take on the color has me reconsidering. The dustier shade feels like a more grown-up version of Millennial Pink.

Okay, so technically, this color trend isn’t really a color at all. With the influx of earth-toned ensembles and #stickofbutter outfit ‘grams, one of the chicest spring color trends may actually be a far subtler and more sophisticated shade than anything else of high saturation.

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Makeup Artists Always Use These 15 Products on Celebs, and They’re on Sale

There’s nothing that kicks our beauty-loving heartbeat into overdrive like an amazing sale. Especially, when said sale involves one of our absolute favorite beauty retailers: Dermstore. It’s that time of year, folks! From August 17 to 25, you can receive up to 25% site-wide on the majority of your favorite products and brands. At checkout, use the promo code CELEBRATE, and if you’re part of the retailers’ loyalty program, you can even earn double points on select brands while you stock up

Oh, and that’s not the only amazing news. Dermstore also just re-launched its website with a sleek new design—further enhancing its commitment to skincare education, promoting awareness about dermatologist-backed brands, and championing indie labels in the category. The retailer is truly the best one-stop-shop for everything you need in terms of skincare, makeup, and haircare.

To provide you with some shopping guidance and because we’re feeling rather celebratory and excited ourselves, we combed through the retailer’s sale offerings for the cult-favorite skincare and makeup products we see our favorite celebrity makeup artists use over and over again on their A-list clientele. Ahead, 15 brands (and the top-notch products!) makeup artists are absolutely obsessed with. Keep scrolling. 

Celebrity clients: Priyanka Chopra, Margot Robbie, Tessa Thompson, Gal Gadot

The deal: 25% off. Take a quick jaunt through Dubroff’s celeb- and product-studded Instagram account, and it won’t take long for you to spot the beloved skin-saving elixirs from Swiss skincare brand Weleda. 

The deal: 25% off. We know for a fact (thanks to our snooping eye on IG) that Dubroff loves the brand’s Celestial Black Diamond and Rose Gold Lines. Her client Priyanka Chopra has admitted major love for this brightening sheet mask, in particular. 

The deal: 25% off. Dubroff isn’t the minority here—almost every makeup artist, celebrity, and model say this cult-loved micellar water from French skincare fave Bioderma is an absolute essential for clear, beautiful skin. 

Celebrity clients: Beyoncé, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls

The deal: 25% off. A major beauty look doesn’t stop at the face—Sir John has been candid about using this exact scrub-mask hybrid from Sol de Janeiro to prep his clients’ bodies pre-red carpet and awards shows. 

The deal: 15% off. No one does glitter and shimmer better than Stila and the brand has a few cult favorites we spot time and time again in brimming makeup artist kists. These sparkling liquid eye shadows can’t be beaten.

The deal: 25% off. As far as makeup tools go, we see Sir John use and post these epic brushes from Artis routinely. 

Celebrity clients: Meghan Markle, Jessica Alba, Gemma Chan

The deal: 20% off. It’s really more of a question of what makeup artist doesn’t use (and swear by) the magical application benefits of this signature pink sponge. That said, it frequently makes an appearance on Martin’s grid. 

The deal: 25% off. A makeup artist is never without an amazing makeup remover, and this soothing pick from French beauty beloved Klorane is a Martin’s go-to according to our research. 

The deal: 25% off. According to Martin’s praise on Instagram, this exfoliating mask from celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas is “WONDERFUL.” Spoiler: We believe him. 

Celebrity clients: Ashley Graham, Poppy Delevingne, Nina Agdal

The deal: 25% off. Makeup artists across the board love and hoard all things Kevyn Aucoin (fitting, since the late makeup artist will be a forever icon in the industry), but one of the brand’s recent Glass Glow launches has been a favorite in particular. We’ve spotted it on Henney’s account in addition to other power players like Katie Jane Hughes. 

The deal: 25% off. We’ve never seen a makeup artist not prep their A-list clientele with a soothing, de-puffing set of eye masks pre-event. Henney has remained loyal to this holy-grail pick from Skyn Iceland, and we’ve seen them on plenty of other A-list vanities as well. 

The deal: 20% off. When it comes to the most iconic face mists, Caudalíe’s Beauty Elixir is by far top of the class. Makeup artists love spritzing it on their brushes and Beautyblenders and, of course, the famous canvases they artfully prep. 

Celebrity clients: Lucy Boynton, Eiza González, Yara Shahidi

The deal: 25% off. It’s unanimous—makeup artists swear by cult-loved Japanese brand Koh Gen Do, and its foundation formulas (in particular) are SO good that they’ve been the go-to on movie sets for years. (It’s also what the lead makeup artist for award shows like the Oscars and Grammys keeps on hand for touch-ups.)

The deal: 25% off. In all honesty, we don’t see too many celebrity makeup artists using clean makeup formulas simply because they typically don’t endure as well as their non-clean counterparts. Sad, but true. That said, Lime Crime is vegan, clean, certified cruelty-free, and well-known among the beauty set for its gorgeous, pigment-packed formulas. We’ve seen a smattering of products on Baker’s grid, but she seems to favor the brand’s palettes. 

The deal: 25% off. This Italian beauty brand might not be as well known stateside, but plenty of makeup artists keep it tucked in their back pockets. We’ve spotted the luxe brand’s skin offerings on the primping tabletops displayed in numerous posts from Baker.  Up next: 18 Brightening Serums for When Your Face Looks Like a Help-Wanted Sign

5 Fashion “Mistakes” I’ve Made That Are Low-Key Painful to Me

If I did a quick scan of the outfits I wore over the last few years, there would undoubtedly be a few I regret. Guilty. The root of those “mishaps” almost always boils down to a styling issue I overlooked at the time. But that’s the thing about my fashion mistakes—if they never happened, I wouldn’t have learned from them enough to ultimately keep my ensembles feeling fresh and uniquely me.

Because I’m always here to help (hey!), I’m sharing the five fashion “mistakes” I’ve made along the way, to potentially help inform your upcoming styling decisions. Trust me when I say if I’d avoided these bad habits in the first place, I would’ve felt less havoc on my personal style. But we all live and learn. Keep scrolling for my breakdown, and shop cool pieces to continue upgrading your wardrobe.

It may seem like a no-brainer, but your tailor should really be one of your best fashion friends. Because really, you can’t deny the power of a perfect-fitting outfit (aka this flawless outfit here). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stepped out in a pair of ill-fitting trousers or a blazer that wasn’t quite right (sleeves too long, or a bit too loose) and instantly regretted the decision because I didn’t feel put together, which ultimately lowered my confidence level.

Sure, socks may seem like an afterthought, but if you choose the wrong pair, they can actually be the culprits of a “ruined” outfit. My biggest mistake is opting for an awkward silhouette based on certain shoe styles. For example, wanting to achieve “the no-show look,” but going for a pair of sport socks that crept out of the shoes just a bit too much. Or worse, wearing white socks thinking you wouldn’t see them with ankle boots, but ultimately having pant legs rise up to uncover the blunder.

While this one is totally subjective based on your style, I personally never forget about the silhouette that works best for my body. Going for a baggy top and trousers does not work for me (I tried and failed). Rather, I like to balance my look with one or the other, usually a loose top with skinnier pants. But if I do have two non-formfitting pieces, I prefer to create a silhouette with some shape, like half-tucking the top as the street style star is showcasing here.

This may also seem like a no-brainer, but going for uncomfortable shoes will just never work out. Sure, the shoes in question may look great and complete your outfit, but if you’re going to end up hobbling all night, it’s not worth it. I don’t wear heels, but even some flat dress shoes kill my feet, and I regret wearing them every time because I end up thinking about my pain all night, rather than enjoying whatever it is I’m doing.

Last but not least, I’ve learned over time that it’s always best to stick to your personal style. If you try to be someone you’re not or step out in trends that just don’t feel like you, you’re going to feel uncomfortable in your skin. I love easy ’fits including trousers, knits, and jackets, so I’ve learned to stick to that uniform because it makes me feel like, well, me.

Next, check out the skinny-jean “mistakes” celebs make.

This piece was published at an earlier date and has been updated. 

Nicky Hilton’s French Sole Shoe Collection Fails to Excite

Nicky Hilton joined Jaime King and Rachel McCord at the MAGIC fashion convention to promote her Nicky Hilton x French Sole shoe line.

The capsule collection is Mrs. James Rothschild‘s first foray into the footwear business, and to be honest, we can see that it’s her first try. We find not much to be excited about in Nicky’s basic shoe designs.

Nicky Hilton holding up shoes from her Nicky Hilton x French Sole capsule collectionNicky Hilton Rothschild holding up shoes from her Nicky Hilton x French Sole capsule collection

Given that French Sole has perfected the ballet flat formula, we’re sure Nicky’s shoes are comfortable to walk in, mold to the feet, have extra padding, and all that.

However, the socialite-slash-businesswoman’s decision to go “classic and comfortable” with her own shoe designs do little for a brand already known for ballet flats. Probably her only design that stirs up any emotion from us is the ‘Paris’ leopard-print flat (named after leopard-print-lover sis Paris Hilton) she had on at the 2019 MAGIC Convention.


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Nicky Hilton posing with her Nicky Hilton x French Sole ‘Paris’ leopard-print flats in an Instagram pic posted on August 5, 2019

How do you find Nicky’s French Sole shoes? Do you think they are timeless or boring?

Our opinions aside, Nicky teaming up with French Sole does make a lot of sense. Nicky is a professed lover of ballet flats and, being a Hilton hotel heiress and Rothschild family member by marriage, embodies French Sole’s mega-wealthy and Royal clientele demographic.

Nicky Hilton and her Nicky Hilton x French Sole shoesNicky Hilton Rothschild posing in front of her Nicky Hilton x French Sole shoes at the 2019 MAGIC Convention held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 13, 2019

There is one more thing interesting about Nicky’s French Sole shoes and that is they have soles and dust bags that come in a hue called Nicky-Blue.

Nicky Hilton x French Sole shoes with Nicky-Blue solesNicky Hilton x French Sole shoes featuring Nicky-Blue soles and dust bags

Shop and check out more styles from the Nicky Hilton x French Sole capsule collection at Zappos.

Nicky Hilton x French Sole ‘Whitney’ Ballet Flats, $150 at Zappos

Nicky Hilton x French Sole Whitney Ballet Flats

Nicky Hilton x French Sole ‘Kathy’ Ballet Flats, $150 at Zappos

Nicky Hilton x French Sole Kathy Ballet Flats

Nicky Hilton x French Sole ‘Brooke’ Bow Slingback Pumps, $160 at Zappos

Nicky Hilton x French Sole Brooke Bow Slingback Pumps

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Chunky Prada Sandals With Satin Overlay and Allover Crystal Embellishments

These chunky sandals from Prada are designed from leather with a satin overlay and allover sparkling crystal embellishments. Set on a block heel, this elegant pair is detailed with asymmetric, open-toe vamps and a silver-tone buckled ankle fastening. How will you style yours?

Silver Crystal Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals, $1,250 at Bergdorf Goodman

Prada's chunky sandals are designed from leather with a satin overlay and allover crystal embellishments

Set on a block heel, this pair is detailed with asymmetric, open-toe vamps and a silver-tone buckled ankle fastening

These sandals dazzled on the Prada AW19 runway as part of an exploration into the dark romance behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Silver Prada Crystal-Embellished Satin Sandals

Model wearing Prada satin sandals with allover crystal embellishments

Red Crystal Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals, $1,250 at Nordstrom and Moda Operandi

Rows of ruby-red crystals add a darkly romantic look to a silken pump featuring a curvy crossover vamp, substantial heel and slender oval buckle at the ankle

Rows of ruby-red crystals add a darkly romantic look to a silken pump featuring a curvy crossover vamp, substantial heel and slender oval buckle at the ankle.

Red Crystal Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals

Pink Crystal Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals, $1,250 at Barneys

Prada's pink satin sandals are embellished with sparkling pink crystals

Blue Crystal Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals, $1,250 at Matches Fashion

These black and blue sandals dazzled on the Prada AW19 runway

Blue Crystal Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals

Black Crystal Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals, $1,250 at Neiman Marcus

Black Crystal Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals

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Metallic Triple Strap Triam Sandals With Stylish Stiletto Heel

Wouldn’t you love to stay cool by the pool in these metallic triple strap sandals from Ted Baker?

Metallic triple strap sandals from Ted BakerMetallic triple strap sandals from Ted Baker

They are designed with a stylish stiletto heel. Thanks to the triple strap detail securing your feet, you’ll be ready to take the streets and nearby pools!

Metallic Triple Strap Triam Stiletto Sandals, $195 at Ted Baker

Add some shine to your step with metallic triple strap Triam sandals from Ted Baker

Add some shine to your step with metallic triple strap Triam sandals from Ted Baker

Add some shine to your step with metallic triple strap Triam sandals from Ted Baker

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Trump’s Tariff Delays Are Not What You Think — Most Shoes Will Be Hit Next Month

For more than a year, President Donald Trump has suggested that China was footing the bill for the tariffs slapped on United States imports.

But following the White House’s delay of upcoming levies on some Chinese goods, footwear and apparel industry leaders are calling out the president, whose decision, they said, served as muted acknowledgement that trade war costs are ultimately paid by American businesses and consumers.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Trade Representative announced that it would postpone the 10% duty on some of the $300 billion worth of Chinese products, such as mobile phones, laptops and toys as well as unspecified items of footwear and apparel, based on “health, safety, national security and other factors.” The fourth tranche of tariffs has thus been split, with one set impacted with the additional duty on Sept. 1 and another on Dec. 15.

“We’re doing this for the Christmas season,” Trump told reporters. “Just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers.”

According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, more than three quarters (or 77%) of all shoes, clothes and home textile imports to the U.S. from China — amounting to about $39 billion worth of goods — will be taxed when the first wave of tariffs hits in less than three weeks.

The other portion, which represents 23% of footwear, apparel and more at a value of roughly $12 billion, will be affected in December during the peak holiday shopping period, the organization found.

“By no means is this a win or a de-escalation,” said AAFA president and CEO Rick Helfenbein. “This is a tax that will hurt every American. Contrary to the headlines, the Grinch has stolen the Christmas selling season for our industry.”

Shoe imports are already heavily taxed, with existing duties averaging 11% and going up to 67.5%, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America noted. According to the FDRA, there are 147 classifications of footwear imports in the fourth tranche of tariffs, with 91 of them — including some waterproof shoes, ski boots, sports sneakers and sandals — being hit on Sept. 1. The other 56 classifications will see the new duties on Dec. 15.

For context, the 147 classifications of footwear impacted in the fourth tranche, were valued at $14.1 billion in 2018, or about 53% of the dollar value of total footwear imports.

“It is no coincidence that the administration is allowing certain shoes to come in without raising taxes in hopes that prices do not rise at retail during the holidays,” said FDRA president and CEO Matt Priest. “While we are pleased with the decision to delay new tariffs on certain shoes, we are not satisfied. We will continue to fight for any exclusions on new tariffs, and we will fight to delay new tariffs on shoes until the entire tariff threat is lifted off the backs of American families.”

As costs grow within the supply chain, many corporations have indicated that they may be left with no choice but to raise prices for consumers. Such tariffs would also affect domestic manufacturers, considering that many materials necessary for production are sourced through China and unavailable in the U.S. Tariffs would affect footwear jobs as well, with several companies already making attempts to relocate their supply chains to neighboring countries like Vietnam, Indonesia and even America’s southern neighbor, Mexico.

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Designer Marion Parke Is Banking on Investment From This Longtime Footwear Family

Marion Parke, who debuted her namesake shoe brand for spring ’16, is in growth mode, thanks to the support of Minnetonka’s Miller family.

A little over a year ago, David Miller and his wife, Jennifer Melin Miller, were introduced to fellow Minnesota resident Parke and decided to invest in the company.

“We were impressed with her credentials as a foot and ankle surgeon,” Melin Miller said. “After wear-testing the product and truly feeling a significant difference in her shoes, we felt the designs could fill a gap in the luxury footwear marketplace.”

Since then, Parke has received what she describes as “smart” and “practical” guidance from the Millers. And David’s daughter, Jori Miller Sherer, has also been an adviser.

Parke said, “They have great footwear experience and are really involved on a very specific level.”

Marion parke shoes

Marion Parke leopard print sandals.
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According to Melin Miller, the first order of business has been to expand sales. “Luxury retail is changing rapidly, forcing traditional wholesale business models to evolve,” she said. “We have some fantastic retail partners and are working closely with them to differentiate Marion Parke shoes from other luxury designers, as well as employing strategies to build the direct-to-consumer business.”

Soon after launching her line, Parke made noise in the industry as a former podiatric surgeon creating comfortable, luxury Italian shoes for women. Her patented technology caught the attention of retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s.

The brand’s latest wholesale partner is Bergdorf Goodman, which Parke described as the ultimate seal of approval. She also said e-commerce has doubled organically since last year, even before the brand’s recent digital marketing push.

Next up, Parke has her eyes set on international expansion while also creating a strong presence in stores and online. “Women who shop in the luxury shoe market still go to stores,” she said. “You have to be in both spaces. A mentor told me the best businesses are an eco-system. You need to have it all.”

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Leadership Lessons From Two Ten’s WIFI Award Winners

The WIFI Impact Awards, held this week at FN Platform in Las Vegas, honored female leaders who are making a difference inside their own companies and beyond.

Terry Solis, president of the sales group at Marc Fisher Footwear, received the leadership award. Kathy Forstadt, director of casual women’s footwear at Zappos took home the community award. And the advancement award went to Aldo, which has worked to empower women throughout the company.

Here, the honorees talk about leadership and mentoring.

Terry Solis, Marc Fisher Footwear, on great leadership:

“My belief is that leadership at work begins with creating the right environment, one that is kind and caring. It needs to be fair, both internally and with our business partners. It needs to be an environment that is fun and has laughter. A leader needs to be a teacher and a mentor, a great listener. Most importantly, they need to lead by example. It takes a lot of hard work.”

Two Ten WIFI Awards

Marc Fisher’s Terry Solis and Tracy Bravant.
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Valerie Martin, Aldo, on cultivating female leaders:

“Two or three years ago, we decided to do two global surveys, one from the BCG Group and one from McKinsey. You need to hear what your people think and then build a strategy. We have a young and progressive CEO, David Bensadoun, and he decided to become the ambassador of female leadership. I see a lot of women here, but men have a role to play. David believed in equality of opportunity — when you get promoted, it needs to be for your expertise, your hard work and your potential. I don’t want to be promoted just because of quota, I want to be promoted because I’m good. David started to talk about female leadership at company events and being more transparent on our website. We have a female leadership seminar and leadership group. We also have guest speakers come in because sometimes you need a reality check as a woman. We also introduced flex time, telecommuting, summer Fridays to name a few. We also introduced services — car wash, car maintenance, hair dress, manicurist, subsidized daycare, onsite gym, mindfulness classes, nutritionist, a personal trainer — this is what we have at the office.”

Kathy Forstadt, Zappos.com,on the importance of mentors:

“Jeanne Markel was the first Las Vegas WIFI chair. She was my director at the time and felt I would be a good fit to help champion the initiative. Women who work in the footwear industry can look to WIFI to build relationships, share industry learnings and find support and membership. [Personally], there are a lot of people who have affected me and helped me achieve what I have thus far in my career. Two people I look up to and want to continue to learn from are Jeff Esperson and Mike Normart. Both of them have tremendous experience at both Zappos and others retailers.”

Two Ten WIFI Awards Vegas

Zappos’ Kathy Forstadt and Jeanne Markel.
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How One Florida Mom Is Enhancing Water Shoes For Kids

For mother-of-two Victoria Selcuk, fun family trips to the beach often turned into a hassle as she found herself having to carry her 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son so their feet didn’t get burned by hot sand. Her frustration inspired the idea for Palm Beachies, a new line of easy-to-wear slipper-inspired water shoes featuring breathable bathing-suit fabric uppers combined with thin, no-slip rubber soles.

Unlike typical water styles for children, which have harder bottoms and bulkier constructions, Selcuk said Palm Beachies’ advantage is their minimalist, barefoot-like design. It protects little feet from the elements while still giving boys and girls the freedom to swim and play comfortably.

“‘The sand is too hot.’ ‘The pebbles hurt my feet.’ ‘The seaweed is yucky.’ Every parent has heard these same complaints before. [With our shoes], kids can feel protected but free and unencumbered,” she explained. Palm Beachies, which launched in February, can also be worn at the pool, playground and waterpark as well as on boats and other wet surfaces.

The shoes’ ultra-lightweight design makes them easy to carry on the go or stow in a beach bag or suitcase when traveling, too.

Priced at $18 a pair, they are available in five sizes and an array of bright colors and prints.

In addition to her own website sales, Selcuk is building a network of wholesale partners for her fledgling brand including small boutiques and resort shops around the U.S. and in Europe.

Already, she is fielding requests from parents for adult sizes. She plans to introduce mommy-and-me looks, along with matching sun hats for kids.

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Justin Bieber Posts Classic Hailey Baldwin Looks for “Wifey Appreciation Day”

Justin Bieber proved he is the ultimate husband yesterday by honoring his wife Hailey Baldwin with a series of throwback pictures on Instagram for “Wifey Appreciation Day.”

The “What Do You Mean?” singer shared a collection of some of Baldwin’s finest outfits, including the first showing the model posing in a crop top, light pink sweats and a pair of tan ankle-wrap heeled sandals.

The Drew House creator captioned the post: “I fall more in love with you every single day. You are the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I would be lost with out you. #wifeyappreciationday.”

Other images include a close-up of Baldwin in red Adidas gear as she has been an Adidas ambassador and creative partner since July 2018.

There are also a few images in the post of the 22-year-old lounging about in mid-calf length socks and even one of her with blue hair.

Bieber and his wife are not ones to shy away from social media displays of affection as Baldwin herself commented on the post: “best friend.”

Back in July, the FN cover star also shared her own sappy post for her beau, celebrating their anniversary. She captioned the tender picture: “1 year ago I said yes to being your best friend for life, and today I have never loved you more.. life gets more beautiful everyday because of you, my heart belongs to you forever.
Here’s to learning and growing together.”

Click through the gallery to see Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s couple style evolution.

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What’s Selling: Nike, Vans, Skechers & Uniform Shoes Lead BTS Shopping

What’s selling at children’s shoe stores this week? Here, four key retailers weigh in on winning brands and top trends and talk about what’s not moving.

Danny Rivera, shoe dept. manager, Lester’s, New York

Top three brands:

Vans: “They’re on fire for girls and boys due to the patterns we pick. You have to pick the right ones. They’e selling very well.”

Hoo: “It’s a fashion sneaker brand that’s selling to girls. They have cute styles in silver metallic.”

Nike: “It’s on fire for boys and girls.”

Not selling: “Dress shoes, since it’s still too soon. The [Jewish] holidays are at the end of September.”

Top trends: “Customers are not just coming in to buy school shoes. They’re buying their whole outfit. You dress the customer from top to bottom.”

Mimi Joo, owner, Ramer’s Shoes, Chevy Chase, Md.

Top three brands:

New Balance: “Kids are wearing them for everyday and back-to-school. Both boys and girls. Everything I have sells well.

Saucony: “It fits narrow feet well.”

Sperry: “They’re worn with school uniforms and include boat shoes in taupe for boys and girls.”

Top trends: “Sneakers, all year round.”

Sherri Tanner, owner, Buckles, Atlanta

Top three brands:

Naturino: “It’s our No. 1 brand year-round. It’s the styles, colors, durability, uniqueness, quality. Its without a doubt the best quality shoes made for kids’ feet. They take care of our uniform customers, babies learning to walk, dress shoes, boys’ tennis.”

Keds: “We’ve been selling a ton of Keds for girls for uniforms such as the School Days saddle tennis shoe. Also selling is the Daphne, Ella and the Graham canvas cap-toe lace-up in red or navy for little boys. Our little boys dress very classic down here.”

Not selling: “I’m really moving a lot of different things.”

Top trends:Skechers is amazing for us. The memory foam, styles, colors. Kids just love them and the price point is really nice. Saucony has also done a good job of offering us what we need for uniforms in navy and gray. The quality is fantastic. Footmates saddle oxfords and English sandals for school and church are doing well.”

Leigh Kercher, owner, J-Ray Shoes, Mobile, Ala.

Top three brands:

New Balance: “They fit well and kids like them.”

Tsukihoshi: “Moms like them because they hold up well and kids like their comfort and style.”

Florsheim: “For boys for their school uniforms. They are classic, durable, good fitting.”

Top trends: “We have a different business than most stores since we do [mainly] uniform shoes by Kesco, [imported] by Kepner Scott from Mexico. All our schools require them. We need to be prepared in mass quantities for the basics such as dirty bucks, black oxfords and saddles. Our kids don’t get any choice for school, that would be just for the weekends.”

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Grading Back to School: The Most Likable Ads So Far + Shoes Get Starring Role

Each week this summer, FN is offering a roundup of essential news, data and analysis about the important back-to-school (BTS) selling season.

Just Like That

Marketers have many goals for their consumer ads: to create awareness, develop a connection and/or drive purchasing — and it can be tough to accomplish everything at once. Advertising insights company Ace Metrix recently polled parents to get their thoughts on this year’s crop of back-to-school commercials. The top three “Most Likable” ads were Gap’s “Gap to School: Rock Anthem,” Walmart’s “Big Day Back” and Staples’ “Best Move.” Gap’s seasonal spot took the No. 1 spot and got high marks for its rendition of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” by a group of super-talented youngsters. However, it fell short of being “convincing,” according to Ace Metrix, because it was light on company branding and references to BTS shopping. The Walmart ad, meanwhile, emphasized the retailer’s bargain prices, prompting roughly 69% of parents to indicate an intent to purchase.

Shoes Are the Thing

While market analysts have disagreed over the sales outlook for the 2019 BTS season, one thing they all agree on is that shoes will be a top-performing category. In fact, a recent report from IBM predicted that stores that sell footwear (for all age groups) will be up 6.4% in August over the prior year. That perhaps explains why many retailers that carry a wide range of product types have focused their marketing on kicks. Take, for instance, that well-liked Walmart ad (see above), which highlights fashion and athletic sneakers, or this spot from Academy Sports + Outdoor about gearing up for the season with its sneakers and cleats by Nike and other top brands.

Social Studies

Macy’s is proving it’s hip with the kids with its latest back-to-school campaign. The 117-year-old department store linked up with Snapchat and NBCUniversal for season 3 of the Snap Original “The Dead Girls Detective Agency” series, which premiered on Aug. 11. Throughout the season, Macy’s will be integrated into the story with mentions and BTS product placements. And this marks the first “swipe up to shop” opportunity from a non-skippable commercial within one of the social platform’s scripted shows. In addition, Macy’s “All Brand New” BTS campaign also includes an activation with TikTok, the growing China-based video app. Users are encouraged to take part in the “All Brand New Challenge” by recording their own content celebrating the start of the new school year. With its short-form video formats, TikTok’s popularity has spiked rapidly: It was downloaded 660 million times in 2018, making it the most popular app on Apple’s App Store for the year.

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The Woodstock Effect: Why the Fashion Industry Should Still Pay Attention to Baby Boomers

In 2019, the year of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, the United States got older. Though it was in 2018 that the U.S. Census Bureau first reported that older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history, in June the bureau confirmed that the country’s median age had climbed from 37.2 to 38.2 in just one year.

Blame the baby boomer. The same generation that attended the original festival in Bethel Woods, N.Y., in 1969 still makes up a large swath of the population, and they’re now nearing (or already in) their retirement years.

And though recent advertising and marketing efforts have turned their attention toward the younger millennial and Gen Z generations, Boomers are poised to continue their preeminence even as they get older and retire, enjoying better health than previous aging generations, as well as an affluence and purchasing power that still stands above and beyond younger consumers.

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A woman on the festival hill in a wool coat.
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According to numerous studies done over the past few years, baby boomers (or those born between 1946 and 1964) continue to outspend the rest: According to U.S. News and World Report, Boomers control 70% of the country’s disposable income, spending $3.2 trillion a year. Another study conducted by Visa predicts that consumers age 60 and older will continue to drive spending for the next five to 10 years.

Fashion has long relied on youth culture as inspiration, taking from each decade’s tweens, teens and twentysomethings to ride the wave of what’s cool, and today is no different, with streetwear and sneaker culture as the prime examples.

In the 1960s, the baby boomer generation was one of the first groups to gain the focus of modern-day marketers, especially during Europe’s Youthquake. By the time Woodstock rolled around at the end of the decade, the generation was already firmly rooted as a disruptor to fashion and social norms.

Today, boomers are hardly thought of as disruptors, but that doesn’t mean that brands, retailers and marketers should write them off (and remember, their fashion choices are still influencing trends, as the recent tie-dye craze is proving).

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Joe Cocker onstage at Woodstock in 1969 in tie-dye,
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The ideal solution would be to appeal to all demographics, something that brands like Birkenstock, Teva and Crocs have done well in the past few years. And their common denominator? Comfort — a term that used to be relegated to geriatric shoppers but now has a multigenerational hipness factor.

“There is less willingness to sacrifice comfort for fashion in this age cohort [of baby boomers],” said Michael Solomon, a marketing and advertising consultant who specializes in consumer behavior, branding, retailing and fashion psychology.

That doesn’t mean that boomers aren’t interested in fashion, though, and their mass retirement now and through the next decade may even provide new opportunities. “If marketers want to appeal to Boomers, they might think about what some researchers call ‘consumer identity renaissance,’” said Solomon, referring to the redefinition process people undergo when they retire.

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Two Woodstock attendees in 1969.
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He also pointed to the idea of “perceived age,” basically how old a person actually feels. “Generally we find that consumers think of themselves as being about 20 years younger than they actually are,” he said. “Maybe that’s why we say that 60 is the new 40.” That sentiment can be felt in Butter’s collaboration with actress Ali MacGraw, who recently announced a line of women’s shoes with the brand. “Comfort is really important, but this is not an old-lady brand,” the 80-year-old MacGraw told FN in July. “I think my generation is going to be grateful to show how chic and sexy the shoes are.”

In fact, fashion may finally be coming back around to boomers, as the recent marketing “graynaissance” has shown. Many point to Celine’s 2015 ad campaign with writer Joan Didion (who was 80 at the time) as a turning point of fashion’s interest in showing older faces in advertising and even on the runways. Since then, models like Maye Musk, street style influencers such as Iris Apfel and Accidental Icon’s Lyn Slater and older actresses including Diane Keaton have all found a fashion spotlight.

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Diane Keaton at CinemaCon in April.
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“Annie Hall” made Keaton an instant fashion icon in 1977, but 2019 was the year that she became a bona-fide Instagram star, reaching 1 million followers in June after posting a series of outfit-of-the-day selfies in which she waxed poetic (IN ALL CAPS) about the size of her feet, why she changed outfits and details on specific pieces — including a pair of wide-leg denim pants by Maison Margiela that elicited such a response that she had to do a follow-up post (which included the insistent #notanad hashtag).

Could Keaton’s quick success in building a social following hint at a growing market for the Boom-fluencer?

Solomon noted that the demographic’s potential for brands lies not just with their wallet, but also their approach to fashion. “The Boomer mindset is different because you’re dealing with a much more experienced — and confident — shopper. They aren’t as interesting in making an impression on others and ironically have more freedom to experiment with styles than their younger counterparts,” he said. “We typically assume younger people are trendsetters, but there are settings where in fact they’re much more risk-averse and less willing to sample a range of shoe styles.”