The Carhartt WIP x Converse Chuck 70 Is Available Now






Carhartt WIP has joined forces with Converse for Fall/Winter 2019 as the two brands have cooked up collaborative renditions of the Converse Chuck 70.

First up we have an orange colorway which takes on a low top construction and is composed of a printed ripstop nylon upper which bears a seasonal real tree camouflage. Its counterpart comes covered in black in a fancy makeup up of an 8 wale cord and a robust cotton twill, essentially canvas and corduroy. Both pairs are finished off with off-white/cream detailing on the rubber toe and the rubber midsoles. A green rubber outsole on the orange pair and a black outsole on the black pair finish things off.

Look for both of these colorways of the Carhartt WIP x Converse Chuck 70 now at Carhartt WIP stores as well as online.

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Under Armour Curry 7 Dub Nation To Debut This Week






Heads up Curry fans! The newest colorway of the Under Armour Curry 7 drops this upcoming weekend. Dubbed (no pun intended) the Under Armour Curry 7 Dub Nation, this special colorway of the model is both a thank you as well as a badge of honor

The newest Curry 7 colorway from Stephen Curry and Under Armour is both a thank and a badge of honor; a way to show that pride – throughout The Bay and around the world. The inspiration behind the this Dub Nation colorway is centered on the electric vibes to celebrate the team’s new city and arena this season. This is done by giving the shoe a blends of Blue hues contrasted by the hits of Neon that amplify the energy of the original team colors. Just like ant other Curry 7, this pair also boasts a multi-layer upper placed on top of a sole with both UA HOVR and Micro G cushioning platforms.

Looking to scoop up a pair? The Under Armour Curry 7 Dub Nation drops on December 13th at select retailers and UA.com for the retail price of $140.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Pays Homage To Cleveland Animal Shelter With His Week 14 Nike Cleats


Another week of football and another eye-catching pair of cleats for Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ’s Week 14 cleats for a cause serve a playful take on the wide receiver’s support of an animal rescue shelter in Cleveland. This special iteration of the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat takes on a fuzzy fur upper that is meant to mimic the fur of a dog. The majority of the shoe is done in a yellow/gold while dark brown appears on the toe. OBJ wore these cleat for the Cleveland’s December 8th matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals both during pre-game and in game.

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The Nike PG 4 Is Expected To Debut In January

The Nike PG 3 is reaching its end as Paul George’s 4th signature basketball with the Swoosh is set to release VERY soon. According to Foot Locker’s release calendar, the Nike PG 4 is set to debut in its very first colorway some time during January 2020. This Nike PG 4 will come in a Black, White, and Smoke Grey color scheme (perhaps to match with the Clippers new “City” Edition uniforms?) While there are no leaked images of the Nike PG 4 yet, the shoe is expected to once again be a low and will be highlighted by a mesh upper with a zipper somewhere on the shoe.

Stay tuned to Kicks On Fire for a first look as well as the official unveiling of the Nike PG 4.

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Black Patent Leather Hits The Nike Shox BB4






Made popular by Vince Carter during his day with the Toronto Raptors, the Nike Shox BB4 is returning in yet another OG colorway for the Holiday 2019 season.

The popular silhouette from Nike Basketball starts off with a white leather upper that is then contrasted by black patent leather on the side panel overlays as well as on the upper part of the tongue. For further contrast we see the addition of blue accents throughout the shoe along with a silver heel counter. The signature Shox unit on the heel wraps things up on this Nike Shox BB4 that will be releasing in the near future for $160. Will you cop? Stay tuned to Kicks On Fire for updates.

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The New Balance OMN1S City of Angels Releases This Week







New Balance Hoops returns this week with another new colorway of the New Balance OMN1s, this time with the City of Angels rendition. The sixth of seven colorways to release over the remainder of 2019, this New Balance OMN1S features a striking black & white colorway makeup with blue and red accents. This pair will be Kawhi Leonard’s sneaker of choice moving forward when the Clippers don the team’s signature black and white City Edition uniforms. Kawhi Leonard plans to wear the “City of Angels” colorway for the first time on Thursday, December 19th against the Houston Rockets.

Look for the New Balance OMN1S City of Angele to release this Thursday, December 12th at 10am ET online and at select Shoe Palace and Footlocker locations around the world.

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A Look At Beyonce’s First Sneaker Collaboration With adidas





Beyonce has just given us a first look at her first upcoming collection with adidas following the announcement of their partnership this past Spring. The forthcoming collection between Queen Bee and the three stripes will include apparel, footwear, as well as jewelry with a glimpse at the first sneaker seen above. The Ivy Park x adidas sneaker resembles a mix between the adidas Forum, Beyonce’s favorite adidas shoe, and the adidas Samba. The shoe features a white leather construction on the upper with burgundy leather detailing on the three stripes branding on the side panels and the heel, as well as grey suede overlays on the toe. Finishing off the sneaker is orange trim above the midsole with “IVY PARK” branding, IVY PARK branding on the tongues, and a chunky gum rubber midsole/outsole.

Look for the Beyonce x adidas Ivy Park to release on January 18th. Keep it locked to Kicks On Fire for updates.

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Light Up The Room With The Converse All Star Pro BB Nocturnal





Converse returned to the basketball world earlier this year with the arrival of the Converse All Star Pro BB, a creation done in collaboration with legendary Nike basketball designer, Eric Avar. Before the year comes to an end we’ll see the release of another new colorway that is sure to break a few necks left and right dubbed the “Nocturnal” colorway.

The Converse All Star Pro BB “Nocturnal” adds a fresh twist to the silhouette with the addition of a glow-in-the-dark sole unit. In vibe, it carries a cheeky nod to a previous holiday edition of an Eric Avar classic. In practice, the shoe also celebrates Converse’s two-decades-long legacy of experimentation with phosphorescence.

Converse initiated glow-in-the-dark designs in 1987, when both uppers and outsoles of the Chuck were first illuminated. This was a step in the continued evolution of the icon — pushing beyond prints to augment the presence of the sneaker on the streets. Now, with the All Star Pro BB, the luminous look adds to the energetic statements made on the shoe’s upper since the silhouette’s debut in April.

The Converse All Star Pro BB “Nocturnal” releases December 12 in China and December 15 in North America.

h/t: Nike

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adidas & Kanye West Officially Announce The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel





With the release date being less than one week away, adidas and Kanye West have finally official introduced the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel.

The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel” boasts a black/white Primeknit construction that is intertwined with glowing green accents. Finally, the model is topped off with a glow-in-the-dark translucent outsole encasing the signature Boost cushioning.

Retailing for $220, look for this adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 on December 14.
The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel will be available on adidas.com/YEEZY, on the adidas app in North America and Europe, on YEEZY SUPPLY, and in select retailers. A full list of retailers can be found at adidas.com/YEEZY.

Click and bookmark our adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel + Yeezreel Reflective” hub page now for everything you need to know about the sneaker and where to buy it online. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.

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Available Now: The Hundreds x Puma Clyde





For the first time ever, The Hundreds and Puma have teamed up for their debut collaboration.

Shown above, the The Hundreds x Puma Clyde honors the OG colors of the Clyde sneaker remixing them all in one shoe.

With “people over product” as their mantra, THE HUNDREDS aims to take a fresh perspective on streetwear and create products as unique as their consumers and is continuing that mission with The Hundreds x Puma Clyde.

Inspired by different cultural profiles from the ‘90s to today, this nuanced collection celebrates the ongoing development of streetwear culture with bold, diverse designs. Opting for a mismatched motif, this Puma Clyde is constructed using both leather and a hairy suede, while also using different colors on both the lateral and medial side of each shoe. It looks like you’re wearing two shoes, but it’s actually just one with a lot going on.

The Hundreds x Puma Clyde retails for $110 and is now available exclusively on thehundreds.com and on puma.com and select global retailers on December 12th.

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Dave Bautista to be Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame


Dave Bautista to be Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

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Dave Bautista, a former WWE champion and Muscle & Fitness cover model, will be recognized for his countless accomplishments next year when he’s inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The Avengers star told People magazine it was WWE CEO Vince McMahon who asked if he’d accept the honor. “I wasn’t surprised, but I was pretty happy,” Bautista told People. “It’s a good feeling, it’s a really good feeling.”

The muscular star, who has also competed in mixed martial arts, began his wrestling career at the relatively late age of 30 in 2000, but quickly became a force to be reckoned with.                            

In 2003, he joined Paul “Triple H” Levesque, the Nature Boy Ric Flair, and Randy Orton to form the wrestling faction Evolution. Bautista remained a part of Evolution until 2005, when he betrayed Triple H and defeated him at WrestleMania 21 to capture his first world heavyweight title.

Throughout his career he had many memorable feuds with John Cena, the Undertaker, Adam Copeland, aka “Edge,” to name a few. In 2010, he left the WWE but returned in 2014 (right after his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Drax in Guardian’s of the Galaxy) for a few months.

He returned again earlier this year and feuded with Triple H, which culminated in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania that Levesque won. Bautista announced his retirement from wrestling the following day.

Outside the WWE, Bautista has become an accomplished actor. His biggest role has been Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which saw him earn a small role in Avengers: Endgame, the highest-grossing movie of all time.

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He has also starred in the James Bond film Spectre, in the iconic “Bond villian” role, and Blade Runner 2049 alongside Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Muscle & Fitness readers are no strangers to Bautista—he’s twice been on the cover, revealing his secrets to getting shredded to play Drax and other characters. You can follow some of his workout tips here.

Lately, the former WWE superstar has been openly flirting with Ashley Sebera, a WWE superstar known as “Dana Brooke,” and former girlfriend of the late bodybuilder Dallas McCarver.

Sebera herself is an accomplished bodybuilder, having won the 2017 Female Image Award, an honor handed every year at the Mr. Olympia to athletes who best represent the IFBB Professional League and National Physique Committee by giving back to others.

The WWE also announced that the New World Order—the famous WCW faction that included Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman—will also be inducted into its Hall of Fame. The NWO rocked the wrestling world during the 1990s and early 2000s, and helped give WCW a ratings edge over the WWE for many years.

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Jordan Shallow Is Looking Past the Conventional to Change the Future of Fitness

"It’s 2019, We Need to Update the F—ing Fitness Software,”

Powerlifter Jordan Shallow isn’t your typical personal trainer; He’s a fitness educator on a mission to update the antiquated information that has been passed around for decades.

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Lance Palmer grinds his way toward second PFL tournament finals


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New Year’s Eve is becoming an annual “Garden Party” for Lance Palmer, as the featherweight will throw down in his second straight Professional Fighters League tournament finals on Dec. 31 at Madison Square Garden.

Winning a PFL tournament is no easy feat, as competitors must fight twice in one day should they make it to the quarter- and semi-finals. Palmer hasn’t had any problems in that department, easily winning both fights en route to his 2018 championship victory. “The Party” repeated his success in the 2019 quarter- and semi-finals, and is in prime position to take home another belt and $1 million prize when he faces Daniel Pineda in this year’s finals.

Whether it’s facing one opponent or several in a single day, Palmer is used to the grind of tournaments. As a four-time All-American wrestler and former Big Ten Conference champion for Ohio State University, Palmer is comfortable with the PFL format due to his extensive wrestling background.

“There’s wrestling tournaments that I’ve done where I’ve wrestled eight matches in one day,” Palmer tells Muscle & Fitness. “So the playoffs wasn’t anything new to me. You get fatigued and things like that, but that’s when the training comes in,” he adds. “You’re kind of calloused to train through that and be prepared for that if it happens.”

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Riding a 10-fight win streak going into his fight against Pineda, the defending featherweight tournament title holder has consistently trained at a championship-level throughout his MMA career. Palmer trains under coach Mark Henry out of New Jersey with the likes of Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez, both former UFC champions, and is used to getting into sparring matches so intense they’re pay-per-view worthy.

“I have all these guys that push me every day, and we push each other to get better,” says Palmer. “It’s like watching world title fights every round.”

Whether it’s in the gym or on a televised fight card, the key to performing like a champ, according to Palmer, is conditioning. During a typical day in fight camp, Palmer will run in the morning before taking part in a pair of morning and evening training sessions, usually consisting of sparring, jiu-jitsu or mitt work with his boxing coach. In addition to his usual training five days a week, Palmer also works with a nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach that have him on “a strict plan” to ensure his body is “burning on all cylinders.”

“It consists of some sort of resistance training on a bike, and then it’ll go to some treadmill work,” says Palmer, who does strength and conditioning work twice a week. “Then it’ll go to some sort of either metabolic weight training or some heavy weight training, depending on what part of fight camp I’m in.”

Palmer credits his improved conditioning for his recent victories, including his third-round TKO win over Luis Rafael Laurentino during the second round of this season’s PFL featherweight tournament in July.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I finished the guy in the third round, and he clearly broke as the fight went on,” says Palmer. “You could tell he’s just not as fast with his punches and kicks and combos. And then the third round was the round that he wanted to be done, so a lot of the conditioning had to do with the pressure you’re allowed to, or able it put on your opponent.”

Recovery has become just as important to Palmer as conditioning, especially now that he’s in his thirties. These days, “The Party” makes sure to rest twice a week—once during the week and once on weekends—to recover from the grind of training

“Two days off a week is perfect, and splitting those days up throughout the week,” says Palmer. “Some guys will train hard five days straight, take two days off in a row. But that’s not the correct way to do it, if you look at it scientifically.”

“Your body can’t recover that fast in that period,” he adds. “You’re better to put a heavy workload on for a couple of days and then take that workload off for a rest day, and then put another heavy workload on for a few days, and take another rest day. And that’s kind of what I’ve implemented over the last couple of years, and it’s definitely helped me out a lot.”

Hoping to start the New Year off with a bang, Palmer is confident that he’ll take home his second straight tournament title.

“I feel more confident than I have in a long time,” says Palmer. “I know that I’ve done everything I can, and I’m the most prepared that I’m ever going to be. And that’s kind of what brings on a confidence that I know I’m going to win this second season.”

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From Drug Addiction to Powerlifting, Julius Maddox’s Inspiring Story Is Sparking Change


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In the powerlifting community, there aren’t many athletes who have had to overcome the same obstacles as bench-pressing behemoth Julius Maddox.

The Kentuckyian set two bench world records in 2019, including a 744-pound raw bench press—meaning he didn’t use any gear other than wrist wraps. But to get his name into the record books, the 32-year-old had to first free himself from the grips of depression and addiction. “Opioids and benzoids like Xanax and things like that,” were Maddox’s drugs of choice. 

“I wasn’t just your average user. I would take it to the extreme,” Maddox says. “I lived the lifestyle of taking prescription pills and actually on the other side of it, too—trafficking drugs and pills. So it’s been a long journey to get to where I’m at today.”

For Maddox, hitting the weights wasn’t just an escape from drug addiction and depression—lifting became his means of survival. One day, following a recovery program session, Maddox, who has been powerlifting only for a little over seven years put his strength to the test in a dungeon-like basement gym with nothing but dirt for a floor. He and his workout partners put all the weight they could on the bar, and he pressed it for two.

“We added the weight up afterward, and it ended up being 525 pounds,” Maddox says. “The guys were like, ‘You realize that nobody is doing this type of weight like this.’ So it got me fixated on C.T. Fletcher and things like that. And I started watching those things, and I’m like, ‘I think I can get there.’” 

Today, Maddox, gets his endorphin rush by lifting heavy weights. When he’s not setting world records, Maddox is aiding kids in his community, helping them veer away from doing drugs like he did in his younger days and preaching the merits of physical fitness.

“If I can change one person or inspire one person to live a different life, then I’m fulfilling my purpose,” he says.

As for the future, Maddox has his sights set on breaking his own record, yet again. 

“I want to do something that no man in the history of the world has done,” he says. “I will be the first man on earth to ever bench-press 800 pounds raw.” He has the opportunity, and this time there’s nothing standing in his way. “I got a second chance at life, so I’m not going to waste it this time,” Maddox says. “I’m going to take full advantage.”

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Best Men’s Socks You Can Buy on Amazon

Feet hurt? Properly fitting shoes are not the only thing that contributes to foot health and comfort. The right socks can further enhance the fit and feel of a shoe, with styles designed for sport and dress wear, as well as those with therapeutic value that include compression socks.

In building a sock wardrobe, consider sport-specific socks. They are typically thicker, designed to absorb underfoot impact and shock when running or playing basketball. Since feet can sweat during these activities, many feature moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool and dry. Many are designed with arch support for an extra level of comfort.

Dress socks are anything but basic black and brown these days. Done in novelty patterns and colors, they add some unexpected fun and self-expression to a classic suit. Don’t be shy about letting them peek out from under your slacks.

For those looking for extra comfort and support, compression socks are gaining traction today. They apply gentle pressure to the legs and ankles to help eliminate foot fatigue and promote blood flow.

End the day with a pair of slipper socks, easy-to-wear styles that are both cozy and warm.

From dress socks to compression and athletic styles, FN has put together a sock closet that will take you through your week.

 

Best Men’s Dress Socks:

7DayOtter Modal Dress Socks

These modal socks are super-soft, while also moisture wicking. A reinforced heel and toe offer enhanced comfort for all-day wear. Their boxed design makes them an easy gift.

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Dockers Classics Dress Argyle Socks

The classics remain a staple in today’s sock wardrobes, with their go-with-everything design appeal. A mid-weight design allows them to be worn with dress to casual shoes.

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Mio Marino Colorful Dress Socks

Never run out of fashion options with this multi-pack of novelty socks that are just as acceptable at the workplace as for weekend wear. The mostly cotton collection helps keep feet dry while spandex keeps their shape.

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Best Men’s Compression Socks:

ETLieren Compression Socks

Arch compression adds support and stability to reduce foot fatigue, while keeping socks in place for better fit and reduce risk of blisters during activities. The breathable fabric wicks away moisture for a fresh feeling.

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Hylaea No Show Compression Running Socks

A low-cut design focuses the compression at the arch area for enhanced support during your next marathon. The sole is a blend of CoolMax fabric and cotton for moisture management, while the double heel tabs are designed to stop the sock slippage in the shoe.

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TechWare Pro Ankle Brace Compression Socks

A lightweight stretch fabric helps relieve the discomfort from arthritis, achilles tendonitis, sprains, and muscle fatigue. The comfort design features a slightly flared top for easy dressing, with an anatomically correct right and left foot closed-toe design for a close fit.

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Best Men’s Sport Socks:

Saucony Bolt Performance No-Show Socks

Keep cool and comfortable with a colorful collection designed with moisture management technology, arch compression for stability and cushioned sole to protect against impact.

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Under Armour Resistor 3.0 Low-Cut Socks

This classic white design incorporates a strategic heel and toe placement to protect these high impact areas, while a seamless construction reduces irritation at the toes.

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Hepsibah Thsbird Basketball Socks

It’s easy to coordinate your athletic shoes with this collection of brightly colored socks that gently hug the leg due to their mid-calf design.

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Best Men’s Slipper Socks:

Acorn Slipper Sock

Acorn’s signature ragg wool slipper sock is extra cozy designed with a microfleece lining. For comfort on a range of surfaces, a cushioned insole adds support and softness, while a suede toe and heel guards, along with rubber outsole offers slip resistance.

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Muk Luks Slipper Socks

A Fair Isle-inspired sock in neutral tones features a reindeer pattern. This cabin-friendly design picks up a rubber outsole for durability.

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All products featured have been independently selected and curated by our editorial team. If you buy something through the links included on our site, FN may earn a commission. 

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Melania Trump’s Best Shoe Style of 2019

Over three years as first lady, Melania Trump has homed in on a distinct style sensibility — and it includes lots of stilettos.

Trump is a particularly big fan of two classic, pointed-toe pumps: Manolo Blahnik’s BB and Christian Louboutin’s So Kate. She owns each silhouette in a wide range of colorways and fabrications, often matching them to her dresses for smartly coordinated looks.


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Melania Trump in a black coat and black Manolo Blahnik BB pumps en route from Washington, D.C. to Alabama in November.
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Sometimes, Trump takes the coordination a step further —  choosing completely monochromatic outfits. She took on the monochrome trend in February, when she wore head-to-toe pale pink with BB pumps at a children’s hospital in Bethesda, Md.


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Melania Trump greats a child at a hospital on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, while sporting a pink Cedric Charlier coat and matching Manolo Blahnik BB pumps.
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In addition to her beloved So Kate pumps, Trump has been spotted in several other Christian Louboutin silhouettes over the course of the year. The stiletto lover has ditched her usual heels for sensible flats several times, including Louboutin’s Ballalla ($575 on Nordstrom.com).


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Melania Trump wearing a white dress with Louboutin Ballalla flats at the G7 Summit on Aug. 25.
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While both Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin come at designer prices — the BB costs $625 and up on Nordstrom.com, while the So Kate will set you back $695 at Saksfifthavenue.com — Trump has occasionally mixed more affordable shoes into her wardrobe.


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Melania Trump wears Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps alongside son Barron in Nike sneakers in August 2019.
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En route to Alabama from the White House in March, Trump wore maroon J Brand jeans and white Adidas Superstar sneakers with matching stripes. The cult-classic kicks sell for just $80 on Adidas.com.


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First lady Melania Trump wears Adidas Superstar sneakers en route from the White House to Alabama in March 2019.
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The former model opted for an even more budget-friendly pair of shoes in November, choosing $50 Zara snake-print loafers at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C.


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Melania Trump wears Zara loafers at American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 20.
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The first lady has also worn styles from Victoria Beckham, Gianvito Rossi and Roger Vivier.

Click through the gallery for more of Melania Trump’s 2019 shoe style.

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Emerging Designer Jelani Hankins Looks to Bring Shoemaking to New Orleans

Designer Jelani Hankins’ footwear roots are tied to New Orleans where his grandfather, Jules Edwards Jr., owned a shoe repair shop. And he, too, is looking to create impact in The Big Easy.

“My ultimate professional goal in footwear is to have a small-scale factory with an in-house brand that can offer design, development and manufacturing services,” Hankins said. “We will train local skilled laborers and offer a program for young adults to design and make footwear as portfolio pieces to submit when applying to college.”

Hankins, with the help of his family, is making this dream a reality. He’s building the factory in uptown New Orleans in a familiar location: his grandfather’s storefront.

During the conception and construction process, Hankins managed to churn out his first major professional milestone: his debut shoe, the Maximum Viable Product (MVP).

He released the luxe sneaker in August via Instagram in the “Matzeliger” colorway. It’s a black monochromatic look named after Jan Matzeliger, the inventor of the automatic shoe lasting machine. (Hankins included hidden details inspired by the invention throughout the shoe, including its patent number inside a window on the upper.)


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Jelani Hankins’ debut shoe, the Maximum Viable Product (MVP).
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These are accomplishments for anyone, let alone the youthful executive, who is doing all of this at just 23 years old.

Here, Hankins discusses what his next shoe release will be, how he creates and which footwear industry veterans have helped him along the way.

EDUCATION: “I’ve attended programs like Pensole in Portland [Ore.] and Arsutoria in Milan. And I learned pattern making and footwear construction one- on-one with many teachers from all over the world. I never went to college.”

ONGOING PROJECTS: “I am working to release the second colorway of my MVP sneaker and working with my family to renovate my late grandfather’s shoe repair shop into a small-scale footwear factory in uptown New Orleans.”

CURRENT ROLE: “I do design and development work for my own brand, Jelani, as well as independent work for other brands such as No.One, Twenty1Rich and Still Learning by Allen Van Norden.”

CREATIVE PROCESS: “I start with either the envisioned functionality for the shoe or the style of outfit to wear with the shoe. After some research, I will draw the idea on paper or go straight to drawing it on the last. I’ll make a pattern and initial sample myself before getting one made by a factory for production. This way, I have no doubts about the design and how it should look.”

MENTORS: “Safa Sahin, D’Wayne Edwards, Javier Laval, Cesar Idrobo and Shaun Forbes.”

BREAKTHROUGH DESIGN: “The MVP (Maximum Viable Product) is the first design I’ve made available to buy.”

SHOES I WEAR: “I wear my MVP sneakers, and occasionally, Reebok by Pyer Moss.”

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Del Toro’s Co-Founder Talks Past Mistakes and How His New Blu Scarpa Brand Is Different

For Blu Scarpa, his next high-end footwear venture, Matt Chevallard is taking a drastically different approach to product than he did with the Del Toro label he co-founded in 2005.

“Consumers have so many options and their attention spans are so short, you have to hit the nail on the head and be direct about what you’re offering. Otherwise, it’s lost in the mix,” Chevallard said. “I went from offering a Crayola box of options to just two now.”

Abandoning the 100-plus SKUs per season model of Del Toro, the entrepreneur launched Blu Scarpa last month with the La College penny loafer and the La Runner sneaker. Chevallard sees brands such as Tod’s and Gucci as competitors for the La College, and Common Projects, Lanvin and Nike for the La Runner.

The looks, which he described as the “perfect arsenal for the modern man,” are handmade in Italy and retail for $425.

“I saw a void in designer shoes. I want a uniform, something when I travel — whether it’s a week or two weeks or two days — it’s two shoes [that work] for every function. Something that goes well with everything,” he said.

The shoes debuted on Nov. 7 in Miami at The Webster and a pop-up shop in the Office art gallery.

Although Chevallard revealed the brand at brick-and-mortar, his focus will primarily be on e-commerce. Ideally, he’d like 70% of the sales to come from Bluscarpa.com.

“Wholesale is certainly not dead, but it’s challenged,” said the designer. “You need wholesale for credibility, for exposure, but that can slap you in the face when you don’t sell through quick enough. You have to be careful because the shelf life and ability to capture people’s attention and convert a transaction is that much harder today.”

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How to Get the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Yeezreel’ That Comes Out This Weekend

Kanye West and Adidas are giving sneakerheads something to put on their holiday wishlists.

The rapper turned designer and the German sportswear brand today announced the release of the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel,” which will be available for purchase on Saturday, Dec. 14. The shoe will sell for $220 on Adidas.com/yeezy, Yeezysupply.com, on the Adidas app and in select retailers.


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Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel” sneakers.
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The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 features Adidas’ signature Boost cushioning technology in the midsole, a Primeknit woven upper and a rubber outsole. The “Yeezreel” colorway has volt-based upper with black accents and turquoise laces. The shoe features a semi-translucent stripe running across the lateral side from heel to toe.

Yeezy shoes tend to sell out quickly, but customers hoping to snag a style from the buzzy line at retail before Christmas are in luck. Three other Yeezy Boost 350 V2 colorways are reportedly on tap for December: “Yeezreel Glow RF” on Dec. 17, “Yechiel RF” on Dec. 19, and “Yechiel” on Dec. 20, according to sneaker leaker account Yeezy Mafia. All styles are expected to cost $220.

In addition to the 350 V2 colorways, Yeezy Mafia reports that the Yeezy Boost 700 V3, a new silhouette in the Boost 700 franchise, will drop on Dec. 23. The shoe will purportedly retail for $180.

West earned $150 million before taxes in the past year, according to Forbes, with the bulk of his income coming from the Adidas Yeezy collaboration. The sneaker line is reportedly on pace to do $1.5 billion in sales the year, putting it in competition with Jordan Brand, which brings in around $3 billion annually.


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A vertical view of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel.”
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The outsole of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel.”
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These Spring 2020 Shoes Are Totally ’90s

It’s nearly 2020, but in fashion the ‘90s are as alluring as ever. On Instagram, nostalgia accounts like @90sanxiety have tapped into the Dr. Martens, biker shorts and spaghetti straps worn then by the likes of Cameron Diaz, Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow, “It” girls of the decade. Nowadays, Gen Z “VSCO girls” don an endless supply of scrunchies and brands like By Far purvey Rachel Green style and Princess Diana-inspired heels. Even anklets and toe rings are making their comebacks.


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By Far’s Ceni sandal in kiwi green with beaded embellishment, paired with multistone anklets by Chan Luu and Agolde’s ’90s jean in Portal.
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Birkenstock Papillio Arizona Chunky platform sandals; Maria La Rosa Laminated socks; Fallon charm friendship bracelet; Opening Ceremony lace pants.
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For spring ’20, the wood clog is making a roaring comeback. From Kate Spade’s collaboration with Dr. Scholl’s and homages of the silhouette from brands like Roger Vivier and By Far to Fabrizio Viti’s denim-covered version with very-Drew-Barrymore daisy embellishments. And with news of a “Clueless” reboot coming in 2020, the clog revival feels appropriate.


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Dr. Scholl’s Original sandal in black leather; Venessa Arizaga Sweetest Smile and Rainbow Hi bracelets (on ankle); Jennifer Fisher gold long-link anklet with gold and diamond Gothic lock and gray pearl charms.
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Platforms, flatforms and square toes — all most recent relics of the ’90s — have also been on rotation in 2019 and spring ’20 collections are hinting that they will continue to dominate next year.


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Nodaleto Babbul leather Mary Jane pumps; Calzedonia viscose, wool and cashmere patterned socks.
CREDIT: Joshua Scott

But there’s also proof that, for better or worse, the 20-year trend cycle will hold: Low rises, cargo pants and baguette bags have all crept back into celebrity and street style. And those strappy sandals with lower heels were one of the major footwear trends that ushered in the new millennium.

Click through the gallery to see more ’90s-inspired spring 2020.

Melania Trump Wears Candy Cane Stripes With Red Slouch Boots at Toys for Tots Event

Melania Trump is ready for the holidays.

The first lady wore a festive look as she joined children at the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Drive today, Dec. 9, in Washington, D.C.

Trump wore a white shirt with three-quarters length sleeves tucked into a red and white striped Gucci midi skirt with leather trim ($1,980 from Net-a-Porter.com).


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Melania Trump speaks with children at a Toys for Tots event in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 9.
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The ex-model embraced the cooler weather with her footwear, choosing red slouch boots that peeked out from under her skirt. The boots appeared to be fabricated from leather and featured a pointed toe.


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A close-up look at Melania Trump’s red boots.
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At the Toys for Tots event, Trump helped sort toys for the organization and worked on greeting cards with young children. Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps. since 1991, collects unwrapped new toys to give to the less fortunate at Christmastime.


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Melania Trump holding a toy at a Toys for Tots event in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 9.
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The first lady has made a number of recent appearances coinciding with the holiday season, and she’s showing off festive style for the events. For instance, on Thursday, Dec. 5, she pressed the button to light the national Christmas tree clad in a red and white Gabriela Hearst coat.


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Melania Trump at the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington D.C., Dec. 5.
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When it comes to her typical shoe looks, Trump is a big fan of stilettos — especially Manolo Blahnik BB pumps and Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps.

Click through the gallery to see Melania Trump’s best shoe style of 2019.

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South Korean Brand Switfish’s New Sneaker Collaboration Is Inspired By Fan-Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Characters

South Korean footwear label Switfish is celebrating its collaboration with “Star Wars” in the U.S. exclusively online and in-store at iconic indie retailer Sportie LA.

Fans can stop by the Star Wars x Switfish pop-up space at 7763 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles through Dec. 31 for special in-store promotions and be among the first in the U.S. to experience the collection. The shoes will be available on Sportiela.com with prices ranging between $49.95 to $179.95.

The launch of the new products arrives just in time for the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (Dec. 20), the newly released “The Mandalorian” television series and the video game Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. The collaborative kicks are offered in three distinct styles including the Star Wars x Switfish Premier Collectible sneakers, the Chunky Canvas sneakers and Slide sandals. Starting with the Premier Collectible model, fans can choose between iterations inspired by fan-favorite characters like Darth Vader BB-8, C-3P0, R2-D2, Poe Dameron as well as Storm Troopers. Each pair comes with a plastic design kit that features pieces that can be used as accessories for the shoes.


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The Switfish x Adidas Star Wars collection.
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For the Chunky Canvas, the colorways draw inspiration from Luke Skywalker, BB-8 and R2-D2. Rounding out the collection are the slides featuring distinctive looks inspired by Chewbacca and Yoda.

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New Balance Celebrates Kawhi Leonard’s Hometown With OMN1S ‘City of Angels’

Kawhi Leonard may have played for San Antonio and Toronto, but he’s a Los Angeleno at heart.

Now that the star is back in L.A. and on the Clippers, New Balance is paying homage to his hometown. The sportswear giant today announced the launch of Leonard’s signature sneaker, the OMN1S, in a “City of Angels” colorway. The new colorway will debut online at Newbalance.com and in select Foot Locker and Shoe Palace shops beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday.


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A pair of New Balance OMN1S “City of Angels” sneakers.
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The “City of Angels” colorway is black and white with subtle blue and red accents. One shoe features old English lettering on a midfoot strap reading “New Balance,” while the other says “City of Angels.”


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The medial view of Kawhi Leonard’s New Balance OMN1S “City of Angels.”
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The OMN1S silhouette features a woven FitWeave upper with 3D Ultra Heel construction, a combination meant to create a long-lasting, locked-in feel on the court. A FuelCell midsole helps propel the wearer forward, while OMN1S branding is located at the tongue.

Leonard will sport the “City of Angels” colorway of his signature shoe on the court for the first time on Dec. 19, when the Clippers square off against the Houston Rockets.

Sign up on Newbalance.com now to receive emails with information regarding the release of the OMN1S City of Angel. The shoes cost $140 in adult sizes and $100 for kids’ sizes.


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A pair of New Balance OMN1S “City of Angels” sneakers.
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Is All Hope Lost for Department Stores? Why Moody’s Says the Prospects Are ‘Bleak’

Moody’s is feeling down on department stores.

The credit rating agency today slashed its outlook for the sector citing ongoing top-line disappointments in the space.

“Despite a very healthy consumer and heavy spending to improve inventory efficiency and online capabilities, department stores rang up a disappointing third quarter close on the heels of a very bleak first half,” Christina Boni, Moody’s senior credit officer, wrote in a client note, adding that the firm cut its operating income growth forecast for the sector again, to a 20% decline in 2019 versus its previously-forecasted 15% decline.

While Boni anticipates that department stores will “remain among the worst performers of retail” into 2020 — describing prospects as “increasingly bleak” — she said she does expect sharp declines in the space to abate significantly in the new year, with operating income stabilizing at a 1% projected decrease.

Department stores have taken investors on a roller coaster ride for the better part of three years as its key names teeter between glimmers of hope and signals of demise.

The third-quarter had been a mixed bag for most of the sector’s players — with Kohl’s and Macy’s citing unseasonably warm fall temperatures for their disappointing results as Nordstrom’s performance painted a more positive picture of the sector. The latter this month, filed Q3 earnings per diluted share of 81 cents, trouncing Wall Street’s forecasts of earnings per share of 64 cents. Its revenues, at $3.67 billion, were in line with analysts’ bets.

Macy’s, meanwhile, slashed its fiscal year guidance after posting on Nov. 21 its first Q3 same-store sales decline in two years. Nevertheless, its adjusted earnings per share of 7 cents topped analysts’ expectations of a break-even point while revenues were down 4.3% to $5.17 billion, versus Wall Street’s bets of $5.32 million. Its same-store sales dropped 3.5%.

JCPenney signaled it had some turnaround potential when it posted a narrower-than-expected third-quarter loss on Nov. 3 and upgraded its full-year outlook. The firm saw its adjusted net loss per share improve 37.5% to 29 cents — far better than Wall Street’s bets of a 55-cent loss. Still, the beleaguered retailer posted revenues that decreased 10.1% to $2.38 billion, while adjusted same-store sales were down 6.6%.


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A shopper heads into a JCPenney store in Seattle.
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Kohl’s on Nov. 19 logged adjusted diluted earnings per share of 74 cents — well below Wall Street’s forecast of 86 cents. Profits dropped to $123 million, compared with $161 million the prior year. Same-store sales, which grew 2.5% in the same quarter last year, increased slightly by 0.4% this Q3, versus expected growth of 0.8%. Like Macy’s, it also slashed its guidance for the year.

For struggling retailers, preliminary Thanksgiving weekend results had signaled that the holiday season was off to a solid start: According to Salesforce, global online sales saw a 15% gain to $768 billion during the unofficial holiday season kick-off weekend. But Moody’s suggested today that the competitive landscape has yielded an “extremely promotional” environment during the all-important holiday season.

“Fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas relative to last year could exacerbate the promotional environment,” Boni added. The weakness at mainline department stores come as off-price retail players TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington and Ross have managed to eke out steady gains by leveraging their generally lower prices on branded wares and a thrill of the hunt/find environment.

Despite Moody’s negative outlook, department stores looked to end the trading day in the green on Monday. As of 4 p.m. ET, Macy’s was up 2.2% to $15.48; Nordstrom advanced 3.6% to $38.91; Kohl’s was up 3.3% to $48.71; and JCPenney had gained 1.8% to $1.15.

If I Went Shopping With Jennifer Lopez, I’d Suggest These 7 Basics

There are a few celebrities I consistently turn to for style inspiration and sartorial amusement—Jennifer Lopez is toward the top of my list. Sure, I’m enamored by her iconic red carpet looks (green Versace dress and all), but it’s actually her street style looks I gravitate toward on the regular thanks to their inherently cool and fashion-forward nature. And while many of said looks feature bold, statement pieces, there’s often a seemingly more “basic” piece to balance out her ensembles. 

After scrolling through a range of recent J.Lo photos, I came to the conclusion that we actually share some similarities when it comes to the basics that act as anchors to many of our looks. And honestly, if I had the privilege of spending an afternoon shopping with the A-lister, I bet she’d actually be into the fresh, next-level staple items that I’m into right now.

So to have a little fun, I rounded up the seven modern basics I think J.Lo would love, based on similar items she’s worn over the past year. And of course, I shopped each inspired must-have as well.

While J.Lo always looks elegant, it’s her suiting, in particular, that I often turn to for those especially polished outfit ideas. She wore this cropped blazer here in 2019, but I bet she’d also be interested in the very-right-now slouchy blazer silhouettes. On Lopez: Monika Chiang boots

When it comes to denim, J.Lo has worn a variety of skinny and straight-leg styles. I’m all about the slightly distressed silhouettes at the moment, and I’m sure J.Lo would be up for trying my favorites this season as well. On Lopez: Max Mara coat; Valentino bag; Buscemi shoes; Privé Revaux sunglasses

J.Lo often steps out in simple yet impactful sweaters. Given her interest in drapey knits like this stunner, she’d probably be interested in the plethora of basic yet gorgeous wrap sweaters out in the market right now. On Lopez: Sally LaPointe top and pants; Hermès bag

If there’s one coat style J.Lo seems to wear more than others, it’s the maxi coat. Sure, she clearly has a wide variety in her arsenal, but trust that she’d be all about the fresh range of duster coats out there this winter. On Lopez: Monse dress; Jimmy Choo pumps

I’d consider leather trousers (a massive 2019 trend) to essentially be a basic at this point because they can be paired with anything—similar to other standard pant styles like khakis or black trousers. J.Lo recently wore a forward pair of pleated leather pants and therefore would probably be okay with me suggesting the cool, cropped picks I’m gravitating toward right now. On Lopez: Wolford Bodysuit ($250); Balmain Leather Pants ($1886); Alexander McQueen Oversize Sole Sneakers ($490)

As you’ll see just in a few of the J.Lo street style images in this story, she often wears lightweight turtlenecks as a layering staple or as a sleek must-have worn alone with jeans. This winter, it’s all about the classic black and white turtlenecks but also the more statement-making printed styles as well. On Lopez: Valentino bag; Alexander McQueen Oversize Sole Sneakers ($490)

Okay, statement-making sweaters aren’t necessarily a basic, per se, but those styles with a little flair (like J.Lo’s iteration here) could be considered a next-level basic in that they can be mixed and matched with other staple separates. I’m particularly into the puff-sleeve knits right now, and I bet J.Lo would be open to testing them out given that she’s worn upgraded sweaters in the past. On Lopez: Sally LaPointe sweater and trousers; Jimmy Choo pumps

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The Photogenic Dress Trend You’ll Regret Not Wearing to Your Holiday Parties

While holiday mainstays like velvet and metallics are always good options when dressing for party season, we have the intel on a dress style that’s even better. Satin pieces are the photogenic style that’s guaranteed to earn you some gorgeous photos to remember the occasion by. They’re equally classic and festive and happen to photograph beautifully, so we mean it when we say that you’ll regret wearing anything else to your holiday soirées.

How are we so sure that satin dresses are the most photogenic? Vincent Elejorde, a fashion photographer who regularly photographs some of the top influencers such as Camila CoelhoJill Wallace, and Jenn Im, lent us his professional opinion on silk and satin fabrics: “Whether that’s scarves, skirts, dresses, they all reflect light perfectly and bring depth and dimension to an image.”

There’s so much evidence of this all over the street style scene, so I did some digging and found the best satin-dress looks (and one jumpsuit look!) to really drive the point home. What’s more, we went ahead and created our own affordable version for our Who What Wear collection, so a luxurious satin piece can be yours for less than $50. Style our Silky Shirt Midi Dress with your ankle boots, or wear it with pretty heels for your next event.

Ahead, see the proof of this photogenic dress trend on the street style scene, and then shop our affordable versions at Target.

Satin adds dimension to a monochromatic palette.

Top off a slip dress with a leather jacket and ankle boots.

No matter which dress style you choose, the fabric moves beautifully with you.

Don’t be afraid to try some inventive layering—the soft material ensures your look will still be a sleek one.

Throw a sweater on over your shoulders for a bit of a classic feel.

Proof that a satin midi dress plays oh so well with the boot trend of the moment.

I know we’re talking about dresses here, but I just had to include this beautiful jumpsuit moment.

A few key accessories are all that’s needed to make this satiny dress into a full look.

Literally traffic-stopping.

A look that lets your wardrobe basics really shine.

Add low heels, and you’ve got yourself a pretty and office-approved look.

Platforms and sheer socks ensure this dress is party-ready.

Genius styling idea: Wear it unbuttoned over jeans and a basic top, and it automatically becomes a fashion-forward robe.

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Also available in more sizes.

Our very own senior news editor, Erin, is making a strong case for the dress and noted how pretty the puff-sleeve detail is: “I promise I’m not just saying this because it’s a Who What Wear piece, but I honestly think it looks and feels a lot more expensive than it is.”

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Dressing room selfie–approved.

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NYC Girls Wear These 7 Dressy Outfits When They Want to Party

We consistently turn to NYC girls for wardrobe inspiration given their expertise in combining fashion and function. While we often look to this set for their easy, casual outfit ideas, it’s their dressier ensembles we wanted to focus on today. In fact, after scrolling through a range of images on Instagram recently, we realized that many New Yorkers actually rely on a few specific looks when they’re ready to party. 

To dig a little deeper into this matter, we rounded up seven no-fail party outfits, courtesy of some of the most stylish and elegant New York City ladies. From a polished NYE-ready look to a formal ensemble that would suit any elevated affair, the looks (complete with shopping inspo) coming your way will get you ready for any shindig you have coming up this season.

Nothing says “get the party started” more than a playful dress with special details (like ruching and statement fabrics). The beauty of an eye-catching dress like this is that it requires nothing more than basic jewelry and heels for a simple yet impactful vibe.

You can’t beat a slip skirt and a coordinating silk blouse for an A+ night-out look. While this specific ensemble would work if you live somewhere warmer, you could easily swap in knee-high boots or booties and toss on a faux-fur coat to transition it into the colder months.

A tailored suit (or a separate blazer and trousers) and either heels or ankle boots are sophisticated and elegant for just about any event. To break up the dark silhouette, incorporate a contrasting bag for a fashion-forward silhouette.

Let’s be real, you just simply can’t deny the power of the perfect LBD for a night out. Go for a striking style with unique details and a pair of no-fail booties, flats, or heels, and you’re all set.

For a polished look, consider testing out an outfit formula like this with a shirt buttoned all the way up, tucked into wide-leg trousers. A pair of practical yet stylish mules completes the ensemble flawlessly.

Off to a black-tie affair or something more formal? Try a breathtaking gown or a longer dress with standout features like sheer paneling. Knee-high boots and a slouchy black blazer bring a modern twist to the look.

A floor-sweeping maxi dress in a pretty floral print is worth having in your arsenal because you can actually dress it up or down with the right accessories for different parties. For example, if you’re heading somewhere dressy but not super formal, add in ankle boots and a metallic bag to make a statement.

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3 Things That Make Cheap Boots Look Expensive

I don’t need to tell you that boot season is officially in full swing (and has been for a while). After all, we’re in December, if you can believe it! However, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect pair(s), and your budget isn’t making matters any easier, today I am here to help. Not only have I rounded up 18 affordable boots that look anything but cheap, but, as I did with sweaters, I’ve also broken down the three things you should look for (or avoid) while shopping for the footwear essential on a budget. Trust me when I tell you that these tips will help you end up with the most expensive-looking pair possible (even if the price tag is anything but). 

So whether you stick with just one of the below rules or want to overachieve with a pair that ticks all three boxes, just keep scrolling to learn what to look for, and, of course, shop my picks along the way.

The croc-embossing trend on clothing, handbags, and shoes that has been gaining (and maintaining) steam for quite a few seasons now isn’t just luxe-looking when the price tag is high. Affordable versions of embossed items possess the same high-end quality as their designer counterparts, which makes it a great detail to look for in a boot.

As my colleague, Allyson, recently pointed out, hardware is a difficult detail to do well at an affordable price, so it’s best to stay clear of shoes with any studs, chains, buckles, statement zippers, and embellishments when shopping for affordable shoes. Poorly done hardware can instantly cheapen an item, whereas minimalist styles tend to look more expensive.

Great news for minimalists: The most expensive-looking boot color is, without a doubt, black. Whether it’s suede, leather, or fabric, affordable materials look best in dark colors, and since it doesn’t get darker than black, it’s definitely your safest bet when you don’t want to risk buying something that looks cheap. 

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