Brands like Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik have become such a big part of popular culture that it’s no surprise that most of us, myself included, own a pair or two from these veterans. But owning shoes beyond these classics brings diversity and makes for a more well-rounded collection. The new year is always an exciting time to predict the newest batch of emerging shoe designers, and all of the brands below have something to offer the luxury footwear market. We’ve mentioned all of these brands before, but now we are looking more closely at why they will likely become more entrenched in the footwear scene in 2015.

Just like Gretchen from Mean Girls desperately tried to make fetch happen within her clique, designers are still trying to make mules happen. After the ’90s clunky version, mules have always felt like the forbidden shoe that everyone remembered but never spoke about. Mules made a comeback appearance last spring, and it looks like mules are enjoying an extended fifteen minutes of fame, whether we like it or not.

Brands like Nicholas Kirkwood, Gianvito Rossi and Paul Andrew all incorporated various versions of the mule into their Spring 2015 collections. Just because designers are creating them, though, doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be the next big thing. Mules are plentiful on many retail sites and there are lots of mule variations available, but only consumers can decide whether or not they’ll be a bonafide hit.

We’ll find out in the upcoming months the outcome, but I have a feeling only a few designs will be well received by consumers and the rest will end their lives on the sale rack. Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

The start of a new year is full of resolutions, and if you need a wardrobe refresh for the new year, we have some good news for you. 2014 was all about the soft,feminine pink-purple named Radiant Orchid, and just before the holidays, Pantone announced that 2015 was going to be the year of Marsala, a rich shade of wine.

This new “it” shade is tasteful but still impactful. What’s great about this shade is it will complement the shades you’re likely to wear already, like neutral tones and soft pastels. You can rock all of the Marsala-toned footwear in the gallery below, and if it’s not a shade you normally gravitate toward, remember, it’s a new year–a little change is required!

In the future, we’ll look back on 2014 as the year women got fed up with uncomfortable shoes. Sure, two of the five most important shoes of the year are expensive high heels, but the other three are reasonably priced flats made for comfort and long wear that each spawned numerous high-dollar designer copycats. In a shoe market that not long ago eschewed anything but the highest heels, that’s a huge swing. Add your own picks in the comments. (more…)

Flats for the holidays? Yes, please! About this time last year, we saw an uptick in fashionable flats, and it looks like flat footwear is still going strong for another season. While we still have a soft spot for extravagant heels, kicking back with family and friends in a glamours pair of point-toe flats or loafers sounds just as appealing as wearing a pair of heels.

These very festive flats are just like your very festive heels, minus the height and, hopefully, the pain. You’ll find lot of different kinds of textures and embellishments below, and pairing these decorative flats with cigarette pants, jeans or a flowing dress will add a polished touch to your outfit.

If you’re planning a vacation to the tropics during the holidays, you should be jealous, because I’ll be enjoying a fabulous stay-cation here in NYC. Okay, so maybe I’m the one who’s jealous. We know the hardships of packing, and with the added stress of holiday travel, it’s not easy. To help alleviate the stress just a bit, we found some great shoes to accompany you while you are walking along the sandy beaches or exploring a new city. Nothing like a Sophia Webster mule, a rainbow-colored Rockstud or a sleek Giuseppe Zanotti sandal to brighten up your winter getaway!

It’s officially December, and that means one thing: the holidays are upon us! While hectic holiday shopping may be the first thing that comes to mind (at least for me), we also have lots to look forward to. Fun holiday parties and family get-togethers are just scratching the surface of what’s on this season’s social calendar, and that’s where this very luxe roundup of all kinds of extravagant shoes comes in handy.

Even for the minimalist shoe-wearer, the holidays are a time to bring some sparkle and luscious materials to your footwear, and these shoes fit the bill perfectly. With your little black dress, you can try a pair of Louboutin Crystal Daffodile pumps, or an old-time favorite, the intricate Alaïa bootie. Of course, what’s a holiday shoe list without a classic red Jimmy Choo Anouk pump? We deliver below.

While I sit here in my boots and fuzzy socks, all I can think about is the warmer weather that went by way too quickly. To help cheer me up a bit, I decided to delve into all the upcoming Resort 2015 collections, and I realized the upcoming is all about the ability to make a statement.

These shoes are playful, carefree and a little irreverent, which gives them plenty of personality. From what we can see, resort shoes are going to be super fun this year. Whether it’s through the abundance of neon colors, colorblocking or playful prints, our shoes are going to be conversation-worthy very soon. These shoes make a statement on their own, so if you’re going to splurge on some accessories in the upcoming months, they’ll be your best bet.

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