Shoes: Saint Laurent Suede Tribute Platform Sandals

Price: $1,145 via Barneys

Why They’re the Shoes of the Week: The Saint Laurent Tribute Sandal has struck with delectable suede for fall, and with its stacked platform and strappy design, these sandals prove that less is indeed more!

Here’s Heidi Klum, probably heading to some sort of business meeting in NYC, wearing a beautiful burgundy pair of Saint Laurent Suede Janis Pumps with a purple skirt and a color-matching knit top. She might not be wearing a “power suit,” but those Saint Laurents are definitely “power shoes.” You can find a pair of black suede Janis pumps for $795 at Net-A-Porter.

For a woman who has had quite a successful career on the runway and in the reality television realm of the fashion industry, Heidi’s personal style is all over the place. She has one of the most eccentric handbag collections we’ve ever seen (check out “The Many Bags of Heidi Klum”), and her tastes in practically everything fashion-related are a just a little offbeat.

Here’s Tamera Mowry, walking the red carpet at Sunday night’s BET Awards in a gorgeous pair of silver and black Saint Laurent Janis Cap Toe Pumps. For whatever reason, the only cap toe version of the Janis pumps left on the entire Internet appears to be this extra chic black on black pair, which is currently on sale for $402 at Saks. (And yes, that’s a jaw-dropping 50% discount!)

The Saint Laurent Janis pumps are essentially the platform pump’s last stand, and yet despite my platform fatigue, I’m incredibly partial to this style. The Janis seems exponentially more classic than the flamboyant platform pump styles of yesteryear. Celebs are also quite partial to the Janis pumps, we’ve recently seen them adorning the feet of supermodel Miranda Kerr, and country singer/reality star Jessie James Decker.

As the Rockstud is to Valentino and the BB pump is to Manolo, the Tribute Sandal is to Saint Laurent. The shoe has long been the brand’s footwear staple, launching YSL into the shoe stratosphere in the pre-Hedi Slimane days. With Slimane taking over and shifting the brand to an androgynous, rock’n’roll-glam aesthetic, is the Tribute Sandal starting to feel outdated?

The Tribute sandal debuted in 2004 under then-creative director Stefano Pilati, and even though Slimane took over in 2013, the brand continues to manufacture the sandal in various colors and heel heights. Without a doubt, the sandal is definitely profitable for the brand, but at the same time, a slight change may be needed. I think the sandal should still be featured in a platform version,but a single-sole option should also be made available to give this sandal a fresh twist on a popular design.

Do you think it’s time for the Tribute Sandal to be revamped, or do you think it’s fine the way it is?

Saint Laurent Tribute Croc-Stamped Platform Sandal
$895 via Bergdorf Goodman

Saint Laurent Tribute Two Mid Heel Croc Stamped Platform Sandal

Saint Laurent Tribute High-Heel Leather Sandal
$875 via Bergdorf Goodman

Saint Laurent Tribute High Heel Leather Sandal

Keeping with the brand’s edgy-meets-glam aesthetic, these Saint Laurent Janis Embellished Suede Ankle Boots are just that. The wrap-around silver buckle detailing gives this all-suede boot the signature rock ‘n roll edge, but unlike other boots from the brand, looking at the pitch of these boots gave me the chills.

The heel of this Janis Ankle Boot measures 130mm, which is equal to about five inches, offset by about an inch of platform. The heel structure of this ankle boot follows that of the brand’s popular Janis pumps, which has measured as high as five and a half inches. Maybe it’s the side profile view of these boots, but the brand had me fooled, because I thought this marked Saint Laurent‘s tallest heel until I read the description and stood corrected.

These boots did remind me, however, of the Christian Louboutin Allenissima Slingbacks, a.k.a the tallest single-sole heel from Christian Louboutin. If you were to ask which of the two would be easier to walk in, I would have to say the Saint Laurent boots; unlike the Louboutin slingback, the boot offers more support around the ankle.

If you are up for the challenge and can gracefully walk in these Saint Laurent ankle boots, buy yours through Net-a-Porter for $1,395.

Here’s Jessie James Decker, country music singer and star of the E! reality series Eric and Jessie, out on the town in NYC in a pair of Saint Laurent Janis Pumps. (If you’ve never heard of her or her show before today, you’re not alone!) Jessie is also carrying an Alexander Wang Rocco Bag. You can find Jessie’s pumps in patent leather for $795 at Nordstrom. Her Rocco can currently be found at Shopbop for $995.

Jessie is apparently a country pop star with several bonafide hit singles under her belt who has been around since 2009, and the “Eric” in question is her husband, NFL player Eric Decker, who is currently a starting wide receiver for the New York Jets. We all know how networks like E! and Bravo like to dazzle us with the scintillating private-but-filmed-for-TV lives of the rich and somewhat famous. If you’ve watched this show, I’d love to hear your reviews.

Amanda Seyfried is doing a little international press for her now movie, the Seth MacFarlane comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West this week. Here she is at BBC Radio 1 in London, wearing a smart pair of black and white Saint Laurent Paris Cap Toe Pumps with a medium heel height. These SL pumps are extremely versatile, and Amanda has paired them with several different ensembles during this press trip. You can currently find a pair of these pumps in baby pink and black on sale for $404 (down from $577) at MATCHESFASHION.COM.

Amanda has a strong relationship with several of the stalwart European fashion houses, including Saint Laurent, Prada and Givenchy. She appeared in several Givenchy campaigns last year and hasn’t been seen without a piece of Givenchy on her person for some time. Here she is in a pair of Givenchy Two Strap Sandals at a film premiere last year, and here she is carrying a Givenchy Floral Nightingale Bag while running errands back in February. You can check out her highly stylized designer handbag collection in “The Many Bags of Amanda Seyfried” on PurseBlog.

It’s always a tad surprising to see celebs getting their religion on during major holiday weekends, but here’s a factoid that’s even more mind-blowing: Kris Jenner not only attends the California Community Church, she actually helped found it. Here’s Kris heading into the CCC with her husband Bruce Jenner on Easter Sunday, wearing bold blue Saint Laurent Paris Pumps. You can get a suede version of the Paris pumps in the exact same hue for $594 at

Easter obviously brings families of every ilk together (i.e. the Bruce-Kris split is apparently on an indefinite hiatus)! If you love the over-the-top pageantry that is Easter Sunday (The hats! The colorful eggs! The baffling combination of pagan and Christian symbolism!), you can check out what everyone from Duchess Kate to Fergie was wearing/carrying on Easter Sunday (regardless of their destination) over on PurseBlog.

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