11.12.2009

Thrifty Thursday: Miu Miu Jeweled Sandal for Less

Darlings the holidays are almost upon us, therefore now is the time to wear metallics with wild abandon. Forget the rules about donning sequins during the daylight hours; cast aside your concerns about ostentatious embellishments any time before the early bird special begins; ignore the ignorant musings of the unfashionable who scoff and turn their noses up at the mere sight of tulle prior to twilight; and brush off the childish chuckles of those who have a problem with larger than life bling anytime, anywhere. The joke, mes amours, is not on us; rather, it is on them, and their refusal to participate in being flashy and theatrical come the celebratory season.

The holidays do not simply give us the go-ahead to wear flamboyant frocks and glittering garb to a multitude of magnificent parties that take place once the sun goes down. Mais non! They practically require us to wear such accoutrement 24/7. After all, what better way to show your jubilation towards the festivities taking place around you than by shining as brightly as the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center?!

Perhaps you’re not ready, however, to light up an entire room with the uncomplicated assistance of a shimmering skirt. Don’t fret, missy; simply start small. And by small, I’m referring to Miu Miu’s Jeweled Sandal.

Never before have I found myself so smitten with an open-toe pump; but there’s really no possibility of resisting the lure of such a heavenly hue chicly coexisting with an enchanting crystal embellishment sitting prim, proper, and precociously about your haute little hoof. Kittens, please let us be honest here…the luscious gold leather, the buckled ankle strap, the goldtone hardware; footwear truly does not get much better than this. If only the price tag was as mesmerizing as the shoe itself.

I’m all for splurging during the holidays, lovelies; but even I am unwilling to shell out $750.00 for one pair of pumps. To be truthful, I could probably buy myself an entire new wardrobe for that triple digit number. Something slightly cheaper, however, like $69.00…well, I certainly have no qualms about a savvy yet stylish number such as that.

Chinese Laundry’s Daze in Bronze (also available in Pewter or Purple) is the thrifty shopper’s true BFF come the holiday season. Like the Jeweled Sandal, they are embellished about the toe with a glamorous rhinestone creation; but Daze goes a bit further, adding an adorable little chained jewel charm which swings to and fro haphazardly from the buckled ankle – a priceless pretty which adds a pinch of personality to the entire package!

Who are you channeling today, dolls…a thrifty shopper, or spendaholic?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Bergdorf Goodman and AKIRA Chicago for the pictures.
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34 comments

Diane said...

wow!!! what a great find! the cheap version looks so close to the more expensive one...i think i'd go cheap with this shoe. mainly because i don't think i'd wear a gold shoe all that often

Leah said...

I'm always a thrifty shopper when it comes to items that I know is seasonal for me.

Take the case of this lovely jeweled sandal. This is very apt for the holidays and I will definitely wear one to add sparkle and shine to my ensemble. But after the holidays, I know it'll find it's way back to it's box and maybe forgotten for a long time.

Jacqueline said...

spendaholic! i am a sucker for italian shoes. shoot me now =) xoxo

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janettaylor said...

Pretty alternative!

XoXo

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I adore the Chinese Laundry version just as much! They are so pretty. :)

Keith said...

Those are so fierce. I love them. Very ultra cool. I hope you're having a great day. It's been raining here since yesterday. It's so gloomy and soggy. Take care. Cheers!

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous find, darling!
I am feeling thrifty!

xoxox,
CC

The Trendy Fashionista said...

Nice heels!
-The Trendy Fashionista
http://thetrendyfashionista.blogspot.com

Fashion By He said...

MiuMiu makes some awesome heels

-He approves

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love the CL's...bwhahaha when I type that sometimes I think I meant Christian L's...le sigh...

The Chinese Laundry ehem...perfect for holiday parties and such, since I'm not a strappy sandal kinda girl for some reason I'd be thrifty on this one.

Good lord. I haven't had any coffee today. Sorry for the mess of a comment :)

Tights Lover said...

I love Chinese Laundry. These shoes are fab...great find!

lancelonie said...

This is great! I love it! :)

Rachel said...

What a great find! They both look so similar! I am in love with the gold and jewels. They are such fabulous shoes!

The Blonde Duck said...

I just need ones with pink jewels and I'm set...

And you're welcome for dinner, pie, breakfast or lunch anytime! Lord knows I like to eat...

Closet Cravings said...

The Miu Miu Jeweled Sandal is very drool-worthy. I heart Miu Miu's shoes, which are always soooooo beautiful. =)

Jaime said...

I like the Chinese Laundry one better- great find :)

Sherin said...

The Miu Miu ones are gorgeous. They look perfect for Christmas parties. But I have to be thrifty this wek. $750 is just too much for shoes.

Jamie Jenson said...

I think I like the cheaper ones better...

...or maybe that's just what I'm telling myself since those are the only pair I can afford! :-)

Cheers, Fashionista!

Kristin said...

I saw those in DSW the other day and they are SO cute in person!

Lilee said...

niiice!

The Pink Tutu said...

I love shoes that sparkle. These will be gorgeous for the holidays!

alexkeller said...

i remember when i could walk to Akira. and i was thrifty today. everything was on sale

jeannie said...

very very pretty!

Marian said...

love how you always find chic cheaper options!
xx
marian

Emily said...

They are practically the same thing!

And yes we will be in New York at the same time...what are the odds that we will run into eachother? :)

Meg said...

Those are pretty! I'm excited to start dressing up for the holidays!

Allison said...

These are so pretty! And Chinese Laundry is such a fun and cheap brand that has so much perfect shoes (for so cheap I can't even resist!). Great post, darling!

nicole said...

why thank you dear! that's so sweet of you to say :) haha I love a pop or peek of leopard print too so I know where you're coming from!

Those Miu Miu jeweled pumps are gorgeous but great job on finding the more feasible alternative with those Chinese Laundry ones! Sigh, why am I on a shopping ban again? lol

Inspiration in Italy said...

PERFECT for the holidays....just dazzling!! xoxo

The Haute-Shopper said...

Wow, great find! I like investing in an expensive brand if the design is timeless and the item is something I'd wear often, but in this case, I'd probably opt for the less expensive version, just because I know I'd only wear it during the holiday season. Great statement piece though!

Stephanie said...

Oh, these shoes are so gorgeous. Just swing through for a pedi and you are on your way. :) Love the look. :) Hope you have a fun weekend. :)

Fashion Court said...

love those shoes! i've actually never ordered from akira, gotta check them out :o)

Intrinsically Florrie said...

Miu Miu do the most wonderful accessories. =] Those shoes are beautiful- the perfect party piece.

Florrie x

All Women Stalker said...

Hmm the cheaper version gives me images of wedding entourage outfit. I guess you can get those for such an occasion. I love the Miu Miu originals though. :D

-meream

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