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Get Pumped: Festive Heels for Any Occasion

The season of merrymaking is finally here!  It’s time to select your most dazzling outfits for upcoming holiday festivities.  If you’re planning on adorning yourself in a brightly-shining dress or ensemble for your next party, make sure your feet get the fab treatment, too!  Slip on your favorite glam pumps and you’ll be walking in a winter wonderland no matter where you go.

So, where are you headed this holiday season?


All that Glitters (top left): The fierce pointed toe and ultra-high heel of the Colette from Antonio Melani ensure you’ll stand out at any party.  Classic black gets a festive update with a sprinkling of glitter.

Paint the Town Red (top center): Studs and rhinestones make the Naomi from Gianni Bini an eye-catching stunner.  Leopard-print lining has you walking on the wild side while a skid-resistant sole lets you traverse the town with confidence.

Under the Mistletoe (top right): A half-inch platform and a flirty peep-toe make the York from MICHAEL Michael Kors a sexy must-have for date night.  Paint your toenails a rich red for a dramatic contrast against the shimmery silver.

A Girl’s Best Friend (bottom left): Looking for something pretty and professional for upcoming office merriment?  The Diamond from J. Renee features illusion vinyl and sparkling rhinestones for a prismatic pop.

Holiday Staple (bottom right)Comfortable, chic, and striking, the Vanessah from Gianni Bini has it all.  A metal-plated ankle strap provides the shine of the season while the suede upper adds a luxe touch.

No matter your favorite style of pump — be it pointed-toe, round-toe, platform, low-heel, or high-heel — we have something for you!

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Where will you be wearing your sparkling pumps this year?  Tell us in the comments!  

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Head over Heels: Fall 2013 Shoe Trends from Sofft

Fall for the hottest trends this season – from rich autumnal hues to eye-catching prints – with the latest styles from Sofft. We love how their designers seamlessly merge must-have styles with thoughtful features, like their signature leather comfort footbed. Read on for tips on how to look (and feel) great all day.

One of our favorite colors for Fall 2013 is deep red: think sumptuous shades of bordeaux, merlot and burgundy. An easy way to see red this season? Revamp your Fall closet with shoes and accessories in this bold tone.


Shop the looks: Sofft Abbott Pointed-Toe Wedges in fire sky, Sofft Bryce Brocade Smoking Slippers in red & Sofft Noreen Harness Booties in granata red.

We love looking chic at the office, and we can’t think of a better way to do that than with a new pair of pumps. Step up your boardroom confidence with polished patents, cap toes and single-sole silhouettes. For a (style) bonus, reach for exotic textures.


Shop the looks: Sofft Moselle Patent Pumps, Sofft Marilla Cap-Toe Pumps in black/cinnamon, Sofft Marilla Cap-Toe Pumps in gold blush, Sofft Obella Suede Pumps & Sofft Abbott Pointed-Toe Wedges.

Seen on runways and worn by trend-setters, graphic prints are a must for Fall 2013. Go for geometric black and white patterns to update your Fall style instantly.


Shop the looks: Sofft Altessa Kitten-Heel Pumps, Sofft Moselle Chevron Pumps & Sofft Bryce Brocade Smoking Slippers

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What’s your favorite Fall trend?

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Summer Love: Wedges

We’ve already declared our love for summer flats and pumps — but no warm-weather wardrobe would be complete without wedges. This essential silhouette earns must-have status for comfy height and versatile styling. Try our favorite 4 on for size to update your closet with unexpected detail and eye-catching character.


A Cut Above: BCBGeneration Nadya Wedge Sandals A cutout-detail heel and chic colorblocking elevate this sandal to statement-making status.

Seeing Spots: Lucky Brand Moran Wedge Sandals Mix print into your look with these spotted kicks. We love leopard with stripes, brights, neutrals and, well, just about everything.

Shake and Shimmer: GB Gianni Bini Rock-Star Stud Wedges Add a little rock-star edge to cutoff shorts or jeans with this shimmering standout. Pair with your favorite LBD to hit another style high note.

Season Spanning: Jessica Simpson Meek Open-Toe Wedges Your romance with wedges doesn’t have to end when the summer sun sets. Pick a cutout-detail style with ample coverage to take your favorite silhouette into fall.

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Summer Love: Our Favorite Pumps

Sandals are the official shoe of summer, but that doesn’t mean parting ways with your favorite pumps. Simply slip into a single-sole, pointed-toe silhouette for a look that’s lightweight and leg-lengthening.  


Steve Madden Darrt Pointed-Toe PumpThis metallic stunner goes from edgy to ethereal with a few styling swaps. Skinny jeans say you’re not afraid to make a statement, while a little white dress speaks to your sweet disposition.
We love it for: Summer weddings (day or evening), garden parties, date night

Sam Edelman Okala Ankle-Strap Pump: Hot days often give way to simple fabrics and silhouettes — luckily, the Okala perks up even the most pared-down looks. Bold in cow-print hair calf, the wild style remains versatile thanks to a nude ankle strap.
We love it for: The office, stylish Saturdays, weekend getaways

Steven by Steve Madden Akcess Pointed-Toe PumpThe Akcess flaunts a fierce reptile texture that grounds breezy dresses, skirts and cropped pants. Snag it in your choice of summer shades: coral, white or blue.
We love it for: Summer weddings (day), the office, Sunday brunch

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Which pump is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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Shoe Spring Forecast: Natural Beauty

The natural choice for a relaxed, beachy look? Cork and raffia shoes. From ballet flats to sky-high pumps, designers are sprinkling these textural touches on your favorite styles.

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With neon trim, crisp cutouts and woven detail, the Genesis sandal from Gianni Bini showcases spring’s hottest trends with each step.


Chevron print adds of-the-moment interest to the bejeweled Vince Camuto  Torta wedge.


Not just relegated to the midsole and heel, woven leather straps mimic the look of natural fibers in irresistible shades of blue on the Adrien from Vince Camuto.

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The Makayla cork wedge from Alex Marie pairs perfectly with neons, pastels or white, proving this neutral texture plays well with your entire closet.


A cork platform and floral print give this Jessica Simpson favorite — the Waleo — a spring makeover.


For a lustrous take on the trend, reach for the metallic cork and patent Harty pump from Vince Camuto.

How will you update your shoe collection this spring?

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Nautical Know-How: Spring 2013 Trends

Adrift after a drab winter? Warm up with our favorite nautical looks. Don’t reserve seafaring style for the beach (although, it’s perfect for resort) — maritime pieces work as a crisp pick-me-up any day of the week.

White and navy are nautical stalwarts — pop the pairing with red, orange or yellow. You can also expand the palette with other ocean-inspired hues like seafoam green and cobalt.

Shop the Looks: Calvin Klein Crewneck Tie-Waist Dress & Swarovski “Holly” Starfish-Pendant Double-Chain Necklace, Antonio Melani Tiago Belted Peplum Dress, Lauren Ralph Lauren Textured Leather Belt & MICHAEL Michael Kors Ionna Patent Pumps, Lauren Ralph Lauren Cotton-Blend Button JacketMICHAEL Michael Kors Dolman-Sleeve Stripe Top

Nautical stripes are bold and classic. We love clean navy/white pieces, but unexpected bursts of neon or sparkle set a fresh course. Another subtle update: trade navy bands for black.

Shop the Looks: Cremieux Lina Stripe Knit Dress, IQ Paris Striped Hi-Low DressMICHAEL Michael Kors Button-Front Blazer

Decked out with buckle accents and chain prints,  the MICHAEL Michael Kors resort line takes a refined approach to nautical. Whether you are packing for a getaway or headed to the office, you’ll find a striking piece to sail your wardrobe into the next season.

Shop the Looks: MICHAEL Michael Kors Belted Chain-Print ShirtdressMICHAEL Michael Kors Scarf Maxi DressMICHAEL Michael Kors Skinny Pants

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Want to dive in, or just ready for a dip? Let us know in the comments!

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The Right Coat for Every Event

Whether it’s the first thing your hostess sees when you hand over that bottle of wine or the last thing your friends see as you leave the restaurant, the right coat is worth choosing carefully. Here are some of our favorite ideas for matching the right coat to any situation.


The Coat: The rich red color of this Jessica Simpson double-breasted coat brings out the roses in your winter-pale cheeks, and the flattering cut emphasizes your figure instead of hiding it.

Wear it with: These NYDJ ponte leggings in black or dark grey knit are the perfect counterpoint to the red hue and elongate the line of your leg. Ideal for layering, the Awake scoopneck tunic adds warmth without bulk so the line of the coat falls exactly as it should. Finish the look with Alter Ego smoking slippers from GB Gianni Bini in a fun, unexpected leopard print for an added touch of flair.

Shop the look: Jessica Simpson Double-Breasted Coat, NYDJ Ponte Leggings, Awake Scoopneck Tunic and GB Gianni Bini Alter Ego Leopard Print Smoking Slippers


The Coat: Simple elegance and careful tailoring make this Katherine Kelly collarless cashmere walking coat an ideal companion for your favorite dresses of the season.

Wear it with: Glimmering sequins, warm color and a design that frames your shoulders make this sequin mesh dress from T by Tadashi a smash hit for any gala. Pair with these glimmering, icy white Gianni Bini January platform sandals for compliments that will leave you floating on air.

Shop the look: Katherine Kelly Collarless Cashmere Walking Coat, T by Tadashi Sequin Mesh Dress and Gianni Bini January Platform Sandals


The Coat: The MICHAEL Michael Kors leather bomber jacket shows you’re ready for laid-back fun, with rich chestnut leather and a flirty cropped style.

Wear it with: This season’s bold, decadent coated Legacy jeans from Rich & Skinny show that you’re in touch with the latest trends. Perfect for adding shape under a boxy cropped jacket, this wintry light ash Vince Camuto faux-wrap knit top adds volume at the neckline for an eye-catching half-zipped look. Sleek Harty snake-print pumps, also from Vince Camuto, dial up this edgy style by just a notch.

Shop the look: MICHAEL Michael Kors leather bomber jacket, Rich & Skinny Coated Legacy Jeans, Vince Camuto Faux-Wrap Knit Top and Vince Camuto Harty Snake-Print Pumps


The Coat: Make working out easier to get worked up about with a coat that lets you look great while you’re staying healthy. We love the Mighty Lite III jacket from Columbia, which combines ultra-lightweight fabric with slim construction that won’t throw off your stride on a winter run.

Wear it with: Under Armour has your active ensemble covered. The Perfect workout pants make exercise a cinch with lightweight, low-friction fabric and superior moisture management. Add a splash of bold color, not to mention the latest active fabric technology, with the ColdGear fitted mockneck top. For the right support, try the seamless workout bra, then pack your gear in stylish ease with the tough fabric and pretty ruched details of the Shatter gym duffle bag.

Shop the look: Columbia Mighty Lite III Jacket, Under Armour Perfect Workout Pants, Under Armour The Printed ColdGear Fitted Mockneck Top, Under Armour Seamless Workout Bra and Under Armour Shatter Gym Duffle Bag

What situations can your coat wardrobe handle?


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Dillard’s Exclusive Interview with DMSX Designer Neal Salisbury

Q: Who is the typical DMSX woman?
A: She has a rocker-chic attitude, yet is uncontrived.

Q: Where do you draw most of your inspiration for your designs?
A: Art is a huge influence on my life. I consider myself an artist not a designer. Music is also a huge influence on my life as well.

Q: Who are your major influences?
A: My mother and my girlfriend and two English Springer Spaniels, Posh and Beckham give me great inspirations. I am a huge Prince fan and the influence of him and his music have been a huge inspiration behind DMSX — the purple as a visual ID.

Q: What do you feel you bring to the industry?
A: The collection is aimed at a younger audience, who naturally has a smaller budget but also understands quality. This customer is not really getting what they want in the market right now. She’s looking for a product that has a little more status but doesn’t want to spend $500 or $600 on a pair of boots. The contemporary market is underserved, lacking distinct and fashion-forward styles for the customer who aspires for luxe, so this was our answer.

Q: What’s the ultimate message you want to get across through your shoes?
A: DMSX is sexy without trying too hard.  It’s bold but pulled back at the same time.

Q: Did you attend school for design or are you self-taught?
A: My mother enrolled me in an oil painting class at the age of 7, so art had been around me all my life. However, I actually went to Fairfield University for biology in an attempt to be a veterinarian. After getting my master’s in animal science at URI, I found that I enjoyed reading Vogue more than science journals. I made the switch to become a shoe designer taking classes at RISD then finally getting a degree in accessories from FIT.

Q: What are some of your favorite shoes in the line?
A: The Tammy and the Tneal and the Siena are everything that represents DMSX in one boot, one pump and one flat.  The bold zipper is my autograph.

Q: What are some key trends we will see from your line next season?
A: For the DMSX Spring 2012 collection , sobriety is the key word, with discrete design details. There will be uppers with new woven and laser-cut leather details, as well as liquid metals. The use of black and specchio, as well as the contrast of black and white with accents of grey, ice, plume, violet and forest. The details that are used maintain my design philosophy of simple, minimal and sexy without trying too hard.

Q: Tell us about a shoe you will never forget.
A: It actually was a shoe that never made the DMSX line but is my favorite piece I have designed to date — it was a triple platform over-the-knee boot.

Q: Which shoe should no woman be without?
A: She needs them all!

Shop our picks: DMSX TNeal Pointed-Toe PumpsDMSX Siena Metallic Flats & DMSX Tammy Platform Boots

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Homecoming 2012 Guide: Shoe Edition

Take your Homecoming look to the next level with the perfect pumps. To get you started on the right foot, we’ve styled this season’s hottest dress trends with head-turning heels. Don’t worry. Our picks are both fabulous and dance-floor friendly, so all you have to do on the big night is kick up your heels.

Shop our picks:  GB Sleeveless Sequin DressVince Camuto Gernetto Rhinestone SandalsB. Darlin One-Shoulder Hi-Low Dress &  Gianni Bini January Platform SandalsSequin Hearts Strapless Shirred Dress & BCBGeneration Pennee T-Strap SandalsI.N. San Francisco Metallic Dot Dress & Gianni Bini Madison Platform Pumps

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The Dress and The Rest: Ladylike Looks

Trends come and go, but one fashion staple never goes out of style — the dress. This timeless silhouette is favored year after year, season after season. This fall, pair flawless lines and feminine details with chic accessories for a classic look.

The Dress: In rich allspice ponte knit, this Antonio Melani Navey dress is an excellent alternative to basic black. The silhouette hugs your curves and hides problem areas with a box-pleated peplum. Contoured seaming, a rounded V-neck and effortless cap sleeves ensure a classic, uncomplicated fit.

The Rest: The clean lines of this stunning dress call for  jewelry that accents the dress without taking away from it. From the kate spade new york Bright Spot collection, this necklace adds a touch of sparkle and shine with a crystal-encrusted pendant. Bring the glimmer to your ears with the matching stud earrings. The Red Magma ring from Glitterings gives you a statement piece in coordinating and cutting-edge red magma crystal rocks. Complete the look with luxurious burgundy suede pumps from Steve Madden and a fresh, feminine fragrance like Chloe.

Shop the look: Antonio Melani Navey Peplum Dress, kate spade new york Bright Spot Mini Pendant Necklace, kate spade new york Bright Spot Stud Earrings, Glitterings Red Magma Statement RingSteve Madden Remmedy Suede Pumps and Chloe Eau de Parfum Spray.

The Dress: Simple yet stunning, this knit dress from Vince Camuto is a versatile day-to-evening piece. A unique draped crossover detail at the waist flatters your curves, while a V-back and exposed back zipper add modern edge.

The Rest: The Nora clutch from Vince Camuto is luxe and sleek with deceptively simple black and goldtone accents. Real fur and leather ensure vintage glam. Continue the sophistication with Elvin booties from Vince Camuto in soft suede and fierce glossy croco leather. Crystal stud hoop earrings from R.J. Graziano accent the goldtone hardware of the Nora clutch, keeping the look modern. Add a nude lipstick, like Dior Rouge Dior Nude in Twill, to balance the fiery red of your dress.

Shop the look: Vince Camuto Boatneck Knit Dress, Vince Camuto Nora Clutch, Vince Camuto Elvin Mixed-Media BootiesR.J. Graziano Crystal Studs Hoop Earrings and Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lipstick.

The Dress: Allover favela red lace makes a sultry statement in this Lizzie lace dress from French Connection. Contrasting white lining and simple construction make a pretty picture.

The Rest: From Roberta Chiarella, a statement necklace in turquoise stones splashes color into your wardrobe and emboldens this look. Pull it all together with the Thea chain tassel box clutch from BCBGMAXAZRIA in textured teal. The Geen pump from Guess is sophisticated in a sky-high heel yet doesn’t detract with its natural color. A rosy, feminine blush goes well with this ladylike lace dress. We like the Guerlain Rose Aux Joues blush duo in Golden High.

Shop the look: French Connection Lizzie Lace Dress, Roberta Chiarella Stone Statement Necklace, BCBGMAZAZRIA Thea Chain-Tassel Box ClutchGuess Geen Pumps and Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo.

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Which classic dress is your favorite? Why?

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