On The Radar…Footwear Designers

It's Monday and a fresh start to get those goals. Some days, there's just no zeal to get into anything higher than 1.5". This Monday could be one of those days. I always say flat shoes don't have to be boring. Leave the basic pairs and step out in the shoe pick of the day, the MIU MIU Pearl embellished Flat Nude Pumps. Featuring double straps embellished with pearls and a pointed toe front, the rich nude patent leather makes it all the more interesting. Looking to splurge, you can get these pair here. Wear these with a jumpsuit and a statement jacket and you can even take that from day to night say you have a date with the significant other or even your girls. Other great steals similar to the MIU MIU pair can be found on ASOS. Shop them for as low as 20 pounds or N10,000. Have a great start to the week.   Peace, Love and More Shoes XOXO Jay    ...

When Beyonce dropped the 4 album back in 2011, she wore these outlandish shoes that mere mortals will only ever imagine for the album cover and campaign shoot. I stumbled upon the picture again recently and decided to find out more about the shoes. Turns out to be the creation of a dutch designer - JAN TAMINIAU. download (1) Image result for beyonce in jan taminiau Taminiau is known for his love for traditional production techniques, antique materials, the search for the right shape and the penchant for aesthetics. His work has a refined, conceptual undertone yet never loses sight of the elegant, feminine and wearable form.

Not many people may know or have heard about the brand New Look, but if you know, you certainly know. I have worn the brand since my days in University and when i need some high street love that is friendly to my pocket, i still look to them. With as little (or as much) as N10,000, you can have a pair too. Image result for new look For those who don't know New Look is a South African-owned British global fashion retailer, founded in 1969, with a chain of high street shops all around the world. Related image Over the years, i have mastered (in every sense of the word) the art of picking their best pieces. I have retailed their shoes too and so can tell a bad choice almost as soon as i see it. I'd always consider them as one of my favorite go to high street brands when my budget would not let me splurge and i'm in need of some retail therapy... What girl doesn't always need one?

I remember so clearly the first pair of Rene Caovilla shoes i ever came across online. They were from Net-A-Porter, i was, as always, feeding my eyes on their new arrivals when these mules jumped at me. It screamed everything Jay's style. They weren't too loud and so in your face but you couldn't help but notice them. Image result for rene caovilla shoes net a porter   It didn't take more than a second to click on the brand name and i was let into the world of Rene Caovilla - Lots of Precious stones, Court style, Sling backs, Mules, Flats and the signature silver sparkly outsoles.

In recent times i have been trying my hands on shoe sketching. I would say i generally suck when it comes to drawing, so i've had to go back to the basics. I'm not perfect yet, it doesn't necessarily have to be perfect, but there's an amazing feeling that comes with being able to interpret those ideas in your head on paper with a sketch. RELATED POST: THE AMAZING ARTWORK OF SOPHIA WEBSTER For every time i go into a stationery store now, i am collecting colored pencils and sketch pads and drawing pencils, it's my new obsession. Of course I've had to look up to some of my favorite footwear designers for inspiration and guidance and it's great to see that many of these shoes start with a sketch. You own it when you can add this and take that out and adjust this till you get just what it is you're looking to create. Manolo Blahnik by far has the most collection of sketches and this book Manolo Blahnik Drawings is up on my next "To Buy" list. (Hint Hint - Christmas never can come too early)

We see all these pictures of brides in their $1,000 plus shoes, sometimes 2 to 3 pairs, one for every outfit totaling almost $3,000 to $4,000 on the whole. Not everyone has that fairy tale lifestyle, not everyone is there yet! Image result for Rene caovilla bridal shoes So yea, we have brides to be on a budget (Sometimes a very strict one), who love their shoes and want to get the best their money can buy. If you're one of them or know one of them, this post is certainly for you. With the current exchange rate of about N370 to 1$ and N474 to a Pound, it's almost discouraging to want to buy anything. I have been able to come up with shoes from between N10,000 to N100,000 from a few very good brands. In this post, there's something for everyone. From Kurt Geiger to Badgley Mischka, Ted Baker, MENBUR and Kate Spade, check out these affordable beauties for your special day.

I was chatting with a friend yesterday and she mentioned she was looking into investing in a few luxury shoes but didn't know which ones to look out for. It'd be a shame to part with hundreds or even thousands of dollars for shoes you would end up not wearing. After loads and loads of reviews and experiences, here are a few classic shoes you cannot go wrong with. I like that they are timeless and so would work with every season year in year out. You can build your luxury collection with these ones and many if not all of them are wide feet friendly.

Except there's a story rocking the world, like the death of Michael Jackson, you'd most likely not catch me watching CNN. In the past few years, my husband has kind of rubbed off on me and i find myself tuning in to 401 once or twice a month...Lol!

One of the few people i like and would stay tuned anytime i find them on is French born Sierra Leonan Isha Sesay, Anchor and correspondent for CNN International. From her smile to her charisma and high level of intelligence, i find myself glued when she's on air. img_3276