On The Radar…Footwear Designers

Episode 1 Here Dear Diary, "Sope's wedding has to be the best wedding i've attended ever. Whattttt? From the church service to the reception and then the after party. And to think she planned most of it herself. She should just go into events planning and call it a day. Just so you know, i didn't buy the rose gold sandals and that's because they were gone before me and mumc got to Sole Divas store. Guess what tho?, mum lent me her Sergio Rossi Gold sandals. I had to change the style of my dress last minute so i could flaunt them, maybe that's why i enjoyed the party so much. The perks of wearing the same size as your fashionista mama. Meanwhile, we got the Guinness contract and yes i got a raise plus a commission. Can the year start out any better than this?. Let me get ready, Hakeem is picking me up in an hour." It's not everyday my mum lets me wear her shoes. It doesn't even happen yearly. For her to give me her almost $1,000 plus Sergio Rossi sandals and i didn't have to ask, this year is indeed my year. Because of her, i love luxury shoes, but my pocket cannot afford them yet and in my house, you do not live above your means, that is how my dad raised us. Now, i'm starting to appreciate it better because only God knows the kind of gbese i would have found myself in. Even with the high street brands i buy, i still find myself in debts. The only 2 pairs of luxury shoes i own are my Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pumps in Nude and the Pigalle Follies in Black. My mum gave me the black pair as a graduation gift, she said she wanted me to slay while i'm looking for work. SMH, that woman is just something else. The nude pair came from my dad when i got my first job as an accounting assistant right after my NYSC. He said he was proud i got the job myself without getting him to 'push any buttons'.  I love my family, my life will suck without them. Tough love, but very genuine. "Your lover is here o", announced Dayo, my immediate older brother, as he came in to my room. "Who is your lover, you have come again?" i replied, checking myself out in my full length wardrobe mirror. I looked good sha. Hakeem had sent a text a few days back telling me he would be in town and would like for us to go out to lunch to catch up. He had moved to Dubai a year ago after landing himself a job with a multinational engineering firm.  I smoothed out my pleated skirt and grabbed my purse. Hakeem and i had been friends for over ten years. We met at the Teens Church when we lived in Surulere. We had hit it off nicely and remained friends over the years seeing each other through our many relationships and consoling ourselves through heartbreaks but were never intimately attracted to each other at any point of our friendship. It was a breath of fresh air from my other male friends who always found their way to asking me out or who i ended up being emotionally attached to. "This one you're looking so hot, later you'd say you are just friends" Dayo teased, heading back towards the door. "Dee, abeg free me, me and the guy are just friends and you know. If i wanted to date him, i would have" i replied, wondering what he was on about. "I'm just looking out for you sissy, i don't have any more tissue to clean your heartbroken teary eyes" He said and shut the door behind him. My eyes picked on my mum's Rene Caovilla Pumps she had worn to Sope's wedding waiting to be cleaned,bagged and returned to her closet. I made a mental note to get to it this weekend before the woman would have my head for dinner. For now, I was just going out to have lunch and see a movie with my girls after. "Mehn, Salewa, Hakeem has changed a lot o" Ivie said as she pulled up in front my house. We had just left the Maryland Mall in Ikeja to see The Wedding Party. Ivie Odiase and Aisha Musa Illo have been my best friends since our primary school years. Of course we all have other friends from our different Universities and work places but like peas in a pod, we have been inseparable. "You guys keep saying the guy has changed, me i don't see what you are talking about", i replied, as i collected the Saks5thAvenue bag Hakeem had given me from Aisha, while we were at lunch earlier. I was way too anxious to see what was in the bag, but he had insisted that i wait till i get home. "At least, i hope you can see the guy has eyes for you and before you ask me what that means, he likes you and wants to be with you, shikena" Aisha, the very say it as it is girl said, handing me the bag. "All i know is that, i had a good time, i'm tired and i need my bed. Good night girls!" i replied and got out of the car, sending them air kisses. It had been a good day and as i made my way into the house, i thought about Hakeem. He had seemed a bit strange at lunch, not his usual chatty self. He was a bit formal and i think nervous but i had overlooked it. With the girls' insinuations, i was starting to think again, but i couldn't quite place my mind on it. I got into my room, took my shoes off and placed them beside my mum's, so i would remember to clean them out. I was too anxious to open the bag and my heart literally stopped when i did. Not just one, but two pairs of Christian Dior shoes from the 2016 collection. I had kind of guessed they were shoes, it wasn't Hakeem's...

Atlanta based Nigerian style influencer and blogger, Monica Awe Etuk is my style crush today. What strikes me the most about her is the way she can make one fashion item look like you've never seen it before even after she has worn it a couple of times and more. [caption width="400" id="attachment_3547" align="aligncenter"]4618829_image Monica Awe Etuk[/caption]

Joseph Limandri lives in San diego, California and has a shoe fetish. I got to know about him when I saw these shoes he had crystallized. They looked to professional and I said to myself, Christian Louboutin will go green with envy.
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Whoop whoop, it's December, one of my favorite months of the year. I'm in the holiday mood right now and wrapping up the year to better focus on the year to come. It will be a bit slow on the blog but remember to follow us on all our social media pages.  It's Christmas party season. What better reason to think shoesssss.... As usual there'd be a lot of events this holiday - from house parties to pool parties, end of year office gigs, fashion shows, concerts and anything you can think of. So I drew up a wish list of some of my favorite luxury shoes that scream Christmas. Here we go, [caption id="attachment_3252" align="aligncenter" width="650"]b7aebd27bb648bf13d726011884f3545 These Sophia Websters scream pool side fun paired with an all white outfit and over size sunglasses with a tall glass of Pina Colada....[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3257" align="aligncenter" width="407"]nmx2wp0_mu Sophia Webster[/caption]

Think Pearls, Precious Stones, Swarovski Crystals, Studs and Spikes, I'm your ultimate embellishment shoe lover. Image result for rene caovilla ankle wrap embellished sandals I like all types of details, from embroidery to prints to paints and all forms of motifs, heel structures, textures everything in between. But today, I'd focus on foot candy from both luxury and high street brands and share some of my favorite ornamented footwear to adorn your feet.

In a bid to keep you entertained, each episode of In Her Closet comes with another fashionista, people we love to see on TV or read about. This week I have sultry Actress and Model, Adunni Ade. [caption id="attachment_3142" align="aligncenter" width="408"]adunni-ade The beautiful and sultry Adunni Ade[/caption] The beautiful actress and mother of 2 is Half Nigerian and Half German. While she spent a part of her growing years in New York, she got into runway modeling and was on Tyra Banks' America Next Top Model.

I was introduced to the Kurt Geiger Brand a few years back when I was going into retailing of shoes and needed very good quality shoes at not so exorbitant prices. I found that in this brand. Kurt Geiger is a British Footwear and Accessories retailer founded in 1963. Seen on Kendall, Gigi Hadid, Beyoncé, Cindy Crawford, Emily blunt and other Hollywood stars, it is a top notch brand and they have amazing prices that range from £9-£400. [caption width="960" id="attachment_2886" align="aligncenter"] Beyonce in the brands BOND collection[/caption][caption width="333" id="attachment_2885" align="aligncenter"] Cindy Crawford also in.BOND[/caption][caption width="640" id="attachment_2887" align="aligncenter"] Emily Blunt in BRITTON[/caption] They have equally amazing designs in different products - Miss KG, Carvela, Kurt Geiger London, KG Kurt Geiger and Mini Miss KG.  [caption width="1622" id="attachment_2889" align="aligncenter"] Miss KG[/caption][caption width="1622" id="attachment_2888" align="aligncenter"] KG Kurt Geiger[/caption][caption width="1622" id="attachment_2893" align="alignnone"] Kurt Geiger London[/caption][caption width="1476" id="attachment_2894" align="aligncenter"] Carvela[/caption] I won't bore you too much with details but these are some of what they currently have in store online. Unfortunately they don't seem to stock UK 9/EUR 43 but with a wide variety of styles and sizes that go up to a UK 8/EUR 41,I will recommend Kurt Geiger to everyone and anyone who needs pocket friendly shoes of top quality.  They also produce and stock a wide variety of solid bags and purses. Don't forget, we can shop this brand for you and deliver anywhere within Nigeria and the U.K. Via our personal shopping services,just contact us. Until next time, Peace, Love and more shoes XOXO, JAY ...