SOPHIA WEBSTER EMBRACES BUTTERFLIES FOR NEW SHOE COLLECTION

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Sophia Webster Bibi Butterfly Embroidered Flat $495Sophia Webster Bibi Butterfly Embroidered Flat $495
This pink flat is made of calf leather with an embroidered butterfly wing decoration.

British shoe designer Sophia Webster gets whimsical with the launch of a new capsule collection. Available exclusively at Neiman Marcus, Webster created a range of pink shoe designs with butterfly embroideries. Choose from a chic flat, leather sneaker or d’Orsay sandal. Prices start at $395 and go up to $795. 


SOPHIA WEBSTER BUTTERFLY SHOE COLLECTION

Sophia Webster Bibi Butterfly Low Top Leather Sneaker $395Sophia Webster Bibi Butterfly Low Top Leather Sneaker $395
Keep it casual with a low-top sneaker in soft leather. The butterfly embroidery at the back brings a whimsical element.Sophia Webster Chiara Embroidered Butterfly Sandal $795Sophia Webster Chiara Embroidered Butterfly Sandal $795
Make an entrance in any room with a leather pair of sandals featuring 3D butterfly wing accents

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Do You Care Where the Components of Your Leather Goods are Made

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Last weekend, The Guardian published a story that probably didn’t surprise or outrage me as much as its writing and editor were hoping. In it, the reporter visited a secretive factory in Romania owned by equally secretive LVMH subsidiary Somarest and observed the factory’s raison d’être: manufacturing the uppers for Louis Vuitton shoes, which would then be shipped to Italy, joined with their attendant soles and legally labeled “Made in Italy,” meeting the letter (if maybe not the spirit) of European trade laws concerning disclosure of a product’s country of origin.

In order for a product to be legally labeled as made in a particular European locale, “the last, substantial, economically justified processing” step has to take place in that country. For shoes, that’s joining the upper to the sole, which Louis Vuitton does in Italy or France. The components are made elsewhere, including in Romania, as is common throughout the luxury industry.

This isn’t a practice brands like to publicize, but it’s also not exactly a secret. Dana Thomas’s 2007 bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster documented the process extensively, and in 2017, I think most consumers are pretty well-informed about the fact that much of high-end fashion is fantasy—how the sausage is actually made is a little more complicated. After all, most fashion brands are owned by large, corporate conglomerates, and satisfying investors means cutting costs and growing profits. When you’re in the business of making physical goods for sale, that translates to searching out labor markets with lower wage expectations for workers. Designers want to tell consumers the story of the mom-and-pop shops they started out as, but that kind of operation can’t scale at the rate that global capitalism requires.

In my mind, that’s simply a reality of the industry as it stands today, and as long as I’m happy with the quality of a product I’ve bought relative to the price I’ve paid for it (and as long as the brand’s customer service is exemplary when a product falls below reasonable expectations), it doesn’t bother me too much. That might be because I’ve had a decade in the industry to come to terms with its realities, though, so we want to hear from you: do these kinds of manufacturing processes feel deceptive to you as a shopper, and does knowing about them change where you want to shop?

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DISCOVER CONVERSE’S 2017 PRIDE SNEAKER COLLECTION

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Converse Pride 2017 sneaker collection

Converse unveils its Pride sneaker collection for 2017

With LGBTQ Pride month coming in June, Converse pays tribute to the community with its new ‘Pride’ collection. The range features five different styles with a rainbow color palette including vintage inspired patches, textured outsoles and rubber details. In addition to being extremely stylish, it also helps support a good cause. Net proceeds of direct sales will go to It Gets Better and The Happy Hippie Foundation, helping the LGBTQ community around the globe. 

CONVERSE LGBT PRIDE SNEAKER COLLECTION

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 1st Pride Parade High Top $110Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 1st Pride Parade High Top $110
This throwback sneaker features vintage details like rainbow hues and patches.Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Mesh Low Top $90Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Mesh Low Top $90
A low top sneaker features a textured look with a gradient rainbow hue.Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Core High Top $65Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Core High Top $65
The colors of the rainbow stand out against a white canvas with multi-color laces and vibrant outsoles.Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Geostar Low Top $60Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Geostar Low Top $60
Show off your pride with these star print low top sneakers featuring a rainbow color palette.Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Geostar High Top $65Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Geostar High Top $65
All the colors of the rainbow shine on these high top sneakers.Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Mesh High Top $95Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride Mesh High Top $95
A pair of textured sneaker features patched styles and a rainbow gradient color scheme.

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24 Comfortable, Chic Spring Shoes Under $300 And 15+ Super Chic Summer Sandals Under $300

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Now that spring is starting to feel official, it's time to finally forget the past few grim months and swap your bulky snow boots out for airy sandals and slides. The Cut rounded up the best spring footwear under $300 on the market right now — and, given how gloomy it's been, we're skipping the black in favor of white, sorbet pinks and reds and palate-cleansing pastels. Why not try a cheery pump in shades of rose or mint? Or, take on this season's biggest runway trends, with a '70s clog, a gladiator sandal, or an updated version of the Birkenstock. Best of all, they top out at $300, with the majority costing less than $100. Click ahead to see all the options.


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Salvatore Ferragamo Favilia Jelly Chunky-Heel Sandal

Salvatore Ferragamo Favilia Jelly Chunky-Heel Sandal

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Gigi Hadid Makes Some Moves in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall Ads

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Gigi Hadid stars in Stuart Weitzman's fall-winter 2016 campaignGigi Hadid stars in Stuart Weitzman’s fall-winter 2016 campaign

It girl Gigi Hadid is back for Stuart Weitzman’s fall-winter 2016 campaign featuring dynamic shots captured by Mario Testino. Captured in black and white, the American beauty wears boots for images where she is photographed mid-kick and mid-run. In one image, Gigi wears an over-the-knee boot as well as a metallic style that hits the calves. Wearing a slicked back ponytail, the blonde looks sporty chic in Stuart Weitzman’s advertisements.

GIGI HADID – STUART WEITZMAN – FALL 2016 CAMPAIGN

Gigi Hadid wears knee-high boots in Stuart Weitzman's fall 2016 campaignGigi Hadid wears knee-high boots in Stuart Weitzman’s fall 2016 campaign

FLASHBACK – STUART WEITZMAN SPRING 2016 CAMPAIGN

Gigi Hadid stars in Stuart Weitzman's spring-summer 2016 campaignGigi Hadid stars in Stuart Weitzman’s spring-summer 2016 campaign

Last season, Gigi Hadid also appeared in Stuart Weitzman’s spring-summer 2016 campaign. The blonde stunner wore strappy sandals and platform sneakers for the footwear brand’s advertisements.

Gigi Hadid poses in platform sneakers from Stuart Weitzman's spring-summer 2016 cmapaignGigi Hadid poses in platform sneakers from Stuart Weitzman’s spring-summer 2016 cmapaign

Shop Stuart Weitzman’s New Arrivals:

Stuart Weitzman The Highstreet BootStuart Weitzman The Highstreet Boot in SuedeStuart Weitzman The Lowland Over-the-Knee BootStuart Weitzman The Lowland Over-the-Knee Boot in SuedeStuart Weitzman The Myex SandalStuart Weitzman The Myex Sandal in SuedeStuart Weitzman The Sensual SandalStuart Weitzman The Sensual Sandal in Glitter

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Steve Madden Spotlights Sandals for ‘Summer Daze’ Lookbook

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Steve Madden Glitter Carrson Sandal
Steve Madden Glitter Carrson Sandal

The sandal season is heating up thanks to Steve Madden’s recent lookbook called, ‘Summer Daze’. Photographed at the beach, models Anabel Krasnotsvetova, Lary Muller, Diego Villarreal and Justin Barnhill celebrate east coast living with footwear ranging from platform wedges to strappy heels and gladiator styles. The Steve Madden girl pairs her stylish sandals with biker jackets or colorful one-pieces.

Steve Madden Trending Stiletto Sandals
Steve Madden Trending Stiletto Sandals
Steve Madden Veruca Strappy Pumps
Steve Madden Veruca Strappy Pumps
Steve Madden Lorraine Gladiator Sandal
Steve Madden Lorraine Gladiator Sandal
Steve Madden Kalesi Platform Sandals
Steve Madden Kalesi Platform Sandals
Steve Madden Plmbeach Ankle-Wrap Wedges
Steve Madden Plmbeach Ankle-Wrap Wedges
Steve Madden Drexton Peep Toe Stiletto
Steve Madden Drexton Peep Toe Stiletto

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