I am a huge fan of Isabel Toledo. A highly respected part of the New york design scene for over 20 years, she has long been a fashion insider's favorite. Until now, you could only find her designs at stores like Barneys or boutiques like Ikram in Chicago -where Michelle Obama was first introduced to her beautiful clothes. The wool lace dress and coat ensemble Toledo designed for Mrs. Obama's Inaugural look propelled her onto the national stage and the kind of name recognition that wins masstige collabs at Target and Payless. Her shoe range for Payless is as varied as a sexy satin-look D'orsay pump with sky high heels to a wooly boot that captures fall's love of fur trims. I went straight for the masculine/feminine appeal of the Ghillie.
Part ballet flat meets menswear, they'll will look just right with ankle cropped black pants. At $34.99 they are a cheap and chic transition flat- post sandals and pre-boots. I'll add a gel insole to compensate for the lack of give in the man made nylon. I'm betting they'll be a handy rain shoe on crap days as they have a sturdy and cool looking rubber sole.
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