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  • Heels in high school?

    Posted on 08/30/2010 by Mary

    If you watch enough TV you'd think everyone wears four-inch heels to school... but the realities of getting from class to class mean they're much rarer in real life. Some girls like the height and look of them; and some girls aren't even allowed to wear them to school.

    Are you a heel-in-high school person, or do you save them for special occasions? Which, if any, of these heels would you (or could you) consider wearing to school?

    Va-va-vampy heels

    Straight up high heels are only for the brave and dedicated. The cushiony wedge on these (A) leopard print espadrilles might make them kinder on your feet if you have a lot of walking to do. And the (B) cobalt blue patent pumps would definitely get you noticed. Would you feel self-conscious in either of these? Confident? Comfortable? Would you save them for the day you're asking your crush out, or just bust 'em out any ol' day?

    Boot-heels

    Since a boot lends more stability, a lot of people who feel awkward walking in pumps find them more manageable. Could you see yourself strutting the hallways in these (C) suede military booties? Or too much? And these (D) cowgirlish boots offer the same height-enhancement as many of the higher heels featured here, but don't seem so... high-heely. Think you could you swing 'em?

    Easy heels

    These gentler heels offer a little height, and less of a threat to your ankles -- and possibly your school's dress code. The wedginess of them also makes walking in them slightly less harsh on your constitution. Would anyone look at you cross-eyed for rocking these (E) mod, silvery slingbacks or (F) gladiator wedges?

    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • D.J.'s shoe-obsessed... and she's not alone.

    Posted on 06/26/2010 by Lisa

    "Blow Outs are so rad. They actually inhale and exhale as you walk. And if I don't get these I'm going to be a total geek." That's D.J. from Full House, describing a pair of sneakers she's dying to own. (It happens in the "Working Girl" episode, which airs on TeenNick tonight @ 9pm.) I feel her pain, because I've been known to get a bit shoe-obsessed, too.

    I get shoe-crushes on pretty much every pair that Irregular Choice makes, because I love bright-colored shoes that really stand out. I wish I owned them ALL... but that'd be pricey, and I'd need a bigger closet. I also have an adorable pair of ruffly pink Payless flats that I wear all the time. Colorful shoes just make me happy.

    Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Did you obsess for a while before you bought them?

  • Guys' prom shoes are kinda gross.

    Posted on 05/19/2010 by Mary

    You know those weird tux rental shoes that are like pointy and have almost no sole? Also the generalized idea of shoe rental is seems more appropriate for the bowling alley than a formal dance, no?

    Black Patent Chucks -- Guys' Prom Shoes That Aren't Ugly Anyway, there are options! These patent leather Chuck hi-tops aren't hard to find (here's a link... they're all over the Internet and probably the stores, too). I also saw a pair of black patent Vans slip-ons (covet, covet), but it was someone selling them used.

    Actually... a girl could rock something like that with her dress, if that's her style and she's feeling saucy. And she wants to actually dance instead of teeter around getting blisters.

    It's your prom; wear what you want, right?

  • Complete Prom Looks for $150. True Story.

    Posted on 05/13/2010 by Mary

    Someone asked you last minute? Or you just found out some other girl is wearing your dress? You know, you can replace your entire prom look for under $150, like right now. 'Cause, real talk: the key to having an awesome prom is not how much you spend. (The real key is a complicated formula involving friends, dates, after-prom plans, and who's in charge of hiring the DJ.) Not to mention, prom tickets are expensive enough these days.

    With that in mind, we found -- and it wasn't even that hard! -- four different head to toe prom looks for less than $150. Except one that went $5 over, but... don't call the cops on us, OK?

    The Party Girl, $144.64 (Total)

    Coral polka dot dress, $59.90 at windsorstore.com; White bow pumps, $24.99 at payless.com; Silver bow wristlet, $32.45 at shoebuy.com; Rhinestone cuff, $27.30 at cache.com.

    The Little Black Dress, $134.88 (Total)

    Black diagonal strap dress, $52.99 at gojane.com; Red-soled black satin peep-toe pumps, $39. 99 at flyjane.com; Rhinestone ponytail holder $11.95 at discountdance.com; Black lace clamshell clutch, $29.95 at dsw.com.

    Too Cool for Prom, $132.48 (Total)

    Floral dress, $51.99 at modcloth.com; Purple gladiator heels, $39.99 at flyjane.net; Purple crystal dangle earrings, $18 at etsy.com; Silver fold-over clutch, $22.50 at ebags.com.

    Hot but Girly, $155.29 (Total)

    Yellow satin ruffle pump, $22.99 at charlotterusse.com; Black and white dress, $99 at promgirl.com; Big ol' dangly crystal earrings, $13.50 at sammoon.com; Black slinky mesh bag, $19.80 at ebags.com

  • Aislinn Paul's shoes in that Degrassi promo

    Posted on 04/06/2010 by Mary

    unemo asked: "Hey Mary I'm Catie and I was wondering, when they are shooting the TeenNick promos in the TeenNick office are you ever there?"

    So weird that you asked, because I was just looking through some pics I took at Aislinn's "I can be edgy! Rarr!" shoot. I wanted to make sure you saw her shoes because they weren't in frame in the promo, and they are some truly exceptional lavender suede high heel booties which should not go unheralded.

    Aislinn Paul in truly exceptional lavender suede high heel booties, for the record.

    And also here's a pic I took of the wardrobe spread that they laid out for her to choose from. So kinda like shopping in a giant walk-in closet for free. Her life, it's really really hard.

    Aislinn Paul's life is really, really hard.