Steve Madden Designer Spotlight

Where shall I begin?? Oh right, the beginning! Steve Madden has been around for a long time, but it seems in recent years he has become one of the main forefront leaders in affordable women’s shoes. He’s known for his eccentric designs, sparkle and glitter (yay!), and innovative colors and aesthetics in his designs. Basically, you’re REALLY into his shoes, or not so much. For some, his shoes are a little too wild. No disrespect, but go big or go home! From tennis shoes to heels to combat boots to everything in between, he’s got it going on right now. And I am loving it!

History:

What began as a modest $1100 investment in 1990 has developed into one of the most iconic brands in footwear. From a factory in Queens, NY, Steve Madden has revolutionized the shoe industry, merging years of experience with unique and creative designs. Inspired by rock and roll and his New York roots, his vision to provide on-trend women and men with an outlet to express their individuality is innovative, daring, and inspiring. Steve’s innate understanding of trends and unparalleled willpower have resulted in millions of customers worldwide and propelled his designs to the forefront of fashion. He has expanded the Steve Madden brand into a true lifestyle and destination for footwear, handbags and accessories, sold in over 80 countries worldwide. It’s about authenticity. It’s about embracing individuality. It’s Steve Madden.”

I’ve included some of his wildest, most daring pairs of shoes on the market right now. Now, some of you may say, “I’d wear that, and that, etc.”, while others are cringing their noses up at all the crazy styles (which I happen to love and even own quite a few pairs). But even if these aren’t your particular style, you must admit they are beautiful. Also, if you feel as though they aren’t your style, I’d say to give them a try and see what you think. You may be pleasantly surprised! If these ARE your style, then you are chomping at the bit to get a pair, or three.

As you can see by the above styles, they are eccentric, on-trend, and major statement makers, which is who Steve Madden is all about. He stays true to himself and the world loves that! I, myself, have become an even bigger fan of Steve Madden in the past few years because of this. And c’mon, look these shoes?! They are incredible!

Shoes aren’t all that Steve Madden has dipped into in the retail market. He finds a niche and just goes for it – Handbags! His handbags are as colorful and eccentric as his shoes. Here is just a small preview:

I work at a major retailer in the shoe department, so I have first-hand knowledge about how popular his styles really are (and I get first dibs ha!). His popularity doesn’t seem to be diminishing anytime soon. If anything, he’s getting more popular! This makes it that much more fascinating and unbelievable that his vision and company started with only $1,100 in a warehouse in the Meat Packing District in NYC!

For more information on Steve Madden and his styles, please visit my own personal site at Steve Madden for the latest and greatest!

Thanks for reading, my friends! Now go get yourself some wild Steve Madden shoes and get out of your comfort zone! He IS my comfort zone, as you can see, so I’ll just keep buying my fave shoes from the iconic Steve Madden!

xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose

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Good morning, my dear Fashion Lovers!

This holiday season, like every other, we are getting ready for holiday parties, picking out our outfits for New Year’s Eve, and buying dresses for all the festivities that are coming. We need to look our best, and for some, this is a daunting task. The Dress Department at Nordstrom is one of the Departments I work in, and many women are coming in with that look on their face…. you know the one…. the look that says, “I have to get a pretty dress and wear it to this stupid party, and I’m miserable and don’t want to be here!” I had 2 women just yesterday who came in back-to-back with this look. I ended up helping them both find dresses they liked and were comfortable in, but it was definitely a difficult task just because of the mind-set they were in when they arrived. They left very happy though!

But when did getting dressed up for parties, and going to parties in general become such a chore?? I, myself, feel the opposite. I wish I had MORE parties to go to so I can buy more beautiful dresses! Just the other day, I tried on this gorgeous Dress the Population Fuchsia Velvet and sequined Dress and I didn’t buy it because I have no where to wear it…such a travesty! I do suppose I understand not really wanting to go to parties. The older I get, the more of a home-body I’ve become. But I still really like to get dressed up every now and then! I guess I just like beautiful dresses and clothes, but not necessarily the parties that go along with them (pictures the ‘FRIENDS’ episode where the girls are sitting around the apartment in wedding dresses eating junk food and drinking beer…).

I’ve seen this season that a lot of women have elected to wear a jumpsuit or nice pants and blazer instead of a dress, which is a great alternative to those who don’t like dresses. See pictures below:

I even love shoes and boots that have shimmer and sequins. These beauties are actually from DSW and I got them for a great price. They are also really comfortable, believe it or not. I like to pair boots like this with a fairly plain outfit so the boots are the focal piece. You don’t want to pair ‘sparkle on sparkle’ unless that’s the look you’re going for and it looks just right. There IS such thing as too much sparkle! I know, hard to believe, right?!

These sequined boots below are by Steve Madden . These boots are gorgeous, but not the most practical boots in the world. But Style isn’t always practical.. I had to go up a full size from my normal size, and I also about killed myself trying to walk in them for the first time because they were so slippery. They are also very snug around the ankles, and I have very thin ankles and calves. So keep that in mind if planning on purchasing these. And make sure to scuff up the bottoms before you go out in public. Death by boots is probably a fitting way for me to die lol (but not really lol!) 

I bought this super comfortable and very reasonably priced mini bronze/black shimmer dress by Row A at Nordstrom . I have no idea where I’ll wear it, but NYE comes to mind first. My girlfriend even took a video of me ‘walking the runway’ to really show off the dress! 

This next dress is by Dress the Population , one of my favorite Designers, in part because of his use of sequins! This particular style is a personal favorite because of the amazing fit and the sequin fringe bottom. It literally makes you want to twirl the entire time! And it’s a known fact that twirling creates feelings of pure joy, as seen in the second picture below. This is definitely a statement-maker dress.. it also comes in a beautiful cobalt blue and silver.

This last dress is also by Dress the Population. The colors of the sequins are extraordinary – bronze, gold, rose gold, silver – brilliant! If you’ve never tried a Dress the Population dress or jumpsuit before, I highly recommend that you do. Even if you aren’t into shimmer and sequins, they have other styles as well. I, obviously, am into the sequined styles. You can find these dresses at their own personal site, Dress the Population or at select Nordstrom’s and Nordstrom Online .

And lastly, here are some sparkly, shimmery, glittery, sequined styles that can be found at sites like Revolve , Forward , and Nordstrom . If you are hesitant to try a sequined Style, whether it be because of body image issues, or maybe you think it ‘just isn’t your style’…. To both, I say OWN IT! Wear whatever you like and whatever makes you feel amazing!

Thank you so much for reading my post today. I hope you enjoyed it as well as the pictures. And I hope I’ve inspired some of you to get in the ‘Sparkle Spirit’! 

xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose

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