Shoe La La owner Amy Lewis calls the wedge "the shoe" of the summer, and Abdalla's shoe department manager/buyer Jeff Ray says this solid heel will be the fall's hottest look as well. "I think half the boots I saw at market for the fall are wedges," says Ray, who attended the Las Vegas market in February.
"[Shoe label] Charles David is always high fashion, and they really started it last year," says Lewis, who offers the strappy Charles David corked-wedge (pictured) in both black and metallic gold at her River Ranch shoe boutique. Sales of this particular style took off so fast this spring ' thanks in part to early highlights in national fashion magazines ' that the designer broadened the summer palette to include bronze, pink, yellow and turquoise versions, says Lewis.
When it comes to this season's shoe accessorizing, think color, advises Ray. "Limes are huge, the pinks and fuchsias are still huge; we're selling some orange, some off-blue." Lewis recommends going with sparkle. "It's all about the bling ' everything shiny," she says.
The wedge heel has fallen in and out of fashion since it hit its popularity stride in the '70s. Local shoppers with a discerning eye have probably been noticing a few styles popping up in trendier shoe stores over the past couple years, Lewis says. But this year it's back with a vengeance, as is the espadrille, which features a similar heel wrapped in macramÃ© or rope.
Originally, the espadrille always featured a canvas top, but that's no longer the case, says Ray. "What happens in the shoe business is the styles evolve. The hottest espadrille we have right now is a leather upper."
Pointed toe shoes are taking a backseat to round-toe versions in most high-fashion places in the country, Lewis says, but not in Lafayette. In general, pointed toe shoes are worn for sex appeal and round toe versions create a "cutesy" look. Locals favor the former. "Lafayette has some sexy women," she says.
Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
An investment group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets will buy the Louisiana power company Cleco for $3.4 billion.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
"I feel it is appropriate to speak up when there are topics that are being bandied about with little or no factual data to back them."
Urgent Care clinics unprepared for Ebola; Nazis collected Social Security; Hawaii dodges a bullet and more national and international news for Monday, October 20, 2014.
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Two bedroom cottage in Lafayette or three bedroom traditional in Erath
Gulf Brew ready threads
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.
Coming off the high of a fourth quarter comeback against Tampa Bay and a helpful bye week, linebacker Junior Galette sees a real turnaround coming for New Orleans' struggling defense.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Time and again you hear people say DA Mike Harson is unbeatable because he's doled out political favors over the past 20 years. But a new lawsuit could end that speculation.
We welcome nominations from readers and leaders throughout the business community in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Ebola is kind of terrifying if you watch too much Fox News and CNN. Especially Fox, which makes everything look terrifying because, well, War on Christmas and Obama and all.
Local developer’s Lake Charles Gardens LLC purchases buildings and leases; land still owned by Dugas family.
One bedroom townhouse or two bedroom townhouse in Lafayette
Hit the barre for a good cause
Whatever district you are in, please do your research. Find out what the schools need in order to teach. Better yet, ask your child’s teacher. They know!
Get your groove on with two free concerts in Downtown Lafayette Friday, both at Parc Sans Souci.
After the season's signature win (so far), here are some helpful tips for Cajun Nation during the conference stretch.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Did the state close last year's books with a surplus or a deficit?
Practicing without limitations on Wednesday, running back Mark Ingram looked ready to return to a New Orleans offense that once again ranks among the NFL's best when the Saints play at Detroit on Sunday.
It’s been decided: Superintendents of Louisiana’s public school system will retain the controversial powers granted by Act 1 of the 2012 session.
Economist Loren Scott says Louisiana is in the midst of an industrial boom unlike any other in its history, with more than $100 billion in industrial projects either under construction or in the engineering and design phase.
Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has a bone to pick with the Jindal administration, which recently — surprise! — announced that the state ended the most recent budget year with a $178.5 million dollar surplus.
Where will we get french fries smothered in awesomeness now?