steve madden

Erin and I took a trip to her hometown in Connecticut for the long weekend, and on the drive back to the bus station, we of course took a pit stop at the mall.

I had two successes, at forever 21 & at steve madden, where Erin also succeeded.

Much to my shock, I discovered a few weeks ago that Erin did not own a pair of boots that weren’t uggs. She’s going to France for spring break, and decided she needed a pair both for traveling & for back in Boston. Erin found these two pairs at the Steve Madden store, which she debated between for a while.

suede boots
140-online-100-in-store-200-origThe suede ones are everywhere these days – I see them in every form and color on every girl on campus. They’re classic and easy to wear, I have them in brown and love them. They do require thick socks during colder weather, but I definitely love em. The second pair erin really liked but they bunched up a ton near her ankles, which wasnt very flattering. they dont zipper so they only way to really get them on your leg is to undo the buckle at the top, which is tedious. because of the height of the boot, she couldnt quite get the scrunch at the ankle to go away, which bugged her too much. 

I found these:

picture-12which I am currently wearing in class as I type this out. I never really knew if I could rock the ankle boot, but these are so fun yet classic that I decided just to try em on for fun.

Now the best part. Erin’s suede boots were $80, and mine were $60 marked down from $150. If you spent $100, you automatically got $25 off. Erin & I purchased our boots together, and each saved $12.50 off our respective pairs of boots. Not bad, not bad.

Later on Monday night, in trying to show a friend my purchase online, I stumbled upon some pretty, and not so pretty, shoes on the Steve Madden site. Now dont get me wrong, I am a huuuge Steve Madden fan. I have a half dozen pairs of shoes/boots from the brand, bought either at the store or at Nordstroms. I think the main thing is that their shoes fit my feet really well – I’ve got a painfully narrow foot that absolutely nothing with a solid back fits [pumps, flats, etc.] On top of the narrow foot, I have a problem with my toes in that they all curl upwards, making it hard to wear shoes that press on the tops of my feet.

So here are my findings. There may be sections that you have to look away. Consider yourself warned.

80We’ll start with the good. I saw these in purple suede in the store and fell in love. They’re so funky and bright, and I love the big gold ball on the top. Super fun and great for spring. If only they werent $80.

801Why a woman in her right mind would purchase these $80 pumps I have no idea, but I love love love the detailing on the front, and wish the heel wasn’t so damn high. 

90I think I have a suede obsession, but seriously – these are hot. I wish they werent $90 with a killer heel so I could be the one to rock them, but I guess I can drool from afar.


I love cowboy boots. Some people make fun of me for this love, but I just think they are so cute, and can be a great addition to an outfit. One of my first pairs of Steve Madden boots are my black, low heeled mid-calf cowboy boots. I wore them all through high school with my knee length skirts and under and over my jeans. These are a great twist on the classic boot, although $150 is kind of steep.

2001Love these. Kind of wish they came in a dark brown [and werent $200], and I dont think I’d be able to last all day in that heel, but I love the look of the scrunched leather and the buckles.

70I wanted these really badly when we were at the store, but I decided mine were more classic, and the black was too plain. If they came in a red I’d be all over that though, especially if the sale price of $70 got knocked down a bit more.

1501I truly do not understand these. For $150 too! Whyyy!??!


1201I kind of see it? Maybe? You’d have to be really hot to pull these off.

80-orig-110hey, we have some extra material. Why not add it on to what looks like a basic peep toe heel and make it half heel-half boot. WHAT?!

180$180. I kid you not.



Oh Steve Madden. So hit or miss.


February 17, 2009. Tags: , . Uncategorized.

One Comment

  1. Ashley replied:

    It amazes me sometimes the shoes designers make. Who wears them? I have taken the “I don’t care what they look like as long as they are comfortable” approach to shoes lately, and that usually leaves me in some pretty ugly/boring shoes. But I would definitely never wear most of those shoes, even if they were comfortable, which they don’t look like they are, simply because they are so extremely ugly.

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