Today's So Shoe Me is the Black Tower Sole Ankle Boots by New Rock, $204, available at Pyretta's Lair. Since it's the eve of Lollapalooza I decided to share one of my favorite festival footwear trends: the chunky soled boot. The industrial rave ready sole adds a nostalgic ninties' edge to these festival ready lace-ups. Silver cyber details and a chunky futuristic shape makes these booties ready for mud, sun or anything in-between. Pair these fest approved shoes with a silky lingerie-inspired romper and oversized flannel button down for a 90s grunge style this weekend.
So Shoe Me a pair of chunky soled platforms that will add a stomp ready step to my summer festival style.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Lynked Ankle Boot by Jeffrey Campbell, $205, available at Envi Shoes. Chain-ge the game with these linked up booties by Jeffrey Campbell. This tough chained heel has a gravity-defying aesthetic for a sublime steampunk style that can be paired with modern or retro separates. The mix of industrial finishes and Victorian shapes creates a signature steampunk style that can be worn for dress-up or a night out. Pair these hardware heels with an occult print t-shirt dress and supersized sunnies for a dark daytime style.
So Shoe Me a pair of steel leather pointed toe booties that will add an industrial edge to my daily style with a chunky chain link heel.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Alice Chelsea Hi in Steel, $319, by and available at United Nude. This futuristic steel heel has a feisty fembot vibe with a chrome leather upper and a pastel pink heel. Black side vents create an easy slip on style and add an on-trend elastic detail to these futuristic heels. The party pink architectural heel adds a fun modern touch to these high shine booties and will add an interesting design detail to your pre-fall separaates. Pair these booties with some electric silver separates for a fun futuristic fembot style.
So Shoe Me a pair of cool chrome booties that will add a punch of modern metallics into my pre-fall wardrobe.
Today's So Shoe Me is the High Heeled Sneaker by Adidas Originals x Jeremy Scott, $200, available at Solestruck. Spark a sporty style revolution in these 90s nostalgic high heeled sneakers. The iconic Adidas stripes and lace-up front add an athletic edge to these football inspired sneakers while the red and white leather add a classic sporty colorway. This highly coveted style is right on trend with the athletic inspired pieced from the F14 runways and is a budget friendly way to update your wardrobe. Pair these sporty sneakers with a classic tennis skirt and updated quilted jacket for a chic and sporty look.
So Shoe Me a pair of high heeled sneakers that will add an iconic sporty style to my favorite pre-fall pieces for a luxe athletic look.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Lavish Flats by YRU, available at Nylon Shop. Get trippy toadstool toes with these tie-dyed denim flats by LA based brand, YRU. This mushroom magic slip-on will add an on trend trippy touch to your favorite seasonal separates. The cloudy denim upper and mushroom embroidery will add a signature touch alond with the rad rainbow stitching. Pair these psychedelic fun flats with a chambray dress and vegan leather backpack.
So Shoe Me a pair of shroomtastic tie dye flats that will add instant impact to my daily style.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Argo Platform Sandal by Jeffrey Campbell, $155, available at Nasty Gal. White out your summer with these chunky party platforms by Jeffrey Campbell. A nostalgic nineties' silhouette featuring a substantial sawtooth sole and all white construction is perfect for stepping up your festival style. The strappy upper holds your heels in place while the chunky construction adds all day comfort to these sandals. Pair these flatforms with a black mesh romper and monochrome bikini for a club kid style this summer.
So Shoe Me a pair of super sized sawtooth soled sandals that will add a heavy heeled step to my summer style.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Hat Trick Leather Sandal, $67, by and available at Asos. Keep it fun and futuristic with these hot holographic heels by Asos. Thick straps and a chunky heel add an on trend 90s touch to these iridescent sandal, plus the sturdy shape adds day-to-night comfort. These high shine heels are the perfect pick-me-up to update boring basics and the on trend shape will still be in style next summer. Pair these heels with a butterfly crop top and full tulle skirt for a 90s cool style.
Getting warped on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon courtesy of the Illinois Lottery'sAnything's Possible Music Series; Life couldn't rock more. A view from the top thanks to a rad VIP deck and a sea of fellow festival friends made this year's Vans Warped Tour a concert to remember.
I decided to mesh around with the transparent trend since temps were high and the sun was shining. Pairing one of my fave "hands-off" vegan leather embellished Dimpepiece Designs tees with these futuristic Nasty Gal Collection shorts and some quintessential flatform boots by TBA for a fun&flirty festival look.
While I loved the energy of the crowd, sometimes it's nice to get away and the VIP #APMusicSeries Deck was the perfect place to take in the music on my own personal platform. The main stage had lots of rad rock performances heavy on guitar, drums and vocals for a spot to wave around with the crowd or sit and relax at the back.
Another reason I loved hanging out at Warped Tour was walking around the First Midwest Amphitheater and checking out the food, drinks, shops and artist signings. Lots of local artisans had set up shop around the event and it was the perfect way to support local business and find some sweet little accessories for my next fest.
Checking out the smaller stages, like the Beatport Stage, gave me an opportunity to switch off of rock and on to other genres like rap and electronic. Most of the artists were local talent so it was an easy way to immerse myself in new music throughout the day.
While casually walking around I found myself at a Battle of the Bands with performances by Phosphene and Face the King. It was my favorite spot since I could listen up close and personal. I also met Phosphene's photographer, Julie, and she was super sweet! You can check out her work, here. All in all it was a great day for listening to music and enjoying a mixed beverage (the selection there was impressive :D). I can't wait to attend next year, thanks Illinois Lottery and the #APMusicSeries.
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Today's So Shoe Me is the Ajax Laceback Boot, $198, by and available at Free People. Laser-etched leather and a lace-up back give this boho boot by Free People a signature edge. The perfect pre-fall style these open-back boots show just the right amount of skin for summer, but can also be paired with chunky socks and jeans for fall. The softly scrolled upper adds the perfect little print to these luxe leather booties and will add interest to your everyday style. Pair these laceback boots with a paisley printed romper and a signature hat for a relaxed boho style this festival season.
So Shoe Me a pair of pretty leather-etched booties that will add a kick of cool to my pre-fall style.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Rockabee Boot by Jeffrey Campbell, $210, available at Solestruck. Get your soles screwed on with these nuts&bolts booties by Jeffrey Campbell. Chunky harware an a sawtooth sole make these the perfect rock n' roll ready boots to get you prepped for pre-fall. The stormy grey suede and shiny black sole will add an instant edge to your favorite basics this summer and beyond. The nuts and bolts hardware heel adds an industrial design detail that turns these feminine stilettos into an androgynous style zone. Pair these booties with a basic black maxi dress so these wicked shoes make the statement.
So Shoe Me a pair of haute hardware heels that will add a heavy industrial touch to my everyday basics this season.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Glitter Cherii Sandals by YRU, $158, available at Dolls Kill. Fill er' up! These clear glitter flatforms are the perfect place to showcase your fave trinkets this summer. With a secret door that opens at the back you can stash your favorite little pieces to change the look of these flatform sandals whenever you please. The clear platform sole has flirty flecks of silver glitter for an added touch of shine and the clear strappy upper lets you fill up the bottom with any color palette you can think up! For a sporty style idea you can check out (click here) my custom made Bear Down creepers made with mini helmets and foam footballs. Pair these fill-able crystal clear sandals with a millennial butterfly sequin top and a colorful pair of shorts for a cute rave ready summer look.
So Shoe Me a pair of clever clear sandals that can be customized with just about anything I can think up, for a sandal that's totally me.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Nebula Platform by Jeffrey Campbell, $162, available at Nasty Gal. Add some mellow yellow oxfords to your footwear collection this summer. The perfect school girl style is given some extra edge in a bright yellow suede and chunky sawtooth platform. The simple lace-up front makes these 4" block heeled oxfords easy to slip on and off and the yellow upper is perfect for pairing with your favorite Clueless tartan two piece. Pair these heels with a mod yellow shift dress and white knee high socks for a chic little lunch look this summer.
So Shoe Me a pair of saturated yellow suede shoes that will add an eclectic kick to all of my summer separates.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Distressed 4-Eye Nosebleed Boots by TUK, $120, available at Dolls Kill. Get tough and tall this festival season with these distressed platform boots by TUK. The pre-distressed vegan leather upper makes these the perfect festival boots and the 3.5" heel+platform will have you looking over everyone so you won't miss a beat. The chunky sole and lace-up front is perfectly equipped for stomping through crowds, dirt, rain or whatever and will add an on trend finish to your fave summer separates. Pair these combat boots with a signature strappy swimsuit and distressed cutoffs for a sexy meets punk festival look.
So Shoe Me a pair of chunky platform boots that will add a comfortable lift to my summertime festival looks.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Round Harness Heeled Mule by Frye, $228, available at Urban Outfitters. Shape up your footwear fashion with the next big silhouette: a luxe leather mule. Heavy metal moto details and a smooth leather upper create the perfect pre-fall shoe that can comfortably go from day-to-night. The square toe heel adds a retro vibe to this classic shape and the black heel adds all-day comfort. Pair these everyday mules with a 90s sunflower slip dress and straw fedora for a sweet festival style.
So Shoe Me a pair of moto mules that will add a vintage edge to my everyday style basics this summer and beyond,
Today's So Shoe Me is the Pepe Heel by Jeffrey Campbell, $150, available at Solestruck. This season it's all about the fluff and these fur covered heels by Jeffrey Campbell will add just the right amount of crazy to your nighttime style! Black and white Pepe Le Cool fur adds a soft 90s touch to these pointed toe pumps. Supple suede adds another luxe touch to these furry monochrome heels. Pair these fuzzy next-level pumps with a white mini skirt and graphic crop top for a futuristic club kid fit!
So Shoe Me a pair of fur cube heels that will add an on trend detail to my favorite night-out separates.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Joe Lace Up Boot by Jeffrey Campbell, $298, available at Free People. These rusty red suede boots will add the perfect summer hot hue to your festival style! A super saturated suede knee high boot is perfect for adding a boho finish to your vintage cutoffs and silky rompers this summer. The full lace-up front adds a slick 70s vibe while the mini block heel keeps your legs lifted and soles comfortable. The best part about these luxe knee high boots is that they can be worn all four seasons so this summer splurge is a savvy style investment. Pair these boots with a silk lingerie romper and a patchwork duster for a hippie chic festival look.
So Shoe Me a pair of red hot knee high boots that will add a pop of color to your favorite separates anytime of the year.
Today's So Shoe Me is the Here Kitty Heel by Irregular Choice, $215, available at Dolls Kill. Get to pussy footin' around on these kitsch kitty heels by Irregular Choice. These cool cat heels feature feminine floral edging and glam girly bows for the purrrfect feline finish to mini skirts, dreamy dresses and simple slacks this season. Pair these perky Persian kitten heels with a tweed jacket, suspender hot pants and a white collared shirt for a prim and almost proper daytime look.
So Shoe Me a pair of perky purrfect kitten heels that will add a kitschy cool finish to my summer separates.
The Illinois Lottery helped me finish off my visit to The Taste on a high note with a high energy performance from the bow tied electric lady, Janelle Monae. A stunning skyline and a full crowd made this the perfect place to end my Thursday.
I prepared for the sunny afternoon with an on-trend lava print halter and festival proof combat boots, but I kept a mesh and leather crop jacket tied at the waist for the cooler evening breeze. The leather mini added a splash of rock n' roll to my VIP ready look.
My VIP experience provided by the Illinois Lottery started out with a Summer BBQ themed buffet where I sipped on some refreshing Sparkling Water and a tasty BBQ Brisket sandwich. This "lottery ticket" cookie was almost too cute to eat, but don't worry I managed to devour the whole sweet thing.
The concert started with a funky jazzy blues set by Gary Clark Jr. I loved the energy from the packed crowd and the guitar riffs were insane! It felt like I was in the middle of Blues fest with my own private viewing section! It was the perfect way to get the crowd going in anticipation of Janelle Monae.
From her signature bow tie to her fancy footwork you can't help but be drawn into Janelle Monae's world. You can hear her passion in every song and the entire crowd was dancing along underneath the Chicago skyline. I also love how she incorporated her band into every song and made it a theatrical performance, rather than just singing a song. The monochrome details made for a major impact and kept all eyes on all of the talent on stage.
Finally I want to say thank you to the Illinois Lottery for giving me the opportunity to blog, tweet and Instagram my #APMusicSeries experience! I can't wait for the next concert!