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  • High Heels Throughout History - The Swinging Sixties High Heels Throughout History - The Swinging Sixties

    0 comments / Posted on by Veralena Casellato

    Kalena’s Italian Shoes is celebrating fifty years of business in iconic Little Italy on Commercial Drive and we would like to take you on a journey through the equally iconic history of High Heels in North America and the fashion that surrounds them. This is part two in the series, you can view the first entry about the 1950s here.

    HISTORY

    The 1960s saw a lot of historical events in politics, entertainment, culture and fashion. Andy Warhol's Pop Art style came into popularity, the Beatles took the music world by storm, the first manned mission to the moon was completed and presidential candidates debated on television for the first time.

    In terms of high heel fashion, the more elegant and refined heels of the fifties were generally replaced with cheaper, more comfortable and flatter shoes. But high heels never really fell out of fashion and new styles continued to emerge so let's dive right in and see what unique high heel designs came out of the swinging sixties. 

    1960s Womens FashionPage from a 1960s Clothing Catalog

     
    FASHION

    Kitten Heels
    1960s Kitten High Heels


    These charming and cute pumps came in tall, medium and short heel sizes and were perfect for both a day out with friends or as part of an evening wear ensemble. 

    The name came into being because Kitten was a slang term for a young and inexperienced girl. This style of shoe was actually first released in the fifties as a sort of trainer high heel for teenage girls as full-on stiletto heels were considered to be too provocative but when the sixties rolled around they became fashionable for adults as well and designers followed suit by making kitten heels suited to those consumers.

    The fact that kitten heels came in shorter heel sizes helped them conform to the trends of comfort over fashion in this era and bridged the gap between both worlds. Their babydoll look and bright colors also matched with the general fashion style of the era.

    Stacked Heels
    1960s Stacked Heels

    The stacked heel was actually quite common as an elegant form of men's shoe in 17th century Europe and wearing them was a symbol of status and wealth. The 1960s saw this design rise to popularity once again as a women's shoe.

    Stacked heels featured a very sturdy, thicker heel with a pattern that resembled stacked wood. The strength and size of the heel made them much more comfortable to wear than their thin-heeled stiletto counterparts and this meant they could be worn all day long with minimal aggravation.

    Kalena's Perlized Silver Sandal
    A Modern-day Stacked Heel Shoe (Purchase Here)

    Pilgrim Pumps
    Pilgrim Pumps

    He was mentioned in our previous article about high heel fashion in the 1950s but Roger Vivier also had a huge impact on shoe fashion in the sixties with his creation of pilgrim pumps. Although Vivier designed the original, it became the most emulated shoe design of the decade with countless varieties being sold in stores. 

    This shoe became all the rage after first lady Jackie Kennedy was photographed wearing them in Women's Wear Daily and they became a large part of the mod fashion movement which started in London and spread to North America.

    The toe area of the shoe was not pointed like stilettos which, along with the short heels, made them comfortable to wear.

    CELEBRITY FASHION

    When it came to the celebs who were considered fashion icons in the sixties we turn first to the first lady herself, Jackie Kennedy. Jackie was THE original fashionista first lady and women around the world were looking to imitate her style.

    Jackie Kennedy

    When it came to shoes, as mentioned above, Jackie basically single-handedly put pilgrim pumps on the map as a must-have fashion item.

    In terms of a modern-day equivalent to the pilgrim pump, consider the Low Heel shoe from Kalena:

    Kalena's Low Heel Shoe

    Simple, elegant and comfortable with a touch of the pilgrim pump's sensibilities that can be worn on almost any occasion.

    Rosemary's Baby remains one of the most iconic films of the sixties and it's star, Mia Farrow, was one of the most iconic actresses of that era.

    Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby
    Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby

    Farrow was also a fashion model and appeared in over fifty films over the course of her illustrious career and her style sensibilities influenced women across the nation.

    Mia is seen in the photo above wearing black pumps in Rosemary's Baby and there are whole articles online about fashion from that film.

    CONCLUSION

    The sixties ushered in the hippie movement and an overall more liberal viewpoint that in many ways opposed the conservatism and formality of the 1950s. As a result, high heels fell slightly out of fashion as more and more women moved towards more comfortable and practical footwear. In addition, the feminist movement of the era saw many women actively opposing high heel shoes as a symbol of female vulnerability. So as you can see, high heels had a lot stacked against them but they still managed to remain in the limelight and never fully faded from fashion.

    Join us next time to explore the high heel fashion of the 1970s.

    KALENA SHOES

    Do you love high heel shoes? Kalena Italian Shoes has a wide variety of high heels in all shapes and sizes and for all different occasions and seasons. Be sure to browse our online catalog and sign up for our mailing list to get ten percent off of your first purchase and get a chance to win a five-hundred dollar gift certificate. 

    Kalena’s Italian Shoes is celebrating fifty years of business in iconic Little Italy on Commercial Drive and we would like to take you on a journey through the equally iconic history of High Heels in North America and the fashion that surrounds them. This is part two in the series, you can view the first entry about the 1950s here.

    HISTORY

    The 1960s saw a lot of historical events in politics, entertainment, culture and fashion. Andy Warhol's Pop Art style came into popularity, the Beatles took the music world by storm, the first manned mission to the moon was completed and presidential candidates debated on television for the first time.

    In terms of high heel fashion, the more elegant and refined heels of the fifties were generally replaced with cheaper, more comfortable and flatter shoes. But high heels never really fell out of fashion and new styles continued to emerge so let's dive right in and see what unique high heel designs came out of the swinging sixties. 

    1960s Womens FashionPage from a 1960s Clothing Catalog

     
    FASHION

    Kitten Heels
    1960s Kitten High Heels


    These charming and cute pumps came in tall, medium and short heel sizes and were perfect for both a day out with friends or as part of an evening wear ensemble. 

    The name came into being because Kitten was a slang term for a young and inexperienced girl. This style of shoe was actually first released in the fifties as a sort of trainer high heel for teenage girls as full-on stiletto heels were considered to be too provocative but when the sixties rolled around they became fashionable for adults as well and designers followed suit by making kitten heels suited to those consumers.

    The fact that kitten heels came in shorter heel sizes helped them conform to the trends of comfort over fashion in this era and bridged the gap between both worlds. Their babydoll look and bright colors also matched with the general fashion style of the era.

    Stacked Heels
    1960s Stacked Heels

    The stacked heel was actually quite common as an elegant form of men's shoe in 17th century Europe and wearing them was a symbol of status and wealth. The 1960s saw this design rise to popularity once again as a women's shoe.

    Stacked heels featured a very sturdy, thicker heel with a pattern that resembled stacked wood. The strength and size of the heel made them much more comfortable to wear than their thin-heeled stiletto counterparts and this meant they could be worn all day long with minimal aggravation.

    Kalena's Perlized Silver Sandal
    A Modern-day Stacked Heel Shoe (Purchase Here)

    Pilgrim Pumps
    Pilgrim Pumps

    He was mentioned in our previous article about high heel fashion in the 1950s but Roger Vivier also had a huge impact on shoe fashion in the sixties with his creation of pilgrim pumps. Although Vivier designed the original, it became the most emulated shoe design of the decade with countless varieties being sold in stores. 

    This shoe became all the rage after first lady Jackie Kennedy was photographed wearing them in Women's Wear Daily and they became a large part of the mod fashion movement which started in London and spread to North America.

    The toe area of the shoe was not pointed like stilettos which, along with the short heels, made them comfortable to wear.

    CELEBRITY FASHION

    When it came to the celebs who were considered fashion icons in the sixties we turn first to the first lady herself, Jackie Kennedy. Jackie was THE original fashionista first lady and women around the world were looking to imitate her style.

    Jackie Kennedy

    When it came to shoes, as mentioned above, Jackie basically single-handedly put pilgrim pumps on the map as a must-have fashion item.

    In terms of a modern-day equivalent to the pilgrim pump, consider the Low Heel shoe from Kalena:

    Kalena's Low Heel Shoe

    Simple, elegant and comfortable with a touch of the pilgrim pump's sensibilities that can be worn on almost any occasion.

    Rosemary's Baby remains one of the most iconic films of the sixties and it's star, Mia Farrow, was one of the most iconic actresses of that era.

    Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby
    Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby

    Farrow was also a fashion model and appeared in over fifty films over the course of her illustrious career and her style sensibilities influenced women across the nation.

    Mia is seen in the photo above wearing black pumps in Rosemary's Baby and there are whole articles online about fashion from that film.

    CONCLUSION

    The sixties ushered in the hippie movement and an overall more liberal viewpoint that in many ways opposed the conservatism and formality of the 1950s. As a result, high heels fell slightly out of fashion as more and more women moved towards more comfortable and practical footwear. In addition, the feminist movement of the era saw many women actively opposing high heel shoes as a symbol of female vulnerability. So as you can see, high heels had a lot stacked against them but they still managed to remain in the limelight and never fully faded from fashion.

    Join us next time to explore the high heel fashion of the 1970s.

    KALENA SHOES

    Do you love high heel shoes? Kalena Italian Shoes has a wide variety of high heels in all shapes and sizes and for all different occasions and seasons. Be sure to browse our online catalog and sign up for our mailing list to get ten percent off of your first purchase and get a chance to win a five-hundred dollar gift certificate. 

    Read more

  • High Heels Throughout History - The Fabulous Fifties High Heels Throughout History - The Fabulous Fifties

    0 comments / Posted on by Veralena Casellato

    fifties style fashion

    Kalena’s Italian Shoes is celebrating fifty years of business in iconic Little Italy on Commercial Drive and we would like to take you on a journey through the equally iconic history of High Heels in North America and the fashion that surrounds them, starting with the fabulous fifties until our present era. 

    This article is the first in a series that will explore the fashion styles, celebrity fashion trends and culture of High Heel shoes throughout time.

    Stay tuned for much more to come but for now, our story begins in the post-war era of the 1950s:

    HISTORY

    World War II had just ended and the American gross national product was on the rise, doubling between the years of 1945 and 1960. The government was spending a lot of money on programs and city construction that benefited the population and rates of unemployment and inflation were low in addition to wages being high.

    Middle class people experienced a surge in additional income and this, combined with an increased availability of consumer goods, led to people spending more money on luxury items. This included killer heels which were modeled at the time by top Hollywood stars.

    The 1950s also saw the rise and success of fashion designers like Christian Dior and his fellow shoe designer, Roger Vivier. Pointy-toed stiletto heels that became all the rage in this decade were the result of their combined work.

    Roger Vivier Butterfly Heels

    Breathtaking Butterfly Heels by Roger Vivier

    The general fashion of the day featured bigger dresses, more lavish accessories and higher hairstyles so let’s take a look at some of the heels that followed suit.


    FASHION: THEN AND NOW


    Stilleto Heeled Opera

    Black Stiletto Heels 1950Stilleto Heels From The 1950s

    These beautiful-looking shoes were quite tall, featuring thin heels that reached 4 inches in height.

    The shoe’s defining features were tall arches and a V-shaped cutaway on the sides. The Stilleto Heel was originally released in Italy and was the brainchild of the aforementioned Roger Vivier.  

    The Stilleto Heeled Opera was primarily worn for formal occasions, as well as photo shoots and runway walks for celebrities and fashion models.

    In our modern era, the Carmen Leather High Heel pays tribute to this classic and embodies many of the same characteristics, including a sexy 4-inch heel and a sleek, high-fashion look:

     

    Carmen Leather High Heels

     

    Baby Dolls

    Baby Doll Pumps 1950s
    Baby Doll Pumps, 1950s

    Baby Dolls were a type of pump that was often worn around the house or in less formal settings and although it often had rather high heels, it also sometimes featured a more low to medium, thicker heel.

    The name came from the fact that they had rounded toes and resembled doll shoes of the era. Baby Dolls were especially popular during the spring and summer and often were adorned with cute accent decorations and ornaments. 

    The Vernissage Low Patent Suede Pump has a lower heel than most of the Baby Dolls of the fifties but there's no need to suffer for style all of the time. It certainly embodies the same level of sheer cuteness offered up in the original with a timeless design that fits well in both formal and non-formal affairs:


     Vernissage Low Patent Suede Pump 

     

    Sandals
    Vintage Sandals Wedgies
    Ad For Vintage Sandals in the 1950s

    Sandals in the 1950s evolved to show more skin than their 1940s era, more conservative counterparts and often had a higher heel height as well. Most sandals available at this time had chunkier heels and a medium thick ankle strap around the heel, referred to as a slingback.

    The slingback strap made sure that women's feet would not slip out of their shoes and provided an additional element of comfort and support.

    As for the 2010s, the A&M Leather Criss-Cross Sandal is a perfect example of the progression in high-heeled sandal fashion over the ages:

     

     

    A&M Leather Criss-Cross Mid Heel Sandal

    Now that we've seen some examples of high heels that were popular in the 1950s and their modern equivalents, let's get to the good stuff: champagne brunches, high-profile film sets and luxurious red carpet events.

    What were the trendy high heels worn by the elites of the silver screen? Let's take a look:

    CELEBRITY FASHION

    High Heel fashion also took over the celebrity world, with the top actresses of the era modeling shoes that defined feminine fashion.

    When it comes to the real movers and shakers in the cinema world who really influenced the perception of high heels as a must-have fashion item, there are two film titans who defined the trends of the 1950s.

    I'm talking, of course, about Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. 

    Audrey Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn

    There aren't many people out there who would disagree that Audrey Hepburn was one of the most impactful fashion icons not only of the fifties but of all time.

    How could a woman who once said, "I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick." NOT be an example of fashion not only as a way to dress, but as a means to express oneself?

    The star of such classic films as Breakfast at Tiffany'sRoman Holiday and Sabrina, British-born Hepburn was not only an A-List actress but a Humanitarian, Model and Dancer as well.

    fifties shoes
    Fifties Style Dress With Heels

    When it comes to bringing out your inner Audrey, there's a particular shoe that comes to mind. The Kalena's Low Heel Pointed Toe Pump really captures the look and feel of Miss Hepburn's style and is flexible in it's role in both formal and casual situations:

     Kalena's Patent Low Heel Pointed Toe Pump

    If Audrey Hepburn was the queen of the silver screen, the very different but nonetheless equally beautiful Marilyn Monroe was the princess of the pin-up.

    Although she starred in several films, it was less her acting and more her glamorous modeling shots that captured the heart of the nation, saying nothing to mention her high-profile romances with partners such as beloved crooner Frank Sinatra and baseball legend Joe Dimagio. 

    Marilyn Monroe Performs for the Troops 
    Marilyn Monroe Performs for the Troops

    Marilyn really did have an amazing affect of people with her array of different looks in all her films, photographs and high-profile public appearances. The above photo shows her at an event for the troops wearing elegant and sexy high heels.

    CONCLUSION

    The fifties were an era of great change and of increased prosperity in North America that brought with it a sort of Golden Age for the High Heel shoe. Styles changed to reflect this more high-class environment and shoe designers had more liberty to be creative with their designs.

    Join us next time as we explore the High Heel fashion evolution along it's natural course into the 1960s. 

    Until then, I leave you with an entirely appropriate quote from the late, great Marilyn Monroe:

    "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

    KALENA SHOES

    Do you love high heel shoes? Kalena Italian Shoes has a wide variety of high heels in all shapes and sizes and for all different occasions and seasons. Be sure to browse our online catalog and sign up for our mailing list to get ten percent off of your first purchase and get a chance to win a five-hundred dollar gift certificate. 

    fifties style fashion

    Kalena’s Italian Shoes is celebrating fifty years of business in iconic Little Italy on Commercial Drive and we would like to take you on a journey through the equally iconic history of High Heels in North America and the fashion that surrounds them, starting with the fabulous fifties until our present era. 

    This article is the first in a series that will explore the fashion styles, celebrity fashion trends and culture of High Heel shoes throughout time.

    Stay tuned for much more to come but for now, our story begins in the post-war era of the 1950s:

    HISTORY

    World War II had just ended and the American gross national product was on the rise, doubling between the years of 1945 and 1960. The government was spending a lot of money on programs and city construction that benefited the population and rates of unemployment and inflation were low in addition to wages being high.

    Middle class people experienced a surge in additional income and this, combined with an increased availability of consumer goods, led to people spending more money on luxury items. This included killer heels which were modeled at the time by top Hollywood stars.

    The 1950s also saw the rise and success of fashion designers like Christian Dior and his fellow shoe designer, Roger Vivier. Pointy-toed stiletto heels that became all the rage in this decade were the result of their combined work.

    Roger Vivier Butterfly Heels

    Breathtaking Butterfly Heels by Roger Vivier

    The general fashion of the day featured bigger dresses, more lavish accessories and higher hairstyles so let’s take a look at some of the heels that followed suit.


    FASHION: THEN AND NOW


    Stilleto Heeled Opera

    Black Stiletto Heels 1950Stilleto Heels From The 1950s

    These beautiful-looking shoes were quite tall, featuring thin heels that reached 4 inches in height.

    The shoe’s defining features were tall arches and a V-shaped cutaway on the sides. The Stilleto Heel was originally released in Italy and was the brainchild of the aforementioned Roger Vivier.  

    The Stilleto Heeled Opera was primarily worn for formal occasions, as well as photo shoots and runway walks for celebrities and fashion models.

    In our modern era, the Carmen Leather High Heel pays tribute to this classic and embodies many of the same characteristics, including a sexy 4-inch heel and a sleek, high-fashion look:

     

    Carmen Leather High Heels

     

    Baby Dolls

    Baby Doll Pumps 1950s
    Baby Doll Pumps, 1950s

    Baby Dolls were a type of pump that was often worn around the house or in less formal settings and although it often had rather high heels, it also sometimes featured a more low to medium, thicker heel.

    The name came from the fact that they had rounded toes and resembled doll shoes of the era. Baby Dolls were especially popular during the spring and summer and often were adorned with cute accent decorations and ornaments. 

    The Vernissage Low Patent Suede Pump has a lower heel than most of the Baby Dolls of the fifties but there's no need to suffer for style all of the time. It certainly embodies the same level of sheer cuteness offered up in the original with a timeless design that fits well in both formal and non-formal affairs:


     Vernissage Low Patent Suede Pump 

     

    Sandals
    Vintage Sandals Wedgies
    Ad For Vintage Sandals in the 1950s

    Sandals in the 1950s evolved to show more skin than their 1940s era, more conservative counterparts and often had a higher heel height as well. Most sandals available at this time had chunkier heels and a medium thick ankle strap around the heel, referred to as a slingback.

    The slingback strap made sure that women's feet would not slip out of their shoes and provided an additional element of comfort and support.

    As for the 2010s, the A&M Leather Criss-Cross Sandal is a perfect example of the progression in high-heeled sandal fashion over the ages:

     

     

    A&M Leather Criss-Cross Mid Heel Sandal

    Now that we've seen some examples of high heels that were popular in the 1950s and their modern equivalents, let's get to the good stuff: champagne brunches, high-profile film sets and luxurious red carpet events.

    What were the trendy high heels worn by the elites of the silver screen? Let's take a look:

    CELEBRITY FASHION

    High Heel fashion also took over the celebrity world, with the top actresses of the era modeling shoes that defined feminine fashion.

    When it comes to the real movers and shakers in the cinema world who really influenced the perception of high heels as a must-have fashion item, there are two film titans who defined the trends of the 1950s.

    I'm talking, of course, about Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. 

    Audrey Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn

    There aren't many people out there who would disagree that Audrey Hepburn was one of the most impactful fashion icons not only of the fifties but of all time.

    How could a woman who once said, "I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick." NOT be an example of fashion not only as a way to dress, but as a means to express oneself?

    The star of such classic films as Breakfast at Tiffany'sRoman Holiday and Sabrina, British-born Hepburn was not only an A-List actress but a Humanitarian, Model and Dancer as well.

    fifties shoes
    Fifties Style Dress With Heels

    When it comes to bringing out your inner Audrey, there's a particular shoe that comes to mind. The Kalena's Low Heel Pointed Toe Pump really captures the look and feel of Miss Hepburn's style and is flexible in it's role in both formal and casual situations:

     Kalena's Patent Low Heel Pointed Toe Pump

    If Audrey Hepburn was the queen of the silver screen, the very different but nonetheless equally beautiful Marilyn Monroe was the princess of the pin-up.

    Although she starred in several films, it was less her acting and more her glamorous modeling shots that captured the heart of the nation, saying nothing to mention her high-profile romances with partners such as beloved crooner Frank Sinatra and baseball legend Joe Dimagio. 

    Marilyn Monroe Performs for the Troops 
    Marilyn Monroe Performs for the Troops

    Marilyn really did have an amazing affect of people with her array of different looks in all her films, photographs and high-profile public appearances. The above photo shows her at an event for the troops wearing elegant and sexy high heels.

    CONCLUSION

    The fifties were an era of great change and of increased prosperity in North America that brought with it a sort of Golden Age for the High Heel shoe. Styles changed to reflect this more high-class environment and shoe designers had more liberty to be creative with their designs.

    Join us next time as we explore the High Heel fashion evolution along it's natural course into the 1960s. 

    Until then, I leave you with an entirely appropriate quote from the late, great Marilyn Monroe:

    "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

    KALENA SHOES

    Do you love high heel shoes? Kalena Italian Shoes has a wide variety of high heels in all shapes and sizes and for all different occasions and seasons. Be sure to browse our online catalog and sign up for our mailing list to get ten percent off of your first purchase and get a chance to win a five-hundred dollar gift certificate. 

    Read more

  • Men's Italian Spring Shoe Fashion for 2017 Men's Italian Spring Shoe Fashion for 2017

    1 comment / Posted on by Veralena Casellato

    The spring season is in full swing and what better time to redefine your wardrobe and create a new look that will make you stand out in the crowd? 

    Shoes can make a bold statement when it comes to the overall impact of your outfits and when it comes to men's fashion, there's no item quite like fine quality Italian shoes to elevate your springtime swagger.

    We all know that for men, fashion sense is not always the strongest of skill sets but it doesn't have to be that way. Women love it when you pay attention to your style and make an effort to look your best and it only takes a little bit of extra time.

    So allow us here at Kalena's to lend a helping hand by recommending five shoe styles that we think will ignite your style this spring:

     1. Kalena's Leather Suede Shoe

    Casual comfort meets high-fashion design in these awesome Leather Suede Shoes from Kalena's. For those days when you want to kick it casual, but not too casual, these shoes can be your perfect companion and be the essential accent to your springtime attire.

    Pair these with classic cargo shorts or slim-fit denim jeans and a cotton t-shirt to stay as cool as you'll look in these stylish Italian-made kicks.

    Price: $225.00

     

     2. Kalena's Brogue Slip-On

    Kalenas Brogue Slip-On

    Have you ever seen a slip-on shoe with this much style? This slip-on from Kalena's has sleek decorative perforations that the Brogue style is known for while still being comfortable and casual enough to wear when you're out and about this spring.

    These shoes are just oozing with charisma so try wearing them with light-colored knickers and a button-up short sleeve shirt to be the man about town this season.

    Price: $225.00


    3. Iceberg Moccasin

    These gorgeous Moccasins from Iceberg are the very essence of masculine fashion, exuding confidence and authority. Once again we continue the theme of comfort and fashion being a part of the same world and these eye-catching shoes will light up any outfit you choose to wear.

    For maximum impact, pair these Italian classics with raw denim jeans and a crew neck t-shirt or, if you want a more formal look, a white oxford shirt and beige trousers. 

    Price: $295.00


    4. GEOX Casual Lace-Up Sneaker


    Now this is what I'm talking about. Sneakers are the backbone of any springtime wardrobe so it's important to own at least one pair and make sure that pair stands out. 

    Look no further that the GEOX Lace-Up Sneaker to be your go-to shoe for kicking it with friends, taking in the game or going on a picnic with that special lady. 

    In terms of outfit pairings, this shoe screams casual fashion. Throw them on with a printed button down shirt and taper fit jeans to make a solid impression.

    Price: $200.00

     

    5. Doucal's Leather Slip-On




    Elegance, refinement, manliness. These are the characteristics boldly displayed when you put on a pair of these Doucal's Leather Slip-Ons. Despite the somewhat formal look of these shoes, they make a great springtime fashion statement.

    These slip-ons pair well with both a semi-casual and formal look and so provide a lot of flexibility that allows them to be a style silver bullet in your wardrobe.

    If you're going semi-casual, you can't go wrong with slim low jeans and a printed woven shirt. If it's a formal springtime affair then pair them with straight leg chino pants, a button-up white dress shirt (sleeves rolled up) and a vest of your choice.

    Price: $395.00


    And there you have it gentlemen, the new shoes for spring that will spruce up your wardrobe and give your confidence a major boost (not that you need it, of course).

    These are just a few of the items we were able to cover, be sure to sign up for our mailing list below to get 10% off your first purchase and browse our full catalog of men's shoes for this spring.

     

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    The spring season is in full swing and what better time to redefine your wardrobe and create a new look that will make you stand out in the crowd? 

    Shoes can make a bold statement when it comes to the overall impact of your outfits and when it comes to men's fashion, there's no item quite like fine quality Italian shoes to elevate your springtime swagger.

    We all know that for men, fashion sense is not always the strongest of skill sets but it doesn't have to be that way. Women love it when you pay attention to your style and make an effort to look your best and it only takes a little bit of extra time.

    So allow us here at Kalena's to lend a helping hand by recommending five shoe styles that we think will ignite your style this spring:

     1. Kalena's Leather Suede Shoe

    Casual comfort meets high-fashion design in these awesome Leather Suede Shoes from Kalena's. For those days when you want to kick it casual, but not too casual, these shoes can be your perfect companion and be the essential accent to your springtime attire.

    Pair these with classic cargo shorts or slim-fit denim jeans and a cotton t-shirt to stay as cool as you'll look in these stylish Italian-made kicks.

    Price: $225.00

     

     2. Kalena's Brogue Slip-On

    Kalenas Brogue Slip-On

    Have you ever seen a slip-on shoe with this much style? This slip-on from Kalena's has sleek decorative perforations that the Brogue style is known for while still being comfortable and casual enough to wear when you're out and about this spring.

    These shoes are just oozing with charisma so try wearing them with light-colored knickers and a button-up short sleeve shirt to be the man about town this season.

    Price: $225.00


    3. Iceberg Moccasin

    These gorgeous Moccasins from Iceberg are the very essence of masculine fashion, exuding confidence and authority. Once again we continue the theme of comfort and fashion being a part of the same world and these eye-catching shoes will light up any outfit you choose to wear.

    For maximum impact, pair these Italian classics with raw denim jeans and a crew neck t-shirt or, if you want a more formal look, a white oxford shirt and beige trousers. 

    Price: $295.00


    4. GEOX Casual Lace-Up Sneaker


    Now this is what I'm talking about. Sneakers are the backbone of any springtime wardrobe so it's important to own at least one pair and make sure that pair stands out. 

    Look no further that the GEOX Lace-Up Sneaker to be your go-to shoe for kicking it with friends, taking in the game or going on a picnic with that special lady. 

    In terms of outfit pairings, this shoe screams casual fashion. Throw them on with a printed button down shirt and taper fit jeans to make a solid impression.

    Price: $200.00

     

    5. Doucal's Leather Slip-On




    Elegance, refinement, manliness. These are the characteristics boldly displayed when you put on a pair of these Doucal's Leather Slip-Ons. Despite the somewhat formal look of these shoes, they make a great springtime fashion statement.

    These slip-ons pair well with both a semi-casual and formal look and so provide a lot of flexibility that allows them to be a style silver bullet in your wardrobe.

    If you're going semi-casual, you can't go wrong with slim low jeans and a printed woven shirt. If it's a formal springtime affair then pair them with straight leg chino pants, a button-up white dress shirt (sleeves rolled up) and a vest of your choice.

    Price: $395.00


    And there you have it gentlemen, the new shoes for spring that will spruce up your wardrobe and give your confidence a major boost (not that you need it, of course).

    These are just a few of the items we were able to cover, be sure to sign up for our mailing list below to get 10% off your first purchase and browse our full catalog of men's shoes for this spring.

     

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  • Women's Italian Spring Shoe Fashion for 2017 Women's Italian Spring Shoe Fashion for 2017

    1 comment / Posted on by Veralena Casellato

    Spring is here and that means new shoe fashions that kick off another season of designer Italian shoes. Kalena's would like to present our top five shoes for women's spring fashion that you need in your collection.

    Spring is a time of change, a time of renewal and what better way to step into the season than with a new pair of beautiful heels or sparkly sandals? 

    High-end, high-class and most of all, fun to wear, here are the Italian shoes that will make you the center of attention at any spring occasion:

    1. Augusto Sparkly T-Strap Sandal

    Nothing says both elegance and Spring fun like a good pair of sparkly sandals and although not all that glitters is gold, these sure are! As the sun is seen more in the sky this time of the year, the dazzling reflection is sure to draw attention to these breathtaking Augusto T-Strap Sandals

    Perfect to pair with a mid-level or shorter white dress and goes equally as well with a pair of high-waist denim shorts. 

    These sandals are also available in silver for a more subtle, but still impactful effect.

    Price: $145.00

     

    2. XSA Pointed Shoe With Double Strap


    An adorable design that brings to mind Victorian times and luxurious tea parties, this pointed shoe from XSA is the very definition of springtime cuteness while still maintaining an air of refinement.

    Pair this adorable shoe with a light-colored patterned minidress or a yellow off the shoulder dress for maximum impact

    Price: $275.00

     

    3. Kalena's Flat Plaid Mocassin

    When you want to pull off a bit more of a casual springtime look, Kalena's Flat Plaid Moccasins are the perfect complement to your outfit. The eye-catching plaid pattern has an understated elegance and style merges with comfort in a pair of shoes that can be worn for any occasion.

    Pair these moccasins with a light button-down shirt and denim jeans to remain casual while still being fashionable.

    Price: $225.00

    4. A&M Criss-Cross Mid Heel Sandal

    This Italian-made spring fashion masterpiece from A&M embodies so many elements of shoe design that make us excited about fashion.

    From the criss-cross straps to the side buckle to the all-leather materials, this sandal is a work of perfection that you can wear with confidence knowing there's not many other shoes out there that can compete when it comes to sheer spring beauty.

    The possible outfit pairing are endless but we recommend a white babydoll dress to really complement these sandals and make them the center of your ensemble.

    Price: $185.00

    5. Carmen High Heel Pump

    Ever since the 1950s, stiletto heel pumps have been an essential part of shoe fashion and the spring is as good a time as any to throw on a pair of gorgeous high heels. 

    The pewter tone of these High Heel Pumps from Carmen match the spring atmosphere perfectly and pair well with a number of springtime favourites.

    A cotton swing dress or even a pair of linen bell shorts pair fabulously with these stylish pumps.

    Price: $375.00 

     
    Kalena's spring line of Italian shoes for women has even more wonderful options to suit your own unique style. 

    Sign up for Kalena's mailing list below to get 10% off your first purchase and browse our full catalogue to find the shoes that can really light up your spring and redefine your wardrobe. 

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    Spring is here and that means new shoe fashions that kick off another season of designer Italian shoes. Kalena's would like to present our top five shoes for women's spring fashion that you need in your collection.

    Spring is a time of change, a time of renewal and what better way to step into the season than with a new pair of beautiful heels or sparkly sandals? 

    High-end, high-class and most of all, fun to wear, here are the Italian shoes that will make you the center of attention at any spring occasion:

    1. Augusto Sparkly T-Strap Sandal

    Nothing says both elegance and Spring fun like a good pair of sparkly sandals and although not all that glitters is gold, these sure are! As the sun is seen more in the sky this time of the year, the dazzling reflection is sure to draw attention to these breathtaking Augusto T-Strap Sandals

    Perfect to pair with a mid-level or shorter white dress and goes equally as well with a pair of high-waist denim shorts. 

    These sandals are also available in silver for a more subtle, but still impactful effect.

    Price: $145.00

     

    2. XSA Pointed Shoe With Double Strap


    An adorable design that brings to mind Victorian times and luxurious tea parties, this pointed shoe from XSA is the very definition of springtime cuteness while still maintaining an air of refinement.

    Pair this adorable shoe with a light-colored patterned minidress or a yellow off the shoulder dress for maximum impact

    Price: $275.00

     

    3. Kalena's Flat Plaid Mocassin

    When you want to pull off a bit more of a casual springtime look, Kalena's Flat Plaid Moccasins are the perfect complement to your outfit. The eye-catching plaid pattern has an understated elegance and style merges with comfort in a pair of shoes that can be worn for any occasion.

    Pair these moccasins with a light button-down shirt and denim jeans to remain casual while still being fashionable.

    Price: $225.00

    4. A&M Criss-Cross Mid Heel Sandal

    This Italian-made spring fashion masterpiece from A&M embodies so many elements of shoe design that make us excited about fashion.

    From the criss-cross straps to the side buckle to the all-leather materials, this sandal is a work of perfection that you can wear with confidence knowing there's not many other shoes out there that can compete when it comes to sheer spring beauty.

    The possible outfit pairing are endless but we recommend a white babydoll dress to really complement these sandals and make them the center of your ensemble.

    Price: $185.00

    5. Carmen High Heel Pump

    Ever since the 1950s, stiletto heel pumps have been an essential part of shoe fashion and the spring is as good a time as any to throw on a pair of gorgeous high heels. 

    The pewter tone of these High Heel Pumps from Carmen match the spring atmosphere perfectly and pair well with a number of springtime favourites.

    A cotton swing dress or even a pair of linen bell shorts pair fabulously with these stylish pumps.

    Price: $375.00 

     
    Kalena's spring line of Italian shoes for women has even more wonderful options to suit your own unique style. 

    Sign up for Kalena's mailing list below to get 10% off your first purchase and browse our full catalogue to find the shoes that can really light up your spring and redefine your wardrobe. 

    Subscribe to our mailing list

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  • A Guide to Buying Shoes Online A Guide to Buying Shoes Online

    0 comments / Posted on by Veralena Casellato

    Hesitant about buying shoes online?

    Many people are and of course when it comes to purchasing high-quality shoes, it always is best to go in person and get to feel and try on the shoes before making a purchase.

    If you're in the Vancouver area Kalena's Italian Shoes has a location on 1526 Commercial Drive where you can spend as much time as you need to examine and try on the shoes you're considering.

    But what if you can't get to a store or just want to shop easily from the comfort of your home or office?

    Worry not, we've got you covered with a guide to buying shoes online. Here are five essentials to online shoe shopping:
     

    1. Make Sure the Size is Correct




    Kalena's and many other shoe stores online use European sizes for their products. Make sure you know which Canadian and American sizes are matched to their European counterparts so you don't end up with a shoe that won't fit.

    Kalena's has a Shoe Sizing Guide that can help you find out what your European size is if you are accustomed to North American sizes.

    The best way to measure your exact shoe size with one-hundred percent accuracy is with a Brannock Foot Measure or other measuring device.

    Keep in mind that unlike North American shoe sizes, European sizes are more uniform between the genders. A woman's shoe and a man's shoe in size 42 is going to fit comfortably for both whereas the North American sizes differ between men and women's shoes.

     

    2. Examine the Shoe Images Carefully

    Before you make a purchase, you definitely want to make sure that you are getting the exact style that you are looking for. Browsing through the image gallery of the shoes you are considering purchasing and examining them from all angles can help to inform you of exactly what they look like in real life.

    Make sure you are purchasing from an online shoe retailer that has clear, clean, well-lit photos without any distracting background elements so you can see the shoes as they would appear in reality.

    Kalena's uses custom shoe images taken in-store of the actual products we have in inventory so you can be assured that what you see is what you will receive if you make a purchase.
     

    3. Be Aware of the Shipping and Refund Policy

    Different stores may have different refund or return policies. You want to make sure that if something is wrong with your shoes, such as you received the wrong color or the shoes are damaged in some way, that you can return or exchange them. 

    You also need to know what the shipping costs will be for your items. Kalena's offers free shipping on purchases of over two-hundred dollars. 

    Check the shipping and return policy of the website you are purchasing from to make sure you fully understand beforehand.


    4. Make Sure Your Payment is Secure

    Paying Online by Credit Card

    When giving out your credit card or Paypal information online, you want to make sure your information is totally secure. Kalena's never distributes our customer information and uses your contact only to inform you of sales and new products, if you should so desire.When processing credit cards, Kalena's uses an SSL Certificate with 128-bit encryption. What this means is that your credit card information is as secure as it would be in any of the world's largest banking corporations.

    Make sure that whichever store you choose to buy from, you first check to make sure they have an adequate level of protection for your information.

     

    5. Contact the Store you are Purchasing From With any Questions

    Customer Service Phone Call

    When in doubt the best thing to do is just pick up the phone and give the store a call with any questions you may have about their products.

    A good shoe store will be happy to help you by answering your questions and giving you advice on your shoe purchase. 

    You can call the Kalena's Shoe Store any time during business hours at 604-255-3727 and we will be delighted to assist you in any way that we can. 

    And as I mentioned earlier in the article and something that deserves a bonus entry:


    6. Go to the Retail Outlet

    Kalenas Italian Shoe Store Vancouver

    This one is cheating a bit as going to the store's physical location is technically not buying shoes online but it really is the best way to truly get the look and feel of the shoes before buying. 

    If the store is in your area or you happen to be passing through, why not stop by and browse the shoes in person?

    Kalena's Italian Shoes is located in the heart of Vancouver's Little Italy district at 1526 Commercial Drive and is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Click to See Map

     

    Hesitant about buying shoes online?

    Many people are and of course when it comes to purchasing high-quality shoes, it always is best to go in person and get to feel and try on the shoes before making a purchase.

    If you're in the Vancouver area Kalena's Italian Shoes has a location on 1526 Commercial Drive where you can spend as much time as you need to examine and try on the shoes you're considering.

    But what if you can't get to a store or just want to shop easily from the comfort of your home or office?

    Worry not, we've got you covered with a guide to buying shoes online. Here are five essentials to online shoe shopping:
     

    1. Make Sure the Size is Correct




    Kalena's and many other shoe stores online use European sizes for their products. Make sure you know which Canadian and American sizes are matched to their European counterparts so you don't end up with a shoe that won't fit.

    Kalena's has a Shoe Sizing Guide that can help you find out what your European size is if you are accustomed to North American sizes.

    The best way to measure your exact shoe size with one-hundred percent accuracy is with a Brannock Foot Measure or other measuring device.

    Keep in mind that unlike North American shoe sizes, European sizes are more uniform between the genders. A woman's shoe and a man's shoe in size 42 is going to fit comfortably for both whereas the North American sizes differ between men and women's shoes.

     

    2. Examine the Shoe Images Carefully

    Before you make a purchase, you definitely want to make sure that you are getting the exact style that you are looking for. Browsing through the image gallery of the shoes you are considering purchasing and examining them from all angles can help to inform you of exactly what they look like in real life.

    Make sure you are purchasing from an online shoe retailer that has clear, clean, well-lit photos without any distracting background elements so you can see the shoes as they would appear in reality.

    Kalena's uses custom shoe images taken in-store of the actual products we have in inventory so you can be assured that what you see is what you will receive if you make a purchase.
     

    3. Be Aware of the Shipping and Refund Policy

    Different stores may have different refund or return policies. You want to make sure that if something is wrong with your shoes, such as you received the wrong color or the shoes are damaged in some way, that you can return or exchange them. 

    You also need to know what the shipping costs will be for your items. Kalena's offers free shipping on purchases of over two-hundred dollars. 

    Check the shipping and return policy of the website you are purchasing from to make sure you fully understand beforehand.


    4. Make Sure Your Payment is Secure

    Paying Online by Credit Card

    When giving out your credit card or Paypal information online, you want to make sure your information is totally secure. Kalena's never distributes our customer information and uses your contact only to inform you of sales and new products, if you should so desire.When processing credit cards, Kalena's uses an SSL Certificate with 128-bit encryption. What this means is that your credit card information is as secure as it would be in any of the world's largest banking corporations.

    Make sure that whichever store you choose to buy from, you first check to make sure they have an adequate level of protection for your information.

     

    5. Contact the Store you are Purchasing From With any Questions

    Customer Service Phone Call

    When in doubt the best thing to do is just pick up the phone and give the store a call with any questions you may have about their products.

    A good shoe store will be happy to help you by answering your questions and giving you advice on your shoe purchase. 

    You can call the Kalena's Shoe Store any time during business hours at 604-255-3727 and we will be delighted to assist you in any way that we can. 

    And as I mentioned earlier in the article and something that deserves a bonus entry:


    6. Go to the Retail Outlet

    Kalenas Italian Shoe Store Vancouver

    This one is cheating a bit as going to the store's physical location is technically not buying shoes online but it really is the best way to truly get the look and feel of the shoes before buying. 

    If the store is in your area or you happen to be passing through, why not stop by and browse the shoes in person?

    Kalena's Italian Shoes is located in the heart of Vancouver's Little Italy district at 1526 Commercial Drive and is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Click to See Map

     

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