Put A Little More Fire In Your Step

With countless reviews on clothing, shapewear, and beauty, it seems that I overlooked one very fundamental subject….SHOES!!! How could this be? Well, I must admit that until recently my personal collection was rather bleak and nothing to brag about. It must be quite dreadful when your significant other declares you really need to start investing in all new shoes and to dispose of the rest. Yes, I am guilty as charged but it is not solely my own doing as there are several factors that contributed to this hardship. First, finding retro inspired designs locally is next to impossible. Second, the entire populace cannot wear sky high heels; why do shoe designers make all cute footwear with 4 inch+ heels? Lastly, finding quality and comfort all in one is like discovering a diamond in the rough. In a sea of vintage inspired footwear, there are a few gems that stand out above the rest. Miss L Fire has become a household name with their fabulous designs, quality and comfort.

IMG_2396Miss L Fire launched in 2005, by the founder and designer Lynsey Hand. Their origins began in the UK and with their burning success, their fabulous footwear can now be acquired around the globe. With each season, Miss L Fire creates unique designs reminiscent of the Golden Era of glamour but with a modern twist. They also make delightful handbags very remindful of the 1950-60s, an era full of lucite treasures that we now covet. When the opportunity arose to review one of their designs from the Autumn/Winter ’13 collection, I instantly became smitten with the Pompeii in red.

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 12.57.09 PMWhen it came to sizing, I was at a total loss since our shoes are in US metric and I usually waiver between a 7 down to 6.5 due to my narrow feet. Miss L Fire run in European metric, from sizes 36-41. Based on the conversion size chart, I fell in between a 37 and 38. Considering the Pompeii are a closed toe style, it was risky to size down as then it would be impossible to wear if they were too small. We all know ordering shoes online is always a bit of a gamble, this is why reviews are incredibly helpful before taking the plunge. When the Pompeii arrived, I was quickly taken by their incredible quality and allure of the 1950s. To my surprise, the 38 was quite generous and could have surely sized down to a 37. Thankfully the t-bar strap allows me to wear them comfortably with an added insole insert. The Pompeii are made with a high quality leather with suede and snake skin accents. The rubber sole bottoms provide excellent grip on slippery surfaces, something that is commonly overlooked in footwear these days.

MissLFireEarlier I mentioned there is a dire need for more options with fashionable low heel footwear since not all of us can wear sky high styles. Unfortunately I was cursed with flat feet (no arch) and cannot wear pretty high heels for any length of time, which is really frustrating. The maximum heel height I can sustain is 3 inches and the Pompeii fit perfectly in line. A huge bonus is the 1 inch diameter wide heel as it provides much greater stability. Miss L Fire did not sacrifice comfort and practicality in the name of beauty, the Pompeii is the complete package. It is rare that I find shoes to be so pleasant from the beginning and do not require much of a breaking in period. Their attention to detail in the construction is something to note; every stitch is in the right place and the fabulous colorful insole is padded for extra comfort.

MissLFire2The Pompeii are ideal to accessorize every vintage wardrobe, they are sure to become a fundamental staple. Their design will lend wonderfully to pair with genuine vintage and vintage reproduction; a great versatility to get the most out of your investment. Miss L Fire has just released their fabulous Spring/Summer 2014 Collection and they are now hitting their online store as we speak. You can also find the entire Miss L Fire collection at their Hollywood Boutique, along with some well known vintage reproduction brands like Trashy Diva, Freddies of Pinewood, Besame Cosmetics and so much more!

Rule The World With An Iron Fist!! by Chrystal Allen

Iron Fist Clothing is a UK based brand that began in 2001 as a men’s clothing line. Four years later, the minds behind IFC ventured into the brave new world of women’s shoes. This is where I happily fit in as consumer. My first exposure to these wonderfully colourful and detailed shoes came about by looking at pin-up photos on Pinuplifestyle.com. I saw the famous and first of my collection, Zombie Stompers, on a gorgeous redhead (I couldn’t find the photo to credit, sorry). It was shoe love at first sight and I knew I just had to own the shoes that were literally smiling right back at me, ASAFinanciallyP!! I was able to finally find them at a new (at the time) local shop, Get Funky Boutique! So lucky was I that this unique store opened up on one of the main streets in my hometown, as I had coveted these shoes for months online but was too fearful to order them without trying them on. What if I got the wrong size?! Panic? No more! I now had the chance to see and feel them in person and I was not disappointed, ladies. The store owner, who has her own awesome look and is extremely friendly warned me that Iron Fist pumps tend to run a half size large. I have to admit, I was kinda relieved, as I “usually” wear a 7.5, and Iron Fist doesn’t make half sizes. So I ask for a size 7 and PRAISE THE COBBLER, they fit like a glove!! I’m not talking “Ok, they squish my shoes but don’t cause too much pain” kinda fit, because we’ve all have shoes like that, or is that just me? I mean they honest and truly fit like they were made for my feet*!!!!! Even more delighting was the realization that even though they’ve got a 4″ heel, they’re super comfortable! You can actually put these bad boys on and walk around ALL DAY (I’ve done it!) without feeling like you’re wearing bear traps on your tootsies by the time you take them off. Bonuses are, all Iron Fist shoes are 100% vegan, and they come with really cute decals on the very bottom. I’ve shown these in the photos but please ignore the fact that some are well worn.

*I’m aware that some of you won’t have the same luck with Iron Fist, and I’m so sorry for your loss ;(

In this photo I’m wearing Zombie Stomper pumps, a Living Dead Souls swing dress, Cuban heel stockings, red lipstick and a $2 headscarf. I was not having a good hair day, ladies, please be kind.

So far, I’ve got 4 pairs of Iron Fists in my too-slowly-growing collection. Let me introduce you to my “feet babies”….

Zombie Stomper – My eldest. Lime green peep toe pumps with fuchsia zombie eyes and white zombie teeth. The heel is a black textured suede (faux, of course, see above) and there’s a cute satin bow at the back. $80 @ Get Funky.

All Hope Abandoned – Black pumps with sugar skull and flower decals, in the flower is a shiny rhinestone to add some “oooohh” factor. This pair also came with a second pair of heel tips, just in case. I believe they include these heel tips in all Iron Fist shoes from 2009 to present, but I could be mistaken. Got them for $45 @ Get Funky (I love 50% off sales).

Race With the Devil – Charcoal pumps with pinstripe details. Chrome finish heel and hanging dice from the back. I also included a photo of the shoe off, because the print inside is so cute, makes these shoes feel even more like Vegas (in my humble opinion)!! $80 @ Get Funky.

Society Suicide – Somebody vomitted rockabilly all over these, and I LOVE THEM!!! A black satin-y platform pump with tropical flowers and sparrows. Cute polka-dot mary jane strap with a moveable (not RE-moveable) bow, the inside is leopard print. The left and right shoe are slightly different, they laid the print across them differently to give some extra character. $90 @ Get Funky, or a very Merry Xmas present from your clever and loving father 🙂

These shoes can add character and sass to many outfits, I personally love to wear them with a LBD or a pair of jeans to show off just enough of my personality to not scare folks away. I have to also mention that while I personally have a penchant for pumps, Iron Fist uses a lot of their designs on different styles of shoes and other items such as – flats, flip flops, booties, rubber boots, Ugg style boots, bikinis, dresses and bags. So they really have something for everybody who likes a little unique flair! ~C