• Mon, Oct 29 2007

Divine and Down to Earth

Last month, recognized beauty and fashion expert Nada Manley wrote a guest blog post here at ShoeBlitz about here favorite fantasy shoes for fall. 

Though her choices were fabulous, they weren’t exactly something all of us can afford. Now Nada weighs in with her affordable options for both shoes and handbags this fall. 

Just because you don’t have the clothing budget of a club-hopping heiress or a headline-making celeb, that doesn’t mean that you can’t sport the season’s key accessories. Fortunately, this fall, fabulous shoes and bags can be found in prices to suit any budget.

Here, my picks for the top ten budget-friendly shoes and bags!


ABS “Arson” pump, $120, Fabreana.com: This gorgeous satin platform pump has a peep toe and a gorgeous shape. The hottest way to wear it? In Carnation Pink, but it’s also available in black, bronze and champagne.

Nine West Metropop Sandal, $79, Nine West stores nationwide: The sculptured heel and sleek shape recall Prada, without the price. In a combination of very-now purple satin and black suede, these are real eyecatchers!

Mary Jane Patent Wedge, $48 (on sale right now for $29.99!), Urban Outfitters: Flirty and fun, these come in maroon and mustard.

Urban Outfitters Mary Jane Wedge

Guess “Camelot” Slingback, $120, department stores nationwide: Several key trends, including a sparkly metallic mesh upper and a crystal-studded Lucite brooch at the toe, make this a must going into the holiday season.

justsweet “Maddox” Ribbon Bootie, $115, Macy’s: The audacious platform and colorful, crisscrossing ribbons make this relatively affordable shoe look like a pair I recently spotted from Dior.

Steve Madden “Tinah” Pump, $79 (on sale right now for $27.65!), Macy’s: Prada, revisited. This sculptural mary jane black patent with a red patent strap is reminiscent of the shapes Prada is showing this season.

Steve Madden - Tinah

Satin T-Strap Heel, $24.99, Charlotte Russe: Vintage-chic and luxe at a very surprising price, these burgundy satin peep-toe sandals trimmed in gold are a glamorous bet for holiday parties.

Xhilaration “Skyler” Patent Silver Pump, $19.99, Target: These adorable mary janes feature a trendy patent silver finish and a cute round toe.

Patent Peep Toe Wedge, $49, Rampage: This grey patent shoe features a very sleek, trendy Lucite wedge.

Viviau Patent Pump, $19.80, Forever 21: This double-strap patent mary jane is easy on the eye, and the wallet.


Nine West Bow Clutch, $49, Nine West stores nationwide: This entire bag is shaped like a chic-and-cheeky bow, and it comes in of-the-moment colors like purple and plum.

Reptile Hinge Wallet, $20, Urban Outfitters: So many trends in one inexpensive piece: faux exotic skin, a rectangle box shape, and a small size make this wallet easily double as a chic clutch.

Steve Madden “Heiress” Box Clutch, $48, department stores nationwide: With a silver “snake” with gold chain handle and trim, this bag is all sparkle, no sticker shock.

Devi Kroell for Target Clutch, $19.99, Target: Exotic skins in metallics like silver and gold – what could be hotter? The price!

Jessica McClintock Quilted Frame Clutch, $38, Nordstrom: A retro frame shape with a kisslock, quilted satin exterior and stylish selection of colors make this a winner.

Jessica McClintock Clutch

Croc Tube Clutch, $58, Arden B.: Mock croc and metallic trim make this trendworthy bag a sure thing.

Croc Tube Clutch

Gathered Metallic Clutch, $8.80, Forever 21: A tiny bag at a tiny price. What could be better? This affordable clutch doubles as a wristlet, and features a cute knot detail on the front.

Small Kisslock Hobo, $58, Rampage: All the trends are here: patent leather, gathering on the sides, a great chain strap and a vintage frame shape.

Melie Bianco Quilted Clutch, $46.95, Zappos.com: Quilted, studded and infinitely portable, with a wrist strap and buckle detail.

Baby Phat Frilly Chic Clutch, $50.95, Zappos.com: This crystal-studded ruffled bag features a wrist strap and a signature buckle accent. Adorable!

Nada Manley is a recognized fashion and beauty writer with over 1,000 magazine articles to her credit. She is also a former beauty editor with more than a dozen years of experience. She has made numerous television appearances as a fashion and beauty expert on FOX News and E! Entertainment Television. Currently based in central Florida, she is a fashion columnist for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and a freelance writer. Her book, Secrets of the Beauty Insiders, is the culmination of her lifelong obsession with beauty. Check out her blog: beautyinsiderblog.com.

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