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Kathryn

Kathryn is the Founder of luxury shoe care company Protect Your Pumps. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and of course designer shoes. She is a "smart shoe shopper" who loves to buy designer shoes and loves getting them at a great price!

The Best Red High Heels: Holiday Edition

By Kathryn / December 19, 2016

Red is hot. Always has been. Always will be. A spicy pair of red high heels can elevate the most simple outfit. 

Of course red shoes are appropriate to be worn all year long, however red is incredibly special during the holidays. Whether you are headed to a Christmas party or date night, allow your red shoes to spread a little holiday cheer.

These 10 red shoes are bold, fun and hot. Even if you are not currently in the market for a new pair of shoes, browsing at beautiful shoes never hurt anyone.

Looking for a way to protect your beautiful red shoes. Protect Your Pumps is the best way! 

Which pair are your favorite?​

Red leather stiletto pumps from Sophia Webster. $506 available at FarFetch

JIMMY CHOO Anouk 120 pumps, $595 available at Far Fetch

Aquazzura Matilde Suede Pumps, $695 available at Moda Operandi

Saint Laurent Suede Bow d'Orsay 105mm Pump, Rouge, $795 available at Neiman Marcus

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Crystal-Buckle Satin 105mm Pump, Red $965, available at Neiman Marcus

Kate Spade New York Halle, $350 , Available at Zappos Luxury

Valentino 'Rockstud' T-Strap Pump, $995, available at Nordstrom

Badgley Mischka 'Gorgeous' Crystal Embellished Pointy Toe Pump, $265, available at Nordstrom

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO 'Fiore' pumps, $448, available at Far Fetch

Shoes of Prey Pointy Toe Pump, $250, available at Nordstrom

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Louboutin Shoes for Fall and Winter 2016

By Kathryn / October 19, 2016

If I had to use one word to describe the Christian Louboutin collection for Fall and Winter 2016 it would be funky. So many of these shoes have fun and bright colors, jewels and unique designs. From knee high boots to ballet flats, this collection has something for everyone. Here are a few of the hottest Christian Louboutin shoes to rock this fall and winter.

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Click the image to find out the name of the shoe. All of these beauties and more can be found on the Christian Louboutin website

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Types Of Shoes Every Stylish Woman Should Own

While it may be your desire to jump on all the latest shoe trends, you may not have the finance or closet space to do that. In order to cut back on cost while remaining stylish, there are certain kind of shoes you should have in your closet. Forget buying repetitive designs in varying colors and stock your closet with these basic shoes that will serve for any event.

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Best 3 Inch Heels to Wear to Work

The low to mid heel is my new long lost friend. I must admit, I’m very guilty of having only 2 options when it comes to shoes; sky high stilettos or flats.

However, I’m happy to announce my perspective has changed. I have a work conference coming up and was looking for a new pair or shoes. I don’t want to wear a super high heel to the conference and I also don’t want to wear a flat, so this weekend I started looking for mid height heels and I feel I like I just hit the shoe jackpot!

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14 Christian Louboutin Shoes Under $700

By Kathryn / September 10, 2016

The first thing I think of when I see a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes is Luxury. My second thought is E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E! When I was working as a sales associate at Neiman’s, I remember selling a pair of Christian Louboutins that were $2,500. At that time, I had just graduated from college and $2,500 was my rent many times over so yea that was a no go for me!

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3 Differences Between Christian Louboutin So Kate and Pigalle Follies

You know how Carrie Bradshaw doesn’t like to pick favorites with her shoes, we’ll neither do we. For that reason, this post isn’t going to be about which shoe is better. It is all about providing you with the necessary information about Christian Louboutin’s So Kate and Pigalle Follies so you can make an informed decision regarding which one is best for you.

The three major differences between the So Kate and Pigalle Follies are:

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Christian Louboutin Embraces All Skin Tones

As if we needed another reason to love Christian Louboutin. I personally appreciate anyone who can celebrate the diverse beauty of women around the world. As a woman of color, the term “nude” has always been a little offense to me.

According to Webster nude is defined as “having a color that matches the wearers skin tone.” Well I guess that means nude is not for me. None of the “nude” pantyhose, lipsticks, shoes or clothes even closely resemble the color of my skin.

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The Best Valentino Rockstud Shoe Styles

By Kathryn / February 18, 2016

If you are a designer shoe lover you probably own a pair of Valentino rockstuds, if not more than one. If you haven’t purchased a pair of Rockstuds yet, I’m sure you’ve thought about doing so before.

​The Valentino Rockstud slingbacks were introduced in Fall 2010 and have been all the rage ever since. The Rockstud collection allowed iconic fashion house Valentino to appeal to a young and fresh demographic. Over the past few years Valentino has reported incredible growth in revenue with thanks to the success of the Rockstud.

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The Best Way to Protect Christian Louboutins

Protect Your Pumps is the best way to Protect Christian Louboutin shoes.

One of the most popular questions we receive is about using Protect Your Pumps on Christian Louboutin shoes.

I pride myself on being honest and transparent with customers and potential customers about our product. In the past we’ve had some issues with Louboutins. A small number of women had issues with peeling and when this happened I felt devastated. Protect Your Pumps means the world to me and I’m here to help not hurt.

However, we’ve found a resolution to the issue and I’m so happy about that.

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Best Bridal & Wedding Shoe Designers

By Kathryn / January 12, 2016
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I’m the maid of honor in my best friends upcoming wedding which is proving to be lots of fun. I am trusted with supporting and loving her through this very exciting time in her life. In addition to just being a good friend, I also am working on some fun projects; like planning the bachelorette party (whoot whoot) and helping her shop for the big day.

​A few months ago I helped her pick out the most beautiful wedding dress (the one she picked is a stunner, she is going to shut it down in this dress) and up next we will be checking out shoes.

Here is my 2 cents on the whole wedding shoe market.

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10 Best Suede Over the Knee Boots

By Kathryn / January 7, 2016

We can’t doge winter forever. However, just because it’s here doesn’t mean that our shoe collections have to suffer. What is the perfect shoe-solution to combat the winter blues? Suede Over The Knee Boots! This shoe can be dressed up or down, and can really be the perfect wow to a just ok outfit. So you’re wearing a pair of plain leggings? Who Cares! If you add a pair of hot over the knee boots this kind of blah outfit will take you to the next level.

Its no secret designer knee high boots can be really expensive. (some $2,000 +To be honest its probably the main reason I don’t have a closet full of them.  But the fact that they can be a bit pricey makes perfect sense. You are talking about having a lot of shoe with lots of material. So what if you can’t afford a closet full of them, one quality pair you love But a good pair is a great   footwear investment that will last you for many years to come.

I’ve put together a list of my favorite over the knee boots. Most of these boots are very versatile. They are all really cute. My philosophy on shoe shopping is simple; Quality designer shoes are worth it but you don’t always have to pay the highest price for great shoes. If you’re not working with a crazy designer shoe budget, half of these over the knee boots are under $500.

Let me know your thoughts on over the knee boots and which pair are your favorite.

 

If you are interested in purchasing any shoes that are listed in the slideshow. Here are the links.

Dolce Vita Okana Sude Over The Knee Boot

Kristin Cavallari ‘Calissa’ Over the Knee Slouch Boot

Stuart Weitzman Highland Suede Over-the-Knee Boot

Joie Aubry Suede Lace-Up Open-Toe Knee Boot

Sergio Rossi Over The Knee Boot

Report Lipton Over The Knee Boot 

Sam Edelman Amber Stretch Over the Knee Boot

Pollini Two One Block Heel Boot

Gianvito Rossi Patchwork Suede Over The Knee Boot

Stuart Weitzman Peep Toe Knee high Boot

 

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7 Tips to Guarantee Authenticity of Designer Shoes

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Each year the counterfeit industry generates between 500 billion and 600 billion dollars. Luxury apparel and accessories are some of the most popular items that are “knocked off”. The internet has made it much easier for those who wish to sell counterfeit goods. At the same time the internet has made it more difficult for the consumer to ensure the authenticity of their goods.

It would be devastating to purchase a beautiful pair of Valentino rockstud pumps, only to find out they are FAKE. So, we’ve put together a list of things you should do to help guarantee that designer shoes you purchase are authentic. ​

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Sophia Websters Bridal Collection

By Kathryn / March 26, 2015

Every girl dreams about her “big day.”  You want everything to be perfect, memorable and most importantly fun! While most brides generally wear a traditional white gown, that doesn’t mean  your shoes have to follow suit. Last week Sophia Webster launched her first ever bridal shoe collection.

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4 Female Shoe Designers You Should Know

By Kathryn / April 28, 2014

For some reason the business of women’s footwear is incredibly male dominated. Of course Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Brian Atwood are some of our favorites but we also believe in supporting other women. In the past few years, more and more female shoe designers have stepped on the scene and we love it! Here are a few you should get to know!

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New Jimmy Choo .08 Collection

By Kathryn / April 17, 2014

Jimmy Choo is known for their sexy high heels and glamorous designs which we all love. However, creative director Sandra Choi wanted to bring something new to the brand. Introducing Jimmy Choo.08.  “We crave the same glamour and attitude in shoes we can run around in all day, as we do for our more formal footwear which is why I created Choo.08”-Sandra Choi

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25 Super Cute Zara Shoes (All are under $150)

By Kathryn / April 15, 2014

Unfortunately ,I don’t live in a city that has a physical Zara store, but when I travel I do love checking them out. I’ve recently been seeing the most adorable shoes on women and when I ask where did you get those shoes from? Many of them to my surprise respond Zara!  They often look just like really expensive designer shoes, are super cute and are at a fraction of the cost. We are all for a big designer splurge. But there is also nothing wrong with getting great deals, which is why we’ve shown you the

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The Perfect Nude Pump At Any Price

By Kathryn / March 27, 2014

The nude pump is probably one of the most versatile pair of shoes a woman can own. When you find the right pair, it can literally go with everything! Of course,  we all like the fun and bright shoes, but sometimes sticking to the basics works just fine. We’ve found 20 great nude pumps to share with you ladies. Some are even under $200. We are firm believers that a great pair of shoes doesn’t always have to break the bank. Heel height and round vs pointed toe is your preference, so we’ve given  you a good mix of shoes.

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6 Aquazzura Shoes We’re Totally Crazy About

By Kathryn / March 24, 2014

Aquazzura makes HOT shoes. This is a relatively new line founded in 2011 by  Edgardo Osorio. This designer has worked for many brands we love such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Sigerson Morrison, René Caovilla and Roberto Cavalli. We’d describe the shoe as stylish and fun. The Spring/Summer Collection is pretty awesome and these are 6 of our favorites.

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Christian Louboutin Spring/Summer 2014

Well we must say Christian Louboutin never really disappoints. Their shoes are like little beautiful pieces of art work and we can’t get enough. The collection for Spring/Summer is fun, bright and beautiful. And as the weather starts to break here and it really starts to feel like Spring we are excited to swap out or everyday ugg or sorel boots for a pair of cute Wedges or Gladiators. Take a look at

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Made to Order Manolo Blahniks

By Kathryn / March 13, 2014

The Manolo Blahnik BB Shoe is a beautiful timeless pointed toe pump. It is always a staple in the Blahnik collections and will probably be around for many years because it is simple and stunning. About a year ago Manolo Blahnik exclusively partnered with Neiman Marcus to give customers the opportunity to create their very own BB shoe.

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Jimmy Choo Spring/Summer 2014

By Kathryn / March 7, 2014

Hello Spring!  Winter here in the midwest has been absolutely brutal so the fact that the weather is warming up and the snow is starting to melt makes me so happy. Another something bringing a big smile to my face is the Jimmy Choo Spring/Summer 2014 collection. I will always and forever love Choos.

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The Sarah Jessica Parker Shoe Collection

Well it was only a matter of time for our favorite “shoe gal” Sarah Jessica Parker to launch her own collection. We,  of course,  all know her for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in the incredibly popular Sex and the City. Carrie was no doubt a shopaholic who brought mainstream attention to the brands we know and love such as Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik. and Jimmy Choo.

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Sergio Rossi Bridal Collection

By Kathryn / February 25, 2014

I would wear Sergio Rossi shoes to the grocery store! So there is no question this incredibly talented designer who makes some of the most beautiful shoes is worthy of your most important day. The Sergio Rossi bridal collection has something for everyone. From a chic pair of flats to a totally blinged out

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Meet Jess Lively The Business Woman Helping Others Design a Life With Intention

By Kathryn / October 4, 2013

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About 2 years ago I was sitting in my apartment in Chicago surfing the net when I stumbled across an event that was happening the next day called “Business in the City”. This was a roundtable discussion for small business owners that would be led by business owner Jess Constable. (She is Jess Lively now at the time she wasn’t married) I was fairly new to the Chicago area and was also a new business owner, so this seemed like a good fit. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose and decided to attend. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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Celebrating 2 Years in Business With Many Thanks

By Kathryn / September 26, 2013

Exactly one month ago yesterday Protect Your Pumps turned 2 years old.  August 25, 2011 was the day I first hit “launch” on the initial PYP website and opened our virtual doors for business. Last month was crazy busy around here so I didn’t have much time to acknowledge the date let alone really celebrate. I want to take some time and dedicate this post to everyone who has helped Protect Your Pumps see 2 years in business!

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