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Best Bridal & Wedding Shoe Designers

By Kathryn / January 12, 2016

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

By Kathryn / October 4, 2013


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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