Archive for the ‘Designer Spotlight’ Category

Brand Crush: Wolverine 1K by Samantha Pleet spring styles

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Back in March one of our favorite fashion bloggers Toshiko Shek, the amazing creative force behind It’s Not Her, It’s Me, published a fabulous review of this spring’s must have stylish Swedish Hasbeens. We’re excited to announce that Toshiko is at it again by perfectly styling the Wolverine 1K Mile by Samantha Pleet spring collection in a new blog post this April.

This spring, Brooklyn based designer Samantha Pleet has partnered with Wolverine 1000 Mile for the fifth season in a row, giving us shoe fanatics yet again another breathless collection. In this newest collaboration spring staples like the Festival Closed Toe Slingback Sandal (featured on Toshiko above), the Picnic Low Heel Closed Toe Sandal and the Ceremony High Heeled Booties are all perfectly designed for these warm spring temperatures.

Thanks to Toshiko’s fabulous eye for styling, it’s easy to imagine adding any (or all) of Samantha Pleet’s newest designs to our closets.

(Photos by Toshiko Shek for It’s Not Her, It’s Me and her Instagram Account.)

Designer Spotlight: Vanessa Mooney X DV by Dolce Vita

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Coveted globally by taste-makers and celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Megan Fox, Emma Roberts and Lily Allen,  the eclectic, hand-made designs  by acclaimed jewellery designer and Hollywood-rebel, Vanessa Mooney, celebrate the free spirited, unexpected beauty of the boho-chic aesthetic that delights the eyes of passerby and wearers alike.

The LA based designer’s often intricate necklaces, bracelets, rings and pretty things inspire us to let go of tomorrow and soulfully embrace the sensuality and fullness of today with fingers and toes, ankles and wrists, and now thanks to her collaboration with DV by Dolce Vita, you can draw that inspiration up from the soles.

Here, at DNA Footwear, we are so pleased to carry two of our favorite styles of shoes from the Vanessa Mooney X DV by Dolce Vita Spring 2014 capsule collection: Avina and Atara. The Avina is a leather thong sandal, with gold belly dancing charms and leather sole; the Atara–a double leather ankle strap gladiator sandal with silver pyramid and smooth spiked studs also, crafted with a leather sole.

The casual versatility of the Avina thong sandal, easily rises to the occasion of dressier style elements. Celebrating that versatility, we orchestrated a truce between the femininity of dreamy florals and punk mysticism by pairing the jade green colored Avina with a sleek, flowery pencil skirt and a tank top emblazoned with a sugar skull. A pale pink bomber jacket keeps the chill away and the cool in play–as pastel hues and bomber jackets are hot trends for Spring 2014.

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(The Avina thong sandal is also available in Black)


The rocker-chic-goddess aesthetic of the Atara gladiator sandal has inspired us to pair the tough, edgy sandal with the simple sweetness of a few key accessories and an unassuming cross strap, lace sundress. To brighten up the look with an air of playful sophistication, we paired these basic elements with a funky, mood-boosting, orange floral blazer that complements Atara‘s fierce design; blue accents and statement pieces bring the look effortlessly together.

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(The Atara ankle strap sandal is also available in Bone & Gold).

Inspire your heart, and sole, with the fiercely feminine bohemian flair that comes with slipping on a pair of Vanessa Mooney shoes from the DV by Dolce Vita capsule collection. Live, Love, Laugh, Be Free!

Happy Shopping, Fashionistas,
–L S.Granados


Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Since 1875, Liberty Art Fabrics has remained dedicated to pushing the envelope of printed material design from London to fashion hubs across the world. This fall, Vans is presenting a capsule collection, in collaboration with Liberty of London. The new collection features six Liberty fabric designs on two heritage Vans styles, the Era and Authentic.

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“Liberty is famously known for their archives of countless floral fabrics. Vans’ designers had the opportunity to tap into prints that aren’t always seen, creating a rare and limited edition collection that brings light to special Liberty prints.”

Available now at, an abstract, printed mountain landscape in army green is featured on the Era while the Authentic features a rich pink leaves print and a colorful pattern of floral and birds. The final style of the collection gets a special treatment that is unique to Vans. A classic Liberty floral is combined with Vans’ iconic checkerboard in a deep navy that pops the red and blue Liberty print.

Vans x Liberty Art Fabrics retails for $60 USD so hurry and nab yourself a pair while they are still available!

By Josi

Red Wing & Wolverine 1000 Mile: My All-American boots

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Ladies, this spring, let’s get ready for some ol’ all-American footwear. Whether you’re still lusting after the Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet’s Fall collection, or can’t take your eyes off Ryan Gosling’s…famous 1907 Heritage Red Wing boots, we’ve got what you need for your shoe closet.

For the first time this season, DNA Footwear is getting two styles of the very popular Red Wing Heritage line, for us ladies. Even if these things appear bulky at first, the 8111 Iron Ranger’s double layered leather, and Nitrile cork sole create a unique look that will mold perfectly to your foot over time.

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Fear not about light scuffs and scratches from everyday use; these will only add character and heroic marks of pride to the quality craftsmanship of these USA born styles. The thick rippled sole of the 9111 Round Toe will help add some inches to those of us who need a bit more height.

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Another well-known all-American designer collaboration is coming back to DNA, with pastel palettes and soft leather. This spring season, Brooklyn-based designer Samantha Pleet, and heritage boot-makers, Wolverine, are merging the vintage with the new, to encapsulate the modern woman.

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The Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet reflects the designer’s one-of-a kind, mystical-meets-modern design aesthetic that bends the rules of time and space, transporting your soles to a vintage place.

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What do you think of these new spring arrivals at DNA Footwear?

Happy Shopping!


By Josi

Four hot designer collections for Fashion Week

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

With Fashion Week taking over the Lincoln Center in New York City, fashionistas from all around the world are ruling the streets of the American fashion capital. Exhibiting their most high-fashion clothing pieces from fall 2012 runways, we’ve been keeping an eye on their soles.

Since DNA Footwear is always on the hunt to find you the perfect shoes (that won’t make your addiction any better!), we are adding some serious appeal to our designer brands collection! For all fashion connoisseurs, Jessica Simpson, Elizabeth and James, Rachel Zoe, and Dr Martens are some of few brands that just hit our stores with their fall collections. In addition, you will soon be able to shop 1000 miles by Samantha Pleet and for our gentlemen; two men collections featuring The Damned by Jeffrey Campbell and MJUS.

While one of the most influential forces in fashion today was presenting her new collection on the runway at New York Fashion Week yesterday, we were working on getting her styles ready to shop. The infamous Rachel Zoe will make you want to stockpile your shoe closet with ankle boots, flats, and platforms pumps.

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The Olsen sisters, recently winners of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of The Year for The Row, seek to embody a modern lifestyle brand for a young and hip generation with their Elizabeth and James label. We’ve got our hands on these fabulous booties that will make you feel like you’ve always been that uptown girl with a touch of casual style!

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Anti-fashion boot or famous footwear, Dr. Martens boots are coming back in DNA’s shoe must-haves this season. Whether you like yours plain leather, with flowers print, polka dots (seriously, would you expect any less?), polished, or canvas, you will surely find what you are craving in the shoe icon category.

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So there are no more excuses, we have the perfect touch to complete your style from head to toe during the global Fashion Weeks! Let us know what your favorite runway soles are and stay tuned to know when our other designer brands will hit the stores!

by Josi

Loving our Manolitas

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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How can we not love the Guatemalan inspired brand 2568. 2568 creates vibrant handcrafted shoes in both boot and flat styles.  Their shoes are uniquely designed with decorative textile detailing and fused with lush vivacious colors that can either be slipped on or laced up. You can add a little spice to your looks this summer by sliding into a pair of bold print Manolitas.  The Manolita comes in neutral colored leathers that allow for multi-purpose wears and is integrated with beautiful striped fabric elements that all come together to make an ultra-stylish shoe!  2568’s Valerina style is just as sweet; a style completely layered in colorful multi striped fabric. These dainty lovelies are exactly what every girl needs. If you are looking for a more urban look then the intricate detailing of the Cheyenne boot will definitely snag your attention. The harness leather paired with the stunningly stitched colorful canvas is a match made in shoe heaven! Personalize your wardrobe with matchless ingenuity that is the 2568 brand!

By Christine Suero


Peacock Princess

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Though it’s not a new trend, the Peacock print, has been making appearances all across the different fashion segments since last year. From scarves, dresses and tops to jewelry, cellphone accessories and shoes. The bold plumage pattern has even found it way into home décor though on a more subtle tone. From bold to delicate, the peacock print is a great way to make a statement.

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Nelly Ballet Flat - Black Multi Slim Thematic Flip Flop - Navy

Pump up any casual or tone-on-tone looks and wardrobe pieces with a bold peacock print shoe. Whether you love an adorable ballet flat, sexy heel or stacked wedge, the eye-catching pattern of this print will keep a kick in your step. Three styles that are a must have are the Nelly Ballet Flat, Nita Platform and Nira High Wedge – all from fun-loving footwear brand, Penny Loves Kenny. For those of you who want to match (peacock is huge in swimwear this season) or accent your beach style, check out the Havaianas Slim Thematic Flip Flop.

By Dynelle Skinner


Spiked and Dangerously Fashionable

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

What do you get when a hot and edgy shoe brand mixes with some tough, in your face embellishments? You get a gaggle of warrior princesses of course; which makes Jeffrey Campbell the King. With a collection of shoes that feature one of the hottest shoe trends – Spikes,  Jeffrey Campbell  has created an army of very fashionable yet dangerously footed women. From boots to sneakers, flats and wedges, these metal heavy footwear styles will definitely make the statement – “Don’t mess with this fashionable chick”

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Some of Jeffrey Campbell’s hot weaponry heels include the Spike High Heel Ankle Bootie, the Teramo Spike High Wedge Sneaker, the Puffer Flat Studded Sandal, the Audrey Spike High Heel Wedge, and the Judas Spike T-Strap Sandal and many more. Whichever style you choose, no one will mistake your feminine charm for weakness.

By Dynelle Skinner


The Fabulous Forties

Monday, July 9th, 2012

One of the biggest inspirations for fall 2012 fashion is the 1940’s, an era of simple elegance. Designers such as John Galliano, Jason Wu and Jenny Packman (who’s forties-inspired makeup was done with Laura Mercier’s Cinema Noir Fall 2012 Makeup Collection – a collection which brings the 1940‘s makeup back) all featured collections that celebrated the glamorous era. In the forties, fashion was simplified, clean and non-complex, due primarily to the war and its effect on fabric availability. 1940’s fashion displayed the strength of that time and effortless styling. But while hemlines got higher, heel heights remained moderately low.

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Mariana by GOLC has several footwear styles inspired by the simplicity of the 1940’s, very much like the ones forties celebrities such as Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo and Rita Hayworth wore. The demure styles feature a silhouette that is as graceful as the typical forties style but with a modern take. Get a step up on the fashion competition with these vintage-inspired styles from Mariana by GOLC – Samantha Strappy Mid Heel Sandal, Michelle Low Heel Open-Toe Pump, Misty Low Heel Shoe, and the Stacie Low Heel Shoe.

By Dynelle Skinner


Brand Focus – Sixtyseven by Mustang’s Spanish Invasion

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Lots of international shoe brands are making a name for themselves in the US. While Italian brands have topped the list in breakout success in America, we’re seeing more brands from countries like London, Spain and Sweden, clad on the feet of local fashionistas. One international label quietly wowing shoe lovers is Sixtyseven by Mustang with its trendy yet classically modern silhouettes. Though they’ve been around for 40 years, the Spanish brand is fairly unknown in the US but that is quickly changing.

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72286 High Heel Sandal - Vachetta Camel 72689 High Peep-Toe Wedge - Bogota Ice

With styles that are full of character, like the very sleek, all-over leather wrapped 72702 High Peep-Toe Wedge, the very chic 72689 High Peep-Toe Wedge, which features peek-a-boo cutouts at the vamp, the country girl inspired 72286 High Heel Sandal, and the architecturally stunning 72093 High Heel Sandal, Sixtyseven by Mustang will soon become a shoe lovers favorite.

By Dynelle Skinner