When we buy shoes, we'll actually wear them, which means that the lifespan of our spindly stilettos doesn't justify their pricetag. Wedges and heavy-duty boots are our footwear of choice, and Swedish label Minimarket stocks some of the best options out there. Their spring '10 collection doesn't disappoint! There's a terribly chic cap-toed boot with a wooden platform (it comes in a more understated blacked-out version, too), a cobalt version of their classic back-zip wedge...and don't get us started on those tan lace-ups. We dare you to find us a sleeker, more practical shoe. And if shoes aren't your thing, they've got a covetable collection of sunglasses and purses‐including patent and suede wristlets and studded caps that are nearly too sweet for words.
Catching a flash of a leopard boot and football-shaped baguette last season was enough to have us sitting on the edges of our proverbial seats in anticipation for high-res images of Alexander Wang's spring 2010 collection. After all, the mop-topped charmer's accessories are on a winning streak, with every one of his studded, embossed, and cracked leather goodies selling out faster than you can say "How much for these?". But that was last season during the heyday of the tough-as-nails trend, and as the spikes-'n'-chains thing fizzes out, we were worried that Alex might not be able to play catch-up quickly enough. But, from these product shots, we really had nothing to be concerned about, with playful heels with an athletic kick, a graphic update on the Coco bag, and that leather clutch that you might want to think twice about hiking down the end zone. (Nylon)