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Fashion Meets Function: Blake Brody In-Studio Footwear

You only need to slip once in barre class to know that proper footwear is a must. That’s what inspired Blake Brody to create shoes that are designed specifically for yoga, pilates and barre. Her chic and eco-friendly collection of In-Studio Footwear is both functional and fashionable. With significant traction to prevent falls, the soft, breathable shoes allow for a full range of natural motion; critical during strenuous in-studio classes. The split soles and padded arches add comfort and stability, letting fitness enthusiasts focus on their form and movement.

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Brody’s line is also environmentally conscious, constructed of vegan materials that are anti-microbial and odor resistant. The ballerina inspired collection features a range of styles in neutral and vibrant colors, with decorative side panels and metallic accents. In fact, celebs like Denise Richards are huge fans of the line for its innovative design and sophisticated look.

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Denise Richards in Blake Brody In-Studio Footwear

I was more than excited to try out my pair of Blake Brody shoes at Exhale Spa in Santa Monica, CA. A barre fanatic myself, I too had experienced an embarrassing slip during the painful but beneficial chair position in a recent class. Upon entering the studio, I immediately received compliments on my shoes. (My Jennifer flats are so cute, I’ve even thought about wearing them as regular shoes!)

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Blake Brody In-Studio Footwear in ‘Jennifer’

Fashion aside, from warm ups to wind down, my Blake Brody shoes provided incredible support during the 60-minute Core Fusion Barre class. I was in complete control during thigh and seat work at the bar, allowing me to concentrate on perfecting my form. Lunges and standing stretches were a breeze. The grips on the soles did provide more resistance than typical barre socks during core exercises (i.e.; flat back), but it forced me to work harder and achieve a more intense workout. And the best part, the performance mesh technology helped to keep my tootsies cool when the instructor picked up the pace. By the end of a demanding class, everything on my body was sweating – except for my feet!

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Exhale Spa in Santa Monica, CA

Prices range from $98-$115. Available online at www.blakebrody.com and select spas/fitness centers.

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Fall Shoe Trends 2010

The biggest shoe trends for Fall are funky and functional, from booties with statement hardware to platforms that can be worn from day to night.  Shoe designers are mixing it up this season, by adding cool accents and details to our favorite looks.  And with the following styles all under $100, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg when stocking up on all the hottest Fall shoe trends!  

Ankle Booties 

This 80s inspired trend hit the scene a few years ago, but this season, they’re a lot more grown up.  For Fall, the look will be more fashion forward with daring and dramatic details, such as sexy peep toes, geometric cut outs, and bold cage straps.  These sexy ankle booties would compliment everything from denim to a great dress!    

Jones New York Perdy Bootie $69.95 (DSW)

SM Luxe Raptor Sandals $69.95 (DSW)

DKNY Antonia Bootie $99.95 (DSW)

Hardware

Inspired by the rugged yet sexy, military looks that graced the Fall runways, shoes with statement hardware are going to be everywhere this Fall.  From buckles and grommets, to buttons and studs, plan to see boots, heels, and flats rockin’ these bold accessories.  

Coconuts Raskin Clog $59.95 (DSW)

Blowfish Himble Bootie $54.95 (DSW)

White Mountain Grandstand Boot $59.95 (DSW)

Menswear  

Thanks to the popularity of the boyfriend jean and blazer, shoes with a masculine appeal are going to be a casual and sophisticated trend for Fall.  Everything from oxfords, trouser flats, and booties with chunkier heels are going to be all the rage amongst the bohemian set.  

Envy Tango Oxford $59.95 (DSW)

MIA Girl Trainee Bootie $49.95 (DSW)

Jones New York Venessa Bootie $79.95 (DSW)

Platform Pumps  

With all this menswear inspiration, it’s time to bring the sexy back with ultra feminine platform pumps!  As THE go to shoe for Hollywood celebrities, platform pumps are simple and elegant with a twist.  The added boost from the platform gives the shoe an edge that you wouldn’t get from a traditional stiletto.  Like classic black heels and nude pumps, this must have style is a staple for every woman’s wardrobe!   

Michael Antonio Kiley Pump $39.95 (DSW)

BCBG Paris Marlay Pump $59.95 (DSW)

Zigi Soho Peep Slingback Pump $69.95 (DSW)

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