Women’s Buzz: DC Shoes, Coye Nokes & More

Skater Girl
DC Shoes is getting in touch with its feminine side. The skate brand is debuting women’s fashion sandals for spring ’11. The four-style collection features studs, zippers, buckles and braids in a mostly neutral palette with pops of metallic and blue. The sandals incorporate elements from the core sneaker collection, including the DC logo, and are set to retail between $24 and $34 at Dcshoes.com.

Altar Bound
Coye Nokes is going from the office to the wedding chapel this spring. The New York-based designer is bowing five bridal styles, including a pleated d’Orsay heel, peep-toe pump and double-strap sandal, based on her core collection of professional looks. Featuring satin, embossed python and metallic leathers, the collection is priced between $400 and $450 and will retail at Coyenokes.com and specialty boutiques.

Shanghai Baby
Charles Philip is lightening up the formal English slipper look for spring ’11. The Shanghai-based designer will launch his women’s namesake collection with a single slip-on, offered in 18 colors and patterns, including striped cottons, neutral linens, paisley and denim. The slipper has a rubber sole and leather lining. It is priced at $98 and will be sold at select Bloomingdale’s locations, United Arrows in Japan and Louisa in Florence, Italy. A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities in China.

Ready Now
Bespoke shoe brand Hetty Rose is taking out the wait time. The London-based brand, which typically has a five-to-eight-week turnaround on its custom styles, is launching ready-to-wear footwear for spring ’11. The five-style collection, which features vintage kimono fabrics, includes ballet flats, peep-toe sandals, pumps and slingback heels. The offering, priced from $288 to $329, will retail at Hettyrose.co.uk and independent boutiques in the U.K.

Two Step
Women’s apparel brand Disaya is getting into shoes. Two styles — a knotted-strap slingback sandal and a platform pump — will debut for spring ’11 in black and taupe. Priced between $285 and $345, the offering coordinates with Disaya’s playful, feminine collection and was inspired by 17th- and 18th-century Portugal folk crafts. The line is being targeted at independent boutiques in Asia, Europe and the U.S. that already carry Disaya apparel and jewelry.

Pet Friendly
Donald and Lisa Pliner are continuing to showcase their love for animals. The designing couple launched a line through their Peace for the Children Foundation benefiting 4 Paws for Ability Inc., a nonprofit that provides service dogs to mentally and physically disabled children. Their new handbag and men’s and women’s loafer feature a beaded image of the couple’s Maltese, BabyDoll, and will retail for $325 for the bag and women’s loafer, and $475 for the men’s style. The collection will be sold at Zappos.com, Belk, Dillard’s, Von Maur and Donald J Pliner stores, with 5 percent of the proceeds going to the charity. Delivery is slated for December.

Dress Up
Steve Madden is expanding its offering to include footwear suited for graduations, proms, weddings and other milestone moments. The brand launched the 23-style Special Occasion collection, a trend-driven line of sky-high heels in satin, suede and glittery textures, featuring sheer, bow and lace detailing. Strappy sandals are toughened up with ankle straps and cuffs, and peep-toe booties come in delicate shades. The collection launched this month at Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Steve Madden stores and other specialty locations as well as online and prices range from $80 to $130.

Comfort Zone
After three foot surgeries, new designer Francheska Bennett is keeping an eye on comfort as she launches Shoes by Francheska for spring ’11. The 11-style line features wedges, stilettos, flats and boots, all with 1/2-inch foam insoles and heart-shaped gel inserts to reduce impact on the heel and ball of the foot. Detailed with satin, lace, metallic leathers and crystal embellishments, the collection is priced between $145 and $185 and will retail at Steppin Out N Style in Houston and Sincerely Yours in Lexington, Ky. A portion of the proceeds will go to Bennett’s nonprofit foundation, Changing Hearts, which aids women and children affected by drugs, alcohol and physical abuse.

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