It goes without saying that Gwen Stefani is a woman of many talents, but if I had to pick a favorite it might be her ability to seamlessly blend worlds. Like Gwen herself, her L.A.M.B. collections were punk rock yet sophisticated, sporty tomboy yet flirty and sexy. Her new line, GX offered exclusively through ShoeDazzle, is more budget-minded than L.A.M.B., but still retains every bit of Gwen’s signature blend of fashionable rock&roll.
The Emiko stiletto peep-toe sandal features a high vamp, open back, and modern black&white color blocking that easily transitions from day to night. Something of a backless bootie, it’s super stylish and I received tons of compliments when I wore them out.
Shoes like Emiko show it’s possible to offer more affordable shoes without sacrificing fun and style. But there were a few details that stood in contrast to designer shoes from higher price-points. On opening my GX by Gwen Stefani shoebox, for example, I was greeted with an unpleasant chemical smell rather than the usual rich leather. It was a bit of a shock, but the smell quickly faded and isn’t really a long term concern. What does remain, however, is the simple truth that the synthetics of this shoe’s upper don’t breath as would actual leather. These shoes tend to get warm very quickly, and while the open back of the Emiko helps mitigate this it might be a problem with some of the GX’s other, more full-coverage designs.
Those sacrifices aside, Emiko remains a wonderful shoe and a great addition to my closet. They’re surprisingly comfortable for stilettos, and remain so throughout a day at the office with limited standing (but not so much for a full day of walking around and shopping.) The fit was true to size and they worked well with my wider feet. The white material does tend to scuff easily, but I’d chock that up to the dangers of white rather than an issue with this shoe itself (keep an eye out for a future S.O.S. post on keeping those white shoes bright!)
Emiko by GX from Gwen Stefani is available exclusively through ShoeDazzle for $89.95, and currently only $49.95 for VIP members. They have a full collection featuring several cute styles, and I definitely recommend checking them out.
If you love the GX style but don’t find your perfect shoe at ShoeDazzle (or if it’s sold out), some of these designs at ShopStyle might suit you. Also included are some selections from Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. line. Enjoy!