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Holy Smokes Christmas is only a week away! It’s time for me to give away some more goodies! It’s been crazy busy here, as it always is during the holidays, and I am still wrapping up some last minute gifts. I hate buying things just for the sake of buying so I am trying to get everyone on my list either a very thoughtful homemade gift (at least one for my girls because I want them to learn the value of the thought and effort behind gifts) or something I think they would love but might not take the time or money to buy for themselves.

Today, I am giving away something I love and I know most moms would love to have but might not spend the money on for themselves; hot shoes! You ladies deserve it. I am talking about Brian James shoes! They are so freaking comfortable but fashionable and cute. Before I had kids, I was a bonafide shoeaholic. No joke, I had well over a hundred pair of shoes. I still love shoes and bags but I just don’t have the extra cash laying around to indulge my habit like I did before kids.

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I had the pleasure of experiencing Brian James shoes for the first time this past summer at BlogHer and I fell in love with them because these shoes seriously are where comfort and sexy come together. This time, I chose the 2.5-inch wedge bootie in noir leather and I am in love with them. They look adorable with skirts and dresses as well as tapered jeans and leggings. The best part about Brian James is that they are well made and comfortable. I don’t know about you but since having kids, I don’t spend a lot of time wearing high heels just and once you get out of the habit, it’s hard to go back to high heels pinching your toes and the ball of your foot begging for mercy when you’ve been used to rocking Saucony running shoes.  You know what I mean?

Anyways, Brian James footwear is made by the creator of the Pedipeds that you love so much for your children. In fact, she took the technology and comfort of Pediped shoes and applied it to women’s shoes. It is genius.

Speaking of Pediped shoes, I also reviewed a pair of the Flex books in black leather for my 6-year-old and she LOVES them. They are gorgeous, comfortable and right now all the boots are on sale for 25- 55% off!

Speaking of sales all of the Brian James shoes are currently on sale buy one, get one FREE! Just use the code BOGOFree when ordering or you can enter to win one of two pairs of gorgeous Brian James shoes that I will be giving away this week to two lucky winners available to readers in the United States or Canada.  Just enter via rafflecopter and winners will be notified Friday, December 20, 2013. Good Luck & Merry Christmas!

Mandatory entry: What’s at the top of your Christmas list this year, for yourself?

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While in Chicago this past summer I discovered a new footwear company, Brian James Footwear. Never heard of them? Me neither. Where do I live? Under a rock? Maybe. The pair I have are a pair of gladiator sandals called the Angelle and they are gorgeous. They are soft, silky black suede with a padded foot bed, ankle support and a flexible sole. They were made for me.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for fashion but I am also a ginormous sissy when it comes to sore feet. My expiration in 3-inch or above heels is just around 5 hours and then my feet mutiny. Let’s just say they have been known to hyperextend and it usually happens at the most inopportune times like while celebrating my birthday on the dance floor in a club in downtown Chicago. I mean, I want to look cute while I’m celebrating but I have my limits. The Brian James sandals I have are extremely comfortable, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to try their new fall line.

Angela Edgeworth, founder of the award-winning kid’s shoe brand Pediped footwear, created the Brian James Brand. Over 2000 retailers in more than 50 countries sell Pediped. The brand is worldwide one of the top children’s brands, hands down mostly because they are so damn comfortable and supportive. Her biggest request has been when was she going to parlay the comfort of pedipeds into an adult line and she has in the Brian James line.

She named the company after her husband. Brian James has all of the core features of the Pediped line; comfort, quality and style but is sophisticated enough for an adult. At first, I wasn’t sure that I’d want a shoe made for me by a child’s brand designer. I mean after all, I am a grown woman. I didn’t want another Croc situation. I had nightmares of shoes in outrageous colors with dinosaur heads or tiaras but thankfully, I was wrong.

Instead the Brian James line is sleek and sophisticated and comfortable enough to wear all day but professional enough to be worn in the office. Brian James debuted its collection in the spring of 2013 and it did not disappoint. The shoes are comfortable and stylish.  Made with leather uppers and linings, padded foot beds and soft, flexible soles. They are so comfortable that you will not want to take them off.

I wore them around the streets of Chicago for a few hours and I thought for sure that I would have Charlie horses that night or sore feet and legs. I’d done the same route just the week before in a pair of similar sandals that were not Brian James and the results were vastly different. In the other shoes, my feet were so tired and sore that I could barely walk the next day. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home from wearing the Brian James Angelle sandals and my feet felt fine. In fact they felt better than fine, they were great.

I love my Angelle’s because not only do they look great with jeans and capris, they are also equally as attractive with dress shorts or dresses. These shoes are very versatile. I love my pair. I can’t wait to get my hands on a few pairs from the Brian James fall collection!

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What is your favorite pair of comfortable yet fashionable shoes?

 

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of Brian James sandals as swag at an event I attended and they were too cute and comfortable not to write a post about them.These shoes are great for conferences when you are on your feet all day long but still want to look cute.

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