Although comfort should come first, comfort usually isn’t on a woman’s mind when buying shoes. In fact, it’s somewhat of a dreaded quality in terms of footwear. A point driven home by the well known Christian Louboutin, “I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say ‘Oh my God! They look so comfortable!’” But this season, all of that has changed. Designer brands like Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, and Edun incorporated the flat mule into their spring collections, proving that comfort and style can be fashionably combined. Over the years, designer and style-icon Victoria Beckham has been transitioning her line from super sexy, high fashion to stylish pieces that can be worn by the everyday woman. Her spring collection is the perfect embodiment of that transition. The black and white mules that were paired with everything from dresses to culottes fit right into the collection, which was described by Beckham to be “more about attitude and just making things fresh and carefree.” Claiming to be inspired by real, everyday people, it should come as no surprise that Wang included the comfortable-shoe-of-the-season in his spring collection. Wang modernized the mule by creating a strappy, studded version. Exuding an undeniable downtown vibe, this edgier mule went perfectly with the deconstructed denim, army surplus separates, pajama silks, and slip dresses that filled the collection. Pulling inspiration from a kingdom in Africa, Edun designer Danielle Sherman debuted a spring collection filled with intricate African craftwork. In the case of shoes, it came in the form of pointy slippers that were adorned with tassels, attesting to the fact that mules can be both luxe and sexy.
Inspired by everyday women, this trend is literally for everybody – even if you’re not a fashion risk taker. Pair pointed mules with wide legged pants, a studded pair is ideal for a night out in town. From the office to a girls night out, you really can’t go wrong with mules.

– Daniella DiRienzo

Although comfort should come first, its not usually on a woman’s mind when buying shoes. In fact, it’s somewhat of a dreaded quality in terms of footwear. A point driven home by the well known Christian Louboutin, “I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say ‘Oh my God! They look so comfortable!’” But this season, all of that has changed. Designer brands like Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, and Edun incorporated the flat mule into their spring collections, proving that comfort and style can be fashionably combined. Over the years, designer and style-icon Victoria Beckham has been transitioning her line from super sexy, high fashion to stylish pieces that can be worn by the everyday woman. Her spring collection is the perfect embodiment of that transition. The black and white mules that were paired with everything from dresses to culottes fit right into the collection, which was described by Beckham to be “more about attitude and just making things fresh and carefree.” Claiming to be inspired by real, everyday people, it should come as no surprise that Wang included the comfortable-shoe-of-the-season in his spring collection. Wang modernized the mule by creating a strappy, studded version. Exuding an undeniable downtown vibe, this edgier mule went perfectly with the deconstructed denim, army surplus separates, pajama silks, and slip dresses that filled the collection. Pulling inspiration from a kingdom in Africa, Edun designer Danielle Sherman debuted a spring collection filled with intricate African craftwork. In the case of shoes, it came in the form of pointy slippers that were adorned with tassels, attesting to the fact that mules can be both luxe and sexy.
Inspired by everyday women, this trend is literally for everybody – even if you’re not a fashion risk taker. Pair pointed mules with wide legged pants, a studded pair is ideal for a night out in town. From the office to a girls night out, you really can’t go wrong with mules.

– Daniella DiRienzo
Valentine’s Day is over, recipe
which means that singles season is truly around the corner. If you’re tired of the same old clubs and depressing dating apps, symptoms
line up your next Spring fling or find the love of your life with one of these four elite matchmaking services.

The Dating Ring | One of the most recent services to make a splash on the matchmaking scene. Founded by young female entrepreneurs, order the company is all about putting an end to soulless swiping and putting the personalization back into the dating process. The Dating Ring made headlines in 2014 for flying women from New York to San Francisco in response to the gender imbalance in both cities (and to help successful New York women find successful Silicon Valley men.) Publicity stunts aside, it’s a solid option for those who want modernity and convenience, without losing the humanity of dating. Memberships range from the $40/month Silver to the $2500+ Premium. The Premium membership gets you pre-screened dates, invitations to fabulous singles mixers and all the guidance you could possibly need.

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Luxy | Among the many downfalls of Tinder is the fact that people really don’t have to provide much information about themselves. On Luxy, the financially-focused dater can get straight to the point and see how much their prospects make. The bottom income tier is $250,000-$350,000, and anyone who makes less has to be voted in by existing Luxy members. Regardless of your income, be prepared to book a full-blown photo shoot for your profile pictures because Luxy members are all about quality, luxury and glamour. The Premium service is $99, and it gives you access to international Millionaires Singles Parties, in addition to helping you match with elite prospects. Functionally, it works exactly like Tinder, but if you care about your S.O.’s income, Luxy is sure to yield far better returns.

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Agape Match | Finding quality matches in New York presents unique challenges. The city is teeming with people who are overly busy, easily bored and always looking for the next best thing. Fourth-generation matchmaker Maria Avgitidis knows how to help her clients navigate these challenges and find genuine relationships. Her award-winning services have been praised and featured by a bevy of major media outlets. Agape Match is a well-rounded dating service that fuses all of the wisdom of old-world matchmaking with modern psychology and expertise. An initial hour-and-a-half consultation costs $250. Direct matchmaking services have earned the company great success, but it also offers Date Coaching and a “Dating Reboot” for anyone who has fallen into a rut after years of fruitless searching.

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Kelleher International | If you love The Millionaire Matchmaker but don’t want your actual love life to involve nearly as much yelling, Kelleher International is the service for you. This world-renowned firm is one of the most experienced and elite matchmaking services around. Established in 1986, the mother-daughter team who runs it knows how dating should be done. They specialize in very high-profile and very high-income clients, so they’re all about helping you find love without wasting your time. Reaping the rewards of Kelleher International’s exceptional client base doesn’t come cheap; it costs at least $150,000 to join. Once you do, however, you will be part of an exclusive network of celebrities, moguls, leaders and millionaires.

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– Naakai Addy