It looks like your favorite Nine West pumps might be getting just a little more comfortable come spring. Nine West is teaming up with New Balance in a collaboration to produce active fashion footwear for Spring 09. We're predicting cute ballet flats and not-so-high stilettos - kind of like the look for less blisters. The two are collaborating in both design and marketing but New Balance is slated to provide the materials while Nine West brings their good looks. As long as this doesn't mean a batch of sneaker wedges or performance peep toes, we're all for cute shoes that feel good - so long as Nine West stays away from knock-offs. --KYLE HAYES
Rafe Gives You More Bag for Your Buck With Nine West
If Rafe Totengco's first Nine West collection looks more luxe than you’d expect, it should come as no surprise. It’s design. Totengco, who was recently appointed creative director of handbags at Nine West, shared his inspiration for the collection. “”I wanted to make everything look good,” said Rafe at the line's preview yesterday. Mission accomplished. Totengco turned out an elegant collection that included plush fur-trimmed totes and vintage-inspired frame bags, each of which clock in at $99 or less. Fashionista: Who do you think the Nine West woman is? Rafe: A lot of people buy the shoes, but now if we can get her to buy the bag.