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This week, let’s talk love. Valentine’s Day is just around the bend and there’s no time better than now to start making plans. Whether you’re celebrating with your significant other, best friends or family, there are plenty of classic and creative things to do—and shoes to go with! Here at Bill Blass, we’re all about the footwear game and believe the best styles are comfortable and can be worn from day to night. Read on for our roundup of ideas for where to go and what to wear on the holiday of hearts.


Night at the Opera: Billie in Tea Rose

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Visit the opera house with your one and only for a romantic, music-filled evening. It’s not as mainstream as, say, the movies and you’ll have a reason to dress to the nines. The Billie suede slingback heels are classic and go with any cocktail dress in a cinch. The kitten heel is at 2.5” and like all of our shoes, there’s a cushioned memory foam footbed to keep you comfy—ideal for standing ovations and walking around during intermission to get drinks. And as for the bow detail? Bravo!

 


Catch the Game: Sutton Sneaker in Cherry Tomato

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Mr. Blass was known to say, “When in doubt, wear red.” There’s an excellent reason as to why: the fiery hue does wonders to amp up a look without much effort involved. If you and your other half are sporty types, consider getting tickets to a game you’ll both enjoy for the ultimate Valentine’s Day date. Bonus points if you wear red sneakers—after all, the color symbolizes love and passion.

 


Caribbean Getaway: Samara in Spearmint

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Get your girls and go someplace where warm weather and palm trees are abundant. Yes, the Caribbean is calling your name! V-Day is the perfect reminder to celebrate friendships and what better way to do so than in a tropical setting? These spearmint-colored cork slingbacks work for a number of events on the itinerary: from a casual shopping excursion to a fancy dinner among an ocean view. Hey, it’s vacation time and anything goes.

 



Cocktail Party: Fabiana in Wine

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Here’s another idea: host your own cocktail party. Play the role of Cupid and invite your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and maybe just maybe something great will come out of it. A classic black-tie theme never fails, just like an LBD with slingback kitten heels—stand out in this pair made with high-shine glossy patent leather. Then, help your guests break the ice with party games and blasting upbeat dance tunes.

 

Romantic Dinner: Carmen 65 in Coral

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In the same color family as Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral, is our Carmen 65 heeled sandal—a slightly pinker version of the bright hue. Wear it for a night on the town! Is there a new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try? Make a reservation for two and plan your outfit ahead of time. Since it is still winter, try pairing these open-toed shoes with sparkly tights or socks.

 




Adventurous Outing - Sutton Espadrille in Peach

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Valentine’s Day is synonymous with many things, including a good ‘ol bouquet of flowers. The embellished floral beadwork and embroidery take center stage in this pair of espadrilles that’s equal parts comfortable and stylish. Slip them on and go for a stroll around the park with your love and set up a picnic while you’re there.

 


Cooking Class: Surit in Merlot

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Sure, you can dine at your favorite restaurant, order your go-to meals and call it a day. OR you can take a chance and put your cooking skills to the test. There are a number of classes out there that will teach you how to turn recipes to reality, and no matter what your level is in the kitchen, it can be a fun bonding experience for you and your S.O. Since cooking involves being on your feet, a good pair of flats are essential. One of our best-selling styles is the Surit—a pointy-toe menswear-inspired suede loafer. Get it while it’s hot.

 



Day at the Museum: Cadence in Purple Multi

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These color blocked suede stunners are an ode to history: it takes after designs from the Bill Blass archives and is inspired by the ‘70s disco and dancing. Speaking of the past, a trip to the museum makes for another interesting date idea. If you have kids, bring them too and spend a whole day learning and exploring.

 




Go for a Photo Walk: Aiden in Beige

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Photo walks may be a popular outing for tourists, but it’s also a commonly overlooked fun activity for locals alike. Sign up for a session with a group of friends, grab a camera and get ready to take those snapshots. But first, get yourself a pair of comfortable shoes. Like all of our styles, these Aiden loafers come with a memory foam cushioned insole. There’s also something to be said about the buttery soft goat skin upper, leather lining and insole. Best of all, the beige color goes with any outfit and background setting.

 



Staycation: Padgett Slide in Red

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Okay, technically, these sandals are for regular wear but they are also great for just lounging around the house. The poppy nappa leather straps and knotted detailing add an elegant touch to an otherwise everyday slip-on. Instead of going out for Valentine’s Day, the easiest and most relaxing way to celebrate is to have a cozy night in. There are the perks: you can cook a healthy meal, avoid crowds and do an at-home spa day. Heavenly!


Which shoe is your favorite for Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram or Facebook.

By Wendy Sy


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