Two Shoes, One Pair, Five Outfits

What we have here is the ultimate cost-per-wear summoning, enter cautiously.


After the news of a Narciso Rodriguez shoe launch surfaced last runway season, the world—or myself at very least–waited anxiously for a close up. The result of this anticipatory period was nothing short of breathtaking. The ideal marriage of a class-act boot infused by a dose of relevant cool made the outcome a seamless transfusion of trendy timelessness, and that is no easy feat. Earlier this summer, Barney’s New York, exclusive shareholder, (if shares were shoes and holding was vending,) to the Narciso Rodriguez shoe collection challenged me to style a pair of my choosing for five different occasions. Because it’s not my style to let a good shoe go uncelebrated, I attacked faster than you can ask, “are those white suede?” The product, below.

Scenario A: In the workplace

Narciso Rodriguez heels, Land’s End blouse, rag & bone pants, Dannijo necklaces and bracelets, Celine trapeze tote, where my chubby stick hangs out. Right next to the crudite.

It’s hard to let creativity run free when stricken by the plague of strict dress-code. There’s no reason the arbitrary blouse and pants can’t see a silhouette update though, enter the stylized clothing approach. A pair of skinny rag & bone pants—ironically purchased at a Barney’s warehouse sale some three years ago with a men’s white blouse—you’re well versed in my stance on these, offers nice bodily breadth: loose up top, tight down low and thoroughly complimented by the right slew of accessories and interesting shoe.

Scenario B: Night out

Topshop muscle tee and leather pants, Madewell denim blouse, Iro sequined jacket, Ferragamo minaudiere, Dannijo necklace.

Leather pants are only as interesting as the shoes you pair them with. Sure a white tee layered under a denim blouse and a sequined jacket can easily hold its own, any number of alternative upper half outfitting methods would have effortlessly complimented the concept of a black leather pant with a white suede boot. Versatility, people.

Scenario C: Brunch with the Ladies

Isabel Marant tee, Calypso pants, Naomi’s PS1, Aurelie Bidermann and La Petite Princess jewelry.

True or False: brunch with your lady friends is essentially the outfitting alternative to fashion week? I’ll answer for you: true. And with that said, a question: when else would a pair of slouchy sequined pants and a football tee render so ideal? It’s the blouse that gives creative license to the shoes but the slouchy nature of them glitter critters all but beg for a sensible ankle boot.

And a Vespa, obviously. My dad’s vespa. It’s my dad’s. No, really. Dad.

Scenario D: Weekend hang out

Maje jacket, Topshop muscle tee, Asos shorts, Iosseliani, Jennifer Fisher, Aurelie Bidermann, Vivienne Westwood necklaces, Celine triple pouch.

Suede fringe is practically the poster child for weekend chilling, paired with obtrusively ripped denim bermudas, you’re almost reliving a Woodstock tale as old as Jerry Garcia, enter a boot to create the magical disconnect. Relaxed meets refined and your Saturday is looking great, sorry, GR8.

And finally, Scenario E: The Evening Wear

Etoile Isabel Marant plaid blouse, Peter Soronen skirt, Chanel purse, MR. Dannijo necklace, bracelets.

…But only in the same way Jenna Lyons does evening wear. The concept of dressing for formal events is ambiguous. Who’s to say a plaid blouse isn’t relevant if paired with a silk mermaid skirt or that skinny cotton pants don’t work if you find yourself in say, a thick satin jacket adorned by layers of horsehair? In this case, I opted for the former, throwing in a satin clutch and some thuper duper shiny armbands. And here’s where the beauty of a contradictorily trendy-timeless shoe comes in: applicable with ripped denim because of the style and fabric and just the same with fine silk because, well, Narciso said so.

You know, someone is going to get run over some day probably very soon and that will put all this posing in the middle of the street into perspective. Is getting “the shot” when the shot is just a really simple step forward on two parallel traffic lines really worth it? I don’t know.

Conclusion: if shoes were reptile-mammals, these ones just may have been be the chameleon meets Carine Roitfeld equivalent, and I’d say the former is reason enough to lend a thumb or two firmly up. All photos shot by superstar photo-freak Naomi Shon. View an interview here at Barney’s site, The Window and then browse the collection. Heck, buy something if you’d like. Taxes aren’t due for another eight months.

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  • Elise and Margot

    You paired the shoes soooo nicely 🙂

    x For Happy Days

  • Natali Karppinen

    The last outfit is my favorite one! Wonderful style as always!


    I love this shoes!!! nice outfits!!!

  • I am LOVING all these outfits. I am obsessed with that sequined jacket,,and the vespa 🙂
    sheree x 

  • Elisa

    I’m loving all these outfits man! But what really strikes me are not really the shoes, indeed I’m not a bootie person, but the way you half-tuck your tops/shirts in your skirts/trousers. L-o-v-e i-t.

    Wandering Minds fashion

  • Love all theses outfit!

  • Getting run over might be worth it if you look like that! I love the last look in particular and you stunning.

    Man repelling perhaps, but not chick repelling. (totally in a non lesbo sort of way)

  • Love, love, love your remixing!!

  • Kirbybee

    Both my thumbs are firmly pointed up, which is making it slightly difficult to type this, but I’m persevering because hey it’s Narciso Rodriguez!!


    • Leandra

       That’s spirit.

  • Elsa Martinez

    Love the first outfit, especially the bag!!!!!!!!!! 

  • Anna K MuellerYV


  • Stylistaveril

    in love!!!!!! 

  • Nicole

    That first outfit is fantastic!
    Not that they all aren’t, it’s just my favorite one.
    you have a great sense of style~

  • Your blog is so much fun Leandra! Thanks for the every day inspiration!

  • Genevieve

    you’re greatt

  • Fiona

    Beautiful booties!

  • Super interesting how you paired a simple plaid shirt with that skirt. I never would have ever thought of doing that. Definitely gives the skirt somewhat of a more relaxed vibe.


  • Sonji Bent

    Love them all!! 

  • Those shoes are just lovely!

  • Your looks make me smile quite a lot. No idea what that means, but I like it. Careful with those road shots! 

  • Pauline

    You look so good !! Thanks for the inspiring look as usual

  • Great pictures love that last outfit most!!

    xoxo lorena

  • I love the ankle boots!  Awesome!

  • Your pairinng is always interesting and surprising me!

  • ooooo, plaid and evening wear? daring and transgressive, or just bitten by a lumberjack. yum.

  • fantastic as always!

  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    You style is just incredible and so versatile! Love it!

  • I just saw all of your picks with Sea of Shoes, you knocked them all out of the park! My favorite is the first, very simple but still the bomb! Your makeup looks great too! 

  • Oppositelipstick
  • Jennifer D.

    Great outfits as always
    But I seriously wonder… are you quite tiny or is that Vespa rather large??


  • Great styling options! They all look great…were you trying to convince us to quicky grab a pair of those shoes, ’cause I think I’m about to make a purchase.

  • Great outfits, love the 1st 2nd and last the most.

  • VotreAmie

    A truly FAB pair with seriously versatility!

  • superfab. ladies lunch is my fav. x

  • michelle cook

    Love every single outfit but the “brunch with the ladies outfit” made my day. Good thing I popped in early.

    Nice reading ya! 

  • Coralie

    Love all the outfits ! They all contain a simple touch but with amazing shoes or bag or pants or jacket to make the whole difference !!

  • Eva

    Love these!! you paired them perfectly!

  • All of these looks are amazing and those shoes are definitely very versatile but my favourite looks have to be ‘brunch with the ladies’ and ‘in the workplace’.


    WOW! That first photo is just gorgeous! Thanks for the lovely inspiration with the shoes. Will use it for sure 😉


  • Lindsay Simone


  • Celia

    Oh my god!! How incredibly happy I am watching so many fashion and manrepelling looks!!! I was missing them Leandra… Anyway, the wait has been good, look this amazing post!

  • girls meet ups are definitely my version of fashion week…and i pinned the 4th photo as “obsessed with her”…you’re insane leandra!

  • Those shoes make every outfit! Love all the looks!

  • AMAZING, girl you are really creative and in a fresh way. Loved it. 

  • Irene

    Why are you so elegant with everything you wear????

  • abigail lind

    those booties are amazing and your outfits are all even moreso!  leather pants, sequin pants, no pants, love them all!


  • Jenaly Enns

    I love all of these looks. especially the first and last!!! 

  • Love all your looks.

  • I love the last two photographs (and duh, of course the booties too).

    It may be man repelling, but definitely not chick repelling (and not in a lesbo sort of way). 

  • Misa

    what about never wear skirt, jewish high school, whatever?

  • Daniellabordonaro


  • Sara

    I love this post! All of the outfits, from A to E, are ah-freakin’-mazing.

  • rhodawong

    ever so jealous of your jewelry collection

  • Bravo!

  • A plaid blouse, maxi skirt and booties is my new fav idea of evening wear.  Thank you for your repelling ways  🙂


  • Bra. Vo.
    I can’t say that I dislike a single bit of this.

  • How is it that you’re making me want a blue sequined bomber jacket??  How do you do that?!!  And you have made those boots seem nearly practical with all those different wearing options.  Rock on!

  • Laurenardis1

    You look super beauts in that top photo! Favorite outfit too! 

  • Julia

    I love this post ! So many ways to wear one pair of shoes … I love the first look ! And the necklaces are amazing !


  • Kira

    Leandra, could you please post a link again for Land’s End blouse. I ordered the one you posted a link for and it looks absolutely different from the one you have.
    Thank you

  • Love it!!

  • I thought brunch with the ladies had it but then I saw evening wear and I keep looking back to workwear.  In short – they are all excellent and I would be happy to wear any one.  Good work!
    ♥ ThankFifi
    But is it really your dad’s vespa?  REALLY…?

  • Love the looks – office and evening are my fave. Love the booties.. Always on the lookout for a cool whtie blouse and keep forgetting the men’s dept.!

  • Honestly, when i saw some of the photos on instagram. I instantly thought, “Wow, she looks pretty propelling”. So just from that statement alone, we can all agree that you look stunning. It’s not the pairing of garments I see many girls do but those are some head-turning pairings (in a good way).

  • always fabulous! 

  • Veronique

    My fav one is the second oneeee 🙂


  • Twentyoneproblems

    I love how many outfits you came up with for just one pair of shoes!  Fabulous!

  • Kim

    The shoes are beautiful! Love, love. My favorite look is scenario A. for workwear: so pretty! Also loving those sequin pants.

  • Toni Caroline

    That first look is divine, the accessories compliment it perfectly. 

  • WNY

    Amazing shoes! 5 great outfits! Xo

  • XeanaFashion

    Beautiful shoes! All  outfits are great!


  • I love that first shirt! It is white blouse perfection, something that doesn’t seem to exist no matter how hard I search.

  • i love every single look, especially the evening version with a maxi and a checked shirt. the booties are genius

  • guest

    last time i checked chameleon’s were not mammals…

  • Sarah

    love love love this! Amazing shoes and post!

  • Claire R-M

    The Peter Soronen skirt is absolutely breathtaking and I really like how you paired it with a plaid shirt, it dresses it down a little. Can i sleep in your closet

  • Ha, the sea of shoes girl just did same post. One shoe five outfits!
    But of course you did it better, repeller!!! 

  • what a post!! DAMN! a day with you can never be boring sartorial wise! I quite enjoyed the consistency of your heels, though I’d think you might wanna zip them all the way up for safety reasons, you know, just to minimize woobles and ankle twisting lol. loved the night out look and your poses next to and onto stranger’s motorcycles are fab fab FAB! do that more!

    xx nathan.niche

    See my new post if you wanna see me hijack a wooden boat and be silly:

    If you like my silliness/provovations, follow me on bloglovin’ too:

  • gaowmichelle

    you have an enviable closet for sure.

  • marinacasapu

    why the booties are unzipped ?

  • Love this post!
    Outfit 1 is stellar.
    Your blog is flawless!


  • emmaattheedit

    B is my fave…but I actually love every single look. Nice work Man Repeller.

    xx the edit xx 

  • Dominika Wojciechowska

    you look so beautiful!


  • Fashionablecollections

    Great outfits. I really like the weekend look.

    Sheinside GIVEAWAY 

  • Love the first look
    new outfit post

  • TeuntjeVDW

    You did a good job! Loving all the outfits! xx.

  • Bugai Irina
  • your hilarious wit are the reasons why I was drawn to this blog, my friend told me about your blog long ago and even though I don’t relate to the way you dress I still drool all over your designer pieces. I love that you are so funny and your writing is like watching sex and the city. When I’m bored at work I read your blog, shhh don’t tell. How did you become so big in the fashion world? It’s inspiring to see you get to go to so many fashion weeks, styling events, free gifts, and such because of a good blog. Ok I’m done sucking up. 

  • Unterhosen

    Aincha just the Gorgeous George! Actually the shoes are a bit of an arse pain at times with these outfits. But I wear a matronly version in cream ie flat nursey things, and I just love their offensivity. Man repelling for the over 50s… if we need any help

  • I love all these photos! You styled each outfit perfectly! x

    Kate {Modette}

  • monkeyshines

    gorgeous heels!


  • Annie Markantonatou

    like all of them but i prefer long skirts lately! so the last outfit is my fav!

  • gaowmichelle

    need these shoes NOW.

  • I’ve become a big fan of Narciso Rodriguez. These pics so totally prove my point! Thanks so much for styling them so nicely!

  • LeahS.

    Love the creativity and various ways you can wear these shoes!

  • Magdalicious

    I’m going to leave the kissing a$$ to the others… unless you like that sort of thing… in which case I’m willing to kiss up to the appropriate contender, for the appropriate cause: 

    THE fall handbag.  I’m usually pretty keen when it comes to emerging styles, but I’m kind of stumped for this fall and the IT bag.  If I am to purchase ONE BAG for this fall (and that is all my pockets will allow at this point) WHAT WILL IT BE?

    Do a post on that and be useful, will ya? 😉 Thanks! 

  • Love all five looks, styled so amazingly!

  • tanya_caines

    No idea how I only just found your blog. Love your photos, you actually show personality and smile in them 🙂

  • You look amazing in every photo. 

  • Its always so refreshing and liberating to see how you pair your outfits. Love it #nuffsaid

    Stay fab,

  • Leslie

    what an amazing feet. 

    …i can’t believe you missed that one!! 😉

  • I haven’t seen you around lately and must get out to play more. I lorve the shoes especially the all white straight on angle, those 2x Isabel shirts and the super simple white Land’s End shirt. 


  • Chelsea

    The second outfit is my fave! Hell  yes to sequins:)

  • Dale202

    This was such a fun post, I love how you showed so many different ways to style these


  • Killer boots that seem necessary in my wardrobe! Love the last look. That skirt is incredible.

    Christie x

    Blue Stripes

  • Sarah

    Have to admit that your styling is usually not my cup of tea. This post, though, shows incredible creativity and a very nuanced understanding of appropriateness. Wonderful! I am inspired!

  • Tpv121

    you look gorgeous in theses photos!

  • I like it! You are great! 😀

  • LOVE the first look! So fabulous.


  • Yellostella

    love the first three

  • Seekingstyleblog

    Love the look with the shorts!
    xo Jennifer

  • LOVE the long skirt with the booties paired with the SHIRT! <3 Great combination!!

  • Jessica

    You in danger gurl, get off the road!
    Perfect as usual, that sequined jacket and those sequined pants are incredible.
    🙂 x

    The Lovelorn

  • Alimoresco

    I love the casual shirt, dressy skirt combo, I am literally just staring at the computer…this is so great! ahhh! I love the way that you take things and transform them in a way I would have never thought to.

  • F**k I love you. And those shoes. Mega rad.

  • Too fabulous for words! I love the Brunch outfit the most <3 

  • Lateybirdy

    love the outfits. Every single one. But the shoes, not so much (go ahead, shoot me)!


  • Style-Squared by Z&M

    love it all but the denim shorts outfit is my FAVE!!!well done my MR, missed these kinds of posts and outfits!!!xoxo

  • fabulous! 

  • How versatile these heels can be once in your hands. Impressive! 

  • Brijetblog

    I hope your lapdance for rental policy doesn’t apply to dad’s Vespa. Shit could get real awkward/illegal. P.S You had me at white suede. 

  • Cravingforbarneys

    Can’t choose just one outfit!

    RECAP in

  • Silv
  • Théa Unknown

    Great outfit!

    Théa Unknown

  • Stephanie

    PERFECT outfits, perfect booties!

  • Love ’em all!

    – L

  • Those heels truly are ‘oh wow’! And you have such great energy to your photos! Love it.

  • Tashadedios

    I have no idea why everytime I go to your blog, my computer lags for like, 20 seconds. It only happens when I load the best blog in the wooorld! 

  • anne

    I love your blog soo much!! <3
    Would you like to follow eachother?

  • You are hilarious! Love your style and cool boots!

  • Sketch42

    love all the outfits, but obviously number 1 is my if aliens descended and we all had to wear a uniform look.. Is it sad that thats the “office” outfit?

  • The Style Charmer

    love the look with the green t 🙂
    come say hello-

  • I love how you paired the long skirt with the dress shirt and big jewelry.

  • Kesly Winona

    I love the office-y look! Amazing photos <3

  • Blonde Bohemian

    Love all the looks! The white blouse is perfection!

  • Julia

    I never comment, could NOT let this one go. Creative and real, you look as if you belong in the ensembles, which is what most women miss with styling!  And I too have discovered Lands End (who would have thunk it!) for great shirts, silk & cotton.  J

  • T.

    I love all of these looks but the first one most!
    But why don’t you close the zippers on the shoes?

  • Thefashionplazablog

    Your bag is so pretty, i want that one too!!

  • bec pennington

    you read my mind (and many others) when you mentioned being run over in the streets. you dare to wear clothes i wouldn’t even think to pair, stand in the middle of the street, and laugh about it. love it. as far as the outfits, i’d wear the first without a thought, but the third is totally inspiring.

  • I love your view on evening wear!


  • I don’t think it gets any better than your outfits!

  • i love those styled them perfect!

  • Lisa Andrews

    You look beautiful!

  • Love these looks!

  • Catherine!

    jesus mary and joseph how do you do it! you are legit my inspiration im 15 and you have no idea how admirable to me you are. YOU MAKE FASHION FUN! your posts are better than eating peanut butter WITH an umbrella!! would mean so much if you could check out me and my bestfriends blog ILL GIVE YOU 1million in monopoly dollars if you do! xxx

  • Catherine!

    jesus mary and joseph how do you do it! you are legit my inspiration im 15 and you have no idea how admirable to me you are. YOU MAKE FASHION FUN! your posts are better than eating peanut butter WITH an umbrella!! would mean so much if you could check out me and my bestfriends blog ILL GIVE YOU 1million in monopoly dollars if you do! xxx

  • Catherine!

    jesus mary and joseph how do you do it! you are legit my inspiration im 15 and you have no idea how admirable to me you are. YOU MAKE FASHION FUN! your posts are better than eating peanut butter WITH an umbrella!! would mean so much if you could check out me and my bestfriends blog ILL GIVE YOU 1million in monopoly dollars if you do! xxx

  • absolutely love the first outfit!

  • Anonymous

    Your posture is horrendous. Do some justice for the clothes you wear. God *smh*

  • Anna

    You are beautiful! Your style is so nice, i really enjoy reading your blog.

  • Haley Glazer

    Can you please stop being so amazing before I hit you? asdffghjkj I can’t even. Fabulous outfits. Extra points for the wallpaper pants.

  • Girlhuntingcatherineandgreer

    I dare you to go super formal one day. Like Met ball formal. If you can still bring in some subtle but wonderful repellant, I will build a Leandra Shrine dedicated to your talents. 

    Greer and Catherine 

    By the way, that’s a double dare friendo. 

  • Marierhanna

    Great styling!!  Really love your fashion sense..  Amazing ideas as always!

  • Aleksandra Paszkowska

    Whooah, and I get vertigo with just one Man Repeller look, and now I’m faced with five distinct super-star ones. What do I do?

    Well, the best thing to say here would be that from each and every one of these emanates a distinct idea: you get these shoes. You just get what they’re all about. I’m saying that like it’s a new sensation that Leandra Medine knows her footwear, but let’s face it: you never, ever let people forget that.

    Here we have a suede ankle bootie, with a thin tall stiletto heel and a pointed toe, so the immediate go-to style would be glamour. However, the bootie happens to be in two contrasting colors, bound with wide straps, which undoubtedly alludes to sportswear. You pull out your baggy t-shirts, casual shirts, plain pants, and ripped shorts, then pair them with frills, silk, sequins, leather and tons of bling-bling, and you bring it. Effortlessly.

  • Creatzza01

    you are really really amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Seriously, you do this too well!

  • Marie Louise

    Woow, I looooove the shoes and scenario B – sequin jacket from IRO.. to die for!!!
    Looove your blog!

    xoxo Marie Louise, Denmark (

  • KEinfluence

    Haha, you’re awesome! Love the Vespa-outfit, love your writing!


  • Winta Beyene
  • Clare

    Work outfit is dead on! You cant go wrong with a white shirt/bootie combo. Faboosh. 

  • Frenchie_75

    my husband is completely repelled by ankle length pants, capri c’est fini!

  • i love it i love it i love it !

  • Dusty Petals

    You are incredible. Your style is like no other. Thanks for always inspiring me. 


  • Asia Carter

    Amazing styling on all of the looks!!

  • Did you pay extra for pants with a built-in vajazzler? 

  • i almost choked on my cantuccinis out of pure excitement-your ensembles are magnificent

  • the coattail effect

    those shoes remind me of a straight jacket…but in the vivienne westwood way, not the crazy-psycho way

  • Fkxoxo

    Nice…i loved the first outfit

  • Helen

    Your looks are just stunning!

  • Sussy Octavia

    Amazing style! fallin’ love!

  • Sussy Octavia

    Amazing style, fallin’ love!!!

  • Fab!  I’ve got One Dress, 27 Outfits going on my blog now.

  • Fab! Great minds think alike!  I’ve got One Dress, 27 Looks going on my blog Its all about turning one black dress into 27 separate looks using jewelry and accessories.

  • Mint Gal

    Loving all of these looks and the shoes.


  • David

    Utterly, amazingly cool. 

  • The outfit with the long skirt is AMAZING!!!!

  • neatfrances

    I realize that this comment is a few days old practically making it ancient in internet terms AND that this post is about the shoes BUT (pardon my wisconsin french) the Celine Tote is fucking TITS and the Marant slash Soronen skirt combo is so poetic.  God bless you MR!

  • The last look is great!

  • The last look is our FAV! That skirt is hardcore and simple

  • Abigail Henderson

    All those outfits are gorgeous!!! I want them shoes…..

  • Unterhosen

    Just realised that the twist-haired scooter profile is a Vogue stun gun

  • Great outfits! And I really love your sequined jacket!

  • EAK

    Love those shoes!! The first outfit I adore.. You have a great style 🙂

  • I seriously love how versatile your style is (so is mine!) it makes you so relatable 🙂

    XO Sahra

  • Greer

    Somebody please tell me Asos still has those shorts you used in Scenario D?! They are literally everything a man repeller needs to get started I NEED THEM

  • rainy

    I know this is a year late but would you mind telling me what the color or name of the trapeze bag is? So curious. Love it!!!

  • juju_dm

    Amazing <3