Thursday, October 30, 2008


COMFORT/ HIGH FASHION SHOES & SANDALS-A Collection For Hip Tweeners and Elegant Women

October 29th, 2008
745 Fifth Avenue, 3PM

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

It’s always a head spinner of a half-hour when we preview a Donald J. Pliner’s collection. There’s always so many wonderful kickers to check out.

Even the view from the 25th floor corporate headquarters overlooking NYC’s leafy Central Park (in full autumnal splendor) is mesmerizing.

This time, we got the designer and main man himself, Donald J. Pliner- leading us through the chic Spring 2009 line-up of ladies peds. So cool.

With an emphasis on style without sacrificing “fit or comfort” (think flexible shoes that bend like the double jointed pretzel humans)

…we got an eyeful of Pliner’s signature features like …
removable built in footbeds,
stretchy elastic straps that move with one’s gait,
“fit with comfort” low pitches because stacked fronts offset height of the scupltural high heels,

metal rimmed toe linings that trick the eye aka “cosmetic surgery for the foot” thereby lengthening the appearance of toes,
solid rubber tread soles on sandals,

innovative ‘give’ of thong-like leather flip flops ….

and extensive use of breathable, easy to clean microfiber materials that aid circulation---including the unique satin microfiber material used for chic pumps.

Pliner zipped through the many, many styles set to hit retail shelves in a few months.


The rebirth of chunky heels-well done in a strapped sandal resurrected from Pliner’s first collection…in a wide variety of materials and colors that look so right for 2009.

A mini grouping of Indian inspired (think Sante Fe) silver metallic flats, boots and sandals.

A sexy pointy toe slingback- in embrossed python patent leather. The technology is so advanced now, that the material used feels appropriately scaly.

A versatile Chanel like open toe Black and White Spectator pump that works with dresses as well as casual weekend wear.

Cork and rafia materials (so cushiony) in stacked heels, wedges, mules and kitten heels sandals.

And “Kogi” a textured material in available 14 colors-used in many styles.

WHAT HASN’T CHANGED: the quality epitomized by the“ Made in the Mountains Of Italy” tagline.

And a portion of all sales goes to Peace For The Children Foundation a non-profit founded by Donald and Lisa Pliner that is dedicated to channeling funds to deserving initiatives and projects that advance “peace, care, and welfare of children in need.”

TOPDOG: Babyface, Pliner’s been everywhere dog- has two Halloween costumes…Angel for AM hours and a Devil outfit for after sunset.