STUDS AND SEQUINS: For a shoe-less heel that is far from boring, we like the Stella embellished flat by Cynthia Vincent. It’s a leather ballet flat with bronze studs and shaped silver sequins, which means it looks hot with jeans but trendy enough to wear with a dressy outfit. $230.00 Get them at Krista K.
NEW BAIT: An annual fashion competition means a sneak peek at all the latest and greatest in the world of Chicago fashion. Local designers bring sketches and samples and the winner gets a $1,000 prize. Macy’s Distinction in Design; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Macy’s; 111 N State St; 312.781.1000 macys.com