It's time to say hell0 to our new US correspondent Andrea. Look out for her contributions on a daily basis, and in the new 'Shoes in the USA' category.

Louboutins_1August is a very difficult time for a shoe shopper. You're still in sandals most days and your pedicured-within-an-inch-of-their-soles feet resist the closed toed shoe with all the strength in their lacquered little pinkie toes. But the stores are full of stacked, platform, and every other kind of pumps! Thank Fifth Avenue that we have fall's adorable peep-toed offerings to wean us off the strappy sandal. Like these Christian Louboutin platforms. Fashion is finally turning away from more obvious bling, and it seems the perfect time to bring shiny patent into the daytime. Think how well the finish will go with your shiny, red toes! If the $690 price tag at Saks is too much for you, fear not. There are patent peep-toes a plenty at the local mall.