Designer Shoes: Alexander McQueen

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When London (fashion week) calls, we put everything else on hold and marvel at the sartorial splendour that the British runways have to offer. And it definitely was London-love at first sight with all the stunning shoes!

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Preen
With “poetry groupie” as their muse, designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi fused romanticism with glam grunge. Black Victorian lace-up boots were the perfect punctuations to the moody floral dresses. Over-the-knee and ankle boots wrapped in bows are absolutely the most awesome presents to own this fall.

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House of Holland
With a throwback to the seventies and twenties, you can expect lots of color –that’s for sure. Henry Holland dressed his models in punk-rock shoes ready to hit the dance floor. The disco-appropriate boots literally captured the vibrancy of the ultra-cool decades with shimmery metals matched with super-saturated orange and fuchsia, paired with cheetah and zebra prints.

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JW Anderson
Shoes were mini sculptures at the Anderson runway. The plethora of colors and textures turned the accessories into show stopping artworks. Kitten heel booties were sharp, and had a fun, modern twist with its translucent PVC and silver and black crystal-detailing. Our favorite would be the square-toed mules embellished with shiny multicolored scales.

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Julien Macdonald
When you’ve got sparkly, leg-baring dresses to wear, you’ll need the perfect shoes to showcase your pins. Take cue from the Macdonald runway and pair your thigh-skimming frocks with ladder-style, open-toe boots fastened with buckles, or simple yet ultra-chic ankle-strap stilettos in that neutral nude hue we absolutely adore.

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Burberry
If moto jackets are the hottest toppers this season, Christopher Bailey created the most fitting “moto boot” to complement them with. The edgy boots with a low-heel carried a statement-making pilgrim buckle that accented the python print. Other boot details include brocade, studs and kilties.

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Antonio Berardi
The femme fatale who is dressed in a neck collar and velvet bodice with corset lacing will off course need a pair of bondage boots. Case in point: Pointy booties with side cut-outs and an ankle strap, or boots with high-shine leather and side buckles will help unleash your inner dominatrix.

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Alexander McQueen
Expect to fashionably embrace your femininity this fall courtesy of Sarah Burton. Ankle-strap stilettos lined with fur, and sandals adorned with crystals and ostrich feathers that gracefully billowed down the runway will make all of us a little bit more flirtatious in the fall.

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Mulberry
Johnny Coca presented a very hip alternative to fall footwear. If ballet slippers were to get a hefty dose of heel, then you’ve got these Mulberry platform heels with punchy, yellow and orange supersized satin lacing. Mid-calf boots also with platform heels were color-blocked in black, white or maroon, and proved to be sleek, modern and very wearable too.

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About the author: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more). 

Salma Hayek wore Giuseppe Zanotti blue suede bow-embellished platform sandals to the ‘Savages’ photo call in London. She’s also wearing a Roland Mouret Mercy colorblock dress.

Salma clearly took a cue from Katy Perry with the blue shoes however they’re not a match for this dress. These sandals are too chunky and this blue color clashes…plus, I prefer a bordeaux color.

Shoes She Should Have Worn: 

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Valentino platform sandal; available online at Valentino
I go through hundreds of shoes for these posts, this was the first shoe that I choose and it made the final cut :). It features cut-out suede with rose details and a pink platform. 

Alexander McQueen leather & velvet platform pump
These are a bit more red however I love how the velvet pleat complements the dress’s bodice.

Chelsea Paris Catherine suede ankle-strap pump; available online at Chelsea Paris
(sold out, but there are other fall styles available)
These pumps are from the Fall 2012 collection with a flirty lace-up back.

Alexander McQueen leather platform pump
This is the most basic option from McQueen’s Fall 2012 collection and the color is perfect.

Which shoe do you like for Salma? My choice is the Valentino. Check out more Shoes She Should Have Worn posts.

Credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com



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Alexander McQueen pink boot | 4″ heel | buy online at Zappos for $1,195

Bows love shoes this season and I fancy this oversized bow-embellished boot from McQueen’s Fall 2012 collection. It’s available in pink & black suede featuring a side-zip closure, grosgrain bow on the heel counter, platform, almond toe and leather lining.

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Black suede platform boot | 4″ heel | buy online at Zappos for $1,195

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This past fall an employee at a McQueen store I was visiting “warned” me about the shoe prices this spring & she wasn’t joking. Last season, McQueen’s priciest wedge was over $4000 and this season, there are several shoes priced over $6000!

Kim Kardashian debuted the Kanye West x Giuseppe Zanotti sandals featuring embroidered pearls at Paris Fashion Week and Emma Stone wore the Lanvin Opanca sandal to the Golden Globes.

My sister Abby is in love with the Dolce bow pump & my favorite style is the Lanvin sandal.

A look at this season’s most expensive shoes:
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Alexander McQueen wrap-up wedge | Christian Louboutin Daffodile | Alexander McQueen beaded wedge
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Alexander McQueen lace-up wedge | Christian Louboutin Lady Peep CrocKanye West x Giuseppe Zanotti
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Alexander McQueen ombre wedge | Dolce & Gabbana crystal satin pumps | Christian Louboutin Very Mix
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Christian Louboutin Sexy Strass | Giuseppe Zanotti embellished sandal | Christian Louboutin Torero
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Lanvin Opanca sandal | Christian Louboutin Fifi Strass | Christian Louboutin Devidas pump

There are several crystal embellished designs on Christian Louboutin US, around $3995 and Gianmarco Lorenzi & Phillip Plein are also in this price range online at FarFetch.


Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2011 shoe collection mixes the older styles in with the new. The signature heart peep-toe pump is re-made in a beautiful pink velvet and also in a suede-to-patent version. The new laces on the platform boots (at the very bottom of the post) are beautiful featuring metal eyelets (as seen on the runway).

I had to blink a couple times when I first saw the price on the first platform wedge featured below. I haven’t seen a shoe (especially online) priced over $4,000 since Valentino’s sculpted lace pump.

My favorite pieces include the t-strap sandal already seen on Sarah Jessica Parker, the curved platform peep-toe wedge and the beautiful pink suede boot.

As always I will continue to update the list as more styles appear online.

Metal platform wedge; available in white at Nordstrom

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Here is my (monster) list of the most fabulous Spring 2011 sandals that are available online right now. I order heels online because 1. I can find what I want & 2. shipping & returns are usually free. Also, don’t forget to to look at the fit guide (I learned my lesson) – I’m a half size different depending on the designer. Whether you’re looking for a platform, wedge, chunky heel, or sans platform sandal this list complies the best designer sandals I’ve found online.

P.S.- Share with me your favorites! X

Camilla Skovgaard platform pump in blue |  5 1/4″ heel | available online in blue at Endless, black at Luisaviaroma & in taupe at Shopbop.

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These Skovgaard sandals are amazing!

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Giuseppe Zanotti cross strap platform sandal; available online in brown at EndlessZapposLuisaviaroma, in leopard at EndlessLuisaviaroma & in cognac at Shopbop.

Giuseppe Zanotti Brown Clog platform sandal

Zanotti joined the chunky platform trend & created a beautiful, trendy spring sandal.

Giuseppe Zanotti leopard platform sandal

Lanvin lucite platform wedge; available online in black at Luisaviaroma & Barneys and in animal-print perspex at Net-A-Porter.

Lanvin lucite platform wedge

These lucite Lanvin wedges have recently been spotted on Cameron Diaz.

 

LANVIN Leather and animal-print Perspex sandals

Versace cutout patent sandal; available online in black & white at Luisaviaroma & in black at Neiman Marcus.

Versace cutout patent sandals

Versace rope & leather platform sandal; available online at Luisaviaroma & Saks Fifth Avenue.

Versace rope & leather platform sandal

Khloe Kardashian has been seen in these Versace rope sandals.

Yves Saint Laurent suede cage Trybal wedge; available online at Luisaviaroma & Net-A-Porter.

Zoe Saldana was the first celebrity to wear these Yves Saint Laurent wedges on the red carpet.

Yves Saint Laurent strappy Trybal wedge; available online at MyTheresa & Nordstrom.

Yves Saint Laurent strappy Trybal wedge

Yves Saint Laurent web wedge sandal; available online at Barneys.

Yves Saint Laurent web wedge sandal

Miu Miu tri-color double buckle Mary Jane sandals; available online at MyTheresa & Saks Fifth Avenue.

Miu Miu tri-color double buckle Mary Jane sandals

Miu Miu two-tone peep-toe sandals; available online at MyTheresa.

Miu Miu Two Tone slingback sandal

These recently just appeared online. I love them because they still feature the beautiful neon colors but the style is not as extreme as the other heels from the Miu Miu Spring 2011 collection.

Nicholas Kirkwood lace platform sandal; available online at Bergdorf Goodman.

Nicholas Kirkwood Lace-Up Lace Platform Sandal

Miranda Kerr wore these to the MET 2011 Ball.

Nicholas Kirkwood Dalio platform sandals; available online in metallic silver at MyTheresa & in gold at Bergdorf Goodman.

Metallic Silver Nicholas Kirkwood platform pump

Kelly Ripa was spotted in the silver Dalio sandal.

NIcholas Kirkwood metallic gold platform sandal

Casadei t-strap platform wedge; available online at Endless.

Casadei t-strap platform wedge

Casadei triple platform cutout sandal; available online at Endless.

Casadei triple platform cutout sandal

These remind me a bit of Elie Saab’s heels spotted on Mila Kunis at the Academy Awards.

Donna Karanmetallic gold platform sandal; available online at Zappos.

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canvas & woven leather platform sandal; available online at Zappos.

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Cachet Antiope platform sandals;

available online at Zappos in gold with crystals, at Sergio Rossi in champagne with crystals, also in dark grey at Sergio Rossi with crystals and in black at Zappos.

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The gold platform sandal with crystals is stunning. I expect to see this heel on the red carpet.

Cachet Antiope Sergio Rossi black platform sandal

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Cachet Cage gold plated platform sandals; available online at Luisaviaroma & Sergio Rossi.

Sergio Rossi Cachet Cage platform sandals

Alexander McQueen platform sandal with samurai chain; available online at Zappos, in white at Net-A-Porter, in tan at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Alexander McQueen Samurai Scrimshaw Scale platform sandal; available online at Zappos, Net-A-PorterAlexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen Samurai Scrimshaw Scale platform sandal

Charlotte Olympia Rio platform sandals; available online in black at Matches & Charlotte Olympia, in red at Kirna ZabeteCharlotte Olympia.

Charlotte Olympia Rio platform sandal

Charlotte Olympia Miranda leopard print platform wedges; available online at Bergdorf GoodmanCharlotte OlympiaKirna Zabete.

Charlotte Olympia Miranda Wedge

This wedge is very high on my wish list, I’m so happy to see it still available online.

Elie Saab cutout leather platform sandals; all three featured below are available online at Boutique1.

Elie Saab cutout blue suede platform sandals

Sharing my secret – I’m obsessed with Boutique1 & they carry the super coveted Elie Saab Spring 2011 sandals right now.

Elie Saab leather cutout platform sandal

Elie Saab cutout leather platform salmon sandals

Alaïa embellished leather platform sandals; available online at Net-A-Porter.

ALAÏA Embellished leather platform sandals

This sandal is selling out quite quickly, but it had to be on the list!

Alaïa cutout suede platform sandals; available online at Net-A-Porter.

Alaïa cutout suede platform sandals

Jimmy Choo Vivienne mixed media platform sandal; available online in brown at Net-A-Porter & Jimmy Choo and in black at Saks Fifth AvenueJimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo Vivienne mixed media platform sandal

This sandal has been my favorite ever since I spotted it on Diane Kruger in January.

Jimmy Choo Vivienne mixed media platform sandal

Jimmy Choo Emily suede cage sandal; available online at Saks Fifth AvenueJimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo Emily Sandal

Jimmy Choo Della beaded sandal; available online at Bergdorf GoodmanNeiman Marcus.

Jimmy Choo Della beaded sandal

Pierre Hardy striped wedge sandal; available online at Barneys.

Pierre Hardy striped wedge sandal

This Pierre Hardy amazingness was spotted on Leighton Meester in a pink & orange color.

Pierre Hardy buckled wedge sandal; available online at Net-A-Porter.

Pierre Hardy buckled wedge sandal

Christian Louboutin Balota lattice sandal; available in a platform snakeskin style at Neiman Marcus, Barneys & Bergdorf Goodman, available in glitter at Saks Fifth AvenueBarneys.

Christian Louboutin Balota platform sandal

Louboutin has a massive Spring 2011 collection but the Balota is my favorite sandal right now that is also pretty easy to find online.

Christian Louboutin Balota sandal mini glitter

Gucci Jasmine lace-up sandals; available online in python at Net-A-Porter & in suede at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Gucci Jasmine lace-up python sandal

Gucci Inga metallic gold strappy sandal; available online at Bergdorf GoodmanSaks Fifth Avenue.

Gucci Inga metallic gold strappy sandal

Kim Kardashian debuted these heels in Harper’s Bazaar.

Brian Atwood Aurora satin sandal with crystal heel & silk flowers; available online in purple at Colette & in white at Net-A-Porter.

Brian Atwood Aurora sandal

BRIAN ATWOOD Aurora embellished satin sandals

Dries Van Noten multi-strap suede sandal; available online at FarFetch.

Dries Van Noten multi-strap suede sandal

Dries Van Noten floral print sandal; available online at FarFetch.

Dries Van Noten floral print sandal

Fendi purple snakeskin platform sandal; available online at Neiman Marcus.

Fendi purple platform sandal

Jennifer Hudson was spotted in these python sandals.

Fendi colorblock sandal; available online at Neiman Marcus & Barneys.

Fendi Colorblock Sandal

Fendi Colorblock Sandal

Giambattista Valli pony print fringe sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete.

Giambattista Valli Pony Print Fringe Sandal

Giambattista Valli giraffe linen wedge; available online at Kirna Zabete

Chrissie Morris Zena cross front platform sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete

Chrissie Morris Zena cross front platform sandal

Chrissie Morris Priscilla buckle platform sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete

Chrissie Morris Priscilla buckle platform sandal


Shoe-business trade paper Footwear News named the Christian Louboutin Maralena the sexiest shoe of the year.

I love, love Christian Louboutin, but is this really the sexiest shoe of 2010? Apparently the “runners up” were designs from Giuseppe Zanotti, Dolce & Gabbana and Jimmy Choo – I would love to see all the styles in the running. After watching Kathie Lee’s blunt reaction on the Today Show about the winning shoe and seeing that currently on the Huffington Post’s poll, 50% of voters say the Maralena isn’t the sexiest, I still have mixed thoughts. What do you think is the sexiest shoe of 2010?

ShoeRazzi’s top 5 sexiest heels of 2010:

Christian Louboutin Pigalili

The Christian Louboutin Pigalili -available in silver, gold & black. Find it online at Christian Louboutin’s US Online Store. Heidi Klum was seen wearing the Pigalili in black.

Nicholas Kirkwood platform sandal

Nicholas Kirkwood‘s platform sandal from his fall 2010 collection; as seen on Sarah Jessica Parker. All of Kirkwood’s designs ooze sexiness!

Gianmarco Lorenzi Disco Ball heels

Gianmarco Lorenzi‘s Disco Ball crystal embellished heels, available online at Gregory’s in gold & black.

Valentino Sculptured Lace Pump

Valentino‘s fabulous sculptured lace pumps, available online at Neiman Marcus.

Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals

Giuseppe Zanotti‘s embellished sandals;as seen on Kim Kardashian. These sandals are available online at Bluefly.

ShoeRazzi’s top 5 sexiest boots of 2010:

There are so many hot boots this year. I stuck to short boots/booties and somehow  finally narrowed it down to the top 5.

Lipspikes Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin’s Lipspike boot; as seen on Cheryl Cole & Kim Kardashian. Available online at the official Christian Louboutin US store in black suede.

Alexander McQueen Gibbons Boot

Alexander McQueen’s Grinling Gibbons gold-heeled show boot. Available online at Alexander McQueen.

Brian Atwood Jeri Boot

Brian Atwood’s Jeri boot from his Fall 2010 Collection.

Givenchy Sequined Embroidered Boots

Givenchy’s Sequined Nappa Embroidered boots; as seen on Lea Michele & Mary Kate Olsen. Available in flannel gray, black and velvet at Luis Via Roma.

Ruthie Davis SPIKE Boot

Ruthie Davis’ Spike boot from her fall collection. This boot was seen on Whitney Port and Katy Perry.

Everyone’s style & definition of sexy is different – what do you think is the sexiest heel & boot from 2010?