Designer Shoes: Alexandre Birman

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Alexandre Birman Clarita ankle-tie sandals | 4″ heel | shop online at Farfetch

For Spring/Summer ’17 Birman introduces a playful spin on his signature Clarita sandal this time adding another bow strap around the middle of the shoe. We love this charming design and the summer picnic-ready two-tone gingham version is adorable. They feature long ankle wraps and natural linen covered heel.

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Clarita’s also available in beige or multicolor suede and an equally dreamy style designed in black & white colorblock leather.

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The everyday, everywhere Clarita in pretty beige suede; available at Farfetch.

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Funky fun Clarita in blue, yellow, red, pink & black colorblock suede; available at Farfetch.

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My favorite, the classic black & white Clarita in leather; available at Farfetch.

This week superstar Shakira celebrated her 39th birthday! She’s kind of a boot fanatic and has made them work on several red carpets. Clearly she looks incredible…we’re just not a fan of these knee-high boots paired with her girly Alice + Olivia sleeveless dress.

Shoes She Should Have Worn to Disney’s premiere of ‘Zootopia’ in Barcelona:

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Sophia Webster Flamingo Frill ankle-wrap sandals; available at FarFetch
Given the animal-themed movie, these playful shoes would have been a perfect choice.

Rene Caovilla Swarovski crystal Web slingback pumps; on sale at Neiman Marcus
This is another solid option; check out how they looked recently on actress Lyndie Greenwood.

Altuzarra t-strap leather sandal; on sale at MyTheresa
You can’t go wrong with a strappy shoe and this one has enough ‘bite’ for Shakira.

Olgana La Sensuelle sandals; on sale at Matches
These two-tone sandals complement her dress and they’re still intriguing given the formal funky pleated white leather trim.

Bionda Castana signature Lana ankle-tie pumps; available at Bionda Castana
They’re a celebrity favorite and the ultimate femme fatale pump, featuring geometric black suede and mesh paneling.

Alexandre Birman Clarita jeweled velvet sandals; available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Aren’t they cute? They’re embellished with a crystal embroidered python toe strap. 

Which pair do you like for Shakira? Check out more Shoes She Should Have Worn posts.

During my [long] break from blogging, and even though I wasn’t writing everyday, I was still checking out the latest collections – once a shoe lover, always a shoe lover ☺.

One of the reasons I felt it took me so long to get back to blogging is that I couldn’t help but feel overall uninspired by everything I was seeing stocked in my favorite stores. Aside from a few standouts here & there, the designs seemed monotonous. Which is the reason why I have so much respect for designers who manage to balance creativity with wearability and staple pieces while at the same time maintaining a unique brand voice.

I was browsing through new spring styles and wanted to share the shoes which really caught my eye:

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Bionda Castana x LK Bennett checkerboard printed pointed-toe pump in navy and white leather.

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Manolo Blahnik soft orange suede pointed-toe pump with shiny blue piped leather trim.

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Marskin Ryyppy Merope strappy cutout pump in tangerine suede and metallic peacock green snakeskin.

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Chloe Gosselin cutout pump in vermilion red suede and matching leather.

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Paul Andrew Haikou pump in white satin with raffia & sequin flower embroidery in white and dragon red.

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Casadei cobalt suede sandal with natural snakeskin straps and long ankle-wrap laces with tassels.

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Tabitha Simmons natural raffia strappy sandals with blue starburst floral embroidered straps.

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Alexandre Birman sky blue suede sandal with tube straps and snakeskin detailing.

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Giannico Picasso mule with Beverly Hills palm print canvas and pale blue leather covered stiletto.

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Chelsea Paris for Jean-Pierre Braganza black leather cage sandal with multicolor details.

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Liudmilla jacquard Leandra sculpted wedge pump with a cutout heel and long gold leather ankle-wrap.

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Alejandra G. multicolor pastel snakeskin cage sandal with matching tassels.

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Oscar Tiye Kitty sandal in glossy black patent leather and contrast white stitching.

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Malone Souliers Ida gladiator sandal in a beautiful laser-cut teal leather with red patent leather and pretty pink laces; available at Avenue 32.

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Mary Katrantzou floral printed leather pumps with croc strap and sculpted gold-tone heel.

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Le Silla cutout sandal in platinum snakeskin and long corset-style laces; available at Le Silla.

Images via designers, FootwearNews, Vogue UK

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Lea Michele wore Alexandre Birman sandals to the 2015 Directors Guild of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA. These heels feature black suede, a bow detailed front strap and ankle-tie plus a 4.25″ covered stiletto heel. They’re available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Farfetch and Bergdorf Goodman.

Outfit DetailsBalmain sleek black crystal strap pleated gown and cuffs paired with Jennifer Meyer triangle studded earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Lea.

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Alexandre Birman two-tone strappy sandal | 110mm/4.3″ heel | shop at Shopbop for $595

This cage sandal mixes several elements which make for a fabulous statement shoe including bows, a sleek stiletto heel and strappy silhouette. They’re from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection featuring two knotted suede bows with red leather lining, hortensia pink suede, fiery coral leather, signature slim swirly straps and nude leather lining. Half sizes are available.

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I wanted to share a quick look at my favorite new arrivals this week. Many more playful resort styles have landed and a few new spring shoes are also trickling in (on pre-order).

Notes:
Sophia Webster just launched her funky fun Resort 2014 collection and her signature Riko booties are (unsurprisingly) almost sold out however you can still snag them at Farfetch.
Christian Louboutin’s latest staple peep-toe pump, Youpi (which I think we will see on the red carpet very soon) is now on pre-order in a classic black patent leather.
Tamara Mellon’s debut collection has launched (have you seen the short film starring Karlie Kloss?)…it’s a relatively simple collection with select pieces now available at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi beige leather slingback bootie (delivery in March) with a buckled strap and 115mm heel | Sophia Webster signature Riko sandal bootie in mazarine blue suede with mother of pearl calf, pale lime yellow & pink patent trims

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Christian Louboutin Youpi peep-toe pump in black patent leather | Rupert Sanderson Elba pump in gradient effect pink glitter

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Gianvito Rossi black leather open-toe bootie with an exposed side zip | Giuseppe Zanotti Dea molded leaf embellished sandal, a metallic version of the Kanye West Cruel Summer sandals

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Tamara Mellon Submission black patent leather sandal with a honeycomb laser-cut panel | Alexandre Birman Fifi ankle-strap python pump in bright orange, pink and blue


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Resort, Cruise, Pre-Spring – whatever you call it, I like it! These inter-season styles are a welcome change after a gloomy winter filled with heavy boots. Cruise is now one the biggest and most important seasons of the year for both retailers & brands (including Chanel!).

The yummy colors are a breath of fresh air and designed for frolicking around the Caribbean or other tropical destinations. Many times I much prefer the playful cruise styles over the spring collections. This season is delicious as ever with Jimmy Choo’s pastel gelato heels and Charlotte Olympia’s Sweet Talk confectionary creations.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite new resort arrivals:

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Giusepe Zanotti pink leather biker open-toe boot; Giuseppe Zanotti white snake-embossed leather cone heel pump

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Saint Laurent Janis lightning bolt motif black leather platform pump with sheer red panels

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Sophia Webster Rosa multicolored jelly sandal; Sophia Webster Lilico polka-dot floral-embellished sandal

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Paul Andrew denim bow-embellished pump; Stuart Weitzman Nudist white leather ankle-strap sandal

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Charlotte Olympia Ice Cream ankle-strap platform sandal in patent leather with a cone heel

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Jason Wu citron snake-printed leather crisscross sandal; Gianvito Rossi lace-up honeycomb cut-out sandal bootie

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Alexandre Birman Dahlia cutout snakeskin  and teal suede sandal

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Alexander McQueen pearl studded t-strap sandal; Brian Atwood Cassandra zebra-print calf hair pump

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Jimmy Choo Sling gold glitter-finished suede cage sandal; Jimmy Choo Tamera v-neck teal laser-cut suede sandal

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Manolo Blahnik Pachastud PVC pump with grommet accents

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Giuseppe Zanotti pink patent leather ankle-strap sandal with a mirrored silver cone heel

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Alexandre Birman strappy sandal | 110mm/4.3″ heel | shop at Shoescribe for $618.00

Meet the new Melody cage sandal from Birman’s latest Resort 2014 collection. It’s a gladiator-inspired work of art with scarlet red suede swirly straps alternating between thin patent leather straps. They also feature a patent leather covered heel and suede back tie with metal aglets.

They’re only available in whole sizes and Melody is also carried in a classic black suede/patent leather. You can find many more resort styles at Saks Fifth Avenue (I love this and this!).

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Winter is upon us, which can only mean one thing for the ever-moving world of fashion: Spring shoes are just around the corner and a heap of new trends is going to come with it. It’s intimidating, but have no fear! While you’ve been zipping up your knee high boots, we’ve been hot on the trail of the best shoe styles of the upcoming season. Even though it was difficult to narrow it down, here are the trends we’re most looking forward to for Spring 2014:

Mules: Not to be confused with the animal, mules are shoes characterized by their exposed heel and this Spring 2014 season they are everywhere. Backless shoes are a trend everyone can rock, as they come in a myriad of heights. We spotted them on the catwalks of mega-brands Alexander Wang, Chloé, Stella McCartney, and Céline. Our faves? Of course, Gianvito Rossi is the master of the mule – he even designed Altuzarra’s gorgeous runway mules – but, we also can’t help but love  Monique Lhuillier’s gorgeous use of PVC in her heel-baring designs and Christian Louboutin’s bead-embellished creations.

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Placid Blue: This icy-toned blue is one of Pantone’s top picks for the Spring 2014 season. Dubbed “placid blue,” this hue does indeed have a calming and serene quality about it and designers latched onto it for their warmer weather designs. Used as both the main color and as an accenting neutral, we love the way this normally subversive color is taking control this season. From the curved heel of Walter Steiger’s glorious pump to Miu Miu’s chunky heeled platform, this color has proven itself to be much more than an Easter egg favorite.

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Freesia: As if to tell placid blue to move over and share the stage, this Pantone pick is a blazing yellow that commands attention. Freesia is the color of electric citrus, and where placid blue is a blue sky, freesia is the smoldering sun. Just a glimpse at the color instantly energizes you, which is why it isn’t surprising that designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Prada, ShoeRazzi favorite Jerome C. Rousseau, and John Galliano (spotted on the trendy heels of Rita Ora) have all utilized this vibrant color. After all, there is no better way to add a kick of ferocity to an outfit than with a sick pair of shoes!

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Sporty: This spring, the femininity of high heels are combining with an unexpected element: sportiness. We briefly delved into this trend in our recap of the hottest shoes on the Milanese runways, but this trend is proving to be much more than a footnote. Whether it’s through the use of athletic materials such as perforated leather (Daniele Michetti), woven nylon (Balenciaga), and neoprene (John Galliano), or through design like Emilio Pucci’s padded leather straps, Prada’s rubber bumpers and sole, or Christian Dior’s sneaker laces, it’s clear that one of the hottest trends of Spring 2014 is combining urban style with luxury.

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Funky Embellishments: For the past couple seasons, wild embellishments have been a designer standby to make their shoes really stand out, and this season is no different. We’re seeing a wealth of extravagant and unique embellishments that are making classic shoe designs total statement makers. From Sophia Webster’s spunky and vibrant butterfly wings to Bionda Castana’s ingenious use of lace and silicone to create a leopard print, using embellishments is the go-to way to make your shoes the most enviable soles on the block. Christian Louboutin even got in on the trend with his darling doorknocker embellishments and that’s how you know it’s a must-follow trend.

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Floral Appliqué: Along the same vein of embellishments, another incredibly popular trend during this upcoming spring and summer season is the use of floral appliqués. It makes sense when you think about it: what better way to celebrate warm weather’s flowers and gorgeous variety of colors than using those very vessels of vibrancy as shoe-spiration? The flowers range from subtle (Christian Dior, Brian Atwood) to a veritable bouquet (we’re looking at you Aperlai and Kotur!), but no matter the size of the flower, we love the elegance and femininity it effortlessly conveys.

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Beaded: By this time, you’re probably sensing a theme: next season is all about personality-filled shoes. The more accoutrements the better. Following the shoe jewelry trend (shoewlry? We’ll work on a name for this, we promise), some of the hottest shoes you’ll be seeing in Spring 2014 are ornately beaded works of footwear art. Emilio Pucci’s Masai-inspired beading is picture perfect, Paul Andrew’s floral inspiration combines two trends in one pump, and Aperlai’s caviar beaded platform shoes – seen on Willow Shields during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour – is edgy while still being darling. However, the shoe that takes the bead-embellished cake is definitely Jerome C. Rousseau’s multi-beaded, multi-dimensional heel, which is sure to turn heads.

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Written by Shannon Weston



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Alexandre Birman lace-up bootie | 115mm/4.5 inch heel | shop online at Shopbop & Saks Fifth Avenue for $595.00

There are several sexy designs from Birman’s new Pre-Fall 2013 collection including this soft black leather bootie. They feature a glossy leather open lattice front panel, back-zip closure and lace-up front with leather laces. Latticework gets me every time & I would wear this with a white or colorful pedi.

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