Designer Shoes: Balenciaga

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Cameron Diaz wore Balenciaga pumps to the NYC screening of ‘Sex Tape’ held at Regal Union Square. These half d’Orsay heels feature black & perforated suede overlays, a mesh asymmetric strap and 110mm heel. They’re available with a 90mm heel at Matches & MyTheresa.

Outfit Details: Vionnet Pre-Fall 2013 water colored silk wrap dress, Pomellato gold diamond hoop earrings & rings plus a cream/black box clutch.

Check out more shoes spotted on Cameron.

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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Emma Watson wore Balenciaga open-toe slingback sandals to the 2013 GQ Men Of The Year Awards. These heels are from the Resort 2014 collection and covered in multi-sized black crystals. You can find current Balenciaga styles at MyTheresa, Farfetch and Neiman Marcus.

She’s featured in the October issue of the magazine and made an appearance wearing head-to-toe Balenciaga Resort 2014. Emma’s ivory silk bolero-cum-bra-top is beautiful however the pants look comical. They clearly needed tailoring…the buckles were supposed to hit at the ankle. She also accessorized with Diamond Huggie Hoop earrings by Sydney Evan.

Check out more shoes spotted on Emma.

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Lady Gaga met fans outside the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood wearing Balenciaga t-strap pumps. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring an extreme low-cut vamp, thin t-strap and white marbled leather. We’ve also seen them on Ruth Wilson & Carey Mulligan.

Her outfit two-piece outfit from Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga debut collection  included a cracked, paint-spackled mohair knit paired with black crepe flat peplum trousers. Gaga also accessorized with Tom Ford Samuele round frame sunglasses.

Check out more shoes spotted on Lady Gaga.

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Sienna Miller was spotted enjoying a night out in London wearing Balenciaga slingback sandals. These heels are from an older collection featuring colorblock leather upper with pebbled contrast white patches at sides. You can find Balenciaga styles on discount at Yoox.

She also wore a matte-silk blouse with a ruched front panel paired with black skinny jeans. Sienna’s hair was pulled back in her signature boho bun and she carried a Mini Heroine leather shoulder bag by Alexander McQueen.

Check out more shoes spotted on Sienna.

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Ruth Wilson wore Balenciaga t-strap pumps to the Berlin premiere of ‘Lone Ranger’. These heels are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring an extreme low-cut vamp, black & white marbled leather and thin asymmetric t-strap. Carey Mulligan first wore this style in black leather to the Met Gala.

She posed on the red carpet wearing head-to-toe Balenciaga including a white embroidered top with a folded neckline and cropped pant from the Fall 2013 collection. Her bob was slicked back behind her ears and other accessories included a shimmery pink lip and Balenciaga Fall 2013 knot cuff.

Check out more recent celebrity shoe spottings.

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Carey Mulligan wore Balenciaga t-strap pumps to the 2013 Met Gala in NYC. These heels are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring a super low-cut vamp, black leather, skinny t-strap and thick heel. They’re gorgeous I just wonder if they hurt with the skinny t-strap placed between the toes.

‘The Great Gatsby’ star is currently on red carpet overload as she’s been promoting the film and now heading to Cannes Film Festival. She also wore a Balenciaga Fall 2013 black dress, dark eye makeup and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Check out more shoes spotted at the Met Gala.

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Kristen Stewart is featured in the October 2012 issue of British Vogue wearing Balenciaga boots. These heels are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring black leather, green ostrich leather and white leather laces. You can find these boots available online with blue ostrich at Matches.

She’s also wearing a leopard-print coat and studded trousers by Joseph, t-shirt by Balenciaga, Agent Provocateur by Linda Farrow sunglasses and resin drop earrings by Marni. Kristen’s feature is really beautiful and was shot by Mario Testino. She wears lots of Balenciaga, Just Cavalli, Isabel Marant, Marni and more. Check out her feature in British Vogue and other shoes spotted on Kristen.

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Balenciaga grey lace-up shoe | 4″ heel | buy online at Matches for $704

They’ve finally arrived! These are one of the hottest shoe collections of the season and Kristen Stewart wore a similar design to Met Gala. The shoe pictured above features grey smooth leather, pointed-toe and white leather laces. The bootie below is more than double the price of the other style and features black leather, white laces and  lavender-blue ostrich leather paneling.

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Black lace-up boot | 4″ heel | buy online at Matches for $1,570

This week I found quite the variety of new Fall 2012 arrivals at FarFetch. The Stella McCartney glitter pumps are very cute and feature a black faux-suede peaked panel at the front. Balenciaga continues their signature glove sandal/bootie in a brown & white zebra print pony hair.

New this week:

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Casadei crystal-embellished peep-toe pump | Pollini red snakeskin platform sandal

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Balenciaga zebra print pony hair sandal | Nicholas Kirkwood sculpted stiletto boot

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Giuseppe Zanotti red patent leather pump | Stella McCartney glitter covered pump

Lanvin pink leather buckled bootie | Ballin mustard yellow suede platform bootie