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:
Bionda Castana x LK Bennett checkerboard printed pointed-toe pump in navy and white leather.
Manolo Blahnik soft orange suede pointed-toe pump with shiny blue piped leather trim.
Marskin RyyppyMerope strappy cutout pump in tangerine suede and metallic peacock green snakeskin.
Chloe Gosselin cutout pump in vermilion red suede and matching leather.
Paul AndrewHaikou pump in white satin with raffia & sequin flower embroidery in white and dragon red.
Casadei cobalt suede sandal with natural snakeskin straps and long ankle-wrap laces with tassels.
Tabitha Simmons natural raffia strappy sandals with blue starburst floral embroidered straps.
Alexandre Birman sky blue suede sandal with tube straps and snakeskin detailing.
GiannicoPicasso mule with Beverly Hills palm print canvas and pale blue leather covered stiletto.
Chelsea Paris for Jean-Pierre Braganza black leather cage sandal with multicolor details.
Liudmilla jacquard Leandra sculpted wedge pump with a cutout heel and long gold leather ankle-wrap.
Alejandra G. multicolor pastel snakeskin cage sandal with matching tassels.
Oscar TiyeKitty sandal in glossy black patent leather and contrast white stitching.
Malone SouliersIda gladiator sandal in a beautiful laser-cut teal leather with red patent leather and pretty pink laces; available at Avenue 32.
Mary Katrantzou floral printed leather pumps with croc strap and sculpted gold-tone heel.
Le Silla cutout sandal in platinum snakeskin and long corset-style laces; available at Le Silla.
Winter is upon us, which can only mean onething 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wanted to get this post out last week but TIFF kicked my butt. I have such a soft spot for a good strappy shoe and NYFW did not disappoint. Manolo Blahnik had the most collaborations again this season, 20 total.
– Brian Atwood designed his popular Evie open-toe pump in several yummy confectionary colors for Dennis Basso.
– Gio Diev debuted his first collaboration with Sally LaPointe. The pumps were strong & sexy with a high-rise front, slightly padded straps & pinhole closures.
– I hope you like mules…they’re sky-high & sexy as ever. The standout designs were seen down the runway at both Altuzarra and Victoria Beckham.
– Sophia Webster burst onto the scene with her debut collection last year. She has officially hit a whole new level and has already collaborated with J.Crew!
– Cesare Casadei for Prabal Gurung is a brilliant match. This season we saw sexy slingback pumps with several thin straps wrapped around the heel.
– Christian Louboutin for Marchesa‘s fairytale-inspired collection was extra dreamy & romantic with lace-up laser cut suede pumps.
– Marissa Webb was my all-around favorite. Her slightly sporty pumps are wearable (4-4.5″ heel) and have the corset lace-up front which I’m crazy about.
– The super strappy pumps at Narcriso Rodriguez were another stand out, and this black & white snakeskin design is TDF.
Victoria Beckham was spotted wearing CasadeiBlade pumps while outside the Vogue Festival in London. These Spring 2013 shoes feature cream leather, sculpted black metal heel and black piped leather trim. Blade is available in nude/black at Barneys, white/green at LuisaViaRoma, beige/blue at The Corner & FarFetch plus a variety of styles at Casadei.
Everything else she wore besides the shoes was from her own collection including a two-tone draped Fall 2013 outfit, aviator sunglasses and zipped pouch. She spoke at the event highlighting the the success of her fashion label and importance of family.
Jessica Pare wore Casadei for Prabal Gurung pumps to the ‘Mad Men’ Season 6 premiere in Los Angeles. These shoes are from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection featuring a contrast white cap-toe, patent leather ankle-strap and sculptural mirrored heel.
This collection hasn’t hit retailers yet however, you can shop the Spring 2013 Casadei + Prabal Gurung shoes online at LuisaViaRoma, Barneys and The Corner.
Amy Adams wore Casadei platform sandals to the 2013 BAFTA Awards held in London. Here’a better photo of her shoes. These sandals are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring light gold satin, statement ‘bridge’ platform with a buckle-fastening ankle strap. They’re available online in red satin at The Corner and several styles at Casadei.
You can always count on Amy to dress for the occasion. For this red carpet Amy chose an exquisite Elie Saab Haute Couture black lace gown with an embroidered bodice and waist with high slit detail. She also accessorized with Katharina pink diamond drop earrings and Vagabonde diamond ring by Fabergé.
Casadei suede ankle-strap pump | 5″ heel | available at Amazon (free shipping) for $820
These pointed-toe pumps are from the new Spring/Summer 2013 collection and I mentioned in the September post that I love this turquoise pump! I have the Blade in black suede and it’s one of my favorite shoes, I wear it all the time.
They feature suede, pointed-toe, metallic light gold leather skinny ankle-strap and signature sculpted blade heel. Half sizes are available.
Eva Longoria attended the Padres Contra El Cancer’s El Sueno De Esperanza Benefit Gala this past weekend wearing a lovely white Maria Lucia Hohan cut-out dress and carried a Swarovski black satin clutch.
Eva’s already been featured in this series when she wore the same Brian Atwood black satin Maniac pumps with a shorter white dress this spring. These pumps have worked so well for her dozens and dozens of times, (for years actually!) but I really dislike them paired with this white gown (I do however, really like her green manicure!).
ConspiracyBiotech sandal; you can shop these shoes online at Flooly I recently joined the Conspiracy Facebook page and love it when their designs pop up on my wall. They use materials such as aeronautical-aluminum, galvanic palladium and titanium screws.
Jimmy ChooLake platform sandals; available online at Nordstrom These shoes are from the Fall 2012 collection and a perfect strappy silver sandal.
Jimmy ChooKani embellished sandal; available online at Nordstrom I would have loved to see this Swarovski crystal-embellished shoe peeking out from under Eva’s dress. They’re from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection featuring pleated satin and we’ve seen them on Krysten Ritter.
Many thanks to Catherine at Red Carpet Fashion Awards and Lucia at The Fashion Politan for giving us a peek at Casadei’s beautiful Spring 2013 collection! I’m very excited about this season and love what Cesare is continuing to do with the blade. The Blade pump has had a facelift and now features a skinny metallic leather ankle-strap. My favorite design is the strappy teal sandal with the blade heel, I must have this!
The engineering behind Casadei’s designs amaze me and this collection was inspired by the hard, sensual aesthetics of Helmut Newton. The main theme is focused on creating illusions by using transparent Plexiglas and micro steel. There’s also a new wedge called Bridge which has the heel, shank and edge of the sole traced in micro steel creating an illusory, transparent mirror-like effect. Plus no need to worry about the weight since the Plexiglas and steel were used to eliminate any form of heaviness.
Jena Malone wore Casadei ankle-strap sandals to the 2012 Emmy Awards. These sandals are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring metallic silver patent leather and a double buckle ankle-strap. You can find these sandals available online in metallic gold at Amazon.
Jena looked beautiful in this one shoulder J. Mendel gown which had a thigh-high slit. Her hair is quite a bit darker which she wore in a chignon with blunt bangs. Maria Menounos also wore these sandals on the red carpet this evening. Check out more shoes spotted at the Emmys.