Designer Shoes: Chelsea Paris

In addition to the blooming flowers, welcoming sunshine and green grass, strappy open-toe sandals are another sign that spring has sprung. Before you know it, it will be time to pack the boots away, treat yourself to a pedi (we suggest trying Dior’s new lilac polish) and slip into some strappy sandals – strappier the better.

Here’s a look at our favorite new arrivals for Spring 2016:

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Tulum lace-up sandals embellished with fringe and gold-tone dome studs; available at Barneys.

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Chelsea Paris Sultan lace-up sandals; in aqua at Grazia Shop or brown at Otte.

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Sophia Webster Lilico underwater strappy embellished sandal; available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and FarFetch.

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Giuseppe Zanotti strappy lilac suede lace-up front sandal; available in lilac and black at FarFetch.

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Dsquared2 strappy ankle-wrap sandal in electric blue snakeskin; available at FarFetch.

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Giambattista Valli nude suede multi-buckle sandal; available at FarFetch.

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Sergio Rossi white leather cage ankle-strap sandal with a stacked heel; available at Lane Crawford.

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Chloe Gosselin Bryonia sandals in metallic snakeskin; available at FarFetch.

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L’Autre Chose strappy suede sandals in serenity blue; available at ShoeScribe.

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Paula Cademartori Starry sandals in cobalt suede plus nude & black leather; available at Boutique1.

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Stuart Weitzman XChain sandals in black glitter fabric and crystal covered straps; available at ShoeScribe.

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Valentino Rockstud strappy gladiators heels in pale gold textured leather; available at FarFetch.

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Paul Andrew Ella red suede cage sandals; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Gianvito Rossi black glitter covered strappy sandals; available at Barneys.

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Bionda Castana Hazel laser-cut leather strappy sandals; available at Forward by Elyse Walker.



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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Kaley Cuoco wore Chelsea Paris Ada sandals to the 2014 Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. These heels feature red suede with tear drop cut-outs, skinny lace-up closure and 100mm heel. Ada is available at Barneys.

Outfit Details: Monique Lhuillier Resort 2015 rouge strapless layered tulle gown with floral lace appliqué, a pink satin Swaroski crystal clutch plus several pieces of jewelry including a Jennifer Fisher gold mini North South diamond ringGraziela Gems Double Vine ring and Meira T ear cuff.

Check out more shoes spotted on Kaley.

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Kaley Cuoco wore Chelsea Paris Esosa sandals to ‘Authors Anonymous’ LA premiere held at The Crest Theatre. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring blue dot print watersnake, curvy straps and 100mm heel. Esosa is available in pink or black suede at Barneys.

She looked ready for a summer picnic wearing an intricate floral ivory lace Aurelia top with cotton poplin cuffs and baby blue Veronique embroidered shorts by Tory Burch from the Spring 2014 collection. I’m not crazy about this top, specifically the Peter Pan collar and length, paired with these shorts.

This photo of Kaley’s hair & makeup doesn’t do it justice – here’s a better look; the tousled waves, rose pink lip – stunning. She coordinated her look with a Vince Camuto blue Kash clear acrylic box clutch, watermelon pedi and stack of skinny bangles.

Check out more shoes spotted on Kaley.

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Pantone recently announced radiant orchid as the 2014 color of the year. This charming purple hue captivates a “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” while “emanating great joy, love and health”.

I always look forward to this report which covers the season’s most important color trends. This purpley shade covered the runways at NYFW and I expect to see it on our favorite red carpet starlets as well as on clothing and accessories throughout the year.

Featured below is a quick look at several spring shoe styles I’ve found in variations of this hue. I love the graphic patterns used on the Roger Vivier & Nicholas Kirkwood styles combined with a spicy cayenne red. Manolo Blahnik opted for a warmer two-tone design mixing byzantium with fandango.

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Get radiant purple on your feet right now; check out these available styles:

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Gianvito Rossi PVC & metallic leather pump | Brian Atwood Besame snakeskin pumpChelsea Paris Esosa suede strappy sandal | Pierre Hardy strappy suede sandalManolo Blahnik BB Strap pump | Brian Atwood Evie peep-toe pump | Manolo Blahnik Tayler d’Orsay pump | Sophia Webster Etta patent leather pump | Alexandre Birman Leena ankle-toe violet suede pump | Gianvito Rossi pale lilac pointed-toe pump

For more on this season’s footwear color trends, check out my post on Spring 2014 shoe trends.

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Chelsea Paris Sosa sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Barneys in metallic gold & white snakeskin for $595

I love making announcements such as these: Chelsea Paris shoes have now launched at select Barneys stores and Barneys.com! The shoes are designed in London by founder Theresa Ebaguaand and expertly handmade using traditional methods in Italy. Woven into her designs are Theresa’s long-standing loves and interests: the Art Deco movement, the sights, colors and artifacts of her native Africa, as well as historical French fashion.

The Resort ’14 Sosa sandals feature a thin strappy cage design, open round toe, corset lace-up front, super long leather laces and gold-tone metal aglets. Half sizes are available.

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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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Jenna Ushkowitz wore Chelsea Paris pumps to the 2013 American Music Awards. These shoes are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring mirrored gold leather, small island platform, almond toe and high back. This style is not yet at retail but you can shop older designs on discount at Bluefly.

The ‘Glee’ actress posed wearing a beautiful silk blend v-neck sleeveless gown by Raoul with a column skirt. She also debuted new blonde highlights throughout the front section of her mane perfectly framing her face.

Jenna carried a sand-filled Sandy acrylic clutch by Ashlyn’d and added on several pieces of Neil Lane gold jewelry including a long tassel necklace.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jenna Ushkowitz.


When warmer climates arrive, the boots get stored away and cheery sandals (strappier the better) come out to play. I love a classic court shoe but the brighter & more playful spring shoes are always my favorites.

Style.com’s Spring 2014 Accessories Index was just released and market director Marina Larroudé reveals the news on shoes spotlighting 10 standout styles. Her selections focus on several upcoming footwear trends including mules, sporty sandals and kitten-heel pumps.

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Notes:
I’ve named Isabel Marant’s latest creation the moccanstock since they’re a hybrid of a moccasin combined with a Birkenstock-style footbed. Gianvito Rossi solidified the spotlight again this season with his super sexy mules – which he also designed for Altuzarra.

Sporty shoes covered the runways at Milan Fashion Week and the most obvious example of this trend is Prada’s athletic-inspired heels featuring thick rubber bumpers. My favorite choice from Larroudé’s list is Tabitha Simmons super strappy pump in white leather; I imagine these look amazing on the foot.

My top picks:
As usual, my selections are all about the heels and this season they’re especially different from the editor’s picks. I can never pass up a hot shoe! There were so many styles pulling at my heartstrings, it was difficult narrowing this down to 10.

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Gianvito Rossi is the “master of the mule” and I love the mirrored leather combined with black python. Fendi’s silicone sandals are architecturally amazing and check out the industrial caged “double heels”. I adore Charlotte Olympia’s “Overboard” sea-inspired collection and yes, those are upside down mermaid heels! Diego Dolcini’s strappy sandal is a signature style redesigned in a trendy violet tulip neoprene and captivating shade of indigo.

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Stana Katic wore Chelsea Paris Zoe sandals to the premiere of ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ premiere at the 2013 AFI Fest. These strappy heels feature black croc-embossed leather, thin t-strap, three ankle straps and back-zip. I love this brand and hope more retailers start carrying the Spring 2014 styles. You can shop older styles on discount at Bluefly.

The ‘Castle’ star wore a custom Halston Heritage long sleeve stretch black dress with a snap front, tonal silk blend trim and sexy side slit. Stana skipped the jewelry and finished her look with a thick eyeliner plus pinky nude lip. She also carried black and blue caviar crystal covered Ciggones minaudière by Emm Kuo.

Check out more shoes spotted on Stana.