Designer Shoes: DSquared

Our tour of the fashion capitals of the world continues. Next stop? Milan! Let’s take a closer look at our favorite Italian exports –nope, not the best-tasting pizza or the creamiest gelato there is –but shoes, of course! Whet your sartorial appetite with these shoes that are just, bellisima.

Dolce & Gabbana
Disney Princess wannabee? Dolce & Gabanna’s whimsical heels will make your fairy tale dreams come true. Metallic t-strap pumps were embellished with glitter, multicolored flowers and furry pompoms. PVC pumps were reminiscent of Cinderella’s glass slippers –you’d never want to leave a shoe behind, that’s for sure –midnight curfew or not.

Milan-Fashion-Week-Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo
Furry footwear also tickled the Ferragamo runway. Fur trim adorned the ankle strap on an otherwise classic, muted satin sandal. Toe caps of block-heeled pumps also got the furry treatment, giving the chic footwear the cozy touch of bathroom slippers. Zigzag-patterned lizard skin and suede booties and knee-highs were also playful and edgy additions to the flirty footwear collection.

Stilettos stole the show with its super ornate embellishments –tassels, cord lacing, beadwork, badges, ruffles, belts, straps and buckles were the perfect details to match the military mood of the edgy Victorian coats and Sargent jackets.

The Prada woman for fall is a traveller who treks, hikes and explores in style. Her nomadic footwear consists of lace-ups with wedge heels, multicolored laces and nautical detailing. Her Prada pilgrimage will continue with glossy patents and color-blocked leathers, adorned with golden buckles.

Milan-Fashion-Week-Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli
Now you can wear a pair of snakeskin platform boots for almost everyday of the week. The go-go boots came in a plethora of colors –black, gold, purple, blue and green –all snag-worthy for the glam-rock chicks out there.

Cropped and over-the-knee boots weren’t shy of details –the leg covering footwear were heavily dressed up in ruffled leather, scaling, garters and tapered heels. These beauties had an eye-catching color palette too, from cotton candy hues to super bold shades that would light up the streets in the fall.

Fausto Puglisi
With Madonna mash-ups playing the background, you can definitely expect a show that is equal parts sexy, rebellious and edgy. Stomp-worthy combat boots were bedecked with studs and colorblocked with blue or green covering. Cowboy boots were studded and buckled –super sexy when paired with short skirts. Then there’s that pair of metallic gladiator boots that are extremely feminine, fierce and totally hot!

Alessandro Michele described his dreamy collection as an ode to, as he said, “some of my passions” –the Seventies, The Renaissance and Street Style were celebrated through platform wedges paired with lustrous hosiery. Horse-bit loafers got a fun makeover and were spruced up with a pointed toe and block heels, while your classic round-toe Mary Janes turned into entrancing accessories with its optical illusion print.

It was a kitten heel parade. Leather ankle booties, got the modest-heel treatment, while pointy pumps already came with zipped up socks for a cosy touch. Ankle strap pumps got a little bit more height and color too. Our favorite? The fluorescent yellow capped stilettos with coral ankle straps.

Consuelo Castiglioni obviously likes to experiment with conceptual forms. Pointy pumps in high-shine neutrals featured wooden wedges with gold trimming –the shoes were like wearable pieces of furniture. Tall boots were also given added lift by wooden orbs, while other pumps were elegantly accented with curved, swirly-shaped wooden heels.

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About the author: Zenzhu is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. He 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). 

Omg, Zappos has the best selection of this season’s DSquared2 ice skating boots! I own & love these fun boots. Check out my photos of them on this recent post (they’re featured towards the bottom).

I promise they aren’t as scary as they look. The sole has two different “blades” for support.

I tried on all the styles & chose the white pair because they look the most like an ice skating boot especially since they’re pre-scuffed. These boots were only made in sizes 38, 39 & 40. I’m usually a 37 so I went with the 38. Here are all the varieties available:

White ice skating boot | 6″ heel | available online at Zappos for $1,895.00, LuisaViaRoma & DSquared2

Black ice skating boot | 6″ heel | available online at Zappos for $1,895.00, LuisaViaRoma & DSquared2

Black ice skating boot sans laces | 6″ heel | available online at Zappos for $1,735.00

Short & cute ice boot | 6 1/2″ heel | available online at Zappos for $1,486.00 & DSquared2


Short white ankle boot | 5″ heel | available online at Zappos for $725.00
I love this boot! This is a perfect option for someone who doesn’t want the 6″ heel and/or to spend $1,000. It’s still reminiscent of the ice skater without the skate plus it’s available in many more sizes.

Tall black ice skate boot | 6″ heel | available online at LuisaViaRoma for $2,360.00

I’m back! I apologize for the lack of updates. For the past couple months I’ve been traveling non-stop while collecting some fabulous heels. Most excitingly I went to Europe and explored Italy, Paris & Lithuania. Here are the shoes I picked up:

Brian Atwood Follow Me Pump

Brian Atwood Fall 2011 electric purple Follow Me pump
Purchased at:
ShoeIn located at the Wynn, Las Vegas
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue & ShoeIn
Seen on: Naomi Watts
Fit: Amazing! For a pin heel, I’m impressed and understand why he’s the go-to designer for many celebrities. I took a 36.5 in these.

Casadei suede steel blade stiletto pumps

Casadei Fall 2011 steel blade pumps
Purchased at: Casadei store in Florence
Available at: Orange suede & black patent at Endless, in blue suede at LuisaViaRoma, in black leather at Neiman Marcus and in black suede at TheCorner.
Seen on: Lea Michele, Selena Gomez, Cameron Diaz
Fit: I take it back, I take it back! Anything wonderful I have written about these, please disregard! These are so uncomfortable. I tried them on in the store, walked around & decided that I had to have them. I wore them out one evening and tripped all over. It was embarrassing and unlike me; I was born for heels! I don’t understand how Lea Michele and Cameron Diaz have worn these multiple times on the red carpet – crazy! These heels are for dinner parties only. I took a 36.5.
** Update – Okay, I have gotten several emails about these pumps. Celebrities continue to wear them, I continue to wear them…I had an obvious love/hate relationship with these heels. No one can deny how sexy they are. They look amazing with so many of my outfits. Everyone’s feet are different and for me I had to learn how to balance in them. They still aren’t the easiest heels I own however they are beautiful. Also remember they’re a bit narrow.**

Christian Louboutin Fall 2011 suede Daf Booty
Purchased at: Christian Louboutin in Paris
Available at: Nathalie Schuterman (You have to call them to order & if you want them I wouldn’t wait!)
Seen on: Victoria Beckham and Rihanna
Fit: This is a seriously high & hot shoe. I couldn’t believe I went for something in the Daffodile family. I haven’t had any problem wearing them and would choose to wear these over the Casadei heels in a heartbeat. They only had a 37, I would have taken a 36.5 but with socks these fit perfect.

DSquared2 Ice Skating boot
DSquared close-up ice skating boot

DSquared2 Fall 2011 ice skating boots
Purchased at: The new DSquared2 boutique in Paris
Available at: Zappos in white & black, LuisaViaRoma, DSqaured2
Fit: These are my favorite purchase! It took me 30 minutes+ to choose between the black & white. I went with the white because it looks like I just stepped off the rink. These were only made in 38, 39 & 40 so I took the 38. I choose to wear these out of the store…on rue Saint-Honoré on a Saturday – not the smartest move but I was so excited to have them. Two minutes later a photographer from Vogue Japan asked to photograph me! I have no idea where the photo will be – street style section on the web site I’m guessing. These are much easier to walk in than you think. I took a close-up of the bottom to show the two supporting “blades” which help keep them stable.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 embellished cork sandals
Purchased/available at: Oscar de la Renta Wynn, Las Vegas
Fit: These are very easy to walk in. The cork is very comfortable and I’ve worn them out several times without any issue. At the boutique there were many styles left from spring at 40% off! A sale in mid-October? I’ll take it! They also had one of my favorite styles but these embellished cork sandals called to me. I took a 37.5 (his shoes run small).

Giuseppe Zanotti Spring 2012 open-toe bootie with 5.9 inch heel
Available at: Giuseppe Zanotti for pre-order estimated shipping date 11/21
Fit: In June I saw Zanotti’s Spring 2012 collection which featured many shoes with this silhouette. I completely respect Zanotti’s work – he’s a shoe master! I thought this design would be heavy in the front but surprisingly the shoe is very light. I feel like all of my recent sky-high purchases are getting me ready for Noritaka Tatehana’s heels : ).

Christian Louboutin Louis Strass
Purchased at: Christian Louboutin at The Forum Shops in Las Vegas
These are my boyfriend’s but aren’t they beautiful?! He’s never been a fan of Louboutin’s mens shoes but these caught his eye. There’s only one size left online in silver.

Right now we’re hanging out in Vegas, catching up on projects and getting ready for Halloween. I’m obviously going to be an ice skater!