Designer Shoes: Fendi

by:zenzhu
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.

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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.

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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.

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Dsquared2
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.

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Prada
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.

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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.

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Fendi
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.

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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!

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Gucci
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.

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Versace
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.

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Marni
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). 

Milan Fashion Week is basically synonymous with stellar, gorgeous, and innovated shoes. Season after season, we can rely on them to amp up the footwear game with unexpected influences and executions. Spring 2014 was no exception, as each show seemed to have shoes that screamed “buy me, buy me!” as they were strut down the catwalk. Without further ado, here is your Milan Fashion Week footwear recap:

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To celebrate his growing rapport with hip hop and R&B icons like Ciara, Rita Ora, and Rihanna, Peter Dundas’ latest Emilio Pucci collection is a heady combination of streetwise sportiness and opulent elegance. Perforated leather and SCUBA-inspired shaping goes head-to-head with ornate Masai embroidery in sporty lace-up booties, resulting in a shoe collection that is equal parts unique and energetic.

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Thin and strappy was the name of the footwear game on Roberto Cavalli’s catwalk. Dazzling sandals were fitted with meticulously braided and knotted leather straps and laces of varying lengths, sitting overtop a sturdy stacked heel. Additionally, the muted and neutral color palette of the shoes make these gorgeous soles perfectly fit for most flouncy and flirty spring outfits.

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When we think of Versace, we usually think of a punk-infused, revealing glamor. Even at their most studded and patent leathered, Versace shoes tend to be edgy and sleek. This season, Donatella did a 180° twist from what we normally expect, presenting us a shoe collection centered on a clunky-soled sandal with silver-tone buckles situated on elastic straps piped with leather. We can’t say whether or we like this direction from their design team, but judging how celebrities are already wearing the designs out and about – Lady Gaga was spotted in a lavender pair – we’re sure this will be a commercial success.

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Anna Molinari’s latest Blumarine collection was all about balancing the desire to be innocent and the urge to be a provocateur. On one hand, the sandals were dainty, polite, and sweet – perfect for picaresque picnics with friends, or a mid-morning brunch with family; the slight platform was as far as the edge went. The other hand? Dramatically strapped snakeskin booties, embellished with near-gaudy gems and with a dramatically pointed toe. The duality of the collection makes it commercially viable, a pair for every personality type.

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This spring collection was all about revisiting the Etro archives, so it isn’t surprising that the shoes spotted on the runway evoke a classic, timeless feel to them. Etro’s signature patterned fabrics, which we have come to know and love, could be spotted the embellished straps of sandals and delicate pumps. Metallic finishes brought them into the modern era, but the line still maintained a ‘70s party allure.

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Like Versace and Emilio Pucci, Gucci’s line was heavily inspired by sports. While it isn’t quite as literal as Pucci, we saw three different styles on the runway – ribbon slashed heels, cut-out pumps, and strappy sandal-booties – with differing variations of python, leather, and suede. The illustrations of Erté and the era of Art Nouveau were the inspirations of the collection and we can see that showing through with the pops of marigold, merlot, mid-tone purple, and forest green. Our only problem with collection is that it felt very autumnal and heavy for a spring collection.

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Season after season, Prada creates shoes that blogging fashionistas fawn over. Miuccia Prada is a designer that revels in the ugly, loves taking risks, and is a regular in the world of art-fashion. The high rubber sporty heels of this collection were typical of what we expect – mashed-up themes, vibrant primary colors, thick straps, oddball color blocking, and massive rhinestones bejeweled onto every available surface. They’re bizarre and they’re statement making, just how we like our Prada lines.

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If Kaiser Karl’s last Fendi line didn’t reignite your love of the architectural aspects of fashion, we’re not sure what to tell you – the shoes presented on the runway were nothing short of stellar. Set upon industrial caged “double heels,” delicate interlocking straps of metallic, patent, and lizard leather were offset by an ingenious use of semi-sheer PVC and gemstones. In his apparel, he layered organza to create unique and stunning motifs; in his shoes, he used thin PVC to replicate the effect, creating an image of varying opacity. When he wasn’t doing that, he was using the vivid colored plastic to mold dramatic angles and pyramidal crevices. There was a whimsical and modern air to Fendi this season, Karl Lagerfeld has reassured us again that he is a visionary.

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On the spring 2014 runways, it was business as usual for iconic Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana. Those who grow tired of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s use of Sicilian culture and Italian iconography in their collections don’t understand that those ties to the Mediterranean are so ingrained within their brand’s DNA that to not include the images would not be Dolce & Gabbana. It’s a gaudy overabundance that we have come to expect, a sort of literal inspiration – like the rhinestone embellished gladiator sandal, the platform pump set upon an ionic column, the wedge studded with Roman coins – that makes us smile. It’s an artisanal workmanship that turns away from the phrase “less is more,” opting for embroidery, embellishment, and vivid colors.

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As if to balance the theme of overabundance in Milan this season, Costume National went for soles that were strikingly minimalistic. To match the deconstructed tailoring of the collection, the footwear feels distinctly practical with a unique edge. There is something in the dramatic point of the closed-toe, the exaggerated slope of the foot, and the color finishes – mostly monochromatic, but we can’t get enough of the woodgrain-inspired pattern on some of the shoes – that make this a unique and downright cool shoe collection.

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Jil Sander’s footwear collection was among the more classically inspired from Milan Fashion Week, with focus primarily on breathing new life into the classic oxford. How? Well, with a massively chunky wooden platform heel, of course. The flats on the runway were also not-quite-flat, elevated by an inch or two of platform (flatforms, we like to call them) that drew attention to the added height with the use of dichromatic color blocking. Dove grey, stark white, black, and taupe were the stars of the color palette.

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For their spring collection, Salvatore Ferragamo stayed within a muted and soft color palette. Save for the occasional use of black, this season was about an earthy-toned romanticism based in neutral snake skins and soft beiges. Boxy shapes and square toes were innovated by tiny eyelets and nailhead studs skattered along the snakeskin, internal metal plating, external seaming along the ridges, and unique, double-take worthy flared heels. We even love the exaggeration of the edges with the large buckles, it’s a high fashion pilgrim look that we can’t wait to spot on savvy style stars.

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Written by Shannon Weston

Here is my (monster) list of the most fabulous Spring 2011 sandals that are available online right now. I order heels online because 1. I can find what I want & 2. shipping & returns are usually free. Also, don’t forget to to look at the fit guide (I learned my lesson) – I’m a half size different depending on the designer. Whether you’re looking for a platform, wedge, chunky heel, or sans platform sandal this list complies the best designer sandals I’ve found online.

P.S.- Share with me your favorites! X

Camilla Skovgaard platform pump in blue |  5 1/4″ heel | available online in blue at Endless, black at Luisaviaroma & in taupe at Shopbop.

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These Skovgaard sandals are amazing!

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Giuseppe Zanotti cross strap platform sandal; available online in brown at EndlessZapposLuisaviaroma, in leopard at EndlessLuisaviaroma & in cognac at Shopbop.

Giuseppe Zanotti Brown Clog platform sandal

Zanotti joined the chunky platform trend & created a beautiful, trendy spring sandal.

Giuseppe Zanotti leopard platform sandal

Lanvin lucite platform wedge; available online in black at Luisaviaroma & Barneys and in animal-print perspex at Net-A-Porter.

Lanvin lucite platform wedge

These lucite Lanvin wedges have recently been spotted on Cameron Diaz.

 

LANVIN Leather and animal-print Perspex sandals

Versace cutout patent sandal; available online in black & white at Luisaviaroma & in black at Neiman Marcus.

Versace cutout patent sandals

Versace rope & leather platform sandal; available online at Luisaviaroma & Saks Fifth Avenue.

Versace rope & leather platform sandal

Khloe Kardashian has been seen in these Versace rope sandals.

Yves Saint Laurent suede cage Trybal wedge; available online at Luisaviaroma & Net-A-Porter.

Zoe Saldana was the first celebrity to wear these Yves Saint Laurent wedges on the red carpet.

Yves Saint Laurent strappy Trybal wedge; available online at MyTheresa & Nordstrom.

Yves Saint Laurent strappy Trybal wedge

Yves Saint Laurent web wedge sandal; available online at Barneys.

Yves Saint Laurent web wedge sandal

Miu Miu tri-color double buckle Mary Jane sandals; available online at MyTheresa & Saks Fifth Avenue.

Miu Miu tri-color double buckle Mary Jane sandals

Miu Miu two-tone peep-toe sandals; available online at MyTheresa.

Miu Miu Two Tone slingback sandal

These recently just appeared online. I love them because they still feature the beautiful neon colors but the style is not as extreme as the other heels from the Miu Miu Spring 2011 collection.

Nicholas Kirkwood lace platform sandal; available online at Bergdorf Goodman.

Nicholas Kirkwood Lace-Up Lace Platform Sandal

Miranda Kerr wore these to the MET 2011 Ball.

Nicholas Kirkwood Dalio platform sandals; available online in metallic silver at MyTheresa & in gold at Bergdorf Goodman.

Metallic Silver Nicholas Kirkwood platform pump

Kelly Ripa was spotted in the silver Dalio sandal.

NIcholas Kirkwood metallic gold platform sandal

Casadei t-strap platform wedge; available online at Endless.

Casadei t-strap platform wedge

Casadei triple platform cutout sandal; available online at Endless.

Casadei triple platform cutout sandal

These remind me a bit of Elie Saab’s heels spotted on Mila Kunis at the Academy Awards.

Donna Karanmetallic gold platform sandal; available online at Zappos.

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Donna Karan

canvas & woven leather platform sandal; available online at Zappos.

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Cachet Antiope platform sandals;

available online at Zappos in gold with crystals, at Sergio Rossi in champagne with crystals, also in dark grey at Sergio Rossi with crystals and in black at Zappos.

Sergio Rossi Cachet Antiope

The gold platform sandal with crystals is stunning. I expect to see this heel on the red carpet.

Cachet Antiope Sergio Rossi black platform sandal

Sergio Rossi

Cachet Cage gold plated platform sandals; available online at Luisaviaroma & Sergio Rossi.

Sergio Rossi Cachet Cage platform sandals

Alexander McQueen platform sandal with samurai chain; available online at Zappos, in white at Net-A-Porter, in tan at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Alexander McQueen Samurai Scrimshaw Scale platform sandal; available online at Zappos, Net-A-PorterAlexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen Samurai Scrimshaw Scale platform sandal

Charlotte Olympia Rio platform sandals; available online in black at Matches & Charlotte Olympia, in red at Kirna ZabeteCharlotte Olympia.

Charlotte Olympia Rio platform sandal

Charlotte Olympia Miranda leopard print platform wedges; available online at Bergdorf GoodmanCharlotte OlympiaKirna Zabete.

Charlotte Olympia Miranda Wedge

This wedge is very high on my wish list, I’m so happy to see it still available online.

Elie Saab cutout leather platform sandals; all three featured below are available online at Boutique1.

Elie Saab cutout blue suede platform sandals

Sharing my secret – I’m obsessed with Boutique1 & they carry the super coveted Elie Saab Spring 2011 sandals right now.

Elie Saab leather cutout platform sandal

Elie Saab cutout leather platform salmon sandals

Alaïa embellished leather platform sandals; available online at Net-A-Porter.

ALAÏA Embellished leather platform sandals

This sandal is selling out quite quickly, but it had to be on the list!

Alaïa cutout suede platform sandals; available online at Net-A-Porter.

Alaïa cutout suede platform sandals

Jimmy Choo Vivienne mixed media platform sandal; available online in brown at Net-A-Porter & Jimmy Choo and in black at Saks Fifth AvenueJimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo Vivienne mixed media platform sandal

This sandal has been my favorite ever since I spotted it on Diane Kruger in January.

Jimmy Choo Vivienne mixed media platform sandal

Jimmy Choo Emily suede cage sandal; available online at Saks Fifth AvenueJimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo Emily Sandal

Jimmy Choo Della beaded sandal; available online at Bergdorf GoodmanNeiman Marcus.

Jimmy Choo Della beaded sandal

Pierre Hardy striped wedge sandal; available online at Barneys.

Pierre Hardy striped wedge sandal

This Pierre Hardy amazingness was spotted on Leighton Meester in a pink & orange color.

Pierre Hardy buckled wedge sandal; available online at Net-A-Porter.

Pierre Hardy buckled wedge sandal

Christian Louboutin Balota lattice sandal; available in a platform snakeskin style at Neiman Marcus, Barneys & Bergdorf Goodman, available in glitter at Saks Fifth AvenueBarneys.

Christian Louboutin Balota platform sandal

Louboutin has a massive Spring 2011 collection but the Balota is my favorite sandal right now that is also pretty easy to find online.

Christian Louboutin Balota sandal mini glitter

Gucci Jasmine lace-up sandals; available online in python at Net-A-Porter & in suede at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Gucci Jasmine lace-up python sandal

Gucci Inga metallic gold strappy sandal; available online at Bergdorf GoodmanSaks Fifth Avenue.

Gucci Inga metallic gold strappy sandal

Kim Kardashian debuted these heels in Harper’s Bazaar.

Brian Atwood Aurora satin sandal with crystal heel & silk flowers; available online in purple at Colette & in white at Net-A-Porter.

Brian Atwood Aurora sandal

BRIAN ATWOOD Aurora embellished satin sandals

Dries Van Noten multi-strap suede sandal; available online at FarFetch.

Dries Van Noten multi-strap suede sandal

Dries Van Noten floral print sandal; available online at FarFetch.

Dries Van Noten floral print sandal

Fendi purple snakeskin platform sandal; available online at Neiman Marcus.

Fendi purple platform sandal

Jennifer Hudson was spotted in these python sandals.

Fendi colorblock sandal; available online at Neiman Marcus & Barneys.

Fendi Colorblock Sandal

Fendi Colorblock Sandal

Giambattista Valli pony print fringe sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete.

Giambattista Valli Pony Print Fringe Sandal

Giambattista Valli giraffe linen wedge; available online at Kirna Zabete

Chrissie Morris Zena cross front platform sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete

Chrissie Morris Zena cross front platform sandal

Chrissie Morris Priscilla buckle platform sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete

Chrissie Morris Priscilla buckle platform sandal


Fendi Colorblock Sandal Spring 2011

Fendi colorblock grosgrain sandal | 4 3/4″ heel; two buckle strap| Available online at MyTheresa

I love this beautiful bright colored grosgrain buckle sandal from Fendi’s Spring 2011 collection. Saks Fifth Avenue carries the same sandal featuring yellow & purple but I’m partial to the pink & blue colors.