Designer Shoes: Fendi

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She 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). 


Even more obvious than the painted cork trend, denim footwear is impossible to overlook this spring. From shoe maestro Blahnik to pacesetter , the industry brings us a playful spin on the classic jean twill.

From pumps to sandals, platforms to stilettos – each designer created a unique styles inspired by the blue Americana staple. Not only is denim is a reliable fabric perfect for everyday wear but it’s also an interestingly stylish shoe textile.

I particularly love Gianvito Rossi’s take, adding several denim designs to his spring collection which features a dark wash exaggerated with frayed patches. Both Fendi and Christian Louboutin combined a lighter shade with tropical floral printed leather. Jimmy Choo carries the most amount of denim styles this season adding a sleek contrasting black leather trim to several styles.

Our favorites:

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Manolo Blahnik leopard printed BB pointed-toe pump; on sale at Neiman Marcus

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Christian Louboutin Senora t-strap sandal in light denim with Hawaiian-inspired printed heel; available at Neiman Marcus



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Tom Ford denim stiletto pump; available at Neiman Marcus and MyTheresa

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Gianvito Rossi Spring 2016 Lola frayed denim ankle-strap sandal; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Manolo Blahnik Hangisi denim pumps with signature crystal-encrusted square buckle; available at Barneys

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Pierre Hardy Charlotte denim wedge sandals; available at Bergdorf Goodman

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Saint Laurent denim pointed-toe pump; available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus & Barneys

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Fendi Beyond Bird of Paradise denim & leather sandals; available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Gianvito Rossi Linda denim pump; available at Barneys

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Paul Andrew Linda platform wedges; available at Bergdorf Goodman

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Christian Louboutin denim Pigalle Follies pump; available at Barneys

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Laurence Dacade Deric Studded Denim Sandal; available at Neiman Marcus

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 Allure Ankle-Tie Pumps; available at Barneys

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Jmmy Choo Flora leather-trimmed denim sandal; available at Net-A-Porter


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Fendi asymmetric silver stud sandal | 4.5 / 114mm heel | available at Neiman Marcus for $890.00

Featuring light and dark blue leather, asymmetric vamp and top line, small silver studs, halter strap and white lizard embossed heel.

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Also available in pink/coral and calf hair at Neiman Marcus.

 


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

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Zoë Kravitz is featured in the September 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar “Singular Beauties: An Homage to the Diversity of Women” issue wearing Fendi booties. These heels are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black & white striped calf hair, fur striped trim front panel and 120mm heel. They’re available in black leather with pink & white fur trim at Saks Fifth Avenue.

This is from a special feature by Carine Roitfeld celebrating female diversity. Zoë posed for Karl Lagerfeld wearing a Saint Laurent Fall 2013 plaid schoolgirl dress and Fendi striped fur coat. She clutched onto a fur Adele top handle bag also by Fendi.

Check out more celebrities featured in this special issue and other shoes spotted on Zoë.

Credit: Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld



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Naomie Harris wore Fendi peep-toe booties to Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘The Glory Of Water’ exhibition preview party held at the new Fendi Paris Flagship Store. These heels are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring layers of lizard panels, patent leather ankle-strap and a colorful rubber pyramid studded 115mm heel. They’re available online (on sale!) in black at Nathalie SchutermanEskeption or white at Marissa Collections & Natalie Schuterman.

She posed outside the venue wearing a Fendi Spring 2013 cotton floral textured white dress with a high collar and exaggerated peplum at the hips. Her hair was styled in a side ponytail and she also carried a Jean acrylic clutch by Edie Parker.

Check out more shoes spotted on Naomie.

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Emilia Clarke was spotted wearing Fendi Mary Jane slingbacks outside the Cort Theatre in NYC after her ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ performance. These shoes feature smooth grey leather and suede slingback, skinny black leather strap across the foot and stacked heel. They’re available online at Barneys.

She wore a casual white sweater paired with a navy varsity jacket, white pants and skinny black belt. Emilia also carried an equestrian-inspired black leather Stirrup satchel bag by Ralph Lauren.

Check out more shoes spotted on Emilia.

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The footwear that made their debut on the runways in Milan was quite the mix of styles. We saw wooden platforms, thick tractor rubber soles and stitched satin detailing at Prada (much more wearable than last season).

Fendi says you can indeed wear Nemo (a clownfish print in fur) on your feet and presented colorful fur booties which complemented the other fur accessories including monster puff balls, mohawks and sunglasses.

I wasn’t too surprised by Versace’s designs as they were still “sexy rocker chic” as ever. They used the same spikey embellishment which we saw on several Tom Ford styles this spring.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Byzantine and Venetian mosaic influence translated into their footwear as well…particularly on the golden platform wedge. There were also a few golden cage designs with romantic floral wrapped around the bars.

One of my favorite styles was the cross-strap pump at Emilio Pucci which featured a stingray covered pointed-toe and skinny stiletto.

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The Paris Fashion Week review is coming soon! Check out the shoes spotted at New York and London Fashion Week.



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Jessica Alba is featured in the February 2013 issue of InStyle wearing Fendi colorblock sandals. These heels are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring layers of lizard print leather and completely studded heel. This collection was a collaboration between Nicholas Kirkwood and Karl Lagerfeld’s team. They’re available online in black at LuisaViaRoma.

She posed with her two daughters wearing a Marni big floral print look from the Spring 2013 collection. Accessories included a Delfina Delettrez Infinity rubber choker and Infinity gold plated necklace.

Check out more photos from her feature, including a behind-the-scenes video and other shoes spotted on Jessica.

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Jennifer Lopez was spotted wearing Fendi Fendista platform boots while out in London. These boots are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring black suede, patent leather trim and gold logo platform. They’re available online at Forward by Elyse Walker and Saks Fifth Avenue.

She’s currently on the Dance Again World Tour and has worn these booties all over Europe. This time she paired them with a Valentino coat featuring white pleated sides and black leather leggings. Check out more shoes spotted on Jennifer.

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