Designer Shoes: Marni

Marni Magenta Velvet Loafer Spring 2018

Marni velvet loafer | 4″ / 95mm heel | available in magenta at Net-A-Porter and in royal blue at Marni & Bloomingdales.

According to Francesco Risso, inspiration for the Spring 18 collection came from “two English gardens as seen by Tim Burton . . . with candies”. We can imagine how playing into this fantasy creates such wild, artsy and fun designs we continue to see each season. These loafer pumps are made from scrumptiously soft velvet in a rich magenta or royal blue hue. They give retro vibes with their block 95mm heel and square toe. We would stick with pieces from Marni to pair these heels with. Our favorites: pleated skirt, wide-leg trousers & printed midi dress.

Marni Spring 2018 Velvet Royal Blue Loafer

Marni Velvet Loafer Royal Blue Spring 2018Marni Spring 2018 Magenta Velvet Loafer

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). 

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Dianna Agron was spotted out in LA wearing Marni pumps. These heels feature ivory canvas, black leather adjustable criss-cross straps and cap toe plus a velvet 125mm sculpted heel. You can shop current styles at Saks Fifth AvenueLuisaViaRoma, Shoescribe and Marni.

Outfit Details: Anthropologie Maraschino lace dress and Givenchy leather Pandora box shoulder bag.

Check out more shoes spotted on Dianna.

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Ariana Grande paid a visit to Santa at the Empire State Building in NYC wearing Marni Mary Jane platform pumps. These shoes are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring navy suede and chunky block 120mm heel. They’re available (on sale!) at LuisaViaRoma and Farfetch.

She posed also wearing a Kate Spade Briella beige wool coat with an oversized side-swept buckle and plush faux fur wide collar from the Fall 2013 collection. I’ve nicknamed Ariana mini Mariah and she finished her look with a shimmery pink pout plus Portolano ivory cashmere gloves.

Check out more recent celebrity shoe spottings.

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Elizabeth Olsen wore Marni pumps for the opening Broadway production of Romeo & Juliet held at Pangea in NY. These heels are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black leather, round toe and a chunky square 4.5 inch heel. They’re available at Shoescribe, The Corner & LuisaViaRoma.

Liz, who plays Juliet, posed wearing a Chloé Resort 2014 black & white confetti sweater with cherry blossom pink fluffy wool appliqué worn over a long black silk top. She also donned black stretch-leather motorcycle leggings by her twin sisters designer label, The Row. Liz finished her look with a dark pink stained pout and messy tousled locks.

Check out more shoes spotted on Elizabeth.


Beyoncé did some last-minute holiday shopping in NYC wearing Marni Mary Jane suede pumps. These heels are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring black suede and gold leather trim. They’re available online (on sale!) in rasberry at Marni and python at Neiman Marcus & Bergdorf Goodman.

She also wore the cutest wool-blend and silk-twill dress by Milly under a grey wool coat. Other accessories included a Diane von Furstenberg mixed media top handle bag, Prada Baroque round sunglasses and black stockings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Beyoncé.



Dakota Fanning wore Marni Mary Jane platform pumps to the screening of ‘Now Is Good’ in Manchester, England. These heels are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring black suede and wooden stacked heel. This pump is available online in black/white at LuisaViaRoma & Marni and in black/olive at Ssense & Saks Fifth Avenue.

She’s also wearing a statement black satin ribbon-tie necklace by Marni (similar one at Net-A-Porter). ‘Now is Good’ hits UK theaters on September 19th. Check out the trailer and more shoes spotted on Dakota.