This season’s retro ready-to-wear calls for 1970s influenced footwear just like Kirkwood’s Maya platform sandal. Crafted with either high tortoiseshell leather, patent leather or smooth suede and finished with a chunky heel & 40mm platform. Maya is accented with a signature oversized floating feaux-pearl. We suggest pairing them with cropped wide-leg pants or pleated mini skirts.
Known for shoes with sculptural forms and Italian sensibility, Nicholas Kirkwood launches an even more spectacular Spring/Summer collection this year. Aside from being equal parts practical and adventurous, the collection celebrates the 10th anniversary of the cult designer’s eponymous brand. More reason to snag a new pair of shoes, right?
Nicholas Kirkwood expertly pushes the boundaries of shoe design with its artistic craftsmanship along with its no holds barred approach to experimenting with cuts, silhouettes, colors and prints. No matter how edgy and whimsical, there is that inherent elegance and sophistication that continue to mature with every collection. This season we see more revamped signature styles that play with unique lines, forms and contours, as well as more refined shapes from narrowed block heels to a dipped heel that give the shoes a voluptuous finish, reminiscent of the curvy pumps in the 50’s.
Although there are a lot of blacks and other neutrals, the collection features a kaleidoscope of super fun colors that will surely brighten up your ensembles. An energetic palette of cobalt blue, orange, fuchsia and turquoise decorate the collection, while suede, patent leather, python, mesh and laser cut details add contrast and texture to the fancy footwear.
For color, comfort and an extra lift, the Maya pearl platform sandal fits the bill. The catchy color contrast along with the wedge heel and concealed pearl create a fun and fabulous shoe design you can wear from day to night.
Another one of our favorites is the wave Ava sandal which emphasizes Kirkwood’s use of negative space, with a silhouette that highlights both the visible and the invisible. The graphic form of the shoe, plus its sneaker lace up detail, make it perfect for any woman who knows how to have fun with fashion.
Outliner lace-up sandals in coral suede with geometric detailing in fuschia pink suede and mint green patent leather
Outliner sandal in royal blue suede with turquoise-blue suede and pink patent-leather geometric panels; available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Glossy patent leather tie-back sandal with mesh detailing and pin thin stiletto heel
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).
The platform heel makes a triumphant return with these new Fall 2015 Kirkwood sandals. Featuring a wide toe band, a polished pale-gold ankle strap plus a vertiginous 130mm block heel and 45mm platform. These lustrous velvet sandals are embellished with a signature design gobstopper pearl floating beneath the heel. Half sizes are available.
Sophia Bush wore Nicholas KirkwoodSavara sandals to the 2015 NBC Upfront Presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. These heels are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring a black suede front & thin cross-straps, a black satin back, clear PVC straps and floating Swarovski crystal encrusted sphere attached to the heel breast. You can shop current styles at Matches, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nicholas Kirkwood.
Outfit Details: Jill Stuart Fall 2015 cream colored ruffled dress paired a multicolored snakeskin belt, a Edie Parker Edie clutch, a strawberry pink lip and several pieces of Karma Khali jewelry including the Triology ring in gold.
Rose Bryne wore Nicholas KirkwoodRosing pumps to the 2015 CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards held in Las Vegas. These heels are from the Spring 2015 collection featuring black suede, a pointed-toe and sculpted gold chrome stiletto 105mm heel. You can shop Spring styles at Farfetch, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicholas Kirkwood.
Outfit Details: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Fall 2015 dress with an apron design; fluted skirt, a mock neck, lace up side detailing, and 3D floral appliqué embroidery, plus a Pearl Collection ring and Vita Fede jewels.
This season many footwear designers and brands, from Nicholas Kirkwood to Valentino, retired the celeb-favorite pin thin stiletto opting for the return of a chunky, block heel. This trendy shape is 70s infused with a hint of modern bohemian glamour that would make Bianca Jagger proud.
We pulled 10 fabulous examples of this trend now at retail…I guess the question is: will you be swapping your skinny summer-ready stilettos for this blocky silhouette?
Nicholas Kirkwood psychedelic printed satin platform sandals; available at Net-A-Porter
Givenchy lace-up d’Orsay black & white leather sandal; available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Proenza Schouler black leather fringe banded mule; available at Neiman Marcus
Pierre HardyMonolite natural beige linen pointed-toe pumps; available at Forward
Valentino multi-colored Rockstud strappy sandals with gold-tone pyramid studs; available at Tessabit
J.W.Anderson blue suede lace-up bootie with a mother-of-pearl heel; available at Farfetch
Giama Aztec printed cotton platform ankle-strap sandals; available at Farfetch
Christian LouboutinBella braided leather houndstooth printed platform sandal; available at Nordstrom
Saint LaurentCandy crystal studded black leather sandals; available at Forward
Giuseppe Zanotti black suede strappy sandal with antique gold studded heel; available at Neiman Marcus
Lupita Nyong’o wore Nicholas Kirkwood Casati pumps to the 2015 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. These heels feature custom white satin, a white Swarovski over-sized pearl platform and 135mm heel. You can shop current styles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Outfit Details: Custom Calvin Klein Collection pearl and ivory beaded dress designed by Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa plus statement diamond Chopard pieces.
Beyoncé attended the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Luncheon wearing a merlot knotted draped dress by Haute Hippie with a thigh-high side slit. She paired it with Gucci horsebit-embellished Claudie ankle-strap sandals in brown leather. These chunky 70s’-inspired platforms don’t do anything for her outfit…and they feel out of place.
Oscar TiyeZoe cage sandals Since it’s December and the event was held in NY, I’m not crazy about an open-toe shoe however this unique tassel-embellished sandal in the warm rose gold is a playful option. P.S. – I have these shoes baby blue, j’adore!!!
Daniele MichettiSveva slingback pumps This spicy yellow snakeskin is a perfect complement for her burgundy dress. They also feature a low-cut heel counter and black woven leather trim.
Bionda CastanaDekota pump I love these femme fatale inspired shoes with sexy corset-style laces, geometric leather paneling and sheer mesh sides. Check out how they look on the foot.
Gianvito RossiCarey strappy pumps I can’t get enough of these beautiful Fall ’14 shoes in natural python with three thin buckled front straps.
Nicholas Kirkwoodcolorful pointed-toe pumps Beyoncé’s previously worn many shoes by Kirkwood and these pointed-toe heels are my wildcard choice featuring multi-color Mexican-inspired needlepoint embroidery. I like this shade of pink & aqua paired with her dress.
Elizabeth Banks wore Nicholas KirkwoodSavara sandals to the 2014 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. These heels are from the Fall 2014 collection featuring glossy red patent leather, clear PVC sides, adjustable ankle-strap and sculpted 105mm heel. Savara is available at Nicholas Kirkwood plus you can shop more styles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Outfit Details: Peter Pilotto Spring 2015 dress with a deep plunging v-neck, pleated panels at the skirt with a sheer asymmetric underlay and paisley embellishments, a Reece Hudson clutch, Casa Reale ring and Melissa Kaye Jewelry Large Ellie earrings.