Pierre Hardy ankle-strap sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop in orange and blue at Matches
These eye-catching sandals pack the punch this season – and I bet we will see them adorned on editor’s feet during this month of fashion shows. French accessories designer Pierre Hardy created the ‘Vibration’ sandal in two variations, orange & blue featuring a harmonious blend of colors in marble-effect suede. It’s accented with a striking black suede trim, thin wrap-around ankle strap, signature black sole and thick front toe strap. I like each color equally, don’t make me pick a favorite. Half sizes are available.
Even more obvious than the painted cork trend, denim footwear is impossible to overlook this spring. From shoe maestro Blahnik to pacesetter Aquazzura, 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.
Manolo Blahnik leopard printed BB pointed-toe pump; on sale at Neiman Marcus
Christian LouboutinSenora t-strap sandal in light denim with Hawaiian-inspired printed heel; available at Neiman Marcus
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
Pierre Hardy cut-out suede, leather & snakeskin sandals | 120mm/4.8″ heel | shop at The Corner for $1,175
These Spring 2014 shoes are an artistic spin on the staple summer gladiator sandal while showcasing Pierre Hardy’s sleek & graphic design esthetic. They combine wavy straps of black & white striped elaphe snakeskin, ice-blue matte leather, peach suede, mirrored silver leather and pale lemon suede. I love the black patent leather covered hourglass-shaped heel and they also feature a double buckled ankle strap, small asymmetric cut peep-toe and round toe.
This style is only available in whole sizes and you also find it in metallic brushed snakeskin at ShoeScribe.
Pantone recently announced radiant orchid as the 2014 color of the year. This charming purple hue captivates a “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” while “emanating great joy, love and health”.
I always look forward to this report which covers the season’s most important color trends. This purpley shade covered the runways at NYFW and I expect to see it on our favorite red carpet starlets as well as on clothing and accessories throughout the year.
Featured below is a quick look at several spring shoe styles I’ve found in variations of this hue. I love the graphic patterns used on the Roger Vivier & Nicholas Kirkwood styles combined with a spicy cayenne red. Manolo Blahnik opted for a warmer two-tone design mixing byzantium with fandango.
Get radiant purple on your feet right now; check out these available styles:
I’m a very gotta-have-it-now express shipping kind of shoe buyer so when I know a style won’t be on my feet until February, March or April I usually wait. A pre-order makes sense when I find that absolutely-in-love (over-the-fence, World Series kind of stuff) shoe that I know is a rare or coveted style only carried at a few retailers.
I receive emails daily from readers trying to find their must-have shoe when unfortunately their size sold out. Pre-ordering is a good way to snag your favorite next season shoe – especially if your size is always sold out or you take a half size like me!
My favorite pre-order potentials for spring are featured below. I also added a few styles from new Pre-Fall 2014 collections which are currently available for a limited time at the pre-order hub, Moda Operandi.
When warmer climates arrive, the boots get stored away and cheery sandals (strappier the better) come out to play. I love a classic court shoe but the brighter & more playful spring shoes are always my favorites.
Style.com’s Spring 2014 Accessories Index was just released and market director Marina Larroudé reveals the news on shoes spotlighting 10 standout styles. Her selections focus on several upcoming footwear trendsincluding mules, sportysandals and kitten-heel pumps.
Notes: I’ve named Isabel Marant’s latest creation the moccanstock since they’re a hybrid of a moccasin combined with a Birkenstock-style footbed. Gianvito Rossi solidified the spotlight again this season with his super sexy mules – which he also designed for Altuzarra.
Sporty shoes covered the runways at Milan Fashion Week and the most obvious example of this trend is Prada’s athletic-inspired heels featuring thick rubber bumpers. My favorite choice from Larroudé’s list is Tabitha Simmons super strappy pump in white leather; I imagine these look amazing on the foot.
My top picks: As usual, my selections are all about the heels and this season they’re especially different from the editor’s picks. I can never pass up a hot shoe! There were so many styles pulling at my heartstrings, it was difficult narrowing this down to 10.
Notes: Gianvito Rossi is the “master of the mule” and I love the mirrored leather combined with black python. Fendi’s silicone sandals are architecturally amazing and check out the industrial caged “double heels”. I adore Charlotte Olympia’s “Overboard” sea-inspired collection and yes, those are upside down mermaid heels! Diego Dolcini’s strappy sandal is a signature style redesigned in a trendy violet tulip neoprene and captivating shade of indigo.
Jordana Brewster wore Pierre Hardy ankle-strap sandals to the Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony honoring Vin Diesel. These shoes are from the Resort 2013 collection featuring white & black snakeskin and 100mm heel. You can find them available with a 3.5″ heel at Forward by Elyse Walker.
She’s starred with Vin in several of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ films and arrived to the ceremony in a playful two-piece outfit. Jordana paired Carnaby sixties-esque flouncy shorts by Three Floor with a withe sleeveless silk top. She also accessorized with a Rolex Day-Date watch, Carla Amorim ring and Bottega Veneta Knot clutch.
Pierre Hardy strappy sandal | 100mm/4″ heel | shop online at Barneys for $1,175 (in arrival by October)
This Fall 2013 strappy cage sandal was one of the top 10 selections at Style.com. They feature dark blue/indigo suede, thin padded swirly cage straps and back zip closure. You can also find it in a purple, pink & orange suede tricolor design at LuisaViaRoma and Barneys. Half sizes are available.
Solange Knowles was spotted celebrating her birthday during the Body & Soul Festival in Dublin, Ireland wearing Pierre Hardy ankle-strap pumps. These Fall 2013 shoes feature a wide elastic orange ankle-strap, trico- dot calf hair and grey suede heel.