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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Rita Ora wore Roberto Cavalli sandals to The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition opening gala at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. These shoes are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring off white leather, thin braided leather straps, stacked 120mm heel and back-zip tassel charm. They’re available at FarFetch.
She posed wearing a Roberto Cavalli white leather geometric cut dress with an eyelash scallop lace-trimmed v cut top, multi stud embellishment detail throughout and layered fringe grommet covered skirt from the Fall 2014 collection.
Rita also carried a perforated white leather Hera bag with a thick chain link strap and logo hardware front clasp from Cavalli’s Spring 2014 collection.
After New York and London fashion week, you can start feeling a bit burned out. So many beautiful collections, so little time! You could spend your afternoon flipping through Style.com slideshows to keep caught up or you could come to Shoerazzi, where we offer a comprehensive look at the strongest collections of the fashion month with our eyes directed to the enviable footwear. This time around, we’re reviewing the always seductive, always gorgeous shoes of Milan fashion week.
Stella Jean is an up-and-coming designer that has been curating a lot of buzz since her launch last season. So much buzz that she managed to pull major Milan fashion power hitters into the crowd! The pattern-on-pattern-on-pattern feel of the line is both earthy and fashion forward, bohemian while still being body-conscious. The footwear mimicked the phenomenal patterning throughout the collection, making the ankle booties and stilettos alike a feast for the eyes. Those amazing colorful tweeds and African wax prints were transformed into shoes that beg to be worn everywhere, regardless of season. It’s hard to say where a brand this young is going, but one thing is certain: if they keep having clever footwear collaborations – Christian Louboutin is no slouch – and enviable apparel, the future is bright.
Like so many before it, Gucci’s Fall 2014 collection revisited the archives. Specifically? The sixties, emphasizing clean lines, precision, and snug tailoring done in a myriad of baby blues, mustard yellows, sage greens, dusty roses, and spliced with edge by animal print. The Mod appeal was complemented by the fabulous knee-high boots that pervaded the collection. The silhouette of the boots is classic, modernized by blending their iconic horsebit loafer with a Chelsea boot. In keeping with the palette of the apparel, the boots are pastel perfect.
Fausto Puglisi’s mini-skirt obsessed line is always fantastically fabulous. This season, he punched up the collection with vibrant graphic prints and leather paneling. Now, where there’s an enviable leg-baring dress, there are killer shoes to follow. The pumps were as geometrically-themed as the collection, combining supple leather and smooth suede into intriguing color combinations that would make compiling an outfit a cinch. We love the contrasting hues of the color blocked pumps, however our hearts are set on the inexplicable Lady Liberty pump that gives The Statue of Liberty a very fashionable makeover!
After last season’s spectacular collection, we were wondering how Karl Lagerfeld’s Fendi would hold up to the extremely high expectations he’s been setting these past couple years. The verdict? Karl Lagerfeld Voodoo Doll aside, it was a masterful collection inspired by continental travel and the morose romanticism of the thirties. Though the fur apparel is always the main attraction of a Fendi show, the footwear designed by Nicholas Kirkwood held its own. The mid-calf booties are the perfect blend of sophistication combining supple leather and silky hair calf variants propped up by a coordinated stacked heel. Although we don’t think they’re the edgiest boots of the season, they’re a great mix of attitude and practicality
Just Cavalli, the younger sister of Roberto Cavalli, is a brand addicted to sass and vibrant colors. The collection was eclectic and funky, the shoes matching the theme to a T with their colorful, fringy goodness. Heeled, open-toe sandals were color blocked and tasseled, while the ankle boots took on a fierce life of their own. We love the plethora of on-trend colors and our heart is set firmly on a pair of those gorgeous green tassel suede booties. Seriously. Apologies in advance to our bank accounts.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s designs for No° 21 always have the appeal of a tomboy schoolgirl gone sassy; this season that wayward bourgeois appeal was in full force with floral sequins, slouching blazers, and sheer one-shouldered dresses. The shoes themselves drifted between modest 50s-inspired flats, clunky boots, and shoes that carry a very peculiar arts and crafts appeal. The pumps have everything from fleece bows to glitter covered heels embellished on top of calf hair, making them an intriguing statement piece that we can all expect to see on Anna Dello Russo before long.
After last season’s cacophony of colors, Prada’s latest offering seems almost dower by comparison. It was definitely as extravagant as we always expect (multi-colored shearling coats, layered sheer dresses that are the perfect kind of delicate), though at times felt disjointed. Luckily, the strangely bizarre and always modern shoes we await season after season reappeared with sky-high mechanical wedges embellished with industrial-looking rivets. Without a doubt, the footwear will appear on fashion It girls everywhere the millisecond they’re stocked on the shelves.
Jeremy Scott’s premiere at Moschino was just as bizarre and weird as we all expected. Taking a cue from “fast fashion,” nods to candy wrappers, Spongebob Squarepants, Budweiser, and Ronald McDonald were standard. Colorful, kooky, and just shy of completely unwearable, it was one of the more memorable collections of the season. Luckily, the footwear felt more realistic for every day wear. Would we rock the riff on the McDonald’s M? We’re not so sure, but we do love the emblem-embellished Moschino ankle strap pumps.
This season, Versace was decidedly more conservative than we’re used to seeing in recent years, shelving blatant sexuality for satin, asymmetrical hems, and military buttons. The footwear was just as vivacious as usual, however, and practically screamed “red carpet ready.” Suede over-the-knee boots were embellished with gold chain and ankle booties featured a dangerously pointed toe that would make the Wicked Witch of the West excited for fall shopping. That said, the stand-out shoe was easily the woven suede mule, where the military inspiration met seamlessly with sartorial sophistication.
Close your eyes and think of Roberto Cavalli, what do you picture? If we were to guess, you saw an explosion of fur, metallics, and snakeskin. You would be spot on! Cavalli is known for opulence and he very rarely disappoints. This season is no exception, especially where the phenomenal shoes are concerned. The ankle-strap sandals feature a classic silhouette drenched in luxuries such as beige python trimmed in metallic silver leather and a regal mirrored gold covered heel breast.
Jil Sander’s label is currently in freefall after the namesake designer resigned from the position last year, leaving the remaining design team to pick up the design books and curate a collection that stuck to Jil Sander’s DNA – even if Jil Sander wasn’t there to oversee the designs herself. So. How’d they do? Well, where the apparel stayed to a relatively neutral palette that hinted at colors instead of embracing them, the footwear (wedge brogues and platform loafers) were punchy in their vibrancy. Electric yellow snake skin, deep green laces, and merlot wedges were all part of the strong footwear offering.
Prints, studs, and fox fur – oh my! This latest collection from Peter Dundas for Emilio Pucci is one of the strongest he’s created for the legendary Italian house and that goes double for the footwear. Strappy, sexy & studded is our perfect recipe for a killer sandal. The braided leather and classic palette of the sandals make it infinitely wearable and ultimately racy. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fall line without boots and Pucci’s selection is decidedly crazier than his sandals. The cow-printed hair calf, sleek red leather, and burnished golden medallions boots are flamboyant enough to even make Tom Ford grin in appraisal.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2014 collection offered up classic looks that did not feel stuffy and dated; supple tartans piped with black leather, needle-punched jacquard, and metallic wool blends made the collection covetable. For the footwear, the brand offered exotic skin strappy sandals and heeled loafers embellished with grommets as well as over-the-knee leather boots done in a similar motif.
Dean and Dan Catan are known for keeping kitsch and wackiness at the forefront of the Milanese runways, served with a massive helping of sass and panache. Sleek alligator leather paired with colorful jacquard in a Mod-style ensemble? Not every brand would show such a combination with a straight face, but we love DSquared2 for that reason. The footwear channeled the sixties vibe and then added the crazy. Embellished sandals walked the runway covered in elaborate gem stone vines and ankle straps were fastened with padlocks- bizarrely perfect in the DSquared2 way.
Credit: Cosmopolitan UK, photographed by Mathias V McGrath
Jennifer Lopez is featured in the November 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan UK wearing Roberto Cavalli pumps. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black leather with a white paint brush-effect floral print, pointed-toe and 120mm heel. You can find them on sale in a red floral print at Farfetch & LuisaViaRoma.
I realized I haven’t posted about any of my new shoes since March so I figured it’s probably time for an update. I can’t believe it’s already December! The year has flown by and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. After an adventurous summer trying to figure out where to call our new home, we settled in Miami Beach a couple months ago. It’s unlike any other place in the country; life is sunny, spicy and full of (deco) art here.
Since the Footwear News conference in May, I traveled a bit throughout the summer and attended FFANY in June where I met many lovely designers including Gio Diev, Charlotte Olympia, Amina from Oscar Tiye, Natalia from Bionda Castana, and Jerome C. Rousseau.
I also met fashion writer & editor Valeria Boucas while previewing Jerome C. Rousseau’s collection. I was flattered when she asked to write a small piece about ShoeRazzi on her new blog – you can read more about my blog’s beginnings at Valeria Boucas.
Here’s a look at the shoes I’ve added to my collection:
(If you ran into me this summer, odds are I was wearing one of these outfits. In the left photo I paired them with a Zara top & Free People cutoffs and to the right, a Joie jacket worn with a Helmut Lang sleeveless knit + Rag & Bone leather shorts.)
I adore these Valentino clear Rockstud strappy pumps which were one of the first shoes I purchased last season. I still can’t bring myself to wear a full on PVC shoe but this design allows my feet to breathe. They’re now available in black leather with smokey PVC straps and black studs at Forward by Elyse Walker.
1. Striped Alice + Olivia dress 2. Ohne Titel perforated leather skirt 3. Clover Canyon mini skirt
The first shoe pictured is the Amma embellished sandal bootie from Sophia Webster’s debut collection (found at her online store). I love the ikat-printed taffeta and multicolor beaded trim.
The Manolo Blahnik Charly sandals were a super lucky find on eBay! They’re from an older collection in black canvas embellished with two oversize buckled straps.
On a NY trip I visited the Jean-Michel Cazabat flagship store and purchased these Omayra thin strappy sandals in fuchsia snake-print leather.
J’adore these stunning Christian Louboutin Stardust pale pink satin pumps with a crystal-embellished black lace overlay. Snagged at a special sale, I plan to wear these boudoir-inspired pumps with a floor-length black silk satin dress.
This Anastasia multicolor flag-trimmed cutout pump was my favorite style from Manolo Blahnik’s Fall 2011 collection. I think they look even cuter worn with black stockings.
This is the most romantic and opulent shoe I own! These Charlotte Olympia Belinda platform sandals sold out almost immediately but I found them at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas. They feature laser cut metallic silver leather and you can find them in white suede at Matches, Net-A-Porter and Charlotte Olympia.
This is a classic ankle-strap by Roberto Cavalli embellished with a gold-tone sculpted heel, ankle bijoux and metallic pointed-toe which juts out from underneath the small platform. They appeared later in season on Cavalli’s web site but I purchased them at the Las Vegas boutique.
I rarely feature flats but now that I walk everywhere here in Miami, they’re an important wardrobe staple. Chanel espadrilles (featured in my last update post) are a perfect shoe for this city and I also wear Converse sneakers, Nikes & Christian Louboutin ballet flats.
This is the epitome of a “fall” look here in Miami (no jacket required!)…I’m wearing a sleeveless knit dress from Bank Fashion & suede Converse sneakers from Size UK.
Del Toro slippers worn with a white Versus Versace dress from a few season ago and IRO grey denim top, Prada bag.
Del Toro is a luxury shoe brand based here in Miami. They make shoes for both men and women and have a fresh design approach blending creative designer Matthew Chevallard’s Italian heritage with a Palm Beach prep aesthetic.
I’m wearing pretty pink & white scrunched gingham slippers featuring the signature red grosgrain heel stripe. Del Toro carries sneakers, drivers, espadrilles, Chelsea boots and more. I can’t wait to visit the boutique here! There are also several customizable options and I think they’re a perfect Christmas present.
The Spring 2014 collection is adorable and available for a limited time on pre-order at Moda Operandi:
I’m wearing the ‘So Kate’ paired with a printed Equipment top and Vince textured leather leggings.
I grabbed these So Kate pumps in black leather at the Christian Louboutin boutique in SoHo. Many readers have asked about the fit compared to the Pigalle…So Kate has a different toe box, vamp, stiletto shape and unlike the Pigalle, it doesn’t have the elastic band in the back of the heel. I appreciate both classic styles and love the sleek long toe on the So Kate.
It hasn’t been cold enough to wear these Christian Louboutin Psycho boots yet but I’m bringing them along for our winter travels. They’re from the Fall ’12 collection in black suede with an almond toe and swirled panels of black leather.
Roger Vivier sandals wore with an older See by Chloé cutout dress and Chanel Boy bag.
It was love at first sight after seeing these Roger Vivier Prismick t-strap sandals on Emma Stone. They feature a tapered t-strap, panels of stone leather and textured yellow leather on top of black suede and 120mm heel.
Kourtney Kardashian was spotted out in West Hollywood wearing Roberto Cavalli ankle booties. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black suede, cut out front, sculpted gold-tone heel and thin snakeskin strap. They’re available in black patent leather with a silver heel at Roberto Cavalli.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dolce & Gabbana
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rihanna was spotted wearing Roberto Cavalli sandals while out in NYC. These shoes are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring metallic python, silver-tone ankle-strap detail and 4.9″ heel. They’re still available (on sale!) in black & light apricot leather at Roberto Cavalli. I own them in black/gold & they’ve been my go-to ankle-strap sandal all summer.
Rihanna returned to her hotel in London after a night out with Cara Delevingne wearing Roberto Cavalli sandals. These shoes are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring metallic python, silver-tone details and 4.9″ heel. They’re available (on sale!) in black & light apricot leather at Roberto Cavalli.
Sandra Bullock wore Roberto Cavalli sandals to ‘The Heat’ premiere in Sydney. These shoes are from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection featuring gold patent-leather cage design, 115mm heel and back-zip closure. You can shop the latest Cavalli styles at Zappos, L’Inde Le Palais and Roberto Cavalli.
She posed on the red carpet wearing beaded & sequin-embellished tunic dress by Emilio Pucci. Sandra’s hair was pulled back in a purposefully messy bun and she also accessorized with diamond stud earrings. She finished the look with silver smokey eye makeup and nude lip.