There are more talented designers and high quality crafted shoes than ever before. Retailers are stocking as much as the can; exclusive designs, premiere collections, pre-orders….and as much as I love how accessible fashion has become, it’s also seems quite cluttered.
Since we started this blog (6 years ago!) we continue to enjoy curating and searching through the masses to bring you the best, the standouts.
Here we have it, our must-have shoes right now (good to bookmark too for the fast-approaching end-of-season sales!):
Jimmy ChooTrick strappy buckle sandals; available at FarFetch.
Gucci Mary Jane black patent leather and snakeskin bow embellished pumps; available at Net-A-Porter.
Gianvito RossiRegalia embroidered red satin strappy sandals; available at Net-A-Porter.
Aquazzura black suede Wild Thing fringed lace-up pumps; available at Net-A-Porter.
Gianvito Rossi red silk fringed satin ankle cuff sandals; available at Net-A-Porter.
Valentino ballerina-inspired nude leather booties; available at MyTheresa.
Alaia black suede lace-up eyelet-embellished ankle booties; available at Net-A-Porter.
Fashion month may have officially wrapped up, but we still aren’t ready to double-air-kiss goodbye the shoes we spied on the Paris catwalks. So grab a box of macarons and enjoy our little runway recap of the most stylish shoes that dazzled in the City of Light.
Oliver Rouesting successfully showed how the female lines and curves can be celebrated even while completely covered up. Legs gained extra mileage with stretch suede boots that seemingly went on forever. The stilettos boots paired with opaque tights highlighted the sexy female form, without the skin doing a peek-a-boo act.
Matching the shiny brocade jackets, lacy tops and elegant evening gowns were chic and cool lace-up ankle booties with sneaker-like gold lace holes, pumps with chunky criss-cross straps and flat boots with button and snap details at the back shaft.
It was a great display of modern aesthetics on the Dior runway. Lace-up, pointed-toe boots got multiple treatments –croc and snakeskin with cut-out details make for awesome work-to-play shoes. Their ankle heel counterparts are just as fab with its laces and side strap combo. The color and print blocking action, mixing reptile prints with neutrals, make these stunning shoes a staple in your mixing and matching pursuits.
For club kids who always just want to have fun. Zebra-striped pixie booties were adorned with studs and the buckled flats were worn with matching socks for an overall boot effect that screams, 80s.
Your oversized ski jacket can now either be paired with go-go boots in your neutral color of choice, or satin pumps encrusted with sparkly accoutrements. And if you want your legs to be entirely covered in print, there are thigh-high boots for you with matching coats.
Ricardo Tisci has basically turned boots into pieces of clothing. The slender and sleek design either stopped at the knee or higher until it covered the leg like a pair of bottoms. Some sported nude toneswhile others in an edgier python print, accented with leather uppers flashing orange or gold hues. Metal heels also had a unique conical shape with graphic patterned in-lays.
It was the perfect mix of charm and chic. Low-block heels with a pointed toe in gray and white, make for the perfect professional shoe you can take to playtime as well. Leather pumps even got some leather trimmings and can definitely add a flirty and feminine touch to a power suit.
Classic and demure, feminine and fancy –fitting for the Parisian high society. Black pumps got extra strappy with its ladder-style, gladiator form. Black pointy flats were cutesy with its bow detail at the cap –we say “Oui” to its subtle and charming elegance.
An equestrian theme would of course call for bucket hats with chinstraps and of course, riding boots. These tall riding boots with a cut-out detail at the ankle sported a wingtip brogue and dainty silver eyelets. In magenta, black, denim and gold, the boots were striking contrasts to the tweed jacket and coats draped with pearls.
The shoes perfectly matched the not-so basic, neutral color palette. A play on the classics –we are treated to heeled Mary Janes and strappy slingback sandals bedazzled with tiny crystals with matching ribbed socks. Then of course, the signature Rockstud ballet flats were also updated with the same iconic strap.
The Louis Vuitton woman for fall is a heroine with style and attitude, plus a street cred to match. Nicolas Ghesquière presented lace-front combat boots in high-shine black or blue, or infused with the sporty details of kicks (now you get to know what it feels like to wear rubber shoes with heels).
The concept of “less is more” did not exist on the Miu Miu runway. Suede boots and satin pumps were super fierce with their pin-thin heels. Even the back of the pumps were accented with bows on the back. Fur slides a.k.a. our dream bedroom slippers got a dose of sparkle, with its sprinkling of crystals and pearls. A standout piece and something worthy to be displayed inside a glass case would be the brocade pumps with a one-of-a-kind structural embellishment on the back.
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).
In addition to the blooming flowers, welcoming sunshine and green grass, strappy open-toe sandals are another sign that spring has sprung. Before you know it, it will be time to pack the boots away, treat yourself to a pedi (we suggest trying Dior’s new lilac polish) and slip into some strappy sandals – strappier the better.
Here’s a look at our favorite new arrivals for Spring 2016:
Tulum lace-up sandals embellished with fringe and gold-tone dome studs; available at Barneys.
Chelsea ParisSultan lace-up sandals; in aqua at Grazia Shop or brown at Otte.
ValentinoRockstud sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Barneys for $1,295
My heart swoons for these new lace-up sandals from the signature Rockstud collection by Valentino. This spring designers debut an extreme gladiator trend seen more extravagantly done by Gianvito Rossi and continued by with the beloved Amazon sandal. I so love this nude sandal featuring corset-style lace-up front, gold-tone pyramid studs, long wrap-around laces and back-zip. You can also find them in a beautiful pale gold at MyTheresa and black at Montaigne Market. Half sizes are available and it’s designed in a flat variation at Net-A-Porter.
These new Valentino pumps are a perfect addition for your Fall wardrobe. Featuring smooth black & nude leather with harness inspired eyelet embellished lace-up straps. Love Latch pumps are a timeless choice that will work with everything from tailoring to denim.
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
Dakota Fanning wore ValentinoRockstud pumps to the world premiere of ‘Effie Gray’ held at The Curzon Mayfair in London. They feature beige leather with studded pyramid covered straps and 100mm heel. Rockstud is available in leopard at Farfetch, Swarovski crystal at LuisaViaRoma, dark green/red patent leather at Saks Fifth Avenue, stone leather at Forward by Elyse Walker plus in several other styles at Nordstrom.
Megan Fox attended Meet The Actor – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles event at Apple Store Soho in NYC wearing ValentinoRockstud pumps. They feature dark green patent leather with studded pyramid covered straps and 100mm heel. Rockstud is available in dark green at Saks Fifth Avenue, stone leather at Forward by Elyse Walker or in several styles at Nordstrom.
Maggie Gyllenhaal wore ValentinoRubin pumps to a screening of ‘Frank’ held at Sunshine Landmark in NYC. They’re from the Rouge Absolute Signature collection featuring burgundy patent leather, 100mm heel and thin ankle-strap covered with silver studs that you can customize with letters and/or symbols. We’ve also seen these heels on Zoe Saldana. Rubin is available at Valentino.
Outfit Details: Derek Lam Resort 2015 crepe cady ruffle sleeve dress, a bright red lip plus jewelry from Schosa.