Christian-Louboutin-Azunika-mule-Spring-2015Fresh on the heels of the 10 year anniversary of the iconic Pigalle stiletto pump, Christian Louboutin’s new collection is a veritable bevy of sporty influence, rock and roll chic, and vibrant femininity that proves, yet again, why Louboutins are still the Go-To brand for every fashion forward fashionista.

The thing we love about Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer collections (other than everything) is that they are always unafraid of making a bold, colorful statement. From patent leather to PVC, from gotta-look-twice embellished wedges to the iconic So Kate in metallic python leather, the SS15 collection is all about putting your best foot forward and strutting with confidence. Though it’s difficult to narrow our favorite designs, we can’t stop looking at the incredibly vibrant fringe of the Otrot stiletto and the phenomenal new interpretation of the Mea Culpa that is done in a warm gold and polished off with an elongated and elegant curved collar vamp.

The Mea Culpa isn’t the only style that has had a bit of an update and we can’t take our Christian-Louboutin-Mayerling-sandal-Spring-2015eyes off of the unique revamp of Louboutin’s sexy signature stiletto, a curved vamp design that continues down to a serpentine heel. That striking wavy design appears in multiple iterations, such as the Dalida, the Deepik, and the Vagachina, but our favorite has to be the Dalida d’orsay design done in patent opaline leather – the curved heel and stitched motif makes it a must-have for the upcoming sunny months.

As if that wasn’t enough (we’re trying to contain our gushing), Louboutin’s 130mm is back and sexier than ever, replete with t-straps, colorful patterns, and peep-toes. We can already picture the sky-high platform pumps on the heels of Dita Von Teese and other style-icon daredevils!

This collection is now available for pre-order at Christian Louboutin, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Bandy pointed-toe pump with multicolored stripes of patent leather & PVC plus a gold specchio stiletto 120mm heel; available at NordstromSaks Fifth Avenue and Chrisitan Louboutin

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Boltina multicolor lace-up sport bootie with a 120mm leather covered heel

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Cataclou sandal with multicolor braided rope, studs and printed fabric plus a 140mm wedge; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin

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Deepik open-toe d’Orsay pump with sculpted sides and 120mm wavy stiletto heel; available at Nordstrom

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Devibroda t-strap sandal in gold mini glitter covered with multicolor beads and 120mm heel

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Follies Spikes in beige specchio leather with mutlicolor spikes and 120mm heel; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin

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Front Double pointed-toe pump in patent leather with a 100mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Hot Chick pump in opaline patent leather with scalloped sides and sky-high 130mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Hot Wave peep-toe patent leather pump with scalloped sides and 130mm stiletto heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Iriza yellow patent leather pointed-toe d’Orsay pump with 120mm heel

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Lady Peep platform peep-toe pump in hand painted fucshia python vulcano with a 130mm heel; available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Christian Louboutin

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Mea Culpa pump in light gold leather with a high heel rise and 120mm stiletto heel; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin

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Mille Cinque black leather open-toe cage sandal with a 100mm heel; available at Neiman Marcus and Christian Louboutin

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Otrot multicolor ankle-strap d’Orsay sandal embellished with long fringe; available at Christian Louboutin

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Salonu pointed-toe t-strap pump in white fishnet with nude sheer mesh lining and leather covered 120mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Salopatina t-strap pointed-toe pump in black semi-sheer mesh & leather embellished with black crystals

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Señora t-strap sandal in fuchsia silk satin, metallic gold leather and poppy printed leather with a 130mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin and Nordstrom

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So Kate pointed-toe pump in aquarium-inspired hand-painted python with a 120mm heel; available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin

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So Kate pointed-toe pump in natural python with a blue splattered paint design and 120mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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So Kate mixed media pointed-toe pump in red & black eel plus white leather with a 120mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Talitha t-strap platform sandal in metallic gold leather with an adjustable ankle-strap and 160mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Talitha t-strap sandal in red patent leather with a 100mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin and Saks Fifth Avenue

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Tibur peep-toe pump in glossy red patent leather with a 120mm heel

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Top Vague pointed-toe leather pump covered in tonal stitched lace with scalloped edging and embellished with crystals throughout; available at Christian Louboutin

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Vagachina Southwestern-inspired pointed-toe mule in multicolor suede & leather with a 120mm sculpted heel

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Victoria black leather pump with a stacked 3-inch platform, round toe and 160mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

Images via Christian Louboutin | Written by Shannon Weston

Garcon-leather-boot-Gianvito-Rossi-Fall-2014It takes a lot of guts to go into the footwear industry when your father is a veritable accessories virtuoso. After all, those are big shoes to fill! However, Gianvito Rossi, son of Sergio Rossi, has taken the challenge in stride and paved a way for his own brand to be front and center in the luxury shoe market. Drawn to classic designs with a subtle, yet unmistakable edge, his collections are always the perfect mix of sophisticated and sexy. Unsurprisingly, his Fall 2014 collection embodies everything he thrives on, from elegant statement makers to staples that will never leave your wardrobe rotation.

Inspired by “the cowgirls of long ago”, the palette this time around is the epitome of autumnal comfort – for example, cream spliced with black, a warm tan that’s reminiscent of the best latte you’ve ever had, and a burgundy that is so rich, you can practically picture the rustling leaves it was inspired by.

The collection is brought to life through contrasting that myriad of hues; the way the tan contrasts against the delicate black shaping, and hints of metallic pumpkin transforms an ankle booty into a total game changer, making the shoes stunning and versatile. The touches of calf hair cow print woven into the collection? Seamless and never too much, ideal for a day at the office and a date with the girls afterwards.

In terms of silhouettes, we see a lot of our favorite Gianvito standbys including lace-up peep-toe pumps, thick buckled ankle straps and over-the-knee heeled boots in smooth as butter leather. However, it’s not all classic, wear-everywhere designs, because he’s included a few gotta-look-thrice options, namely the lace and suede thigh-high Rose boot that will make you instantaneously channel your inner Rihanna the moment you finish lacing them up. Wowza!

With every collection, it becomes clear that Gianvito is a designer on a mission to dress the fiercest women with his age-defying designs. With Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore, Emma Watson and Shailene Woodley a part of his esteemed clientele, it’s clear to see that he’s well on his way. We can’t wait to see what he does next!

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Annie pointed-toe leather bootie in beetroot with contrast white Western-inspired trim and 100mm heel

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Annie pointed-toe leather bootie in black with a contrast white piped leather Western style trim and 100mm heel

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Bonnie white leather pump with black piped leather trim and 100mm heel; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Bonnie two-tone leather pump with a western-inspired inlay motif; available in metallic orange & beige at LuisaViaRoma

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Bonnie Rebel lace-up peep-toe bootie with a back-zip and sleek stiletto heel

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Carlie double ankle-strap sandal in white leather or black suede with contrasting leather corset lacing detail

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Ellipsis signature pointed-toe pump in mirrored metallic orange leather & burgundy with a high rise back and 100mm heel; available in burgundy at LuisaViaRoma or iridescent metallic leather & black patent leather at Neiman Marcus

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Jane lace-up peep-toe bootie in brown or bright red suede with a 100mm heel; available at LuisaViaRoma and Gianvito Rossi

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Leslie lace-up boots available in a kitten heel or over-the-knee style with stretch leather side paneling

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Mable short boot with tonal Western-inspired detailing and 100mm heel; available in dark brown leather with a 85mm heel at LuisaViaRoma

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Mattie knee-high boot in slate blue, cow printed calf hair or burgundy; available in brown suede at Neiman Marcus

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Pearl short cowboy inspired boot with a chunky heel and long almond-shaped toe

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Pearl tall cowboy-inspired boot in black pony hair or burgundy leather with side pull-on tabs

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Kate cut-out lace-up sandal in patent glossy red patent leather with tonal leather laces and 100mm heel; available in red at FarFetch & Neiman Marcus or black at FarFetch

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Rose lace-up peep-toe boot & bootie in black or purple suede with sheer mixed media lace panels

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Brace ankle-cuff sandals in Bordeaux leather with a wide toe-strap and 105mm heel; available in Bordeaux at Barneys or in Bordeaux and black suede with crystal studs at Neiman Marcus

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Fannie printed calf hair pump with a 100mm heel and piped black leather trim; available at FarFetch

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Vamp cow print calf hair peep-toe bootie with a 100mm heel; available at FarFetch and Neiman Marcus

Written by Shannon Weston

Henri-Lepore-DezertAmerican-born with roots in Italy and France, Henri Lepore Dezert is no stranger to fashion. As a child, he worked with his father in their family-owned custom upholstery shop; later on, he moved to New York to work with his cousin, none other than the queen of patterned flirty dresses, Nanette Lepore. With ambition and design practically in his DNA, Henri used his discerning palate and superb business savvy to create and cultivate his own brand, separating himself from his family by breaching into footwear.

Luckily, we have obtained the ultimate scoop on this shoe maven and his debut collection. In our interview, he talks about the synchrony that he has found between shoe form, shape, and material; in many ways, the perfect shoe is well-rounded and complementary of itself. He emphasis a lack of forcing a shoe idea or design to happen, which must be why every millimeter of supple leather and suede of Henri’s shoes screams effortless.

Congratulations on your debut collection! After reading a bit about you and given your family’s history in both fashion & upholstery; what really lead you to “choose” shoes & pursue shoemaking?

Thank you, Ashley!

Meeting my wife Antonietta and moving from New York to Italy is what gave me the opportunity to pursue shoemaking the most. In Italy, most people do not live to work, they work to live and enjoy life. With that passion in mind I think shoemaking found me because I’m living in Italy and it has become a part of my everyday life. Henri-Lepore-Dezert-Carmela-pump

Who are the women you design for? How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I design for the woman that desires to be alluring yet classy. My clientele tend to be women that are cultured and well travelled.

As a shoe designer I strive to create shoes that are simple but retain depth. I never force a structure or material just because one or the other is great, they must seamlessly go together to create the right shoe.

I would describe my design aesthetic as ethereal. I spend a lot of time looking for leathers and textiles that are unique and strive to use them in their optimal ways.

Can you explain a little about your design process? Do you have a inspiration board or listen to a certain type of music that helps keep you inspired and the creativity flowing?

My design process has three basic phases: concept phase, prototype phase and final sample phase.

I often begin each shoe by finding particular leathers or textiles that create a certain aura. I like to let the lines or colors of a leather or textile determine each shoe. I’m always going to trade fairs in Italy and France such as ‘Anteprima’ and ‘Cuir A Paris’ on the search for unique leathers, textiles and components.

Next to nature, music is probably my biggest inspiration. My favorite artist right now is Nicolas Jaar; I’ve listened to almost every set of his and each is a masterpiece. Every little sound seems to be precisely thought out, nothing goes to waste. He blends the old with the new so well, it becomes a new sound in itself and has definitely been an inspiration.

Who are your ultimate celebrity clients; who would you love to see wear your shoes on the red carpet?

Wow this is tough… There are so many celebrities that have great style but if I had to limit it to 5, I would say: Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldana, Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong’o and Marion Cotillard.

Which style are you most proud of?

I love my Carmela ‘t-strap slingback’ pump; it’s the perfect blend of contemporary and classic design. Meet the debut collection which is currently available for pre-order (delivery beginning August 15, 2014) at Henri Lepore Dezert: henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela Carmela crossback t-strap pump in black leather with tonal goatskin suede trim and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela-red-leather Carmela crossback t-strap pump in glossy red patent leather with goatskin suede piping and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela-white-leather Carmela crossback t-strap pump in white leather with contrasting bronze leather piped trim and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-edda Edda spat bootie in black leather with a black suede front panel, anodized antique gold stud buttons and stacked wood 85mm wedge heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-geary Geary geometric cut-out bootie in black leather with a back-zip and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-off-the-cuff Off The Cuff tricolor peep-toe platform sandal in cognac brown leather, pollen gold suede and white lizard with a stacked 120mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-razza Razza double ankle-strap sandal in black leather & stingray with a metallic effect and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-salana Salana pointed-toe d’Orsay pump in pale gold python with a tonal piped leather trim and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-zaldana-royal-blue Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in blue silk satin with a darker blue leather and 120mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-zaldana-chevron Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in augmented monochromatic chevron with a leather covered 120mm heel and platform

You can also find a selection of HLD’s sandals featured in Moda Operandi’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ curated trunkshow.

Written by Shannon Weston

Sophia-Webster-quote-Fall-2014When we think of Sophia Webster, we think of sass. Pure, unadulterated, and heartfelt sass; in fact, we’re pretty sure that if you looked up “feisty” in the sartorial dictionary, a pair of her thin-heeled ankle-strap sandals would be pictured. For her Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 collections, Sophia takes a morose theme (“Heartbreak Hotel”) and turns it into something utterly charming and vibrant. Who needs love when you can buy shoes?

The shoes themselves would be at home in Barbie’s Dreamhouse or on the toes of one of the many girl power popgroups of the ‘90s. Metallic houndstooth, fringe, gaudy faux jewels, and vivid colors were just the start of the Cher Horowitz Heartbreak influence, the saturated over-the-top theme is threaded through both the collections. Fur-embellished mules and sandals collide with laser-cut gladiator over-the-knee boots making for a host of statement making shoes that would turn heads in any scenario. No boyfriend? No problem! These darling heels are sure to add enough sweetness to your wardrobe for an eternity – or, at least, until next season.

Leopard prints, rounded stacked ball heels, and cartoonish embellishments (paisley, hearts, and flamingos!) add an innocent streak through the collection, rounded out by the deviously high stiletto points and edgy addition of vinyl. In terms of silhouettes, we can always count on her to release a balanced collection of thick-soled vintage-inspired designs with pinpoint stilettos – though this time, she also included a couple sneakers and flat-soled sandals. One thing we love about Sophia is her ability to incorporate popular trends into her shoes without them losing her je ne sais quoi. She’s readily embraced the sportswear trend of recent seasons but unlike other designers, the confectionary color of the rubber treads and lace-up styles feel fresh, unique, and playful.

This collection has been hailed as another golden star in Sophia Webster’s impressive catalogue. After scooping up the Emerging Accessories Designer at the British Fashion Awards and landing a Fashion Forward sponsorship, she has become a veritable fashion train that is on the fast track to British design royalty. We’re excited to see where she takes her candy colored fairytale world – if it’s anything like this collection, we know we’ll be head over heels (Heartbreak Hotel not needed!).

You can find select styles from both of these collection now on pre-order at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Coco patent leather pointed-toe pump with a orange flamingo pin heel

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Anouschka suede and black patent leather wedge boot with fur collar & embroidered rose designs

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Sophia-Webster-Fall-2014-Collection-AveryAvery platform slingback booties in black suede & grey leather with a rubber tractor sole

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Catia ankle-strap sandal with an embroidered suede front panel, beaded heel and fur heel detail

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Greta laser cut suede mule with a pin heel, lace-up front and gold-tone micro studs

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Hallie pointed-toe boots with either a covered wedge or chunky heel in aztec & houdstooth print

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Jessica clear PVC d’Orsay pump with a multi-color chunky snakeskin heel, black patent leather cap-toe and blue fur trim

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Katy pointed-toe boots in houndsooth printed rubber or gingerbread brown suede

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Leilou t-strap sandal in striped patent leather with fur pom poms and zig-zag detail

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Louby open-toe mule with floral embroidery, striped patent leather details and fur trim

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Mel B cut-out sandal in black suede and silk satin with lace-up front and crystal embellishment

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Mel B ankle-strap sandal in mirrored gold leather with a snakeskin embossed heel, fur toe strap

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Mila t-strap sandal in pastel leather with a strappy cage front, suede ankle-wrap and fur pom pom

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Mila sandal bootie in black suede with wavy straps and crystal embellished straps

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Nika ankle-strap d’Orsay pump with a houndstooth printed heel, red patent leather round toe and black leather ankle wrap

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Saskia colorful cutout leather boot with fur pom poms | Paris brown suede with fleece trim and lace-up back

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Renee mirrored silver leather pump with jewel cluster embellished toe and striped pin heel

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Ronnie black suede pointed-toe pump with pink heart embroidered, striped patent leather trim and cotton candy fur heel

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Selina cutout sandal bootie in blue & pink with striped patent leather details, pin heel and fur pom pom accented laces

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Simi lace-up open toe bootie in gingerbread brown suede with a whipstitch piped leather contrast trim and white leather covered heel

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Tatyana suede boots with a cylinder-shaped heel, tractor sole, fleece or fur cuff and colorful wavy ribbon embroidery

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Written by Shannon Weston

Giuseppe-Zanotti-Design-logoIt’s hard to believe that Giuseppe Zanotti’s twenty year road to success was not paved in stiletto-friendly golden cobblestones. He reminisced to WWD, “I started with stilettos that were superglam, superfeminine and sexy — and the business was a flop. For the first two or three seasons, it was a tragedy.” With the ink still damp on his LMVH partnership and an ever-growing fanbase, it’s hard to envision a fashion world bereft of his sleek and sexy footwear. It makes you want to go into your closet, pick up your favorite Zanotti stiletto – at least four inches high – and feel thankful that we live in an age of sass, verve, and sartorial savviness.

So, how does Giuseppe Zanotti celebrate twenty phenomenally successful years in fashion? Not with a tell-all book or autobiographical movie, but – as per our expectations from the Italian footwear maestro – with more shoes; a four part delightful capsule collection, to be precise. Taking inspiration from the past while looking to the future is innovative and clever, a way to pay homage to those who were with him at the start of his journey to new coming fans that can’t get enough of his trademark snake embellishments.

With the gorgeously glamorous Spring 2014 collection still fresh in our minds (and hearts, and dreams…you get the picture), we were wondering how those exotic and quintessential Zanotti themes would appear in an autumnal context. If we had any doubts that he still had it (we didn’t, this is hypothetical), they would have been swept away by golden snake-embossed leather slingback stilettos and gotta-look-twice red quilted leather moto heels.

Glitter, suede, and python-embossed leather – oh my! This collection is one to start budgeting for, carrying designs fit for every lifestyle and fashion twist. From the stunning geometric suede and rhinestone-embellished booty to the golden leafy filigree on an open-toed sandal; from the glittery flat boot to the crimson mule; just when you think Zanotti can’t top his last collection, he finds a way to make you lust after a pair of kitten heels. And, really, is that not real power? In addition to the flattering and statement making silhouettes, there is a plethora of dainty silver chains, buckles, calf hair, snake emblems, and gold plating to make sure that one look from onlookers will  have them keeling over in envy.

If these designs are any indication of the genius of Zanotti, we can only imagine the adept hand and skill used to craft his 40th anniversary. That’s just around the corner, right?

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Gold filigree sandal in black suede embellished with gold leaves embroiderey and clusters of crystals; available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Cut-out black suede sandal with crystal embellished buckles down the side; available at Neiman Marcus

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Red velvet sandal with a gold rope chain and crystal encrusted chain link t-strap

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Midnight blue velvet ankle-cuff sandal with a leather covered heel and covered platform

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Mirrored gold snake-embossed leather slip-on mule sandal with two bands

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Silver snake-effect leather slip-on mule sandal with a covered 120mm heel

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Black leather sandal with two adjustable buckled straps, armor-like gold-tone plate and silver studs

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Black patent leather sandals with a buckled ankle-cuff and silver-tone pin heel

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Black suede peep-toe bootie embellished with gold studs and triple wrap-around leather straps

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Cutout peep-toe bootie in black suede with wrap-around leather straps and concealed side zip

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Bright red suede pointed-toe cutout bootie with a slender buckled ankle-strap; available in red & black suede at Neiman Marcus

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Black suede pointed-toe mule bootie with a dipped vamp; available in black suede or black patent leather at Neiman Marcus

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Metallic gold python embossed leather slingback pointed-toe pump and stiletto heel

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Glossy black patent leather slingback pump with a stiletto heel and tonal insole

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Black suede pointed-toe pump with a v-cut front and oversized side bow

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Two-tone pointed-toe pump in black suede with a mirrored gold leather inlay and small bow attached at the toe

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Gold python embossed leather kitten heel pump with a slender t-strap and sleek pointed-toe

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Black leather kitten heel pump with a pointed-toe and skinny buckled t-strap

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Pointed-toe pump with a black suede cap-toe, strass crystals and stiletto heel

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Glossy black patent leather and black suede d’Orsay pointed-toe pump

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Black suede pointed-toe bootie with a strass crystal embellished panel; available at Neiman Marcus

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Glossy black patent leather boot with small straps, silver-tone adjustable buckles and short heel

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Mixed media black suede boot with colorful embroidered leather panels and crystal studs

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Black suede sandal with angular cutouts; available with a 110mm heel at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Bright red suede pointed-toe bootie with a dipped vamp and flame motif trim

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Metallic gold snakeskin embossed leather Chelsea boot with black elastic side panels and kitten heel

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Black suede boot with a stacked chunky heel and silver zipper details

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Glossy black patent leather boot with a stacked short heel, leather lining and thin buckled strap across the front

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Black leather biker boot with a tonal padded & quilted leather panel, stacked heel and silver zipper details

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Bright red suede pointed-toe biker boot with a thin stiletto heel, quilted & padded leather panels and oversized silver-tone zipper details

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Black leather pointed-toe boot with silver chain lace-up panels and back pull-tab

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Black leather pointed-toe boot with three buckled straps, gold tone armor-like plates and sleek heel

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Military green suede platform boot with a sleek pointed-toe & platform plus concealed side zip

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Black suede pointed-toe boot covered in fluffy blue fur

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Stretch black velvet over-the-knee-pointed toe boot

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Smooth black leather cowboy boo with a stacked short heel and side pull-tabs

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White leather cowboy boot with a stacked heel and crystal embroidered rattlesnake

Written by Shannon Weston

Tabitha-Simmons-butterfly-printed-shoeIt’s hard to sum up Tabitha Simmons in a nutshell. In her youth, she was a stellar fashion model that successfully transformed her career into a must-have stylist, styling runway shows, lookbooks, and editorials for massive names such as American Vogue, Rag & Bone, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana. Her pleasant demeanor and behind-the-fashion-scene acumen sent her career on a sky-high trajectory but Tabitha didn’t stop there. Her voracious appetite to try new things and artistic eye led her to pick up another avenue in the fashion industry: shoe design. Naturally, she and her brand have flourished. With that in mind, if we were to accurately describe her in three words, it’d probably be: Fashion’s Wonder Woman.

Since starting her brand in 2009, Tabitha’s footwear has been widely and warmly accepted by the fashion industry. Her Spring 2014 collection is as strong and lush as we’ve come to expect from Tabitha’s aesthetic, which is to say: everything we could ever want and more. Unmistakably feminine, confidently daring, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Tabitha-Simmons-striped-LB-sandalThe silhouettes range from sleek to quirky, strappy to minimalistic - giving plenty of options for any walk of life. We love how she’s not afraid to play around with heavier shapes and despite the season, even adding in a signature calf hair boot. Sugary sweet themes, such as thin baby blue stripes or candy colored glitter, are balanced out by the undoubtedly dramatic – we’re talking snakeskin, perforated eyelet leather, and crystal covered bows.

We particularly gravitate to the Bailey fully crystal embellished sandal and the handful of designs that are printed with colorful butterfly designs on woven silk. They’re the perfect blend of classic and sass which make for the ultimate statement shoe.

Though the heels are high and the impact is bold, Tabitha never designs without comfort in mind. She understands the daily routine of a woman on the go and knows the importance of wearability, no matter the style or height. After all, we find it hard to believe that Tabitha herself is in one place at one time for more than five minutes – why shouldn’t style travel alongside comfort? We can’t ask for a collection of shoes more perfect than hers.

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Alexa slingback pumps with a contrast panel at the toe; available in white leather at Tabitha Simmons  and in black & nude leather at Moda Operandi.

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Bailey crystal embellished cut-out sandal; available in nude-pink with crystal embellishment at Neiman MarcusModa Operandinude-pink/black at Tabitha Simmons or leopard-print calf hair at Neiman Marcus

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Bonai perforated black leather peep-toe bootie; available at The CornerLane Crawford and Tabitha Simmons

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Bunny asymmetric strap sandal in flamingo pink mini glitter; available at Tabitha Simmons and Colette

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Bunny assymetric strap sandal in black mini glitter; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Clara strappy wedge sandal with thin straps and knotted bow; available in nude/pink snakeskin at Moda Operandi or colorful Peruvian silk jacquard at FarFetch and Kirna Zabete

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Dela colorful butterfly printed woven satin pointed-toe pump with a 95mm heel; available at Neiman MarcusTabitha Simmons

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Ellie black suede platform sandal with grosgrain straps and crystal-covered t-strap; available at Browns Fashion and Tabitha Simmons

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Gabby pretty pink & purple butterfly printed woven satin slingback pump with a nude leather trim; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Gabby nude patent leather pointed-toe slingback with a front bow detail and nude leather trim; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Hai t-strap pump with slim leather adjutable buckled straps; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Hayden classic glossy leather pointed-toe pump with a contrast leather toe panel; available at Tabitha Simmons and in black & nude leather at Lane Crawford

Tabitha-Simmons-Spring-2014-Hunter-BootHunter leather & calf hair boot with a wrap-around buckled leather strap; available at Moda Operandi

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Idda perforated leather open-toe bootie sandal bootie with a thin ankle strap and block heel; available at Barneys

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Idda perforated tan leather bootie with a thin ankle strap; available at Barneys

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Idora grey and white snakeskin strappy sandal with black leather button straps; available at Barneys & Tabitha Simmons

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Jeanie navy suede pointed-toe pump with a crystal covered bow; available in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue & Marissa Collections or blue suede/black suede & champagne satin at Tabitha Simmons

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Jen butterfly printed woven satin cross strap sandal with a leather covered heel; available at The Corner or in champagne satin at Tabitha Simmons

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Jennifer cross strap sandal in black silk with a 75mm heel; available in black silk at Tabitha Simmons or pink butterfly print at Marissa Collections

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Jenny platform espadrille wedge in colorful Peruvian silk jacquard; available at The Corner, BarneysLane Crawford and Marissa Collections

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Josephina white leather pointed-toe strappy pump; available at Neiman MarcusTabitha Simmons & Moda Operandi or snakeskin at Net-A-Porter

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Josephina black leather strappy pointed-toe pump; available at Tabitha Simmons or in blue silk satin at The Corner, Browns Fashion & Moda Operandi

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LB light blue, pink & white striped silk-twill cut out sandal; available at The CornerLane Crawford, ShoeScribe, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys.

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Leticia white perforated leather wrap around ankle-strap sandal; available at The Corner, Moda Operandi and Tabitha Simmons

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Leticia toffee perforated leather ankle-strap sandal with a block heel; available at Barneys and Tabitha Simmons

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Leticia black perforated leather ankle-strap sandal with a 65mm heel; available at BarneysLane CrawfordTabitha Simmons & Colette or pink leather at Neiman Marcus

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Lexi leather pointed-toe pump with a contrast front panel and 110mm heel; available in nude leather at Moda Operandi or black leather & black suede at Tabitha Simmons

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Lou pointed-toe d’Orsay ankle strap pump in navy leather ; available at Moda Operandi

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Lou d’Orsay pump in colorful Peruvian silk jacquard and 90mm heel; available at The Corner, Saks Fifth Avenue, FarFetchNet-A-Porter and Avenue K

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Perf perforated white leather pointed-toe pump; available at Marissa Collections and Tabitha Simmons

Written by Shannon Weston, images via Tabitha Simmons & WWD

Christian-Louboutin-Allenissima-black-patent-leatherWhen it comes to modern, iconic footwear – a brand that ceaselessly melds class and infectious sex appeal into every design, there is only one brand that (rightfully) springs to mind: Christian Louboutin. A designer so obsessed with his craft that he slept in his design studio for eight years while launching his career into stratospheric heights, it isn’t remotely surprising that he consistently delivers jaw dropping collections.

The Fall 2014 collection – the one we had a glorious, if fleeting, sneak peek of back in March – showcases Louboutin’s love of versatility, as well as his total adoration of fabulous, ankle-breaking heights.

Lovely floral prints, delicate laser cut filigree and strappy styles in both classic and rich suedes harken back to the iconic Louboutin image that grab celebrity ambassadors by the handful. Our favorite twist on the classic? Louboutin’s ingenious use of crackled metallic leather; we’d call it the new snakeskin, but judging from his pristine use of python in some of the other designs, we have to consider the gorgeous crackled metallic in a league all of its own.

One of the most notable silhouette additions comes from the dramatically corset-laced sculpted pumps, first seen on the Fall 2014 Marchesa runway. Initially inspired by ballet, the Conquilla lace-up concave wedges are one part kink and two parts “please get in my closet, now.” However, those aren’t the only soles to make a massive visual impact; for example, the Pigalle Follies Strass are crystal-studded masterpieces that we would possibly give up croissants for life in order to have. We also see candy-colored studs used elsewhere, both complementing metallic hues and floating atop of clear PVC.

Other gotta-look-twice features of the collection include lattice-like laser cut suede, oversized grommets accented with whipstitch trim and glitter infused sheer fishnet.

The brand that has forever cemented red-lacquered soles and Christian Louboutin’s legacy into the Fashion Dictionary (chicly sandwiched between Chloé and Coco Chanel) has done it yet again. Whether you’re a woman who gravitates to Louboutin’s classic and sleek designs, or if the mixed media AztecGalata, and Gortik designs are right up your edgy alley, this legendary designer has got you covered.

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Allegra cut-out sandal bootie in leather & suede with a 120mm heel and front tie fastening; as seen on Marion Cotillard

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Allenissima open-toe slingback in black leather & patent leather with a 130mm heel

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Audrey ankle-wrap sandals in gold metal chevron leather with a 100mm heel; available at Christian LouboutinSaks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus

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Aztec mixed media sandal in silk, python, suede leather & stingray with a 120mm heel

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Berlinissimo bootie in black suede with a lattice style front and 100mm heel

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Chester Fille peep-toe bootie in tiger print calf hair with a 100mm heel; available in eveque suede at Christian Louboutin

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Conquilla 120mm sculpted wedge in tiger printed calf hair and black leather with a corset-style lace-up back

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Foilles Resille pointed-toe pump in gold mirrored gold leather and black suede with a sheer fishnet front; available in black suede at Christian Louboutin UK

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Franca cutout ankle-tie pump in eclipse suede with a 85mm heel; available in eclipse suede and nude leather at Christian Louboutin

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Galata cut-out 120mm pump in pink patent and mirrored gold leather with purple suede and clear PVC inserts; available at Christian Louboutin and purple suede at Saks Fifth Avenue or black & silver at Neiman Marcus

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Galata pointed-toe pump in eveque patent, tinted PVC and glitter sirene with a 120mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin and purple suede at Saks Fifth Avenue or black & silver at Neiman Marcus; as seen on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Gortik pointed-toe bootie in glitter floque platine with patent leather straps and 120mm heel; available in black leather at Neiman Marcus

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Hot Chick patent leather pump in black & papaye with symmetric curved sides and 120mm heel

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Iriza d’Orsay pointed-toe d’Orsay pump with a 120mm heel; available in yellow suede at Barneys, pink patent leather at Neiman Marcus or fishnet-inspired suede at Saks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus & Christian Louboutin; as seen on Emma Stone

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Iriza Strass pointed-toe half d’Orsay pump in lichen with a 120mm stiletto heel; as seen on Marion Cotillard

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Just On sandal in covered specchio platine, black patent leather or glitter floque platine with a 120mm heel; as seen on Zoe Saldana and Emma Stone

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Mandolina laser-cut bootie in papaye leather with a pink specchio backing and 120mm mirrored gold heel; available in black leather at Neiman Marcus

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Miluna pointed-toe pump in rouge de mars or black with a sheer tonal fishnet toe and 120mm stiletto heel

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Ostri Sling pump in eclipse suede with gold grommets, red leather details, eclipse suede and 120mm gold specchio leather covered heel

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Pensamoi ankle-strap sandal in black & pink silk satin with a 120mm heel and crystal-embellished two-tone flower detail

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Pigalle Follies Strass Dégradé crystal covered pointed-toe pump with a 120mm heel

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Pigalle Follies Strass pointed-toe pump in glitter sirene with a 120mm heel; as seen on Nicole Richie

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Pigalle Follies in a beauitful maxi fiori printed silk with a 120mm stiletto heel

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Pigalle Follies pumps in glossy nude patent leather with a 120mm heel

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Pina Spike d’Orsay ankle-strap sandal in black patent leather with a mirrored gold spike covered counter and 5″ stiletto heel; available at Neiman Marcus

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Pina Spike open-toe d’Orsay ankle-strap sandal in glitter flocked velvet and patent leather with a spiked heel counter

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Spike Me clear PVC pump with candy-colored studs, pink patent leather details and 120mm heel

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Viennana vintage inspired snap-button strappy pumps; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin UK

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Lamadone knee-high lace up boot in black leather with a 120mm heel; Plakamina boot with peek-a-boo fishnet panels in black suede & merlot plus a 120mm heel; Tinafrange black suede fringe boot with a 120mm heel

Written by Shannon WestonImages from Christian Louboutin

Nicholas-Kirkwood-Spring-2014-Collection-Sandal7Nicholas Kirkwood is a shooting star in the high fashion footwear world and soaring ever higher – if you’re not familiar with his eponymous brand, chances are you know and lust after his footwear designs for Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic, Erdem, Fendi, Rodarte, and Pollini. Unsurprisingly, the brand has jumped up on the “Must Have, Must Love” list after LVMH purchased a majority stake in the company last year, reflected in the skyrocketing sales and sudden attention from acclaimed stylists. His fabulous shoes appear on the red carpet regularly, donned by Hollywood starlets and certified celebrities alike; from Kiernan Shipka to Cate Blanchett, from Lupita Nyong’o to Saoirse Ronan, it wouldn’t be a star studded sartorial affair without a pair of Kirkwood’s not-quite-classic heels making an appearance.

A majority of the shoes are designed in a stunning leather filigree of ornate laser cut leather that really adds a punch of glamour and edge to the collection. Stating that he was inspired by the luxurious history of Morocco, those laser cut designs channel hand-painted tiles and motifs. Secondarily, Kirkwood took inspiration from one of the hottest trends in high fashion right now: sportswear. When talking to Nordstrom about the strong influence of Technicolor fabric and lace-up straps he stated, “there’s a sporty ’70s vibe that features high-tech low soles.”

The collection also plays with texture such as woven silk in neon green, brightly dyed raffia, and elaborate jacquards contrasted against metallic snakeskin. Heels vary in shape from streamline to sleek, chunky to jagged – some of the heels even include signature hidden details, like a pearl nesting under the heel or a unique triangle silhouette. If that’s the way Nicholas Kirkwood views the spring and summer season, we definitely can’t complain! It’s a festive collection that makes a statement in every sole.

If you want a Kirkwood pump that is safe to wear in an office setting – because life is sadly not all soirées and chic brunches – he’s got you covered! His trademark metallic pinheel pump makes an appearance in luscious colors such as emerald, bronze, and blazing red; those dynamic colors will provide versatility year ‘round, whether paired with a summer dress or woolen slacks. We can’t deny the appeal of a perfect heel that can take you from day-to-night with ease.

For years Nicholas Kirkwood has been building an impressive repertoire of fashion awards, we’re absolutely stoked that he’s gaining the popularity and recognition that he deserves. We can’t wait to see where he takes his flourishing label next!

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Fiery red patent leather sandal with clear PVC side straps; available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Asymmetrical strap satin sandal with a curved heel and PVC detail; available in sky blue at Nordstrom & Saks Fifth Avenue, burnt orange at Moda Operandi, navy at Nicholas Kirkwood & Montaigne Market,

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T-strap knotted leather sandals with a zig-zag shaped heel and thin padded leather straps

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Signature sandal bootie in natural snakeskin with white leather trim, woven leather front detail, leather laces and gold-tone pin heel

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Asymmetric sandal in white snakeskin with gold glitter trim, PVC inserts and gold-tone pin heel; available at Harrods or in a similar style at Saks Fifth Avenue

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White laser cut leather sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available at Neiman Marcus

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Nude leather laser-cut leather sandal with a gold-tone sculpted pin heel; available at Net-A-PorterHarrods or in black suede at FarFetch and Browns Fashion

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Nude laser cut leather peep-toe slingback bootie with a gold pin heel; available at Nordstrom and Nicholas Kirkwood

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Laser cut-out leather pointed toe pump; available at Matches for $902.00

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Black laser cut suede pointed-toe pump; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Ankle-strap sandal in nude laser cut leather with a cork platform and mirrored block heel

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Cobalt raffia slingback open-toe bootie with a white technical rubber platform, green leather trim and hexagonal bijoux

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Orange raffia ankle-strap sandal with fuchsia snakeskin trim, beige jacquard ankle strap and technical rubber platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Sage raffia ankle-strap sandal with a sky blue and holographic snakeskin trim; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Lime green raffia pointed-toe pump with a hexagonal bijoux embellishment at the toe; available in black suede at Ssense or white leather at Matches

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Grey raffia pointed toe pump with a cream hexagon; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Orange raffia round toe platform pump with a hammered gold platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Grey raffia round toe pump with a thick hammered gold platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Cobalt blue raffia pump with a mirrored block heel, iridescent green trim, cream hexagon, and white technical rubber platform

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Geometric printed fabric pump; available with a shorter heel at FarFetch and Browns Fashion

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Black suede platform pump with a technical rubber trim and block heel; available at Harrods

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Seafoam suede pointed-toe pump with a white technical rubber trim and block heel

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Nude leather pointed-toe pump with a contrasting white rubber trim and mirrored pale gold block heel

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Black leather open-toe slingback bootie with a mirrored pale gold block heel; available at Nordstrom

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Leather ankle-strap platform sandal with a hexagon button and block heel; available in colorful jacquard and woven raffia at Saks Fifth Avenue

Nicholas Kirkwood Silk jacquard curved heel pointed-toe pump

Geometric printed silk jacquard curved heel pointed-toe pump; available in black silk jacquard at Moda Operandi, blue jacquard  at FarFetch and woven raffia at Net-A-Porter

Nicholas Kirkwood curved heel snakeskin pump

Curved heel pump in natural snakeskin; available in green snakeskin at Net-A-Porter

Nicholas Kirkwood red snakeskin sandal

Red snakeskin asymmetric sandal with a thick curved heel and PVC insert

Nicholas Kirkwood black suede platform pump

Black suede platform pump with the signature angled platform and small pearl detail at the cutout heel

Nicholas Kirkwood nude silk satin sandal

Nude silk satin sandal with a cut-out heel and small pearl detail

Nicholas-Kirkwood floral lace pump

Sheer floral lace pointed-toe pump with a gold-tone pin heel; available in black lace at Forward by Elyse Walker & Nordstrom or red lace at Harrods & Net-A-Porter

Nicholas Kirkwood nude lace platform pump

Cream lace round toe platform pump with a hammered gold platform

Nicholas Kirkwood crystal embellished sandal

Pale pink silk satin sandal with a crystal-studded asymmetric strap and clear PVC strap

Nicholas Kirkwood floral printed leather sandal bootie

Blue floral printed fabric sandal bootie with blue suede laces and navy leather details

Nicholas Kirkwood leather floral printed ankle cuff sandal

D’Orsay pump in glossy black patent leather with a floral-printed ankle-strap and gold-tone pin heel

Nicholas Kirkwood t-strap sandal leather

Nicholas Kirkwood yellow t-strap sandal leather Spring 2014

T-strap sandal in yellow & navy with thin patent leather straps and thin sculpted pin heel

Nicholas Kirkwood blue embellished ankle strap sandal

Ankle-strap sandal in teal silk satin with a blue patent leather trim, mirrored beaded straps and floral printed curve-shaped heel

Nicholas Kirkwood peep toe mule sandal wedge

Peep-toe mule wedge sandal; available in nude leather and black suede sandal with a gold chrome wedge at Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood red pump

Nicholas Kirkwood nude pump

Nicholas Kirkwood green leather pump

Nicholas Kirkwood white leather pump

Pointed-toe pumps with a sculpted gold pin heel; available in red suede, black suede & nude patent leather at Ssense or mirrored rose gold at MyTheresa

Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto ankle strap sandal

Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto purple laser cut heel sandal with satin straps; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto ankle strap sandal Spring 2014

Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto turquoise and aqua laser cut heel sandal with satin straps; available at Nicholas Kirkwood or in nude at FarFetch and Kirna Zabete

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Curved heel ankle-strap sandal; available in mirrored silver leather at Forward by Elyse Walker & Ssense, colorful woven raffia at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue & Ssense, black leather at Matches & Moda Operandi

Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem platform shoe

Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem floral printed platform

Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem flower print pvc Spring 2014

Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem platform booties with an ombré lucite block heel and PVC or lace sides

Nicholas Kirkwood for Roksanda Ilincic t-strap pump

Nicholas Kirkwood for Roksanda Ilincic t-strap pump yellow leather Spring 2014

Nicholas Kirkwood for Roksanda Ilincic t-strap pointed toe pump with a flat bow detail and curved heel

Nicholas Kirkwood nude laser cut leather gladiator sandal

Nude laser cut leather gladiator sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available at Neiman Marcus

Written by Shannon Weston

Manolo-BlahnikWhen you think of Manolo Blahnik, your mind most likely turns to Carrie Bradshaw’s adoration and incredibly stocked closet of the esteemed brand. After all, his shoes are so gorgeous that the fiction fashion icon proclaimed, “I wanted to let you know that I’m getting married; to myself. I’m registered at Manolo Blahnik.” Since his first collection debut in 1972, Spanish-born Manuel “Manolo” Blahnik Rodriguez has brought classical elegance back to the forefront of fashion.

His legend status makes it even more surprising that the Spring 2014 collection was the first to show during a fashion week. “Everything is becoming so transparent,” the 71-year-old designer started, “with all this technology, with the blogs and tweets, and I wanted to get more in touch with normal people.” Luckily for us, that meant showcasing his luscious collection during London Fashion Week.

Inspired by the turn of the 20th century, the collection is filled with costume jewelry embellishments, vibrant colors, and a flair for the dramatic. Truly, the use of color blocking, tiered satin, and pleated silk harkens back to a time where women gladly spent a third of the household income on fashion and frippery. The modern twist? The use of braided leather and hyper-futuristic mesh ensure that the collection doesn’t become too stuffy. We especially love the use of tassels and the elaborate embroidery on many of the mules and kitten heels – they embrace Spanish history in only a way a Spaniard could. It might be over forty years since his first collection, but his attraction to sophistication and decadence has never wavered.

If you want to see this gorgeous collection in motion, Manolo Blahnik’s first feature film entitled Jealousy! showcases the old glamor collection beautifully. The silent film embraces the decadence and drama that epitomizes the era from which he drew inspiration, bringing it to the modern day.

If his mainline collection is a little too old world for your tastes, there is a very good chance that the fantastic and minimalist designs he created for Osman, Victoria Beckham, and Richard Nicoll’s collections are perfect for your wardrobe.

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Agapax d’Orsay pump in leather & suede with a whipstitch trim and long leather ankle-wrap laces

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Aghatax bootie with a striped canvas heel and multicolor suede fringe front panel

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Amatis d’Orsay pump in taupe & black satin with a bijoux covered ankle-cuff; available with a 89mm heel at Neiman Marcus & Bergdorf Goodman.

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Ares double ankle-strap sandal in purple & red leather with a ruched thick toe strap

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BB pointed-toe pump; available at Barneys, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and ShopSavannahs

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The classic BB pump is also available in several colors & height options (made-to-order) at the Neiman Marcus

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BB Strap pointed-toe pump with a thin ankle-strap ; available in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Biton t-strap pump in rust & blue canvas accented with tonal tassel fringe

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Boniato pink suede sandal with multicolor color suede swatches at the toe; available at ShopSavannahs

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Chaos signature ankle-strap sandal; available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and ShopSavannahs

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Hangisi jewel-embellished satin pump; available in black satin at Barneys & Neiman Marcus and several other styles at Saks Fifth Avenue & ShopSavannahs

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Indian mesh pointed-toe pump with tonal lace embroidery and leather covered heel

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Krivog slingback d’Orsay pump in patent leather with a loose knit toe and patent leather trim

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Kuanta strappy slingback sandal in blue & brown leather with daisy appliqué

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Llanis leather slingback sandal with a wide buckled front strap and whipstitch trim

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Merlota strappy two-tone leather sandal covered with matching leather shapes

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Natuk tricolor ruched leather peep-toe pump; available at Bergdorf Goodman

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Nigata strappy leather sandal with two brass emblems connected to the ankle-strap

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Norf two-tone leather sandal in raspberry & white with wavy cut-out straps and black leather trim

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Taulida spectator wing-tip sandal, Bipunta cap-toe pump, Ronda snakeskin sandal

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Pacha PVC crystal-embellished cap-toe pump; available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus & Saks Fifth Avenue

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Persefa colorful leather t-strap sandal embellished with multiple silver-tone buckles

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Plusanda d’Orsay sandal with contrasting embroidered lace; available at Bergdorf Goodman

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Puktis d’Osay slingback pump in canvas with contrasting leather trim and leather covered heel

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Quadrax colorful leather sandal with giraffe and zebra printed front panels

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Reya silk satin d’Orsay pump in chartreuse, cream and red with a front ankle-tie

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Rondinaia leather and canvas slingback sandal with a layered cut-out circular front panel

Manolo-Blahnik-Rouer-Pump-Spring-2014-Collection

Rouer white leather pointed-toe pump with a tricolor layered leather detail at the toe

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Snayl two-tone woven canvas slingback sandal with leather trim and covered heel

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Trebula ruched silk santin sandal with a polka dot insole in black, burnt orange and fuchsia

Manolo-Blahnik-Twiga-Sandal-Spring-2014-Collection

Twiga strappy sandal in white and green leather with leather leaf appliqué

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Worty snakeskin & leather strappy sandal with a buckled slingback strap

Manolo-Blahnik-Spring-2014-Collection-Zilax

Zilax black leather sandal with a thin toe strap and silver-tone grommet accents; available at Bergdorf Goodman

Written by Shannon Weston

Jerome-C-Roussea-Jude-embellished-peep-toe-bootieWhen you think of Jerome C. Rousseau’s collections, the mental images you conjure should be as vibrant as they are intriguing and as bizarre as they are gorgeous. Remember his Fall 2013 collection? Studs, color blocking, glitter, floral velvet, and bondage straps (sometimes all working simultaneously!) elevated his ultra-high heels to new, quirky heights. However, with new seasons come new inspirations, and we’re very excited to report that the Spring 2014 line from Monsieur Rousseau is a veritable Technicolor wonderland.

Whether you’re into cork-infused pumps, perforated suede, strappy snakeskin, or – yes, you’re reading this right – glittery python, Rousseau has your feet covered and all done with his signature architectural flair.

The crowning jewel of the collection is the embellished bootie – the base of which is his phenomenal Juda model in gorgeous green leather (the color is somewhere between minty mojito and saturated sage) with lemon yellow leather mesh. From the supple leather base, over 7000 beads are carefully hand-applied by Los Angeles artist Emily J. Snyder, including coral, freshwater pearls, and vintage Czech crystal. The booties mirror Emily Snyder’s aesthetic perfectly, with each vibrant clusters of beads combining to create a sole-ful rainbow that will never fail to grab attention.

If you want in on the beaded Juda fun but don’t want to wait 60-75 days for the custom application (or maybe you’re just afraid of a wayward snag hitting your beautiful new booties), the open-toed shoe also comes in a printed silk design complemented by metallic golden leather. Juda is one of Rousseau’s design staples and available in several other stellar designs, like woven leather, animal printed calf hair, and even a leather laser-cut rose motif.

As if the collection couldn’t get better, he has also released a line of clutches and handbags that mirror the themes of his shoes. It’s time to retire your well-worn clutch and invest in one of his statement making minaudières!

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Basel ankle-strap sandals with a chunky tapered heel and thick adjustable buckled ankle-strap in cork, tan leather and white croc-embossed leather

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Flicker pointed cap-toe leather pump with the signature thorn heel; available in nude patent leather with a silver cap-toe at Jerome C. Rousseau

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Floyd strappy sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available in nude croc-embossed leather at Shopbop & Jerome C. Rousseau, colorblock style at Pink Mascara or white croc-embossed leather at Jerome C. Rousseau 

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Jerome-C-Rousseua-Juda-Spring-2014-Collection
Jerome-C-Rousseau-Spring-2014-Juda
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Jerome-C-Rousseau-Juda-Spring-2014-Collection
Jerome-C.-Rousseau-Juda-Spring-2014-Collection

Juda open-toe booties; available in jewel-printed silk at Bloomingdale’s, black laser-cut leather at Mona Moore, laser-cut cork at Bloomingdale’s or embellished with over 7000 beads (custom made) at Jerome C. Rousseau.

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Jerome-C.-Rousseau-Karma-Spring-2014-Collection

Karma pointed-toe pump with a thorn-shaped heel and elastic slingback designed in white patent leather with black polka dots, black leather, glossy aqua blue patent leather, jewel-printed silk, lemon patent leather, pearl pink patent leather with polka dots and natural snakeskin
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Lio ankle-strap sandal with a 3-d fan bow in lizard-embossed pink glitter fabric and thorn-shaped heel
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Jerome-C.-Rousseau-Lover-Spring-2014-Pump

Lover peep-toe pump with a leather upper, bondage-style leather wrapped heel and leather or snakeskin stiletto heel
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Jerome-C.-Rousseau-Mills-Spring-2014-Collection

Mills adjustable ankle-strap sandal with a fan-shaped front and 110mm covered heel
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Narms leather zippered sandal; available at Intermix
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Narms stitched leather sandal with a gold-tone zip up front and tapered block-shaped heel
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Jerome-C.-Rousseau-Sweet-Spring-2014-Collection
Jerome-C.-Rousseau-Sweet-Spring-2014-Collection

Sweet half d’Orsay peep-toe pump with a high-rise heel tab and thorn-shaped stiletto heel
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Jerome-C.-Rousseau-Topanga-Spring-2014-Collection

Topanga banded open-toe sandal in leather or snakeskin with a back-zip and gold-tone pin heel
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Vierre pointed-toe Mary Jane cap-toe pump with a buckled halter strap and gold-tone stiletto; available in red leather at Madison Style or black leather Bloomingdale’s

Written by Shannon Weston

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