Designer Shoes: Ankle Wrap

We may be heading into the homestretch of the dog days but our craving for all things summer – including cheery footwear, is still very much alive. Before we dive into fall styles (boots & boots galore) we want to share our favorite styles from Oscar Tiye’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

We’re huge fans of their bold designs and love supporting emerging brands who really bring something new to the shoe game. After being named “One to Watch” by WWD, designer Anima Muaddi went on to become a finalist for the 2014 Who is on Next? competition organized by Vogue Italia and AltaRoma.

You can shop this collection at FarFetch, LuisaViaRomaAntonioliAvenue32, The Queen and Passhion.

Check out these photos we snapped earlier this summer in West Hollywood:

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Signatute Malikah winged ankle-strap sandal in radiant purple suede

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Niyaf two-tone red & brown suede ankle-strap sandal; as seen on Zoe Saldana

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Zoe sandal in mirrored rose gold leather with black tassel laces; as seen on Sarah Hyland

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Rawan pointed-toe pump in sunshine yellow leather; as seen on Nina Dobrev

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Jamila white snakeskin pumps with thin white leather straps and clear PVC toe insert

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Rawan pointed-toe pumps in baby blue and yellow leather with the signature magenta insole

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Malikah ankle-strap sandal in purple suede; as seen on Hailee Steinfeld

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Credit: Alberto Reyes/Wenn

Jennifer Lopez was spotted out in NYC wearing Tom Ford padlock pointed-toe pumps. They feature nude leather (pictured above in python) with a gold padlock embellished wrap-around ankle strap and gold-tip stiletto heel. The padlock pumps are available in nude python and black leather at Neiman Marcus or several other styles at Tom Ford.

She also wore a two-piece outfit from her JLO by Jennifer Lopez Kohl’s collection including a Ribbed Foil Tank in blush and matching drawstring pants with zipped cuffs.

Jennifer accessorized with Ray-Ban flash lens matte aviator sunglasses plus a white Hermès Collier de Chien bracelet and rose gold diamond & translucent quartz bracelet + earrings by Brumani.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jennifer.

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

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Chloë Moretz wore Stuart Weitzman Nudist ankle-strap sandals to the ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ premiere during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. This signature, celeb-favorite style features blonde satin, thin straps, cut-out heel detail and 4.5″ heel. Nudist is available in 10 different styles at Stuart Weitzman

Just like her costar Kristen Stewart, Chloë also selected a little something by Chanel. She posed wearing a whisper blue feathery gown with a nude tulle yoke (complete with small silver bows embroidered along each shoulder line), accordion ruched pleating and high-low skirt from the Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection.

Since the dress was a lot, thankfully she kept the styling to a minimum adding only a diamond circle bracelet by Chopard and baby blue mani.

Check out more shoes spotted on Chloë.

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Emmy Rossum wore Elie Saab sandals to the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring ribbed raspberry leather, thin ankle-strap, cutout heel detail and small platform. You can shop Elie Saab shoes at FarFetch and Boutique1.

She wore Elie Saab from head-to-toe including a beautiful sleeveless raspberry lace dress with a round neck, short full skirt, tonal sequin & bead embroidery throughout, scalloped eyelash lace trim and matching thin leather belt from the Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Emmy accessorized with her hair styled in a side-swept French twist plus a matching raspberry lip, ballet pink nails, vintage fuchsia, green faceted stone earrings by House of Lavande and embellished Spring 2014 minaudière also by Elie Saab.

Check out more shoes spotted on Emmy.

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‘Tis the season for weddings and they’ve seemingly invaded every area of my life as of late…my younger sister just got married, my best friend is recently engaged and I’m supposed to be planning my own wedding!

Whether you want to walk the aisle in a classic pump, silk satin peep-toe slingback or glitter covered ankle-strap sandal, Christian Louboutin’s Spring 2014 Bridal collection has something for every bride – I can’t think of a more perfect shoe brand worthy of a bride’s big day.

There are several height options ranging from a 70mm kitten heel to a sky-high 160mm platform pump (which Victoria Beckham wore to Kate Middleton’s wedding). My three favorite styles include the Body Strass pump for the ultimate Cinderella princess moment, sheer Pigalace pump in romantic white dentelle lace and the glitter embellished Gwynitta sandal (a perfect match for a spaghetti strap gown).

I included all links below each style for product availability. For ordering questions, contact your closest Christian Louboutin boutique or inquire here for online orders.

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Apostrophy white leather slingback pointed-toe pump with a tapered 100mm heel; available at Saks Fifth AvenueChristian-Louboutin-Spring-2014-Bridal-Collection-Belly-Nodo

Belly Nodo t-strap sandal in white leather with a small flat front bow and 120mm heel; available in black leather at Christian Louboutin 

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Gwynitta strappy sandal in glitter-finished leather with thin cross-straps and 100mm heel; available in silver glitter at Net-A-Porter or several other styles at Christian Louboutin

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Impera laser-cut white leather pump with long corset laces and 120mm heel; as seen on Alessandra Ambrosio

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Iriza d’Orsay pump in white leather with a 120mm heel; as seen on Kate Hudson, available in rose gold crystal strass at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Jazzy Doll gold metallic sandal with a twisted t-strap, ruched front and 100mm heel; available in metallic gold at Neiman Marcus or several other styles at Christian Louboutin

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Just Soon 85mm open-toe pump in white leather with an asymmetric front bow; available in several styles at Christian Louboutin

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Martha 100mm t-strap sandal in white leather with sheer mesh lining, oval-shaped strappy cage design and 100mm; as seen on Charlize Theronavailable in white or gold metallic leather at Christian Louboutin

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Pigalace pump in delicate white dentelle lace with a silk satin 120mm heel; as seen on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, available with a 100mm heel in black at Neiman Marcus or white at Christian Louboutin

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Princess smooth white leather pump with thin silver glitter covered criss-cross trim and 100mm heel; available in poudre or white leather at Christian Louboutin

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Valnina ankle-tie sandal with a laser-cut mirrored rose gold strap and gold mini glitter covered 100mm heel; available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue or Net-A-Porter

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Vendome white silk satin slingback peep-toe pump with covered platform, asymmetric bow detail at the toe and 120mm heel; available in white at Christian Louboutin or black silk satin at MyTheresa

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Hilary Duff wore Giuseppe Zanotti ankle-strap sandals to the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. These shoes are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring mirrored gold leather, thin straps with slim gold-tone buckles, black patent leather and 120mm heel. We’ve also seen them on Eva Longoria and Rita Ora. They’re available at Giuseppe Zanotti or with a 110mm heel at Zappos.

She has a busy year ahead with her new comedy series, ‘Younger’, picked up by TV Land and an album due out this fall. Hilary arrived wearing a black stretch velvet long sleeve mini dress by Maria Lucia Hohan with beautiful handmade gold embroidery across the waist.

Her hair was pulled back in a giant top knot, which she called her “bird nest”, before finishing with a persimmon lip and nails. She accessorized with an emerald cut onyx cocktail ring, diamond barrel ring by ELAHN Jewels, gold pyramid stud earrings and carried a Jill Milan Holland Park clutch.

Check out more shoes spotted on Hilary.

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Jennifer Lopez wore Casadei Bladeone d’Orsay pumps to the results show on Season 13 of ‘American Idol’. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring a rose beige front, matching snakeskin heel, high rise back and gold-tone sculpted metal blade 120mm heel. We’ve also seen them on Anna Faris. Bladeone is available in black or olive suede at FarFetch.

She stopped to strike a pose outside the studio wearing a beautiful nude tulle embellished long sleeve Georges Chakra Couture dress with gold bead and sequin embroidery throughout. Jennifer also wore this dress in her new ‘Glowing Goddess’ perfume ad (which you can enter to win her Swarovski jewelry until May 21st).

Her hair looked picture-perfect styled in tousled waves and she also accessorized with several stacks of gold rings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jennifer.

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

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I’ve already expressed my love for these Rupert Sanderson for Antonio Berardi sandals time & time again but now they’re finally on my feet! Sanderson’s single sole Elba pump was the celebrity shoe of 2013 and I truly admire his clean & contemporary design aesthetic. He really outdid himself with this scrumptious Berardi spring collection & his footwear reign is bound to continue – have you seen the following Fall ’14 collaboration?!

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I love the entire collection but my favorite style is the tricolor sandal in yummy pink, glossy apricot & mirrored rose gold leather. Although their official name is Tallyho, I’ve nicknamed them Saturn because of all the “rings” wrapped around my feet.

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I took my usual sandal size, 37 and I’m super happy with the fit. It’s a whole lotta shoe with all of the straps but they’re surprisingly easy to put on. You can see from the photos below they have a slip-on elastic strap and looped velcro ankle-strap. They also feature a metallic gold covered heel breast, 110mm/4.3″ heel and almond-shaped toe.

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You can find the style I’m wearing at Rupert Sanderson, LuisaViaRoma, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s. Tallyho is available in tan/redblack or green at Rupert Sanderson, ShoeScribe and Moda Operandi. You can also find the Corona in rose gold at ShoeScribe and Département du Luxe.

They’re my perfect spring sandal and I plan on wearing them everywhere until the end of summer.

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