Designer Shoes: Open toe

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Gianvito Rossi ankle boot | 4″/105mm heel | available at Net-A-Porter, Barneys and Neiman Marcus for $790.00

These fresh new heels feature dark indigo denim, dramatic high-cut collar, center-split vamp and open-toe front. A smooth leather lining is added for easy slip-on. Paired with tailored trousers at the office or midi skirts they compliment each style. Made in Italy, half sizes are available.

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Ed-and-Will-shoesDo you ever have those moments when you read a passage in a novel, hear a song on the radio, or see an item in a shop window and it sticks with you? It can be days, weeks, or months later, but then your mind revisits the phrase, the melody, the chic blend of vibrant colors – suddenly, the thing that impacted your life so wonderfully comes flooding back to your memory and you go home with one mission in mind: find it and make it a welcome addition in your day-to-day life.

That amazing, inspired feeling perfectly describes our budding relationship with Ed and Will, a Barcelonan brand so lovely that you will be dreaming of their gorgeous designs even when they’re at home in your closet.

Formed in 2013, this hot new brand is the brainchild of brothers Ed and Will, who use the business acumen they garnered in university to forge a path between strict, rigid architecture and elegant femininity. They take inspiration from the organic, using textures and colors found in nature and blending it with the finest materials.

The intensity of iron is reimagined as modern ebony galuchet, the beauty of a dawn takes form in exquisite sunshine yellow platform python – there is no facet of nature they haven’t reinterpreted with stunning results. We are particularly fond of the supple suede woven into a basket weave and the too-gorgeous-to-be-real lavender ostrich leather heeled sandal; though, honestly, every single design is enough to make you start planning your springtime outfits in the middle of winter. The attention the duo plays to every detail is magnificent and the balance they strike between fashion-forward and classically chic means that you’ll be able to wear these heels for years to come and they’ll never fail to turn heads in your wake.

The stylish, unique aesthetic and the sheer sophistication of Spanish craftsmanship is a combination that is hard to find in an up-and-coming brand, but Ed and Will has the potential and the je ne sais quoi to break into an international market before you can fasten the clasp on their deep-red Visik python heels. Sexy, sleek, and at the forefront of trends, we can’t wait to see where Ed and Will takes us on their path to success.

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Aosta yellow python platform pointed-toe pump with scalloped sides and 120mm heel; available at Ed and Will

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Borne ankle-strap white python sandal with a 120mm heel and 20mm concealed platform; available at Ed and Will

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Borne ankle-strap sandal in lavender ostrich with a 120mm heel and 20mm concealed platform; available at Ed and Will

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Chloe black leather bootie with a front gold zipper and 120mm heel; available at Ed and Will

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Duna open-toe sandals with natural nubuck leather, handmade interlaced leather panel, 130mm heel and 20mm concealed platform; available at Ed and Will

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Elaine pointed-toe pumps in black galuchat with a 120mm heel; available at Ed and Will

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Elaine nude patent leather pointed-toe pump with a 120mm heel; available at Ed and Will

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Topi grey suede and violet patent leather sandals with 130mm heel; available at Ed and Will

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Visik t-strap sandal in deep red python; available at Ed and Will

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Check out their latest collection and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram for more shoe candy.

Images via Ed and Will | Written by Shannon Weston

Beyoncé attended the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Luncheon wearing a merlot knotted draped dress by Haute Hippie with a thigh-high side slit. She paired it with Gucci horsebit-embellished Claudie ankle-strap sandals in brown leather. These chunky 70s’-inspired platforms don’t do anything for her outfit…and they feel out of place.

Shoes She Should Have Worn: Beyoncé
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Gianvito Rossi Gianvito iridescent leather pumps
You can’t go wrong with this beautiful single-sole shoe. This silhouette elongates the leg and also works perfectly paired with her 5:31 Jerome coat.

Oscar Tiye Zoe cage sandals
Since it’s December and the event was held in NY, I’m not crazy about an open-toe shoe however this unique tassel-embellished sandal in the warm rose gold is a playful option. P.S. – I have these shoes baby blue, j’adore!!!

Daniele Michetti Sveva slingback pumps
This spicy yellow snakeskin is a perfect complement for her burgundy dress. They also feature a low-cut heel counter and black woven leather trim.

Bionda Castana Dekota pump
I love these femme fatale inspired shoes with sexy corset-style laces, geometric leather paneling and sheer mesh sides. Check out how they look on the foot.

Gianvito Rossi Carey strappy pumps
I can’t get enough of these beautiful Fall ’14 shoes in natural python with three thin buckled front straps.

Nicholas Kirkwood colorful pointed-toe pumps
Beyoncé’s previously worn many shoes by Kirkwood and these pointed-toe heels are my wildcard choice featuring multi-color Mexican-inspired needlepoint embroidery. I like this shade of pink & aqua paired with her dress.

Which pair do you like for Beyoncé? Check out more Shoes She Should Have Worn posts.

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

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Jennifer Garner wore Christian Louboutin Gardnera sandals to Elyse Walker’s 10th Anniversary Pink Party held in LA. These heels are from the Fall 2014 collection featuring black satin, open-toe, adjustable skinny buckled ankle strap and 120mm heel. Gardnera is available at Christian Louboutin, plus you can shop more Fall 2014 heels at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Outfit Details: Dior hot pink peplum asymmetric layered dress, a Roger Vivier Maxi Boite de nuit clutch, Anita Ko diamond Square Link bracelet and Diamond Tail bangle plus a diamond Shay ring.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jennifer.

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Sarah Paulson wore Chrisitan Louboutin Toboggan pumps to the fourth season premiere of ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in LA. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring a half d’Orsay design, glossy black patent leather, thin asymmetrical toe strap and 100mm heel. We’ve recently seen these heels on Emily Blunt. You can find new fall styles at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin.

Outfit Details: Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2014 stretch Duchess cap back dress with a shallow v-neck, pleating over the shoulders and a trumpet skirt with godet pleating at the front, a Tyler Alexandra clutch, Vita Fede rose gold Octagon Stone ring and Graziela Gems Dash diamond earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Sarah.

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Jessica Chastain wore Rupert Sanderson Hydra pumps to the ‘Salome and Wilde Salome’ premiere held at BFI Southbank in London. They feature blush satin with mirrored gold inserts and 130mm heel. You can find the latest styles at Rupert Sanderson.

Outfit DetailsErdem Resort 2015 yellow cloque sleeveless gown with a plunging neckline plus a apricot lip and minimal make up.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jessica.

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Lizzy Caplan wore Alejandro Ingelmo Odyssey sandals to HBO’s Official 2014 Emmy After-Party held at the Pacific Design Center in LA. These heels feature black suede with patent leather inserts, geometric cut design, counter heel metal zipper and 100mm heel. Odyssey is available at Alejandro Ingelmo and Neiman Marcus.

Outfit Details: Roland Mouret Fall 2014 Tachina skirt and Mantis top in tiger tulle, a Judith Leiber Stingray clutch and jewelry from Neil Lane.

Check out more shoes spotted on Lizzy.

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Bella Thorne wore Gucci booties to ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre in LA. These heels feature black leather, multiple suede straps, almond toe, side zip fastening and sculpted 140mm heel. They’re available at Farfetch.

Outfit Details: Ninja Turtle gold studded vintage tee, H&M black leather mini skirt, neon green Eddie Parker Lara clutch, a gold Cartier Love bracelet plus several bangles and diamond finger rings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Bella.

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