Designer Shoes: Pumps

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British-born and LA-based celebrity stylist Neil Rodgers has now added shoe designer to his repertoire. And with more than a decade’s worth of experience dressing A-list stars from head to toe, you know he’s one to turn to when it comes to all things fashionable. More importantly, he understands our need for comfort without ever, compromising style. Get to know the innovative designer and completely re-think about not slipping on some high heels whenever, wherever.

Neil-Rodgers-KarlaYou’ve worked as a stylist for more than 15 years now. What made you venture into the shoe designing business? 

When putting a look together for a client, my favorite part of the process is always selecting the perfect shoe to compliment and bring together the look.  I’ve always loved the beauty, the shape, the lines and details of women’s shoes and the effect they have on the wearer in terms of posture, mood and appearance.  Their power is transformative. I wanted to create my own, more comfortable line of beautiful footwear for women, and so after studying at the Ars Sutoria School in Milan and finding the perfect factory to work with in Venice, the brand was born.

What/Who inspires your designs?

My main inspiration when I design is women. Women that are friends, contemporaries –iconic women from the past and present –some that I have met and others that I just admire.  I want to present a very modern, simple, updated version of elegance and wherever possible, combine this with increased comfort.  

You put an emphasis on comfort. How do you achieve that in a high heel?Neil-Rodgers-Linda-pump

We increased the padding in the toe bed of our closed toe styles and work with a last with a slightly roomier toe bed.  The straps are strategically placed to hold and support the foot to minimize friction on sensitive areas and we only use the highest quality lining materials –which feel great against the bare foot.  These are beautiful, high shoes and so the term ‘comfort’ is relative, that said, compared with most similar ‘high’ pumps and sandals, we perform very well in comfort tests.  

What for you, is the worst shoe trend that ever existed?

The first thing that comes to mind is the ‘sneakers with evening accessories’ trend (jewels, etc)  With the exception of the Roger Vivier ones, which I think work, I just don’t think they ever looked right.

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Favorite shoe trend/style?

I like clean, very modern yet feminine lines. Chic!  Chic is always on trend.Neil-Rodgers-Kristin-Sandal

Who would you like to see wearing your shoes?

I would love to see Charlize Theron in a pair of our Stella sandals (she does already own a pair)

Which celebrity do you think has the best shoe style?

Sarah Paulson has a pretty good shoe game going on.

Name three styles of shoes that every woman should own.

Classic, high, pointy pump.  Practical everyday pointy flats.  Strappy, high, barely there sandal.

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Neil-Rodgers-PhoebeWhat is the inspiration behind your Spring/Summer collection?

I took a vacation to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai and was taken aback by the color and beauty in nature there. The flowers and plants, the birds, the landscape.  Natural beauty.

Describe the perfect (non-dress) outfit to go with a pair of Petras.

Petra is a versatile style.  Dress up with feminine, cropped, wide leg pants or down with worn in, cuffed, calf length denim.

Shop the latest spring/summer collection directly at NeilJRodgers.com. Make sure to follow NJR on Facebook and Instagram for more shoe candy!

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About the author: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more). 

Art is brought to your feet in the latest collection of Yevrah-logoYevrah designers Jason Harvey and Erwin Sweetwine.

A six-year in the making concept that’s finally been brought to life with Elemental; a collection filled with boots, pumps and a very special flat, that takes women back to the basics on a journey of style, class, and art.

Yevrah-shoesWe interviewed the Atlanta-based designers to learn about the influence, inspiration of this up-and-coming brand.

> How was Yevrah born? What was is that made you get into the industry of women’s shoe?

Jason: We always just had that love and respect for one another on campus during college. The genuine relationship was formed when we both ran against one another in a Mr. Freshman pageant. The running joke has Erwin won Mr. Freshman and I became 1st runner up! It was such a great experience.

I’ve been playing around with footwear for about six years now. My wife, a model since 13 now 23, is also an artist who helped guide me in the world of designing. I was persistent and had great ideas but they were not wearable ideas. As time went along, the designs began to mature thus the brand finally came to fruition late 2016.

> I see this collection was heavily influenced by nature. What I like the most about it is that you were able to take this concept and make it unique. As designers, how were you able to achieve this?

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Erwin: Designing is an intricate process. With Jason being such an artistic person, we often have scaled down conceptual designs into wearable fashion. Honestly, that is what makes this experience so rewarding and fun. From choosing the materials to fitting and finalizing the collections, each step of the way required a lot of trial and error but seeing the collection manifest into Elemental was humbling.

Jason: Many cannot understand or explain what is called a gift at times. I’m just blessed with the ability to see things that are born from nothing. As a designer, it can be the most random things at times that will spark your imagination. A shadow can hit a branch in a specific way, and in my mind, I then spot a design and immediately get inspired.

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> The collection is composed of 10 pieces that consist of pumps and boots, but amongst them is one flat, that I can say speaks for itself. It’s this great harmony of minimalistic, casual, elegant and I would dare to say even sporty. How did this particular style come into play? What inspired you in creating this shoe?

Stiletto-Pumps-YevrahErwin: Each design in the Elemental collection is intentional. The line really speaks to the women we hope will experience the brand. Jason constantly mentioned that he really loves the drawstring on shoes, so this incorporated in both the flat and mule gives a sporty yet edgy look. The style is very niche and versatile, and we know that women look for unique pieces to incorporate into their wardrobe.

Jason: Women are powerful and daring…but even the daring beauties at times want to level style out with comfort. That is how the Diver flat was born. I envisioned the woman to be chic and comfortable unlike its sister style which is greater in height.

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> You’re both artists and this is a big part of your brand’s identity, so much so that you participated in the 2016 Art Basel in Miami, one of the biggest art shows in the country. Your website is called Art of Yevrah. What were some of the biggest artistic influences while designing the line?

Erwin: We envisioned the brand being a form of expression just like art. We started with a blank canvas. We literally had no experience in footwear. Partnering with Jason allowed the both of us to leverage our life experiences and to develop a brand that is hopefully here for many more years to come. Our inspiration is everyday people who enjoy being daring and different.

Jason: Life inspires me.. Art is life.. Art is expression, freedom.. with that being said- Power also comes into play with this. You feel indestructible when putting the brush into play. The canvas is empowering and life changing with every piece that you choose to create. It’s exhilarating but most importantly it heals.

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> On your website, you state that your shoes incorporate unconventional materials, what’s the materials that take the biggest role in the confection of your shoes? That material that you believe is what sets you apart?

Erwin: The cork material is the most unconventional, complex materials to use when designing shoes. The material we used is actually imported from Portugal. A lot of people including our manufacturer said it sucks a risk using this material. We said: “Let’s do it! We have to make it work.” And we did! Jason and I are more than excited about the construction and quality of the shoes made of cork in this collection.

Embossed-pumps-YevrahJason: I would say cork… It’s tricky to use this kind of material at times because it is a dry material. It does not always agree with what you want it to do. You just don’t find many brands out here that are willing to risk this type of production.

> For now, your main focus is women’s line. Can we expect a men’s shoe line in the future?

Jason: For sure! It gets stressful sometimes not being able to wear all of this beautiful work! Yevrah is so full time at the moment I just cannot commit to creating the men’s line yet but, very soon. The gentleman will not be disappointed.

Erwin: Most definitely! We can’t wait to expand into the world of men’s footwear. As of right now, we don’t have an estimated time for when that will release but we have heavily considered it and know that is the direction we would like to move in.

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Shop the latest Yevrah collection on their website. Make sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook for more shoe candy, photos and updates!

Guest post and interview written by the lovely Natalia Rodriguez from Veneci Swimwear.

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Casadei pink “Blade” pumps | 120mm/4.7″ heel | shop at LuisaViaRoma and Casadei

The signature Casadei “Blade” pump gets another makeover for Spring 2017 and we can’t look away. We adore the hot pink and fiery orange combination on this batik-printed glossy patent leather. This standout is finished with a black lacquered covered signature stiletto, sleek pointed-toe and black insole. Half sizes are available.

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Christian Louboutin Hot Jeanbi lace pump | 100mm | shop at Neiman Marcus, Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Bringing bringing boudoir outside of the dressing room for Spring 2016, Christian Louboutin embellishes this sexy lingerie-inspired Hot Jeanbi d’Orsay pump with two black garter straps. Ooh la la! They also feature delicate black floral lace, sheer toe, piped patent leather trim, black leather covered heel and signature red sole. Half sizes are available.

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Christian Louboutin Ferme Rouge pumps | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

This Spring 2017 Ferme Rouge pump was inspired by feminine curves with it’s high-rise heel and sculpted cutout vamp. We love the striking rougissime suede upper combined with spring’s go-to neutral, a timeless leopard-print covered stiletto. It’s finished with a contrasting black leather front tie at the ankle, white patent leather covered sides and piped metallic gold leather trim. For an even more classic option, it’s also sold in black leather. Half sizes are available.

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Ferme Rouge pumps in black leather; available at Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue & Nordstrom.

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Without a doubt one of the best sales of the year, Net-A-Porter’s designer end-of-season sale is not to be missed and IT’S HERE! Shop must-have designer goodies up to 50% off for a limited time.

Also enjoy an additional 20% off at checkout with code SALE20 on select items labeled “Sale Must- Have”.

Here’s our pick of the shoes you want to snag before they’re gone:

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Sophia Webster Yasmina Pom Pom embellished sandals; 30% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi red silk sandal fringe ankle cuff sandals; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Sophia Webster Mila studded leather sandals; 30% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Jimmy Choo Mitsu fringed paneled satin ankle boots; 30% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Laurence Dacade Pete embroidered velvet ankle boots; 30% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi Regalia embroidered satin sandals; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi 85mm leopard-print calf hair pumps; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Aquazzura + Poppy Delevingne Midnight metallic leather sandals; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Aquazzura Pina Colada appliquéd suede sandals; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

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Aquazzura Rasputine embellished suede over-the-knee boots; 50% discount at Net-A-Porter.

Yes, I promise – It’s actually possible. Looking for a deal? Or maybe you’re hunting for an amazing style you’re craving from several seasons ago? Look not further, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of retailers carrying Christian Louboutin shoes on sale!

1. Amuze

You have to make an account to access the sales. Amuze feature’s discounted Christian Louboutin shoes all the time. You’ll be put in their daily email list and receive notices whenever the red soles are stocked (side note – they have awesome Valentino Rockstud sales too :))

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2. Ebay

Good ol’ eBay, the marketplace for anything and everything. Due to the selling of inauthentic shoes, I strongly urge you to look a the users reviews and selling history, closely look at the product photos, and filter to shop only from North America. It goes without saying but be street-smart – if the price is “too good to be true”…….it probably is. With that being said, I’ve seen fantastic Christian Louboutin shoe prices well below retail price.

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3. Bluefly

Bluefly’s been around forever and I was little surprised when I looked at their latest selection for this post. They carry more recent styles but note that the discounts aren’t “heavy” – averaging around 20% off retail price.

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4. Gilt 

Another classic, Gilt! Gilt’s sales aren’t as regular as some of the other membership type sites meaning you have to join the site and receive the email alerts to be notified of an upcoming Christian Louboutin sale. Another tip, shop fast! The Louboutin styles sell out in a flash.

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5. Matches Fashion

This sale section from Matches is new and welcomed. For every shoe designer really including Louboutin, this is a fashion trouve featuring 40-50% off, happy hunting!

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6. The Outnet

Discount sister to Net-A-Porter, some of the hottest shoes you missed at retail will pop up on The Outnet. Remember when they did the $1 sale forever ago? Again, these styles sell fast so be fast.

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7. The Real Real

This is an online consignment boutique featuring over 6,000 styles of Christian Louboutin shoes. They also promise that every item is 100% the real thing. Bonus! Use Code EXTRA20 for an extra 20% off‎.

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8. Bag Borrow or Steal

Not just for bags anymore, the premiere designer borrowing site has expanded into other consignment areas (for buying) including designer shoes. I suggest following them on Facebook as they regularly hold sales including ‘extra 30% off deals’.

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9. Tradesy

I haven’t personally used this site but it’s very popular and they current have 27,000 Christian Louboutin shoes to shop! It’s a great site to snag the classics including the original Pigalle pump or the staple So Kate.

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Note that most department stores and luxury online retailers will have select styles on discount for end-of-season sales but this usually only happens twice a year (Nordstrom has an anniversary sale too). So look out for end -of-season sales at Net-A-Porter, Nordstorm, Neiman Marcus & Saks Fifth Avenue.

Also, I’ll be sending a sale guide for the upcoming holidays and Black Friday, so sign up!

Please feel free to message me with any questions you have.

xxAshley

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Kate Hudson wore Gianvito Rossi Biba nude pumps to the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards. These classic shoes feature nude patent leather, sleek pointed-toe and 115mm stiletto heel. They’re available online at FarFetch.

They were a perfect classic choice for her Marchesa Spring 2017 Grecian-inspred halterneck gown covered in 3D sequin flowers. Another red carpet hit from Kate!

She polished off her look with a rose gold chocolate diamond bracelet by Le Vian, Jimmy Choo Carmen nude suede clutch and rings by Dana Rebecca Designs.

Check out more shoes spotted on Kate.

Credit: David Gabber / PRPhotos.com

There are more talented designers and high quality crafted shoes than ever before. Retailers are stocking as much as the can; exclusive designs, premiere collections, pre-orders….and as much as I love how accessible fashion has become, it’s also seems quite cluttered.

Since we started this blog (6 years ago!) we continue to enjoy curating and searching through the masses to bring you the best, the standouts.

Here we have it, our must-have shoes right now (good to bookmark too for the fast-approaching end-of-season sales!):

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Jimmy Choo Trick strappy buckle sandals; available at FarFetch.

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Gucci Mary Jane black patent leather and snakeskin bow embellished pumps; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi Regalia embroidered red satin strappy sandals; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Aquazzura black suede Wild Thing fringed lace-up pumps; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Gianvito Rossi red silk fringed satin ankle cuff sandals; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Valentino ballerina-inspired nude leather booties; available at MyTheresa.

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Alaia black suede lace-up eyelet-embellished ankle booties; available at Net-A-Porter.

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Inga Amy black snake cutout sandals; available at Montaigne Market.

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Dsquared2 embellished black ruffle lace sandals; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Prada black suede lace up front peep-toe booties with sneaker laces; available at Neiman Marcus.

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Jimmy Choo Romy crystal-embellished grey flannel pointed-toe pumps; available at Neiman Marcus.

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Rene Caovilla crystal-embellished beige suede lace-up gladiator sandals; available at Neiman Marcus.

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Aquazzura midnight blue velvet thigh-high over the knee boots; available at Spring.

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Oscar Tiye Antoinette ruffle ankle-cuff sandals in black and nude leather; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Gianvito Rossi slouchy nude leather pointed-toe boots; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Dolce & Gabbana Kate stretch floral lace thigh-high pointed-toe boots; available at LuisaViaRoma.

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Alaia rose suede lace-up sandals with a laser-cut design and metallic gold underlay; available at Savannahs.

And for the finale, something to look forward too from Resort 2017 on pre-order:

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Gucci light blue leather brogue strappy pumps; available at Neiman Marcus.

Which are you favorite?

There are a few brands we turn to for those wear every day, all day shoes and we love these styles on sale at Coach right now. Our favorite shoes featured below are designed in beautiful suede and leather with just the right amount of height – the perfect match of wearable and walkable. We’ve also listed the ones on sale (currently 40% off right now).

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Lena suede lace-up bootie in black and burgundy; available (on sale!) at Coach.

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Westyn suede fringe boots with a stacked wood heel in black & saddle brown; available at Coach.

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Shae Tea Rose cut-out leather pump with long wrap-around laces in black leather and racing green available (on sale!) at Coach.

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Bond stretch black leather mid-calf boot and Jackson leather Chelsea bootie with wrap-around strap (on sale!) at Coach.

Which are your favorite? We’d wear the Westyn and Lena every day.