Designer Shoes: Sandals

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Alexandre Birman Clarita ankle-tie sandals | 4″ heel | shop online at Farfetch

For Spring/Summer ’17 Birman introduces a playful spin on his signature Clarita sandal this time adding another bow strap around the middle of the shoe. We love this charming design and the summer picnic-ready two-tone gingham version is adorable. They feature long ankle wraps and natural linen covered heel.

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Clarita’s also available in beige or multicolor suede and an equally dreamy style designed in black & white colorblock leather.

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The everyday, everywhere Clarita in pretty beige suede; available at Farfetch.

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Funky fun Clarita in blue, yellow, red, pink & black colorblock suede; available at Farfetch.

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My favorite, the classic black & white Clarita in leather; available at Farfetch.

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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). 

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Oscar Tiye Antoinette sandals | 115mm/4.5″ heel | shop at Farfetch

We love the mix of materials used on this playful sandal from the Spring ’17 collection by Oscar Tiye. They feature a light denim pleated ruffle toe accent and cuff, black leather trim, adjustable ankle-strap, covered slim stiletto and signature magenta leather insole. Antoinette is also carried in disco silver glitter, half sizes are available.

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Aquazzura Tropicana sandals | 105mm/4.1″ heel | shop in blue at FarFetch & Bergdorf Goodman

When Aquazzura launched we went crazy for the collection, the signature Amazon sandal was a must-have. Designer Edgardo Osorio definitely found his niche, making “sensible shoes sexy” , the styles are solid every season and FUN.

We’re crushing on the newest Tropicana sandal available in three colors; paradise pink, royal blue and black suede. They feature a playfully embellished knit & beaded baubles, pom pom tassels and self-tie long wrap-around ankle straps. Half sizes are available.

Shop them in pink at Saks Fifth Avenue & MyTheresa, blue at FarFetch and Bergdorf Goodman and black at Neiman Marcus.

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Sergio Rossi Zoe sandals | 105mm/4.1″ | shop at Bloomingdale’s

My heart skipped a beat when I saw these Zoe sandals! Aren’t they amazing?! They feature a multi-blue leopard print snakeskin, 4 slim loop straps for a front cage effect, black leather insole, front leather ankle-tie and slim stiletto heel. They’re also available in a pretty pink. Whole sizes only.

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Manolo Blahnik Estro sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Neiman Marcus and Barneys

Blahnik designed another twist on the must-have “Chaos” two-strap sandal for Spring ’17. We love this contemporary ankle-strap featuring a thick PVC toe strap and leather cord wrap-around ankle straps balanced out with Manolo’s classic slim stiletto, nude leather insole and silver aglets. Half sizes are available.

Estro is carried in four shades: silver leather, coral suede, beige suede, black suede and nude leather.

 

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Sophia Webster Copacabana sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Neiman Marcus

You can always count on Sophia to bring you spicy shoes season after season. For Resort 2017 she drew inspiration from Brazil (where her shoes are produced) and the beautiful beaches of Rio.

We love this festive Copa sandal featuring multicolor leather cord straps, long wrap-around laces, knotted design at the front and cylinder cork covered heel. Half sizes are available and you can also find them in a 3″ style.

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Paula Cademartori Lotus sandals | 115mm/4.5″ heel | shop on sale at Matches, Moda Operandi and FarFetch.

We’re crazy for these signature Lotus sandals by delightfully quirky Italian-Brazilian desgner Paula Cademartori. Gaining popularity for her whimsical crossbody bags, her footwear collection lends playful pop art for your feet too.

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Lotus features an anguled block heel, corset lace-up front design, long wrap-around leather laces and colorful fanned out design wrapping around the heel. Half sizes are available and we’re equally in love with this multicolor style:

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Lotus graffiti mutlicolor leather sandals with red suede details | shop on sale at FarFetch

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Alexander McQueen Obsession ankle-cuff sandals | now on sale at Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus launched their holiday-ready sale with 40% off designer discounts. We spotted these glamorous Obsession sandals by Alexander McQueen featuring black leather, mirrored leather covered platform & heel breast with signature embroidered pearl & crystal charms including an eye, stars and lips.

Half sizes are available and you can also find coordinating bags on sale from the same collection.

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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.