Designer Shoes: Wedge

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Megan Fox wore Christian Louboutin Cataclou wedges to the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black leather, espadrille midsole, grommet detailing and 140mm heel height. You can find new fall styles at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Outfit Details: Dolce & Gabbana silk-blend strapless quilted dress, a EF Collection diamond multi spiral ring, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and Vita Fede earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Megan.

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Kate Beckinsale was spotted at the LAX airport wearing Casadei for Prabal Gurung Blade wedges. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring black patent leather & mesh silver studded straps, pointed-toe and sculpted 115mm Blade wedge heel. These heels are available on sale in white leather at Yoox.

Outfit Details: Sleeveless cropped top paired with drawstring trousers, Oliver Givenchy Pandora tote and Goldsmith Manhattan 1960 sunglasses.

Check out more shoes spotted on Kate.

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

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Angelina Jolie wore custom Christian Louboutin shoes to the photo call for ‘Maleficent’ held at Hotel Bristol in Paris, France. Although currently nameless, this style was designed custom for her! They feature a cutout patent leather pointed-toe, sheer nude mesh and stunning patent leather sculpted wedge – very wickedly maleficent indeed! You can find the latest Spring ’14 styles at Christian Louboutin.

She’s not exactly known for her daring shoe choices so I’m thrilled to see her back in sexy Christian Louboutin heels! For this press tour kickoff Angelina chose a two-piece outfit by Ralph Lauren including a black wool-crepe bustier with a short peplum, tailored skinny trousers and matching thin belt. Her look was classically “Jolie” spiced up with a funky accessory – J’adore!

She also added faceted white quartz drop earrings by her go-to jeweler, Robert Procop.

Check out more shoes spotted on Angelina.

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Zoey Deutch wore Alexander Wang Alla booties to the Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces party held in Hollywood. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black leather, open-toe and 110mm cut-out wedge. Alla is available at Shopbop, Forward by Elyse Walker and Alexander Wang.

The 19-year-old actress arrived in a red lattice-back apron dress with a square cut neck, open sides and spaghetti straps also by Alexander Wang.

Zoey complemented the eye-catching look with a sleek wrapped ponytail slicked back in a center part, sheer coral pink lip and onyx nails. She carried Charlotte Olympia Pandora spider perspex box clutch.

Check out more shoes spotted on Zoey.

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

After New York and London fashion week, you can start feeling a bit burned out. So many beautiful collections, so little time! You could spend your afternoon flipping through Style.com slideshows to keep caught up or you could come to Shoerazzi, where we offer a comprehensive look at the strongest collections of the fashion month with our eyes directed to the enviable footwear. This time around, we’re reviewing the always seductive, always gorgeous shoes of Milan fashion week.

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Stella Jean is an up-and-coming designer that has been curating a lot of buzz since her launch last season. So much buzz that she managed to pull major Milan fashion power hitters into the crowd! The pattern-on-pattern-on-pattern feel of the line is both earthy and fashion forward, bohemian while still being body-conscious. The footwear mimicked the phenomenal patterning throughout the collection, making the ankle booties and stilettos alike a feast for the eyes. Those amazing colorful tweeds and African wax prints were transformed into shoes that beg to be worn everywhere, regardless of season. It’s hard to say where a brand this young is going, but one thing is certain: if they keep having clever footwear collaborations – Christian Louboutin is no slouch – and enviable apparel, the future is bright.

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Like so many before it, Gucci’s Fall 2014 collection revisited the archives. Specifically? The sixties, emphasizing clean lines, precision, and snug tailoring done in a myriad of baby blues, mustard yellows, sage greens, dusty roses, and spliced with edge by animal print. The Mod appeal was complemented by the fabulous knee-high boots that pervaded the collection. The silhouette of the boots is classic, modernized by blending their iconic horsebit loafer with a Chelsea boot. In keeping with the palette of the apparel, the boots are pastel perfect.

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Fausto Puglisi’s mini-skirt obsessed line is always fantastically fabulous. This season, he punched up the collection with vibrant graphic prints and leather paneling. Now, where there’s an enviable leg-baring dress, there are killer shoes to follow. The pumps were as geometrically-themed as the collection, combining supple leather and smooth suede into intriguing color combinations that would make compiling an outfit a cinch. We love the contrasting hues of the color blocked pumps, however our hearts are set on the inexplicable Lady Liberty pump that gives The Statue of Liberty a very fashionable makeover!

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After last season’s spectacular collection, we were wondering how Karl Lagerfeld’s Fendi would hold up to the extremely high expectations he’s been setting these past couple years. The verdict? Karl Lagerfeld Voodoo Doll aside, it was a masterful collection inspired by continental travel and the morose romanticism of the thirties. Though the fur apparel is always the main attraction of a Fendi show, the footwear designed by Nicholas Kirkwood held its own. The mid-calf booties are the perfect blend of sophistication combining supple leather and silky hair calf variants propped up by a coordinated stacked heel. Although we don’t think they’re the edgiest boots of the season, they’re a great mix of attitude and practicality

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Just Cavalli, the younger sister of Roberto Cavalli, is a brand addicted to sass and vibrant colors. The collection was eclectic and funky, the shoes matching the theme to a T with their colorful, fringy goodness. Heeled, open-toe sandals were color blocked and tasseled, while the ankle boots took on a fierce life of their own. We love the plethora of on-trend colors and our heart is set firmly on a pair of those gorgeous green tassel suede booties. Seriously. Apologies in advance to our bank accounts.

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Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s designs for No° 21 always have the appeal of a tomboy schoolgirl gone sassy; this season that wayward bourgeois appeal was in full force with floral sequins, slouching blazers, and sheer one-shouldered dresses. The shoes themselves drifted between modest 50s-inspired flats, clunky boots, and shoes that carry a very peculiar arts and crafts appeal. The pumps have everything from fleece bows to glitter covered heels embellished on top of calf hair, making them an intriguing statement piece that we can all expect to see on Anna Dello Russo before long.

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After last season’s cacophony of colors, Prada’s latest offering seems almost dower by comparison. It was definitely as extravagant as we always expect (multi-colored shearling coats, layered sheer dresses that are the perfect kind of delicate), though at times felt disjointed. Luckily, the strangely bizarre and always modern shoes we await season after season reappeared with sky-high mechanical wedges embellished with industrial-looking rivets. Without a doubt, the footwear will appear on fashion It girls everywhere the millisecond they’re stocked on the shelves.

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Jeremy Scott’s premiere at Moschino was just as bizarre and weird as we all expected. Taking a cue from “fast fashion,” nods to candy wrappers, Spongebob Squarepants, Budweiser, and Ronald McDonald were standard. Colorful, kooky, and just shy of completely unwearable, it was one of the more memorable collections of the season. Luckily, the footwear felt more realistic for every day wear. Would we rock the riff on the McDonald’s M? We’re not so sure, but we do love the emblem-embellished Moschino ankle strap pumps.

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This season, Versace was decidedly more conservative than we’re used to seeing in recent years, shelving blatant sexuality for satin, asymmetrical hems, and military buttons. The footwear was just as vivacious as usual, however, and practically screamed “red carpet ready.” Suede over-the-knee boots were embellished with gold chain and ankle booties featured a dangerously pointed toe that would make the Wicked Witch of the West excited for fall shopping. That said, the stand-out shoe was easily the woven suede mule, where the military inspiration met seamlessly with sartorial sophistication.

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Close your eyes and think of Roberto Cavalli, what do you picture? If we were to guess, you saw an explosion of fur, metallics, and snakeskin. You would be spot on! Cavalli is known for opulence and he very rarely disappoints. This season is no exception, especially where the phenomenal shoes are concerned. The ankle-strap sandals feature a classic silhouette drenched in luxuries such as beige python trimmed in metallic silver leather and a regal mirrored gold covered heel breast.

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Jil Sander’s label is currently in freefall after the namesake designer resigned from the position last year, leaving the remaining design team to pick up the design books and curate a collection that stuck to Jil Sander’s DNA – even if Jil Sander wasn’t there to oversee the designs herself. So. How’d they do? Well, where the apparel stayed to a relatively neutral palette that hinted at colors instead of embracing them, the footwear (wedge brogues and platform loafers) were punchy in their vibrancy. Electric yellow snake skin, deep green laces, and merlot wedges were all part of the strong footwear offering.

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Prints, studs, and fox fur – oh my! This latest collection from Peter Dundas for Emilio Pucci is one of the strongest he’s created for the legendary Italian house and that goes double for the footwear. Strappy, sexy & studded is our perfect recipe for a killer sandal. The braided leather and classic palette of the sandals make it infinitely wearable and ultimately racy. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fall line without boots and Pucci’s selection is decidedly crazier than his sandals. The cow-printed hair calf, sleek red leather, and burnished golden medallions boots are flamboyant enough to even make Tom Ford grin in appraisal.

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Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2014 collection offered up classic looks that did not feel stuffy and dated; supple tartans piped with black leather, needle-punched jacquard, and metallic wool blends made the collection covetable. For the footwear, the brand offered exotic skin strappy sandals and heeled loafers embellished with grommets as well as over-the-knee leather boots done in a similar motif.

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Dean and Dan Catan are known for keeping kitsch and wackiness at the forefront of the Milanese runways, served with a massive helping of sass and panache. Sleek alligator leather paired with colorful jacquard in a Mod-style ensemble? Not every brand would show such a combination with a straight face, but we love DSquared2 for that reason. The footwear channeled the sixties vibe and then added the crazy. Embellished sandals walked the runway covered in elaborate gem stone vines and ankle straps were fastened with padlocks- bizarrely perfect in the DSquared2 way.

Written by Shannon Weston

If you find the fashion weeks-slash-month completely exhausting, have no fear! We have compiled the must know, must-have shoe sightings from the Fall 2014 runways so you don’t have to! First stop? New York City.

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If New York Fashion Week had a line that epitomized romance and luxury, without a doubt it would be Marchesa. Since 2004, Georgina and Keren Craig have been designing and creating some of the most beautiful red carpet looks this side of Valentino. The sumptuous tulle and whimsical lace of Marchesa’s gowns were only complemented by the shoes, designed by none other than Christian Louboutin. From devilishly colored multi-buckle suede ankle booties to dazzling copper hued lacy pumps, as the show progressed the soles only became more enviable. The combination of calf hair and embroidery can only be classified as daring! It’s hard for us to pick a favorite, but we lovedthe concave wedge that – at first glance – made the models look like ballerinas standing en pointe.

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At first glance, Ruthie Davis for Duckie Brown sounds like a very peculiar combination. After all, Ruthie Davis has made her name by confronting conventions head on and changing them – her shoes drip with not only femininity, but sassiness. Her brand is all about modernity and romance without fussiness. And Duckie Brown? Duckie Brown is a brand dedicated to dressing men in dapper duds, this season marking the brand’s first foray into womanswear. The result was extraordinarily complementary; Duckie Brown’s menswear aesthetic fit beautifully with the clean, color blocked lines of Ruthie Davis’ playful jewel tone pumps. We can only hope this is the start of a long-standing collaboration.

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We are huge fans of Gio Diev’s sensual yet futuristic approach to shoes (hello! We’re still obsessing over his Spring 2014 collection!), so when we heard that he was going to be designing the shoes for Sally LaPointe’s Fall 2014 collection we could hardly contain our excitement. The ankle booties are one of the highlights of the collection, crafted out of supple leather, luxurious snakeskin, exotic stingray, and – just because everyone needs a bit of edge to their wardrobe – phenomenal calf hair. They’re practical, yet elegant. Perfect for adding sophistication to any autumnal look.

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There was something decidedly heady about Veronica Beard’s line this season – it could be the way the boho dresses dripped with California cool or the way the jacquard printed matching separates took you back to the best of 70s fashion. A fabulously fashionable collection topped off with sky-high Moiki heels by Rupert Sanderson, who always knows how to make a woman’s choice in footwear the talk of the party. The strappy heels appeared in three variations: not-s-classic black, space-age silver, and color blocked with pink, mustard yellow, and black.

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If we could sum up the Fall 2014 collection by Altuzarra, we’d have to put it somewhere between simplicity, luxury, and wardrobe staple. It isn’t surprising that the shoes from Altuzarra’s collection match that “wear me everywhere” vibe, because timelessness with a kick is what Gianvito Rossi specializes in. We love the take on a loafer-pump as well as the boots with cut-out accents. The natural color palette (greys, browns, and blacks) provides maximum accessibility and versatility – we can picture the ankle booties in the office as well as a dinner date with the girls.

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Cesare Casadei and Prabal Gurung have been collaborating since the Spring 2013 season – it’s no mystery why they’ve kept the relationship strong: the shoes are consistently divine. This time around, Casadei created gorgeously bejeweled pumps exclusive for Prabal Gurung that perfectly blend Gurung’s tactile and experimental aesthetic with the feminine flair indicative of their brand. The shoes are one part costume jewelry, two parts menswear brogue, and all fierce. Coming in an array of colors, we can picture these statement heels taking the place of baubles any day.

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Okay, we have a confession: we can predict the future. We can’t divulge all of the juicy details, but we are willing to tell you one thing – our bank accounts are going to be hurting and our wardrobes will be screaming in joy. Why? Because Sophia Webster’s latest collaboration with J.Crew for their Fall 2014 collection is utter perfection. Beautiful prints, color blocking, strappy pumps, and glittery heels are the star components of the collection. We’re not surprised that J.Crew’s prep-meets-edge aesthetic pairs so beautifully with Sophia Webster’s color, prints, and pizazz style, we just hope that the two fashion powerhouses continue to collaborate for years to come.

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Without a doubt, one of the most luxurious and supple collections of New York Fashion Week was brought to us by Jason Wu. Crushed velvet, fur, marled wool, and sequins so subtle that they catch the light like diamonds were only parts of the ingenious line. Jason Wu’s sumptuous collection was topped off with a beautiful t-strap pump, done in a few variations. The classic, wear-me-everywhere heel came in oxblood, mirrored silver, and a patent black (sometimes color blocked all in one style!). We also love the oxford ankle bootie that made an appearance – one part pilgrim, three parts runway heartstopper, it was a show stealer.

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Rodarte’s homage to the seventies, complete with Star Wars iconography and drawstring high-waist pants, is polarizing in its unabashed use of glitter and lurex. The kitschy, thrifty vibe was found from the top of the sparkly berets and down to the tips of the models’ feet. Modest buckles and sequined socks abound, the Mulleavy sister’s footwear is as unique as they are. If you’re not into their idiosyncratic reinterpretation of the flatform, they also have a collection of pumps that range from work-ready snakeskin beige to club-ready bejeweled turquoise.

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Narciso Rodriguez’ collection was a perfect meld of casual and sophisticated. The looks are slouchy without being sloppy and the overall feel is one of effortless minimalism. Even the footwear appears modest at first glance. However, the initial thought of simplicity is erased upon further inspection; though streamline and modern, the shoes are definitely a step above the rest. Dramatic takes on a d’orsay heel – the thick strap along the ankle is both fabulous and practical – and color blocked booties with supple leather and snake skin have us going back for another look.

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Oscar de la Renta certainly knows his audience, creating stellar red carpet ready gowns and suit separates designed to become classics season, but this season left us feeling a bit cold. Luckily, where this season’s wigs were arguably horrible and many of the looks bored on the unfortunate side of matronly, the accessories were full of the spark and verve we’ve come to expect from Oscar de la Renta’s lux designs. Exotic and ornately patterned laser cut leather? Check. Embellished heeled sandals? Check. Feather and bead embroidered platforms? Check, check, check. They’re so classy and so chic, you’ll by opera tickets just to show them off.

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Alexander Wang’s utilitarian collection met head on with state-of-the-art techniques (color changing leather? Be still our fluttering hearts); the outdoorsy sentiments were irrevocably high fashion, making it another iconic collection from the flourishing designer. His shoes received the same amazing treatment. The exaggerated height of the over-the-knee boot – done in a gorgeous combination of mid-tone brown and black with a shock of pure white – have a practical vibe that make them beg to be worn during your city’s next Snowmageddeon. Wang also created a peculiar take on the mule, with a thick heel and a very overstated vamp. They might not be for everyone, but man are they cool.

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Leave it to Monique Lhuillier to create a show that practically drips with femininity, from the floral embellishments down to the lacy ankle and knee-high boots. We love how, when other designers seem bent on modernizing and streamlining their collections, she remains unafraid to revel in the frivolity. Candy pink sandals embellished with lace? Well, yes, if you insist! Also worth mentioning? The dramatically shaped d’orsay pump, constructed partially out of PVC to hold its theatrical silhouette.

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Diane von Fürstenberg’s collection was classy with an edge, filled with pieces that would seamlessly go from day-to-night without so much as a jacket change. However, our favorite part of the collection wasn’t the eclectic prints or sensible totes, but the crazy amazing selection of pumps and wedges. Dramatic suede heeled sandals were accented with gold leather piping, mesh was embellished with darling suede hearts that scream “don’t just wear me on Valentine’s Day, wear me everywhere!” and modern looking wedges that were completed by a stellar mirrored gold heel. Black, gold, and red is a timeless combination – Diane von Fürstenberg just gave it a kick of sass.

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The sensible schoolgirl aesthetic of Marissa Webb’s collection was given a much needed dose of attitude via kickass footwear. High stilettos with snaking laces that would make Roberto Cavalli proud and gorgeous blocky ankle booties might seem dour in color, but are jam packed with attitude. Suddenly, tweed doesn’t seem so prim and proper!

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Jerome C Rousseau’s work with Lela Rose this season marks his very first – we know, it’s hard to believe that he’s not on every NYC designer’s speed dial! – runway collaboration and to soaring success. The eclectic vibe of Rousseau’s shoes perfectly matched the quirky edge that Lela Rose used in her collection (think: feathers, gem embellishments, sequins, and ombre hues). Though we love the metallic ombre glitter booties and his tell-tale thorny heel, our favorite shoe from this collaboration is the mesh peep-toe bootie. Swoon!

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Katya Leonovich’s Fall 2014 collection was all about futuristic, science fiction designs with a very seductive kick. Metallic, semi-sheer dresses and oblong silhouettes were complimented by sleek soles from Tania Spinelli. We love the amazing selection of boots she provided, thigh-high to ankle, lush suede to shiny gunmetal – we almost paid more attention to them than the line of clothes (woops!). But, we’re not surprised that we love the shoe selection; when Tania Spinelli is doing the designing, you know the product will be amazing.

Written by Shannon Weston

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After being named 2013’s Designer of the Year at the Footwear News Achievement Awards, it’s clear that Gianvito Rossi, son of shoe design royalty Sergio Rossi, is only gaining momentum. Much like his father, Gianvito excels at blending just the right amount of trendy with the perfect amount of timelessness, making his creations wearable for years to come without losing a single ounce of pizazz or allure. With his Spring 2014 collection, he has impressed yet again, designing one of his strongest and most luxurious collections to date.

Gianvito-Rossi-Cameron-denim-sandalWith every season, he pushes the boundaries a little further, incorporating trends that many would consider too edgy for everyday use with an ageless and chic construction that sways even the staunchest of tastes. Leave it to him to create a blue denim pump and have it look completely modern, instead of looking like it belongs on the cast members of Saved by the Bell! However, denim isn’t the only textile adventure he takes us on with this collection, as he also uses metallic leather in beautiful excess. Rose gold, flashy red, and silken silver are complemented by flirty fringes, extravagant snakeskin, and on-trend PVC for shoes that are a balance of eccentricity and classicality. If PVC paneling isn’t for you, he also offers a variety of sheer mesh and smooth, supple leather.

Our favorites? It’s a tossup between the blazing ferocity of his flame-motif heels or the lightning bolt themed shoes that are sure to move faster than the speed of light into our wardrobes. If we’re talking shapes, it’s hard not to bow down at the sight of his gorgeously constructed mules, one of Spring 2014’s hottest trends.

His stylish clients include Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Rowland, Elizabeth Olsen, Emma Watson, and most recently Jennifer Lopez (in gorgeous Venetia mirrored rose gold leather sandals from this season, no less!). Though he came into the industry six years ago labeled as the son of Sergio Rossi, it’s clear that he has forged his own merited path to success. We’re excited to see where this It-designer’s career takes him.

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Aurelie sandal bootie with a high stretch leather cuff and wide plexi front strap; available in nude & black leather at Neiman Marcus

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Candice tri-color leather mule sandal with a wide buckled strap; available in python at Neiman Marcus

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Carey triple strap leather pump with a 100mm covered heel; available in black at LuisaViaRoma & Neiman Marcus

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Carey triple strap sandal in mirrored red & rose gold leather
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Christie ankle-cuff sandal in snakeskin and mirrored rose gold leather with a buckled wide cuff
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Diane mule with a wide black python cuff and mirrored rose gold leather
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Red leather pointed-toe pump with sheer red mesh inserts and 100mm heel; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Ellipsis single sole pointed-toe pump with a 100mm heel; available in mirrored silver leather at LuisaViaRoma

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Harley open-toe sandal bootie with a high-rise buckled cuff; available in black leather at LuisaViaRoma and in nude leather at Neiman Marcus

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Sheila strappy leather band sandal; available at Shoescribe | Inferno black leather flame sandal bootie with sheer mesh inserts throughout

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Inferno flame motif red leather open-toe mule with a 100mm covered heel
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Josephine mirrored leather ankle-cuff sandal embellished with thin chain tonal trim; available at Neiman Marcus
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Plexi glossy leather cap-toe pump in white & nude; available at LuisaViaRoma & Farfetch

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Plexi glossy leather cap-toe pump in nude & black; available at LuisaViaRomaFarfetch & MyTheresa

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Plexi pointed-toe pump with PVC sides & mirrored rose gold leather; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Suede trimmed sheer floral lace pointed-toe pump; available in nude at LuisaViaRoma and black at MyTheresa

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Anais ankle-strap d’Orsay tricolor pump with PVC; available at MyTheresa & Farfetch

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Signature pointed-toe pump in white leather; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Signature single sole pointed-toe pump in nude leather; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Sparkle lightening motif ankle-strap pump in mirrored red leather with a contrast pale gold leather trim
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Sparkle mirrored rose gold lightening motif ankle-strap sandal; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Nude leather pump with a metallic silver lightning bolt trim pump; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Venetia ankle-strap strappy sandal with a high heel counter and sheer mesh inserts

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Virtua black leather mule with a wide PVC band and sleek pointed-toe; available in dark brown and brown at Barneys

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Vitello leather & PVC slingback pump; available at Farfetch & MyTheresa

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Written by Shannon Weston