Culebra is a two-tone ankle-tie sandal with a little something extra. They’re from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection designed in black leather with a round tapered toe, sleek stiletto heel, nude leather insole and black leather front ankle-tie. The standout features are added with a beautiful gold mirrored leather accent trim (or rose gold with the nude leather style) and geometric cutout leather ankle-wrap. We’ve also seen Kat Graham wear the embellished style from the Evening collection at a recent NYFW show. Half sizes are available.
With his button-up shirt rolled to the elbows and his sleeve tattoo peeking out from beneath the haphazard folds, Alejandro Ingelmo doesn’t exactly scream “luxury footwear designer.” However, looks can be deceiving – Alejandro Ingelmo is a fourth generation shoe designer born and raised in Miami who has found his calling in making seductive pumps that women will be reaching for season after season. Parsons educated and New York based, his brand has been on a sky high trajectory since his womenswear collection debut in 2006.
One look at his sexy, eye-catching designs erases any question as to why his success has been so monumental. We’re in love with the neutral tones he regularly pairs with metallic leather, but this season the addition of color makes the collection more vibrant than ever. Vivacious orange snakeskin paired with gold and rose gold, minty blue-green offset by glimmering gold, and fuchsia paired with gunmetal are just a few of the combinations that have us double taking. It isn’t any wonder that he’s caught the attention of flashy songstresses like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Nicki Minaj.
Not only does the delectable color palette have us coming back for more, the geometric twists of the Odyssey, Boomerang, Franca, and Circe designs need to be seen to be believed. Each and every shoe is masterfully crafted with an energetic and fierce flair. Additionally, Sophia Webster isn’t the only designer inspired by the glamor of the butterfly, as Alejandro Ingelmo’s Mariposa heels channel the delicate curves of a butterfly’s wings while a single leather lace and dramatic form elevate it to show stopping proportions.
If you’re not into racy five inch stilettos, he notably has created a selection of flats that channel his strong aesthetic without the heel. Having also designed shoes for Jen Kao, Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Roksanda Ilinic and Kimberly Ovitz, chances are you’ve been drooling over his designs without even realizing it!
It isn’t all pumps and high-heeled wonders, though. Alejandro Ingelmo also curates a top-of-the-line sneaker collection for men, most known for his crazy cool and futuristic Tron sneaker.
His designs have been spotted on Stacy Keibler, Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, Janelle Monae, Hilary Duff, Justin Timberlake, and even Robert Downey Jr.! Stars gravitate to his designs because they combine architecture with a hint (or a large handful) of sparkle, creating statement making soles that are as stylish as they are striking. Luckily for us, even if we aren’t covering issues of Vogue or topping musical charts, we can own a pair of Alejando Ingelmo’s fabulous shoes. That’s just as good, right?
Boomerang strappy lace-up sandal; available in mint at Farfetch and in nude, mint & black leather with a 100mm heel at Alejandro Ingelmo
Circe cut-out leather gladiator knee-high boot with mirrored leather panels and back-zip
Culebra ankle-strap sandal in nude & black leather with a leather ankle-tie
Flavia d’Orsay pointed-toe pump in leather with a cut-out heel and mirrored leather strap
When warmer climates arrive, the boots get stored away and cheery sandals (strappier the better) come out to play. I love a classic court shoe but the brighter & more playful spring shoes are always my favorites.
Style.com’s Spring 2014 Accessories Index was just released and market director Marina Larroudé reveals the news on shoes spotlighting 10 standout styles. Her selections focus on several upcoming footwear trendsincluding mules, sportysandals and kitten-heel pumps.
Notes: I’ve named Isabel Marant’s latest creation the moccanstock since they’re a hybrid of a moccasin combined with a Birkenstock-style footbed. Gianvito Rossi solidified the spotlight again this season with his super sexy mules – which he also designed for Altuzarra.
Sporty shoes covered the runways at Milan Fashion Week and the most obvious example of this trend is Prada’s athletic-inspired heels featuring thick rubber bumpers. My favorite choice from Larroudé’s list is Tabitha Simmons super strappy pump in white leather; I imagine these look amazing on the foot.
My top picks: As usual, my selections are all about the heels and this season they’re especially different from the editor’s picks. I can never pass up a hot shoe! There were so many styles pulling at my heartstrings, it was difficult narrowing this down to 10.
Notes: Gianvito Rossi is the “master of the mule” and I love the mirrored leather combined with black python. Fendi’s silicone sandals are architecturally amazing and check out the industrial caged “double heels”. I adore Charlotte Olympia’s “Overboard” sea-inspired collection and yes, those are upside down mermaid heels! Diego Dolcini’s strappy sandal is a signature style redesigned in a trendy violet tulip neoprene and captivating shade of indigo.
This dramatic design resembles the beautiful Mariposa butterfly with a high back and sculptural wing-like cut-out sides which wrap around the ankle. They also feature black leather, pointed-toe, thin leather cord laces and soft nude leather insole. Half sizes are available and it’s additionally carried in champagne and fuchsia.
It’s become tradition – every season I enjoy looking through the Accessories Index at Style.com and selecting my top 10 shoe picks.
First, these are market director Marina Larroudé’s top choices:
Here are my top picks:
I would love to know what’s on your must-have list. Sophia Webster’s embroidered boot is such a standout! Another easy addition to my list was the crystal-embellished sandal by Tabitha Simmons – it’s so stunning. Not surprisingly, Ms.Olivia Palermo has already snatched up & worn the beautiful Aquazzura Madison feather pumps.
More top shoes:
I’ve been collecting lookbooks and making notes of trends all summer – a giant fall trends post is coming up next.
I’m also working on a personal post of the shoes I’ve been wearing recently & I promise it will be posted soon. X
Miley Cyrus is featured in the June 2013 issue of ELLE UK wearing Alejandro IngelmoCollider sandals. These caged slingback heels are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring black suede and metallic gold leather details. Collider is available online in black/gold at Bloomingdales, white/silver at Shopbop and several styles at Alejandro Ingelmo.
Stacy Keibler wore Alejandro IngelmoAthena d’Orsay pumps to 2013 A&E Networks Upfront. These shoes are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring ice white patent leather, 100mm heel and open criss cross heel detail. Athena is available online in white/black/nude at Alejandro Ingelmo and black at Shopbop & Bloomingdale’s.
Ingelmo’s Spring 2013 collection is one of his best yet. This slingback is the Monica slingback featuring aqua suede, round toe and mirrored silver patent leather slingback strap. Half sizes are available. You can also find Monica in taupe at Alejandro Ingelmo.
This reflective technique was the first trend I noticed. Designers have used it on both snakeskin and patent leather. It’s also seen in Dior and Pierre Hardy’s collections (not pictured).
Stella McCartney seems to be one step ahead & if you can’t wait until spring, she designed a faux-leather iridescent pump available at Bergdorf Goodman.
Mixed Media Madness There are several obvious examples of this mixed media trend and I chose designs featuring 3 or more different materials. The styles below are colorful and show the designers’ playful side.
For me, the combination of different textures & colors is a hit-or-miss. Christian Louboutin uses mixed media wildly throughout his collection.
I love embroidered details, they give a fun, special touch. Barbara Bui and Balmain have several styles completely embroidered whereas Rupert Sanderson & Isa Tapia feature parts of the shoe embroidered with tropical birds.
Looking through Style.com’s Accessories Index I’ve spotted several orangey tones. Then I saw nectarine listed on the Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report which has also migrated to footwear. Nectarine has a warm coral touch and is also a skin flattering tone.
This collection hits several Spring 2013 shoe trends (writing a post on this later today). I absolutely love the direction Ingelmo went this season. There’s lot of lattice design, strappy straps and bright, fun colors. Materials include iridescent snakeskin, metallic patent leather, leather and suede.
These shoes look like celebrity candy to me and I hope we see more of his designs on the red carpet. I’ll definitely be purchasing one of these styles…my top 3 favorites are the Boomerang, Collider and Athena.