Tag Archives: Ankle Wrap


In this day and age, it seems as if shoes are taken to crazier and more defiant heights with every season. They’re fun to look at and they’re perfect for high fashion editorials, but the fact of the matter is that for the real world – where business slacks are not complemented by Day-Glo hues and exquisitely opulent flower embroideries – you need to have a few pairs that are made of clean lines and pure sophistication. You know the shoes, the pairs that you can wear for years on end, the soles that have just enough edge to let onlookers know you’re feisty without being too over-the-top. For those shoes that have the honor of such frequent use, we turn to Tania Spinelli, whose spins on the traditional are both classy and confident.

You might recognize her name, as her designs have been spotted on celebrities and style icons such as Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow, and model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The captivating designs are strappy and designed for a strong woman. For Spring 2014, we can expect studded supple leather, intricate gladiator-inspired sandals and heels, risqué mesh overlays, and an über chic mid-calf lace-up sandal boot that is sure to clear a path when you enter the room.

To know a bit more about the fabulous woman behind the footwear, we conducted an interview with her. In the following interview, we learn about what inspires her, what she thinks about her collections, and the kind of woman she designs for.

1. What was the inspiration for your current collection?

I never design into a theme, rather each collection is a design evolution of my aesthetic which is clean, modern, classic but with an edge. Many of my influences come from architecture. I love “building” around the foot and leg, often by caging details and geometric uppers.

 2. Do you have any muses that you think of when you are designing?

My muse is the woman I’m designing for. She is not defined by age but rather a mindset. She is active, on the move, strong, sexy and confident. She is fashion conscious but yet, her style is effortlessly chic. She is true to her own style, she wears everything with confidence and because of that, whatever she wears, she makes a statement.

3. What does your design process look like? Do you have a favorite album or artist to listen to when you are creating?

My design process involves a lot of research and development. I begin with an idea in mind, a vision, but as I research and see new and different things, it evolves. I begin by developing each construction. I work directly with the last and heel makers in Venice, Italy where my shoes are made. I visit tanneries, and attend leather fairs to research materials and colors for the upcoming season. At that point, I am very inspired and excited to begin sketching. I keep sketching until I feel confident with how the collection looks on paper, knowing that I have some very strong pieces along with some great basics.

From my sketches I work directly with my pattern maker in Italy to make our first prototype. This is my favorite part of the design process as it’s where my sketch comes to life. As I am able to actually try it on, and see it on my foot, I modify the design whether for technical reasons or just to make it better. It’s a long process but an exciting one.

Although I do not have a favorite album or artist I listen to when creating, most of the process takes place in Italy so I am definitely listening to Italian music!

4. How would you describe your design signature?

My design signature is sleek, sophisticated, feminine shoes but with a cool, modern edge.

5. Which collection are you most proud of?

The collection I am most proud of is always the most recent. I feel each season I grow as a designer and become more confident in expressing my vision and who I am as a designer.

Her Spring 2014 shoes will soon be available at Tania Spinelli’s e-store. You can also shop new resort arrivals right now and we have a discount code just for ShoeRazzi readers! Just enter SHOERAZZI10 at the checkout and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase (until 12/25).


Asymmetric leather strap sandal in nude with a pull-tab back zip and woven straps, also available in black leather


White leather sandal with a studded high-rise heel cuff and long leather laces, also available in nude & black leather – this is my favorite style from the collection!


Nude patent leather platform wedge with criss cross front straps and center back zipper; available at Tania Spinelli


Black suede platform ankle-strap wedge with a 130mm wedge and 25mm platform; available at Tania Spinelli


Multi-strap in natural watersnake with a black lacquered heel and back-zip closure


Black leather sandal bootie with a mid-calf lace-up front and long leather tassel laces


Gladiator laser-cut sandal with 4 buckled straps; available in black patent leather, white leather and mirrored gold leather


Signature strappy cage sandal in natural watersnake with a pull-tab back-zip


Laser cut white leather gladiator sandal; also available in black patent leather


Black patent leather single sole pointed toe pump with a steel micro tip and 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli


Pointed-toe pump in yellow patent leather with a black mesh overlay and 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli


Classic single sole pump in coral patent leather with a 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli

Written by Shannon Weston

Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Ahna O’Reilly wore Bionda Castana Consuelo pumps to The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast honoring Oprah Winfrey. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black suede, scalloped edges, long suede laces and 115mm heel. You can shop Bionda Castana styles at Avenue 32, My Wardrobe, Yoox and Bionda Castana.

She was one of the best dressed wearing an OSMAN geometric brocade shift dress with a round neck, short sleeves and darted bust from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection.

Ahna’s posed with her auburn hair swept to one shoulder and loosely curled at the ends. She also added a carnation pink lip plus gold plated Mini Block Stud earrings by W. Britt.

Check out more shoes spotted on Ahna.

Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

Heidi Klum wore Brian Atwood Melly ankle wrap sandals to the 2013 American Music Awards. This style debuted in the the Spring 2012 collection featuring black satin and long leather laces. We’ve also seen these sandals on Halle Berry. You can shop new Resort ’14 styles now at Saks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus and Brian Atwood.

She looked lovely wearing a Marchesa black floral lace cocktail dress with silk satin tear away panels, long fringe hem and sheer silk rose appliqué from the Spring 2014 collection. Heidi added bijoux by her favorite jeweler, Lorraine Schwartz including multi-strand diamond tassel earrings and several black diamond cocktail rings.

She also carried a Marchesa minaudière embellished with a decorative faceted crystal.

Check out more shoes spotted on Heidi.


Heidi Klum wore Dolce & Gabbana sandals to ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 8 Red Carpet Event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. These shoes are from the Pre-Spring 2013 collection featuring camel lizard-effect leather, gold leather trim and 125mm heel. She also wore these shoes on the red carpet last April. They’re available in green at Antonioli.

This look is much improved compared to the pageant queen outfit she wore last week. Heidi’s strapless leather burgundy leather dress is a perfect fit (it resembles this Narciso Rodriguez piece). Her hair was loosely curled and worn half-up, half-down. She finished her look with Ofira jewels including an elaborate wrap around ring.

Check out more shoes spotted on Heidi.

Credit: Andres Otero/WENN.com


Jessica Chastain wore Christian Louboutin Icone A Clous sandals to the 2013 Giffoni Film Festival. These heels are from the 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection featuring a studded PVC upper and 110mm heel.

We’ve also seen this sandal on Bella Thorne and FergieIcone A Clous is no longer available however you can shop the latest styles at Christian Louboutin, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

The Oscar nominated star was presented with the Giffoni Experience Award and posed on the blue carpet wearing a Dolce & Gabbana strapless cotton-blend macramé red dress. Her hair was pulled back in a textured ponytail and she also accessorized with a matte raspberry lip. She skipped the jewelry but I would have liked to see her add a yellow diamond cocktail ring and earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jessica.

Credit: KIKA/WENN.com


Kelly Rowland wore Giuseppe Zanotti ankle-strap sandals to the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. These sandals are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring metallic silver leather, mirrored silver heel and crystal-embellished straps. This style is no longer available online but you can shop new Spring 2013 designs at NordstromBarneysNeiman Marcus and Giuseppe Zanotti.

She hit the blue carpet wearing a gown covered in square & rectangular-shaped silver iridescent appliqué by Dubai-based designer, Rami Al Ali. Kelly accessorized with a delicate gold body chain, coral nails and Michael M.

We’ve also seen these embellished sandals on Emma Rossum and Nikki Reed.

Check out more shoes spotted on Kelly.

Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com


There’s been much ado about Sophia Webster ever since she debuted this Spring/Summer 2013 collection with the cutest presentation last September during London Fashion Week. Her designs are playful, whimsical and feminine with an exciting dash of Lisa Frank. 

Since then, several styles have become available online exclusively at Net-A-PorterChloë Moretz also donned a pair of polka-dot sandals on the red carpet.

She has an impressive résumé which included working as Nicholas Kirkwood’s design assistant. Kirkwood acted as Webster’s mentor as well, helping her launch this collection.

In a recent interview with Vogue UK Sophia said, “My shoes are for women who want to express their personality through their shoes and will appreciate and enjoy them.”

You can shop her shoes online at Net-A-Porter and Colette. Also, follow Sophia on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

10 styles I want on my feet right now:



Sienna Miller wore Giuseppe Zanotti ankle-wrap sandals to the Weinstein Company’s 2013 Golden Globe Awards Party. These sandals are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring metallic silver patent leather and small crystal embellishment on the straps. Unfortunately, this style is no longer available online.

The Best Actress nominee chose to wear a custom top and skirt from the Erdem Spring Summer 2013 collection featuring floral appliqué. She also accessorized with Van Cleef & Arpels Fleurette earstuds featuring diamonds set in white gold.

Nikki Reed also wore these sandals to ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ premiere in LA.

Check out more shoes spotted at the Golden Globes.

Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com


Charlotte Olympia Serena sandal | 6″ heel & 1″ platform | available online in red suede at Farfetch & Charlotte Olympia for $945

This sandal is from the Cruise 2013 collection. You may remember this style from last spring which featured a leafy green print. They feature a front strap with bow detail, island platform and transparent ankle-strap. Half sizes are available.


They’re are also avaialable in blue crêpe de Chine at Nordstrom, leopard canvas with espadrille platform at Farfetch & Charlotte Olympia or multicolor silk at Matches & Boutique 1.



Rita Ora was spotted wearing Giuseppe Zanotti t-strap sandals in the press room at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. These sandals are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring gold tone bars on the straps, lizard-embossed black leather and black satin. They’re not yet available online.

Red was her color of the night. First she wore a Marchesa ball gown on the red carpet and later performed in a red embellished lace jumpsuit. Her final look was this Alexandre Vauthier Couture red lace suit with a plunging neckline. Rita kept the red lip throughout the show and added several gold rings.

Check out more shoes spotted at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.

Credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com