Rene Caovilla embellished sandals | 115mm/4.3″ heel | shop at Neiman Marcus
Anyone else’s jaw just drop? Rene’s son Edoardo has carried over the rich heritage of the family brand continuing to create truly beautiful shoes marrying Italian craftsmanship with couture. If you think of Caovilla shoes you immediately think of elegant crystal statement pieces! They continue to create the ultimate princess designs which have proved a perfect match for red carpet regulars including Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Garner.
This standout style features a gladiator-inspired cage design in black suede with silver Swarovski crystal covered side panels, corset lace-up front and long wrap-around suede laces. Half sizes are available.
In addition to the blooming flowers, welcoming sunshine and green grass, strappy open-toe sandals are another sign that spring has sprung. Before you know it, it will be time to pack the boots away, treat yourself to a pedi (we suggest trying Dior’s new lilac polish) and slip into some strappy sandals – strappier the better.
Here’s a look at our favorite new arrivals for Spring 2016:
AquazzuraTulum lace-up sandals embellished with fringe and gold-tone dome studs; available at Barneys.
Chelsea ParisSultan lace-up sandals; in aqua at Grazia Shop or brown at Otte.
These statementmakers are from Jimmy Choo’s latest California-dreaming inspired collection exuding a warm care-free glamour for Spring/Summer 2016. Trix is a beautifully designed t-strap sandal featuring colorful woven teal suede and navy leather, slightly curved 100mm block heel made from painted wood.
ValentinoRockstud sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Barneys for $1,295
My heart swoons for these new lace-up sandals from the signature Rockstud collection by Valentino. This spring designers debut an extreme gladiator trend seen more extravagantly done by Gianvito Rossi and continued by Aquazzura with the beloved Amazon sandal. I so love this nude sandal featuring corset-style lace-up front, gold-tone pyramid studs, long wrap-around laces and back-zip. You can also find them in a beautiful pale gold at MyTheresa and black at Montaigne Market. Half sizes are available and it’s designed in a flat variation at Net-A-Porter.
Nicole Kidman wore Sergio RossiLady Jane Cult pumps to a press conference discussing her new film ‘Grace of Monaco’ during the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival. They feature black suede, ankle-wrap straps, gold details, a purple cap-toe and stiletto covered 4.1 inch heel. Nicole opted to tie the straps at the back of heel instead of twice around her ankle. Lady Jane Cult is available at Sergio Rossi.
Outfit Details: Salvatore Ferragamo long sleeve coated leather effect knit dress with a gathered mock neck and draped accent at the waist, berry pink pout and simple gold hoop earrings.
Lea Michele wore Bionda Castana Rosario pumps to a book signing for ‘Brunette Ambition’ held at Barnes & Noble Union Square. They were her go-to shoes for this NY trip featuring white leather, scalloped trim and long black leather cord ankle wrap which she removed. Rosario is available (on discount!) in white leather at Bionda Castana or red suede at Avenue 32.
After releasing her debut album, ‘Louder’ early this spring, she continues her busy promotional schedule promoting her new book. Lea posed wearing a two-piece outfit by Tanya Taylor including a Bella sleeveless denim bandeau top and Peggy multicolor stripe stretch pencil from the Fall 2014 collection.
Florence Welch wore Christian LouboutinImpera pumps to the Ivor Novello Awards held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring white leather, intricate laser-cut design, transparent PVC panels and 120mm heel. We’ve also seen this pump on Alessandra Ambrosio. Impera is available in white leather with a 100mm heel at Neiman Marcus and several other styles at Christian Louboutin.
She also wore a folklore-inspired black dress covered in colorful embroidery with a square neckline and three-quarter cuffed sleeves by Russian fashion designer Olga Vilshenko from the Fall 2104 collection.
Staying true to her vintagy bohemian-chic style, Florence accessorized with her styled in a romantic crown braid plus a variety of cocktail rings and a blue sack clutch.
Rachel Bilson wore Bionda CastanaRosario ankle-wrap pumps to CW Network’s 2014 Upfront Presentation held at The London Hotel in NYC. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring white leather, scalloped edging and black leather cord ankle wrap. Rosario is available in white leather at Bionda Castana or red suede at Avenue 32.
She stars as the leading actress in ‘Hart of Dixie’ which was just renewed for its fourth season. Rachel also chose a pink floral printed satin-twill summery frock by Mary Katrantzou with puffy short sleeves and full pleated short skirt from the Spring 2014 collection.
Keeping the focus on her attention-grabbing dress, she skipped the jewels and left her hair down in a simple center part.
Malin Akerman wore Bionda CastanaValentine pumps to the launch of the Zooey Deschanel for Tommy Hilfiger Collection held at The London Hotel in Hollywood. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring blue woven silk, contrast cream leather ankle wrap and block heel. You can shop Bionda Castana designs at Avenue 32, My Wardrobe, Yoox and Bionda Castana.
The ‘Trophy Wife’ star arrived wearing a flirty Tommy Hilfiger hibiscus printed two-piece outfit including a three-quarter sleeve navy satin top (check out the open back) and matching flared mini skirt from the Spring 2014 collection.
I love Malin’s textured blonde bob styled in a messy center part which she complemented with a merlot lip and shimmer beige eye shadow. She also accessorized with a Stephen Webster diamond Fly By Night bat-moth ring and Swarovski crystal embellished Rodo navy Tube clutch.
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