There are more talented designers and high quality crafted shoes than ever before. Retailers are stocking as much as the can; exclusive designs, premiere collections, pre-orders….and as much as I love how accessible fashion has become, it’s also seems quite cluttered.
Since we started this blog (6 years ago!) we continue to enjoy curating and searching through the masses to bring you the best, the standouts.
Here we have it, our must-have shoes right now (good to bookmark too for the fast-approaching end-of-season sales!):
Jimmy ChooTrick strappy buckle sandals; available at FarFetch.
Gucci Mary Jane black patent leather and snakeskin bow embellished pumps; available at Net-A-Porter.
Gianvito RossiRegalia embroidered red satin strappy sandals; available at Net-A-Porter.
Aquazzura black suede Wild Thing fringed lace-up pumps; available at Net-A-Porter.
Gianvito Rossi red silk fringed satin ankle cuff sandals; available at Net-A-Porter.
Valentino ballerina-inspired nude leather booties; available at MyTheresa.
Alaia black suede lace-up eyelet-embellished ankle booties; available at Net-A-Porter.
Kate Hudson wore Stuart WeitzmanGrandiose booties to a book signing for ‘Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body’ held at Anderson’s Bookshop. These heels are from the Spring 2016 collection featuring camel suede, a pointed-toe, side zipper with back tie plus a 88mm angular block heel. Grandiose is available at Stuart Weitzman and Nordstrom.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attended the Burberry Fall 2016 show during London Fashion Week wearing Hazelhurst booties. These heels are from the Prorsum Spring 2016 collection featuring black kidskin leather (as seen here), a side zip closure, plus a wooden platform & chunky block heel. You can shop Burberry Prorsum heels online at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Burberry.
It’s hard to believe that Giuseppe Zanotti’s twenty year road to success was not paved in stiletto-friendly golden cobblestones. He reminisced to WWD, “I started with stilettos that were superglam, superfeminine and sexy — and the business was a flop. For the first two or three seasons, it was a tragedy.” With the ink still damp on his LMVH partnership and an ever-growing fanbase, it’s hard to envision a fashion world bereft of his sleek and sexy footwear. It makes you want to go into your closet, pick up your favorite Zanotti stiletto – at least four inches high – and feel thankful that we live in an age of sass, verve, and sartorial savviness.
So, how doesGiuseppe Zanotti celebrate twenty phenomenally successful years in fashion? Not with a tell-all book or autobiographical movie, but – as per our expectations from the Italian footwear maestro – with more shoes; a four part delightful capsule collection, to be precise. Taking inspiration from the past while looking to the future is innovative and clever, a way to pay homage to those who were with him at the start of his journey to new coming fans that can’t get enough of his trademark snake embellishments.
With the gorgeously glamorous Spring 2014 collection still fresh in our minds (and hearts, and dreams…you get the picture), we were wondering how those exotic and quintessential Zanotti themes would appear in an autumnal context. If we had any doubts that he still had it (we didn’t, this is hypothetical), they would have been swept away by golden snake-embossed leather slingback stilettos and gotta-look-twice red quilted leather moto heels.
Glitter, suede, and python-embossed leather – oh my! This collection is one to start budgeting for, carrying designs fit for every lifestyle and fashion twist. From the stunning geometric suede and rhinestone-embellished booty to the golden leafy filigree on an open-toed sandal; from the glittery flat boot to the crimson mule; just when you think Zanotti can’t top his last collection, he finds a way to make you lust after a pair of kitten heels. And, really, is that not real power? In addition to the flattering and statement making silhouettes, there is a plethora of dainty silver chains, buckles, calf hair, snake emblems, and gold plating to make sure that one look from onlookers will have them keeling over in envy.
If these designs are any indication of the genius of Zanotti, we can only imagine the adept hand and skill used to craft his 40th anniversary. That’s just around the corner, right?
Gold filigree sandal in black suede embellished with gold leaves embroiderey and clusters of crystals; available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Cut-out black suede sandal with crystal embellished buckles down the side; available at Neiman Marcus
Red velvet sandal with a gold rope chain and crystal encrusted chain link t-strap
Midnight blue velvet ankle-cuff sandal with a leather covered heel and covered platform
Mirrored gold snake-embossed leather slip-on mule sandal with two bands
Silver snake-effect leather slip-on mule sandal with a covered 120mm heel
Black leather sandal with two adjustable buckled straps, armor-like gold-tone plate and silver studs
Black patent leather sandals with a buckled ankle-cuff and silver-tone pin heel
Black suede peep-toe bootie embellished with gold studs and triple wrap-around leather straps
Cutout peep-toe bootie in black suede with wrap-around leather straps and concealed side zip
Bright red suede pointed-toe cutout bootie with a slender buckled ankle-strap; available in red & black suede at Neiman Marcus
Miu Miu lace-up sandal | 110mm/4.3″ heel & 10mm/.4″ platform | shop at Barneys for $850
Miu Miu just released new military-inspired embellished shoes from the Pre-Spring 2014 collection that look sturdy enough to survive my next adventure. They’re carried in a variety of colors & styles (including a closed-toe option) but my favorite is the ivory distressed cracked leather completely covered in small silver-tone grommets with a leather-lace up, beige whipstitch trim and exposed back-zip. Half sizes are available.
Gwen Stefani was spotted in downtown Los Angeles wearing L.A.M.B.Nichol combat-style booties. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring glossy black leather, contrast rubber sole, 5″ heel and black laces. She’s also worn them in red. Nichol is available on sale in black at Zappos, Shopbop and 6pm.
Gwen finished her look with a large L.A.M.B. two-tone leather hobo bag and Stella McCartney black sunglasses. She also accessorized with the new OPI Over and Over A-Gwen bold red nail polish which was inspired by her signature red lips.
Malin Akerman wore Walter SteigerSpider booties to the 2013 Environmental Media Awards held at Warner Bros. Studios. These heels are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring black suede and signature claw-shaped heel. You can find new fall styles at Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Hirshleifers.
Malin also wore a soft embossed white sleeveless mini dress from Christian Siriano’s first Resort collection accented with a sharp contrasting black trim and asymmetric wrap skirt.
Ciara is featured in the September 2013 issue of Paper Magazine wearing Daniele MichettiCarina booties. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring red & black woven leather, open almond toe, lace-up front section, back-zip and 115mm heel. Carina is available in red at My Wardrobe or orange (on sale!) at LuisaViaRoma & ShoeScribe.
She posed wearing a Christian Dior Fall 2013 black organza full skirt & Jeremy Scott Fall 2013 red leather swirly printed bra top layered with a custom red fishnet top with dalmatian printed sleeves by Natalie Joos.