During my [long] break from blogging, and even though I wasn’t writing everyday, I was still checking out the latest collections – once a shoe lover, always a shoe lover ☺.
One of the reasons I felt it took me so long to get back to blogging is that I couldn’t help but feel overall uninspired by everything I was seeing stocked in my favorite stores. Aside from a few standouts here & there, the designs seemed monotonous. Which is the reason why I have so much respect for designers who manage to balance creativity with wearability and staple pieces while at the same time maintaining a unique brand voice.
I was browsing through new spring styles and wanted to share the shoes which really caught my eye:
Bionda Castana x LK Bennett checkerboard printed pointed-toe pump in navy and white leather.
Manolo Blahnik soft orange suede pointed-toe pump with shiny blue piped leather trim.
Marskin RyyppyMerope strappy cutout pump in tangerine suede and metallic peacock green snakeskin.
Chloe Gosselin cutout pump in vermilion red suede and matching leather.
Paul AndrewHaikou pump in white satin with raffia & sequin flower embroidery in white and dragon red.
Casadei cobalt suede sandal with natural snakeskin straps and long ankle-wrap laces with tassels.
Tabitha Simmons natural raffia strappy sandals with blue starburst floral embroidered straps.
Alexandre Birman sky blue suede sandal with tube straps and snakeskin detailing.
GiannicoPicasso mule with Beverly Hills palm print canvas and pale blue leather covered stiletto.
Chelsea Paris for Jean-Pierre Braganza black leather cage sandal with multicolor details.
Liudmilla jacquard Leandra sculpted wedge pump with a cutout heel and long gold leather ankle-wrap.
Alejandra G. multicolor pastel snakeskin cage sandal with matching tassels.
Oscar TiyeKitty sandal in glossy black patent leather and contrast white stitching.
Malone SouliersIda gladiator sandal in a beautiful laser-cut teal leather with red patent leather and pretty pink laces; available at Avenue 32.
Mary Katrantzou floral printed leather pumps with croc strap and sculpted gold-tone heel.
Le Silla cutout sandal in platinum snakeskin and long corset-style laces; available at Le Silla.
Winter is upon us, which can only mean onething for the ever-moving world of fashion: Spring shoes are just around the corner and a heap of new trends is going to come with it. It’s intimidating, but have no fear! While you’ve been zipping up your knee high boots, we’ve been hot on the trail of the best shoe styles of the upcoming season. Even though it was difficult to narrow it down, here are the trends we’re most looking forward to for Spring 2014:
Mules: Not to be confused with the animal, mules are shoes characterized by their exposed heel and this Spring 2014 season they are everywhere. Backless shoes are a trend everyone can rock, as they come in a myriad of heights. We spotted them on the catwalks of mega-brands Alexander Wang, Chloé, Stella McCartney, and Céline. Our faves? Of course, Gianvito Rossi is the master of the mule – he even designed Altuzarra’s gorgeous runway mules – but, we also can’t help but love Monique Lhuillier’s gorgeous use of PVC in her heel-baring designs and Christian Louboutin’s bead-embellished creations.
Placid Blue: This icy-toned blue is one of Pantone’s top picks for the Spring 2014 season. Dubbed “placid blue,” this hue does indeed have a calming and serene quality about it and designers latched onto it for their warmer weather designs. Used as both the main color and as an accenting neutral, we love the way this normally subversive color is taking control this season. From the curved heel of Walter Steiger’s glorious pump to Miu Miu’s chunky heeled platform, this color has proven itself to be much more than an Easter egg favorite.
Freesia: As if to tell placid blue to move over and share the stage, this Pantone pick is a blazing yellow that commands attention. Freesia is the color of electric citrus, and where placid blue is a blue sky, freesia is the smoldering sun. Just a glimpse at the color instantly energizes you, which is why it isn’t surprising that designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Prada, ShoeRazzi favorite Jerome C. Rousseau, and John Galliano (spotted on the trendy heels of Rita Ora) have all utilized this vibrant color. After all, there is no better way to add a kick of ferocity to an outfit than with a sick pair of shoes!
Sporty: This spring, the femininity of high heels are combining with an unexpected element: sportiness. We briefly delved into this trend in our recap of the hottest shoes on the Milanese runways, but this trend is proving to be much more than a footnote. Whether it’s through the use of athletic materials such as perforated leather (Daniele Michetti), woven nylon (Balenciaga), and neoprene (John Galliano), or through design like Emilio Pucci’s padded leather straps, Prada’s rubber bumpers and sole, or Christian Dior’s sneaker laces, it’s clear that one of the hottest trends of Spring 2014 is combining urban style with luxury.
Funky Embellishments: For the past couple seasons, wild embellishments have been a designer standby to make their shoes really stand out, and this season is no different. We’re seeing a wealth of extravagant and unique embellishments that are making classic shoe designs total statement makers. From Sophia Webster’s spunky and vibrant butterfly wings to Bionda Castana’s ingenious use of lace and silicone to create a leopard print, using embellishments is the go-to way to make your shoes the most enviable soles on the block. Christian Louboutin even got in on the trend with his darling doorknocker embellishments and that’s how you know it’s a must-follow trend.
Floral Appliqué: Along the same vein of embellishments, another incredibly popular trend during this upcoming spring and summer season is the use of floral appliqués. It makes sense when you think about it: what better way to celebrate warm weather’s flowers and gorgeous variety of colors than using those very vessels of vibrancy as shoe-spiration? The flowers range from subtle (Christian Dior, Brian Atwood) to a veritable bouquet (we’re looking at you Aperlai and Kotur!), but no matter the size of the flower, we love the elegance and femininity it effortlessly conveys.
Beaded: By this time, you’re probably sensing a theme: next season is all about personality-filled shoes. The more accoutrements the better. Following the shoe jewelry trend (shoewlry? We’ll work on a name for this, we promise), some of the hottest shoes you’ll be seeing in Spring 2014 are ornately beaded works of footwear art. Emilio Pucci’s Masai-inspired beading is picture perfect, Paul Andrew’s floral inspiration combines two trends in one pump, and Aperlai’s caviar beaded platform shoes – seen on Willow Shields during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour – is edgy while still being darling. However, the shoe that takes the bead-embellished cake is definitely Jerome C. Rousseau’s multi-beaded, multi-dimensional heel, which is sure to turn heads.
Victoria Beckham was spotted wearing CasadeiBlade pumps while outside the Vogue Festival in London. These Spring 2013 shoes feature cream leather, sculpted black metal heel and black piped leather trim. Blade is available in nude/black at Barneys, white/green at LuisaViaRoma, beige/blue at The Corner & FarFetch plus a variety of styles at Casadei.
Everything else she wore besides the shoes was from her own collection including a two-tone draped Fall 2013 outfit, aviator sunglasses and zipped pouch. She spoke at the event highlighting the the success of her fashion label and importance of family.
Jessica Pare wore Casadei for Prabal Gurung pumps to the ‘Mad Men’ Season 6 premiere in Los Angeles. These shoes are from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection featuring a contrast white cap-toe, patent leather ankle-strap and sculptural mirrored heel.
This collection hasn’t hit retailers yet however, you can shop the Spring 2013 Casadei + Prabal Gurung shoes online at LuisaViaRoma, Barneys and The Corner.
Amy Adams wore Casadei platform sandals to the 2013 BAFTA Awards held in London. Here’a better photo of her shoes. These sandals are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring light gold satin, statement ‘bridge’ platform with a buckle-fastening ankle strap. They’re available online in red satin at The Corner and several styles at Casadei.
You can always count on Amy to dress for the occasion. For this red carpet Amy chose an exquisite Elie Saab Haute Couture black lace gown with an embroidered bodice and waist with high slit detail. She also accessorized with Katharina pink diamond drop earrings and Vagabonde diamond ring by Fabergé.
Casadei suede ankle-strap pump | 5″ heel | available at Amazon (free shipping) for $820
These pointed-toe pumps are from the new Spring/Summer 2013 collection and I mentioned in the September post that I love this turquoise pump! I have the Blade in black suede and it’s one of my favorite shoes, I wear it all the time.
They feature suede, pointed-toe, metallic light gold leather skinny ankle-strap and signature sculpted blade heel. Half sizes are available.
I started collecting these images weeks ago and wanted to share some major shoe eye candy just in time for the new year. Most of these styles aren’t available yet, however, there are a few available for pre-order.
I love this pink sandal by Brian Atwood and the Sophia Webster bootie is delightful!
Brian AtwoodAlisée pink snakeskin sandal
Casadei crystal-embellished Blade pump
Charlotte OlympiaBelinda bootie; available online at Colette
Many thanks to Catherine at Red Carpet Fashion Awards and Lucia at The Fashion Politan for giving us a peek at Casadei’s beautiful Spring 2013 collection! I’m very excited about this season and love what Cesare is continuing to do with the blade. The Blade pump has had a facelift and now features a skinny metallic leather ankle-strap. My favorite design is the strappy teal sandal with the blade heel, I must have this!
The engineering behind Casadei’s designs amaze me and this collection was inspired by the hard, sensual aesthetics of Helmut Newton. The main theme is focused on creating illusions by using transparent Plexiglas and micro steel. There’s also a new wedge called Bridge which has the heel, shank and edge of the sole traced in micro steel creating an illusory, transparent mirror-like effect. Plus no need to worry about the weight since the Plexiglas and steel were used to eliminate any form of heaviness.
Jena Malone wore Casadei ankle-strap sandals to the 2012 Emmy Awards. These sandals are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring metallic silver patent leather and a double buckle ankle-strap. You can find these sandals available online in metallic gold at Amazon.
Jena looked beautiful in this one shoulder J. Mendel gown which had a thigh-high slit. Her hair is quite a bit darker which she wore in a chignon with blunt bangs. Maria Menounos also wore these sandals on the red carpet this evening. Check out more shoes spotted at the Emmys.
My favorite shoes heels so far at New York Fashion Week for Spring 2013: Credit: Elle | WWD | Style.com Casadei for Prabal Gurung I’ve been writing and focused on so many celebrity shoe posts recently that I missed Gurung’s show via live stream. I was really happy to hear about this collaboration, Cesare Casadei is one of my favorite shoe designers. These shoes feature patent leather, mesh, snakeskin and an acetate wedge with a degrade effect plus the signature steel blade insert. The sandal will retail for $1,000 and the pointed-toe style for $900. Credit: Style.com Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra Wow…are there even words?! This show was all about the shoes. If you can’t wait until next spring, I recommend grabbing these sandals as a filler. Although the knee-high versions are beautiful, the shorter style (ones we will actually, most likely see stocked at Barneys) are lovely. Credit: Wenn.com | Victoria Beckham Twitter | Manolo Blahnik Twitter | Style.com Manolo Blahnik for Victoria Beckham This collaboration surprised me…just a little. There were obvious clues as Victoria has been wearing the BB pump recently (even at the Olympic Closing Ceremony) and confessing her love for Blahnik’s shoes on Twitter. I don’t care for the monochrome brogues (not my style) however I do like the nude leather booties. The black leather bootie feels heavy for spring….don’t they looks like a cousin to the Tom Ford peep-toe boots Victoria was wearing around this spring/summer? Credit: Purse Blog | Eva Chan | Elle Credit: Vogue Credit: Vogue Credit: Vogue Diane von Furstenberg Between writing posts today I was able to catch this show on live stream. I absolutely loved this colorful collection! The chain ankle-strap sandals remind me of Giambattista Valli’s sandals from the Spring 2012 collection. These pictures really don’t do the shoes justice however they’re the best we have right now. I will be uploading more as they become available. Credit: Style.comJason Wu Especially after this fall’s beautiful brocade pumps, I have warmed up to Wu’s footwear. The designs don’t feel very spring/summer to me however I love the details. The pumps feature dotted mesh, pearl studded ankle-straps and crystal-embellished heels. These shoes are available online for pre-order at Nordstrom until September 17! Credit: Vogue Tabitha Simmons for Peter Som This is such a colorful side of Simmons, it makes me happy! Every shoe features a metallic gold stiletto and several also have a gold cap-toe. There were blue & purple floral prints and there even a bit of lace. Credit: Vogue Donna Karan Before the close-up photos were available online, I liked the shoes but they weren’t as striking as others we’ve seen so far on the runway. However once I got a side view I swooned. They feature a carved lucite wedge, suede, leather, snakeskin with lots of knotted detailing and leather ankle-wraps. Credit: Vogue & Rodarte Rodarte Rodarte collaborated with Nicholas Kirkwood for several seasons and then started designing their own shoes for the Fall 2011 collection (remember, the sand-filled heels?). For Spring 2013 Rodarte created colorful, armor-like sandals & booties. These futuristic shoes feature chunky heels, neoprene, mesh inserts and geometric shapes. They look like a hybrid of these Pierre Hardy + Vera Wang + Balenciaga + Alexander Wang shoes.
I haven’t counted up the Christian Louboutin collaborations yet however I’m pretty sure Blahnik had the most this season. I already posted about the collection he designed for Victoria Beckham (featured above) and he also created many more, I count 15 total. I love the double wrapped ankle-strap on the Rolando Santana sandals however the J. Mendel pumps were my favorite. Blahnik also designed flat sandals for Band of Outsiders.
Credit: D. Salters/WENN.com, LouboutinWorld Instagram
This season Christian Louboutin collaborated with Jenny Packham, Marchesa, The Blonds and Stephen Burrows. The Bibi pump was created in new glitter colors for Packham and of course, very detailed, intricate designs graced Marchesa’s runway. My favorite was the crystal spiked boot at The Blonds. All other designs have debuted in previous collections.