When we think of Sophia Webster, we think of sass. Pure, unadulterated, and heartfelt sass; in fact, we’re pretty sure that if you looked up “feisty” in the sartorial dictionary, a pair of her thin-heeled ankle-strap sandals would be pictured. For her Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 collections, Sophia takes a morose theme (“Heartbreak Hotel”) and turns it into something utterly charming and vibrant. Who needs love when you can buy shoes?
The shoes themselves would be at home in Barbie’s Dreamhouse or on the toes of one of the many girl power popgroups of the ‘90s. Metallic houndstooth, fringe, gaudy faux jewels, and vivid colors were just the start of the Cher Horowitz Heartbreak influence, the saturated over-the-top theme is threaded through both the collections. Fur-embellished mules and sandals collide with laser-cut gladiator over-the-knee boots making for a host of statement making shoes that would turn heads in any scenario. No boyfriend? No problem! These darling heels are sure to add enough sweetness to your wardrobe for an eternity – or, at least, until next season.
Leopard prints, rounded stacked ball heels, and cartoonish embellishments (paisley, hearts, and flamingos!) add an innocent streak through the collection, rounded out by the deviously high stiletto points and edgy addition of vinyl. In terms of silhouettes, we can always count on her to release a balanced collection of thick-soled vintage-inspired designs with pinpoint stilettos – though this time, she also included a couple sneakers and flat-soled sandals. One thing we love about Sophia is her ability to incorporate popular trends into her shoes without them losing her je ne sais quoi. She’s readily embraced the sportswear trend of recent seasons but unlike other designers, the confectionary color of the rubber treads and lace-up styles feel fresh, unique, and playful.
This collection has been hailed as another golden star in Sophia Webster’s impressive catalogue. After scooping up the Emerging Accessories Designer at the British Fashion Awards and landing a Fashion Forward sponsorship, she has become a veritable fashion train that is on the fast track to British design royalty. We’re excited to see where she takes her candy colored fairytale world – if it’s anything like this collection, we know we’ll be head over heels (Heartbreak Hotel not needed!).
Coco patent leather pointed-toe pump with a orange flamingo pin heel
Anouschka suede and black patent leather wedge boot with fur collar & embroidered rose designs
Avery platform slingback booties in black suede & grey leather with a rubber tractor sole
Catia ankle-strap sandal with an embroidered suede front panel, beaded heel and fur heel detail
Greta laser cut suede mule with a pin heel, lace-up front and gold-tone micro studs
Hallie pointed-toe boots with either a covered wedge or chunky heel in aztec & houdstooth print
Jessica clear PVC d’Orsay pump with a multi-color chunky snakeskin heel, black patent leather cap-toe and blue fur trim
Katy pointed-toe boots in houndsooth printed rubber or gingerbread brown suede
Leilou t-strap sandal in striped patent leather with fur pom poms and zig-zag detail
Louby open-toe mule with floral embroidery, striped patent leather details and fur trim
Mel B cut-out sandal in black suede and silk satin with lace-up front and crystal embellishment
Mel B ankle-strap sandal in mirrored gold leather with a snakeskin embossed heel, fur toe strap
Mila t-strap sandal in pastel leather with a strappy cage front, suede ankle-wrap and fur pom pom
Mila sandal bootie in black suede with wavy straps and crystal embellished straps
Nika ankle-strap d’Orsay pump with a houndstooth printed heel, red patent leather round toe and black leather ankle wrap
Saskia colorful cutout leather boot with fur pom poms | Paris brown suede with fleece trim and lace-up back
Renee mirrored silver leather pump with jewel cluster embellished toe and striped pin heel
Ronnie black suede pointed-toe pump with pink heart embroidered, striped patent leather trim and cotton candy fur heel
Selina cutout sandal bootie in blue & pink with striped patent leather details, pin heel and fur pom pom accented laces
Simi lace-up open toe bootie in gingerbread brown suede with a whipstitch piped leather contrast trim and white leather covered heel
Tatyana suede boots with a cylinder-shaped heel, tractor sole, fleece or fur cuff and colorful wavy ribbon embroidery
Written by Shannon Weston