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British-born and LA-based celebrity stylist Neil Rodgers has now added shoe designer to his repertoire. And with more than a decade’s worth of experience dressing A-list stars from head to toe, you know he’s one to turn to when it comes to all things fashionable. More importantly, he understands our need for comfort without ever, compromising style. Get to know the innovative designer and completely re-think about not slipping on some high heels whenever, wherever.

Neil-Rodgers-KarlaYou’ve worked as a stylist for more than 15 years now. What made you venture into the shoe designing business? 

When putting a look together for a client, my favorite part of the process is always selecting the perfect shoe to compliment and bring together the look.  I’ve always loved the beauty, the shape, the lines and details of women’s shoes and the effect they have on the wearer in terms of posture, mood and appearance.  Their power is transformative. I wanted to create my own, more comfortable line of beautiful footwear for women, and so after studying at the Ars Sutoria School in Milan and finding the perfect factory to work with in Venice, the brand was born.

What/Who inspires your designs?

My main inspiration when I design is women. Women that are friends, contemporaries –iconic women from the past and present –some that I have met and others that I just admire.  I want to present a very modern, simple, updated version of elegance and wherever possible, combine this with increased comfort.

You put an emphasis on comfort. How do you achieve that in a high heel?Neil-Rodgers-Linda-pump

We increased the padding in the toe bed of our closed toe styles and work with a last with a slightly roomier toe bed.  The straps are strategically placed to hold and support the foot to minimize friction on sensitive areas and we only use the highest quality lining materials –which feel great against the bare foot.  These are beautiful, high shoes and so the term ‘comfort’ is relative, that said, compared with most similar ‘high’ pumps and sandals, we perform very well in comfort tests.

What for you, is the worst shoe trend that ever existed?

The first thing that comes to mind is the ‘sneakers with evening accessories’ trend (jewels, etc)  With the exception of the Roger Vivier ones, which I think work, I just don’t think they ever looked right.

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Favorite shoe trend/style?

I like clean, very modern yet feminine lines. Chic!  Chic is always on trend.Neil-Rodgers-Kristin-Sandal

Who would you like to see wearing your shoes?

I would love to see Charlize Theron in a pair of our Stella sandals (she does already own a pair)

Which celebrity do you think has the best shoe style?

Sarah Paulson has a pretty good shoe game going on.

Name three styles of shoes that every woman should own.

Classic, high, pointy pump.  Practical everyday pointy flats.  Strappy, high, barely there sandal.

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Neil-Rodgers-PhoebeWhat is the inspiration behind your Spring/Summer collection?

I took a vacation to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai and was taken aback by the color and beauty in nature there. The flowers and plants, the birds, the landscape.  Natural beauty.

Describe the perfect (non-dress) outfit to go with a pair of Petras.

Petra is a versatile style.  Dress up with feminine, cropped, wide leg pants or down with worn in, cuffed, calf length denim.

Shop the latest spring/summer collection directly at NeilJRodgers.com. Make sure to follow NJR on Facebook and Instagram for more shoe candy!

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About the author: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more). 

Art is brought to your feet in the latest collection of Yevrah-logoYevrah designers Jason Harvey and Erwin Sweetwine.

A six-year in the making concept that’s finally been brought to life with Elemental; a collection filled with boots, pumps and a very special flat, that takes women back to the basics on a journey of style, class, and art.

Yevrah-shoesWe interviewed the Atlanta-based designers to learn about the influence, inspiration of this up-and-coming brand.

> How was Yevrah born? What was is that made you get into the industry of women’s shoe?

Jason: We always just had that love and respect for one another on campus during college. The genuine relationship was formed when we both ran against one another in a Mr. Freshman pageant. The running joke has Erwin won Mr. Freshman and I became 1st runner up! It was such a great experience.

I’ve been playing around with footwear for about six years now. My wife, a model since 13 now 23, is also an artist who helped guide me in the world of designing. I was persistent and had great ideas but they were not wearable ideas. As time went along, the designs began to mature thus the brand finally came to fruition late 2016.

> I see this collection was heavily influenced by nature. What I like the most about it is that you were able to take this concept and make it unique. As designers, how were you able to achieve this?

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Erwin: Designing is an intricate process. With Jason being such an artistic person, we often have scaled down conceptual designs into wearable fashion. Honestly, that is what makes this experience so rewarding and fun. From choosing the materials to fitting and finalizing the collections, each step of the way required a lot of trial and error but seeing the collection manifest into Elemental was humbling.

Jason: Many cannot understand or explain what is called a gift at times. I’m just blessed with the ability to see things that are born from nothing. As a designer, it can be the most random things at times that will spark your imagination. A shadow can hit a branch in a specific way, and in my mind, I then spot a design and immediately get inspired.

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> The collection is composed of 10 pieces that consist of pumps and boots, but amongst them is one flat, that I can say speaks for itself. It’s this great harmony of minimalistic, casual, elegant and I would dare to say even sporty. How did this particular style come into play? What inspired you in creating this shoe?

Stiletto-Pumps-YevrahErwin: Each design in the Elemental collection is intentional. The line really speaks to the women we hope will experience the brand. Jason constantly mentioned that he really loves the drawstring on shoes, so this incorporated in both the flat and mule gives a sporty yet edgy look. The style is very niche and versatile, and we know that women look for unique pieces to incorporate into their wardrobe.

Jason: Women are powerful and daring…but even the daring beauties at times want to level style out with comfort. That is how the Diver flat was born. I envisioned the woman to be chic and comfortable unlike its sister style which is greater in height.

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> You’re both artists and this is a big part of your brand’s identity, so much so that you participated in the 2016 Art Basel in Miami, one of the biggest art shows in the country. Your website is called Art of Yevrah. What were some of the biggest artistic influences while designing the line?

Erwin: We envisioned the brand being a form of expression just like art. We started with a blank canvas. We literally had no experience in footwear. Partnering with Jason allowed the both of us to leverage our life experiences and to develop a brand that is hopefully here for many more years to come. Our inspiration is everyday people who enjoy being daring and different.

Jason: Life inspires me.. Art is life.. Art is expression, freedom.. with that being said- Power also comes into play with this. You feel indestructible when putting the brush into play. The canvas is empowering and life changing with every piece that you choose to create. It’s exhilarating but most importantly it heals.

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> On your website, you state that your shoes incorporate unconventional materials, what’s the materials that take the biggest role in the confection of your shoes? That material that you believe is what sets you apart?

Erwin: The cork material is the most unconventional, complex materials to use when designing shoes. The material we used is actually imported from Portugal. A lot of people including our manufacturer said it sucks a risk using this material. We said: “Let’s do it! We have to make it work.” And we did! Jason and I are more than excited about the construction and quality of the shoes made of cork in this collection.

Embossed-pumps-YevrahJason: I would say cork… It’s tricky to use this kind of material at times because it is a dry material. It does not always agree with what you want it to do. You just don’t find many brands out here that are willing to risk this type of production.

> For now, your main focus is women’s line. Can we expect a men’s shoe line in the future?

Jason: For sure! It gets stressful sometimes not being able to wear all of this beautiful work! Yevrah is so full time at the moment I just cannot commit to creating the men’s line yet but, very soon. The gentleman will not be disappointed.

Erwin: Most definitely! We can’t wait to expand into the world of men’s footwear. As of right now, we don’t have an estimated time for when that will release but we have heavily considered it and know that is the direction we would like to move in.

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Shop the latest Yevrah collection on their website. Make sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook for more shoe candy, photos and updates!

Guest post and interview written by the lovely Natalia Rodriguez from Veneci Swimwear.

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Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps | 120mm/4.8″ heel | shop at Neiman Marcus & Nordstrom

Just as the new Pre-Fall 2016 collection begins to debut on the red carpet, several styles are now also available for online pre-order. We’re captivated by these bewitchingly ‘So Kate’ pumps which feel even a little villainish, no? They feature a beautiful emerald green marbled patent leather throughout with the signature sleek pointed-toe and thin stiletto heel.

Half sizes are available and you can find more fabulous styles from this collection at Christian Louboutin.

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Christian-Louboutin-Azunika-mule-Spring-2015 (1)Fresh on the heels of the 10 year anniversary of the iconic Pigalle stiletto pump, Christian Louboutin’s new collection is a veritable bevy of sporty influence, rock and roll chic, and vibrant femininity that proves, yet again, why Louboutins are still the Go-To brand for every fashion forward fashionista.

The thing we love about Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer collections (other than everything) is that they are always unafraid of making a bold, colorful statement. From patent leather to PVC, from gotta-look-twice embellished wedges to the iconic So Kate in metallic python leather, the SS15 collection is all about putting your best foot forward and strutting with confidence. Though it’s difficult to narrow our favorite designs, we can’t stop looking at the incredibly vibrant fringe of the Otrot stiletto and the phenomenal new interpretation of the Mea Culpa that is done in a warm gold and polished off with an elongated and elegant curved collar vamp.

The Mea Culpa isn’t the only style that has had a bit of an update and we can’t take our Christian-Louboutin-Mayerling-sandal-Spring-2015eyes off of the unique revamp of Louboutin’s sexy signature stiletto, a curved vamp design that continues down to a serpentine heel. That striking wavy design appears in multiple iterations, such as the Dalida, theDeepik, and the Vagachina, but our favorite has to be the Dalidad’orsay design done in patent opaline leather — the curved heel and stitched motif makes it a must-have for the upcoming sunny months.

As if that wasn’t enough (we’re trying to contain our gushing), Louboutin’s 130mm is back and sexier than ever, replete with t-straps, colorful patterns, and peep-toes. We can already picture the sky-high platform pumps on the heels of Dita Von Teese and other style-icon daredevils!

This collection is now available at Net-A-PorterNeiman MarcusSaks Fifth Avenue, Barneys and Christian Louboutin,

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Bandy pointed-toe pump with multicolored stripes of patent leather & PVC plus a gold specchio stiletto 120mm heel; available at NordstromSaks Fifth Avenue and Chrisitan Louboutin

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Boltina multicolor lace-up sport bootie with a 120mm leather covered heel; available at Neiman Marcus

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Cataclou sandal with multicolor braided rope, studs and printed fabric plus a 140mm wedge; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin

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Deepik open-toe d’Orsay pump with sculpted sides and 120mm wavy stiletto heel; available at Nordstrom

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Devibroda t-strap sandal in gold mini glitter covered with multicolor beads and 120mm heel

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Follies Spikes in beige specchio leather with mutlicolor spikes and 120mm heel; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin

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Front Double pointed-toe pump in patent leather with a 100mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Hot Chick pump in opaline patent leather with scalloped sides and sky-high 130mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Hot Wave peep-toe patent leather pump with scalloped sides and 130mm stiletto heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Iriza yellow patent leather pointed-toe d’Orsay pump with 120mm heel

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Lady Peep platform peep-toe pump in hand painted fucshia python vulcano with a 130mm heel; available atSaks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Christian Louboutin

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Mea Culpa pump in light gold leather with a high heel rise and 120mm stiletto heel; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin

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Mille Cinque black leather open-toe cage sandal with a 100mm heel; available at Neiman Marcus and Christian Louboutin

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Otrot multicolor ankle-strap d’Orsay sandal embellished with long fringe; available at Christian Louboutin

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Salonu pointed-toe t-strap pump in white fishnet with nude sheer mesh lining and leather covered 120mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Salopatina t-strap pointed-toe pump in black semi-sheer mesh & leather embellished with black crystals

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Senora t-strap sandal in fuchsia silk satin, metallic gold leather and poppy printed leather with a 130mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin and Nordstrom

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So Kate pointed-toe pump in aquarium-inspired hand-painted python with a 120mm heel; available atNordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin

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So Kate pointed-toe pump in natural python with a blue splattered paint design and 120mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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So Kate mixed media pointed-toe pump in red & black eel plus white leather with a 120mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Talitha t-strap platform sandal in metallic gold leather with an adjustable ankle-strap and 160mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

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Talitha t-strap sandal in red patent leather with a 100mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin and Saks Fifth Avenue

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Tibur peep-toe pump in glossy red patent leather with a 120mm heel

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Top Vague pointed-toe leather pump covered in tonal stitched lace with scalloped edging and embellished with crystals throughout; available at Christian Louboutin

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Vagachina Southwestern-inspired pointed-toe mule in multicolor suede & leather with a 120mm sculpted heel

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Victoria black leather pump with a stacked 3-inch platform, round toe and 160mm heel; available at Christian Louboutin

Images via Christian Louboutin | Written by Shannon Weston

Christian-Louboutin-Allenissima-black-patent-leatherWhen it comes to modern, iconic footwear a brand that ceaselessly melds class and infectious sex appeal into every design, there is only one brand that (rightfully) springs to mind: Christian Louboutin. A designer so obsessed with his craft that he slept in his design studio for eight years while launching his career into stratospheric heights, it isn’t remotely surprising that he consistently delivers jaw dropping collections.

The Fall 2014 collection the one we had a glorious, if fleeting, sneak peek of back in March showcases Louboutin’s love of versatility, as well as his total adoration of fabulous, ankle-breaking heights.

Lovely floral prints, delicate laser cut filigree and strappy styles in both classic and rich suedes harken back to the iconic Louboutin image that grab celebrity ambassadors by the handful. Our favorite twist on the classic? Louboutin’s ingenious use of crackled metallic leather; we’d call it the new snakeskin, but judging from his pristine use of python in some of the other designs, we have to consider the gorgeous crackled metallic in a league all of its own.

One of the most notable silhouette additions comes from the dramatically corset-laced sculpted pumps, first seen on the Fall 2014 Marchesa runway. Initially inspired by ballet, the Conquilla lace-up concave wedges are one part kink and two parts please get in my closet,now. However, those aren’t the only soles to make a massive visual impact; for example, the Pigalle Follies Strass are crystal-studded masterpieces that we would possibly give up croissants for life in order to have. We also see candy-colored studs used elsewhere, both complementing metallic hues and floating atop of clear PVC.

Other gotta-look-twice features of the collection include lattice-like laser cut suede, oversized grommets accented with whipstitch trim and glitter infused sheer fishnet.

The brand that has forever cemented red-lacquered soles and Christian Louboutin’s legacy into the Fashion Dictionary (chicly sandwiched between Chloé and Coco Chanel) has done it yet again. Whether you’re a woman who gravitates to Louboutin’s classic and sleek designs, or if the mixed media AztecGalata, and Gortik designs are right up your edgy alley, this legendary designer has got you covered.

This collection is now available at Net-A-PorterNeiman MarcusSaks Fifth Avenue, Barneys and Christian Louboutin,

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Allegra cut-out sandal bootie in leather & suede with a 120mm heel and front tie fastening; as seen on Marion Cotillard

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Allenissima open-toe slingback in black leather & patent leather with a 130mm heel

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Audrey ankle-wrap sandals in gold metal chevron leather with a 100mm heel; available at Christian LouboutinSaks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus

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Aztec mixed media sandal in silk, python, suede leather & stingray with a 120mm heel

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Berlinissimo bootie in black suede with a lattice style front and 100mm heel

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Chester Fille peep-toe bootie in tiger print calf hair with a 100mm heel; available in eveque suede at Christian Louboutin

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Conquilla 120mm sculpted wedge in tiger printed calf hair and black leather with a corset-style lace-up back

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Foilles Resille pointed-toe pump in gold mirrored gold leather and black suede with a sheer fishnet front; available in black suede at Christian Louboutin UK

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Franca cutout ankle-tie pump in eclipse suede with a 85mm heel; available in eclipse suede and nude leather at Christian Louboutin

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Galata cut-out 120mm pump in pink patent and mirrored gold leather with purple suede and clear PVC inserts; available at Christian Louboutin and purple suede at Saks Fifth Avenue or black & silver at Neiman Marcus

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Galata pointed-toe pump in eveque patent, tinted PVC and glitter sirene with a 120mm heel; available atChristian Louboutin and purple suede at Saks Fifth Avenue or black & silver at Neiman Marcus; as seen on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Gortik pointed-toe bootie in glitter floque platine with patent leather straps and 120mm heel; available in black leather at Neiman Marcus

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Hot Chick patent leather pump in black & papaye with symmetric curved sides and 120mm heel

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Iriza d’Orsay pointed-toe pump with a 120mm heel; available in yellow suede at Barneys, pink patent leather at Neiman Marcus or fishnet-inspired suede at Saks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus & Christian Louboutin; as seen on Emma Stone

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Iriza Strass pointed-toe half d’Orsay pump in lichen with a 120mm stiletto heel; as seen on Marion Cotillard

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Just On sandal in covered specchio platine, black patent leather or glitter floque platine with a 120mm heel; as seen on Zoe Saldana and Emma Stone

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Mandolina laser-cut bootie in papaye leather with a pink specchio backing and 120mm mirrored gold heel; available in black leather at Neiman Marcus

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Miluna pointed-toe pump in rouge de mars or black with a sheer tonal fishnet toe and 120mm stiletto heel

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Ostri Sling pump in eclipse suede with gold grommets, red leather details, eclipse suede and 120mm gold specchio leather covered heel

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Pensamoi ankle-strap sandal in black & pink silk satin with a 120mm heel and crystal-embellished two-tone flower detail

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Pigalle Follies Strass Dégradé crystal covered pointed-toe pump with a 120mm heel

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Pigalle Follies Strass pointed-toe pump in glitter sirene with a 120mm heel; as seen on Nicole Richie

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Pigalle Follies in a beauitful maxi fiori printed silk with a 120mm stiletto heel

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Pigalle Follies pumps in glossy nude patent leather with a 120mm heel

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Pina Spike d’Orsay ankle-strap sandal in black patent leather with a mirrored gold spike covered counter and 5″ stiletto heel; available at Neiman Marcus

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Pina Spike open-toe d’Orsay ankle-strap sandal in glitter flocked velvet and patent leather with a spiked heel counter

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Spike Me clear PVC pump with candy-colored studs, pink patent leather details and 120mm heel

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Viennana vintage inspired snap-button strappy pumps; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin UK

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Lamadone knee-high lace up boot in black leather with a 120mm heel; Plakamina boot with peek-a-boo fishnet panels in black suede & merlot plus a 120mm heel; Tinafrange black suede fringe boot with a 120mm heel

Written by Shannon WestonImages from Christian Louboutin



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London based shoe designer, Liam Fahy has designed a vibrant Spring 2013 collection titled ‘Congo’. He’s been on my radar for awhile and I’ve been particularly fond of the Charlotte pumps ever since Alexis Bledel wore them several years ago. Liam was also a winner of the recent “New Gen” award presented by The British Fashion Council.

This collection was influenced by a 1951 classic movie, ‘African Queen’ starring the iconic Katherine Hepburn. The African-inspired designs feature hand printed Java-textiles from Tanzania & Zimbabwe, zebra-print suede, appliqué and mix of materials.

My three favorite designs are the Charlotte pump (pictured on me), Brigitte snakeskin sandal and Lis patent leather sandal.

As far as flats go, the Colette slipper is in this month’s Vogue UK and has the same yellow print adorned with a Congolese mask. There’s also the Becky loafer featuring a giant fur pom pom.

You can shop this collection online at Liam Fahy.

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Coco Rocha is featured in the March 2013 issue of ELLE Ukraine wearing Christian Louboutin Pivichic pumps. These shoes are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring black patent leather, 5″ heel and PVC front with black stripes. Pivichic is avaialble online in black and neon pink at Christian Louboutin US.

The dynamic model posed also wearing a PVC & snakeskin belted trench from Valentino’s Spring 2013 collection.

We’ve also seen the Pivichic pumps on Kate Hudson and Chloë Moretz.

Check out more photos from her feature and other shoes spotted on Coco.

Credit: Elle Ukraine, photographed by Rankin, Magxone



Proenza-Schouler-Pre-Fall-2012-pump

Proenza Schouler colorblock pump | 4.25″ heel | buy online at Shopbop for $525

When I first saw these heels I thought of Zara’s “interpretation” of the Louis Vuitton spring shoes. They’re obviously very different but share the similar oversized cap-toe.

These pumps are from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection featuring a matte leather cap-toe, colorblock design, patterned nylon, patent leather on the heel counter and mirrored stiletto heel. It’s available in two color variations: grey/red/tan or grey/navy/green. This style runs true to size and half sizes are available. You can also find  both of these pumps at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Proenza-Schouler-Cap-Toe-shoe

Colorblock pointed-toe pump | 4.25″ heel | buy online at Shopbop for $525

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Victoria-Justice-Calvin-Klein-heels

Victoria Justice is featured in the May 2012 issue of Nylon wearing Calvin Klein Collection Mary Jane platform pumps. These heels are from the Spring 2012 collection and unfortunately already sold out online (featured in the SHOP section in January). She also wears Marc Jacobs metallic pumps – check out her feature and more shoes spotted on Victoria.

Elizabeth-Banks-Walter-Steiger-Muse-heels

Elizabeth Banks wore Walter Steiger black patent Muse platform pumps to “The Hunger Games” Paris premiere. Muse is one of of Steiger’s signature designs and available online at Barneys. We’ve also seen Nicki Minaj wear the Muse in pink. Elizabeth has worn an impressive variety of designers, looks and shoes throughout the THG tour. Check out more celebrities spotted in Walter Steiger shoes.

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