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Sophia-Webster-Spring-2014-shoesIf Sophia Webster’s last collection was all about doing your best Cher Horowitz impression while strutting down the tiles at your local mall, this season is all about getting lost in the imaginative and colorful realm of nature. Literally! For her presentation, Sophia let herself walk on the wild side, creating a scene that was straight out of Alice in Wonderland or the most far out Dr. Seuss tale called “Insect Slumber Party.” It was a whimsical presentation, complete with flower-twined daybeds and Cindy Lou-Who hair; the models (thankfully) didn’t resemble bugs in the slightest, though the apparel definitely evoked patterns found in the outdoors, specifically channeling the beauty of the butterfly.

The butterfly was transformed most frequently and in a myriad of ways. Delicate laser cut butterfly wings construct intense gladiator knee-high boots or land on the back of stellar pumps, while the ornate patterns of the wings are found in patent and matte leather renditions. It’s unsurprising that these are some of the most inspired pieces of the collection, as she constructed an entire shoe line while studying at RCA.

Not to rely on nature alone (Sophia Webster isn’t Sophia Webster without prints, prints, and more prints), this collection is also rife with kooky combinations of natural and manufactured prints – a butterfly’s wings juxtaposed against vibrant polka dots, PVC with iridescent leather, stripes with flower petals, and would-be-basic pumps tread into statement making territory with the use of alphabet beads stacked to become a totally killer heel. Heels weren’t the only soles with an attitude, because there, along the foliage and heart prints, were speech bubble slogans emblazoned on the tops of sandals, proclaiming such things as “Here Comes the Hotstepper” and “Walk the Walk”. Those very watchwords are also found on other accessories like handbags and backpacks.

Our favorite? Though we can’t resist the charm of a sassy slogan or the allure of intricate laser cuts, we’re completely in love with her cloud pattern, amped up with a 3D embroidered trim. It’s the perfect blend of charm and quirk that makes a pair of shoes constantly rotate into your weekly rotation.

Although her eponymous line is somewhat new, Sophia Webster’s 2013 hinted at her coming success. With a wildly successful J.Crew collaboration under her belt, winning the prestigious “Emerging Accessories Designer” award at the British Fashion Awards, and this stunning start to the 2014 year, it’s clear that her career will flourish like this collection.
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Alana red, baby blue & black stripe sandal with multicolor beaded fringe; Amina asymmetric cut d’Orsay ankle-strap pump

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Aldora peep-toe patent leather pump with a laser-cut butterfly attached to the heel

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Andie ankle-strap sandal in colorful PVC with polka dot appliqué and beaded heel

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Athena laser-cut butterfly-inspired thigh-high sandal boot; Electra laser-cut patent leather sandal bootie

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Brandy leather cage sandal with small studs and patent leather toe; available in a knee-high style at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Chiara ankle-strap sandal with a thin toe strap, pin heel and butterfly heel

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Cleo d’Orsay ankle-strap pump with an asymmetric cut front, pin heel and butterfly heel

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Coco heart print pin heel pointed-toe pump in matte satin; Peron heart beaded peep-toe slingback pump; available in a peep-toe pump at Saks Fifth Avenue & Neiman Marcus

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Finn lace-up & buckled sandal in colorful matte satin and pink heart print

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Elle butterfly-inspired matte satin pump with rhinestone trim; Lyla slingback pump with a pin heel

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Flutura ankle-strap sandal with a butterfly heel; available at Nordstrom and in black patent leather at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Kelly embroidered speech bubble round-toe pump with a cylinder heel

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Kimimi laser-cut patent leather open-toe mule with a lace-up front and pin heel; available in pink patent leather at Neiman Marcus

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Lucita mixed media platform wedge in striped raffia, canvas and patent leather; available at Saks Fifth Avenue & Nordstrom

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Lula ankle-strap sandal in patent leather with a 4″ heart beaded heel; available at Nordstrom

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Lyla red patent leather pump with a v-cut front and alphabet beaded “killer” pin heel; available in black patent leather at Nordstrom

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Oprah slingback sandals with an embroidered speech bubble attached to the front straps

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Sklya patent leather pump with embroidered white cloud appliqué and pin heel

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Skye patent leather strappy mule sandal with a clear acrylic heel and white cloud appliqué; available at Net-A-Porter

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Suki flatform open-toe sandal with an adjustable ankle-strap and v-cut front

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Tyra mixed media pointed-toe slingback pump with a heart beaded pin heel

Written by Shannon Weston

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Nina Dobrev was spotted on the set of ‘Extra TV’ at Universal City Walk wearing Sophia Webster Cleo ankle-strap d’Orsay pumps. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring tangerine patent leather, asymmetric cut front and Monarch butterfly wings attached to the heel. You can find them online at Saks Fifth Avenue.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ star is currently promoting season 5 of the hit supernatural drama which premieres early next month. Nina arrived wearing a classic three-piece look by The Kooples including a black cropped blazer with satin lapels, black A-line mini skirt and white straight-cut shirt in woven herringbone cotton.

She also carried a Clare Vivier white leather Petite Duffle bag.

Check out more shoes spotted on Nina.


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Sophia Webster Phoebe sandals | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Forward by Elyse Walker and Sophia Webster

There’s a reason my Sophia Webster collection keeps growing – her designs are always the perfect mix of whimsy and wearability that I can wear (and walk in) over & over again. This metallic sandal is my favorite style from her new playfully exotic Resort 2014 collection.

Phoebe features mirrored rose gold geometric cutout leather, apricot patent leather covered heel, fluo orange & green embroidery and long leather laces which tie around the back of the ankle embellished with short leather tassels. Half sizes are available.

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Winter is upon us, which can only mean one thing 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Written by Shannon Weston



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Taylor Schilling wore Sophia Webster Finn sandals to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2013 Installation Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. These Pre-Fall 2013 heels feature hot pink patent leather, scalloped edges and 100mm heel. Finn is available in rose-print at FarFetchKirna Zabête and several other styles at Sophia Webster.

The 29-year-old actress also chose a cheery Roksanda Ilincic coral Brodie silk and wool-blend crepe dress with a knot front and silk back. Her matchy-matchy outfit was complemented with a blue lapis Edie Parker Jean acrylic box clutch from the Fall 2013 collection. Other accessories included gold Blade Hoop earrings with a satin finish by Sophie Hughes.

Check out more shoes spotted on Taylor.

Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com



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!

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Brian Atwood Alisée pink snakeskin sandal

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Casadei crystal-embellished Blade pump

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Charlotte Olympia Belinda bootie; available online at Colette

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Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato platform pump

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Gianvito Rossi mirrored gold patent leather sandal

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Giuseppe Zanotti sculpted wedge with gold-tone leaves; available online at LuisaViaRoma

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Jimmy Choo blue suede laser-cut platform with ankle-strap

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Manolo Blahnik for Antonio Berardi whipstitched leather sandal; first spotted at London Fashion Week

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Nicholas Kirkwood white leather cut-out sandal

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Rupert Sanderson Harting fuchsia mirror metallic; as seen on Gwyneth Paltrow

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Roger Vivier Bibendum nude suede platform sandal

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Sergio Rossi Murmansk t-strap patent leather sandal; available online at LuisaViaRoma

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Sophia Webster Riri leather bootie with beaded laces

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Tabitha Simmons crystal-embellished Bailey sandal

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Tom Ford nude leather buckled sandal

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Walter Stegier Tempo snakeskin sandal

Credit: Brian Atwood, Bonfaire, WWD, Style.com, TookLookBook, London Fashion Week, Roger Vivier, LuisaViaRoma, Sophia Webster, Walter Steiger



Noticeable Spring/Summer 2013 shoe trends:

Iridescence

This reflective technique was the first trend I noticed. Designers have used it on both snakeskin and patent leather. It’s also seen in Dior and Pierre Hardy’s collections (not pictured).

Stella McCartney seems to be one step ahead & if you can’t wait until spring, she designed a faux-leather iridescent pump available at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Mixed Media Madness
There are several obvious examples of this mixed media trend and I chose designs featuring 3 or more different materials. The styles below are colorful and show the designers’ playful side.

For me, the combination of different textures & colors is a hit-or-miss. Christian Louboutin uses mixed media wildly throughout his collection.

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Embroidery

I love embroidered details, they give a fun, special touch. Barbara Bui and Balmain have several styles completely embroidered whereas Rupert Sanderson & Isa Tapia feature parts of the shoe embroidered with tropical birds.

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Colorful Lace

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Nectarine

Looking through Style.com’s Accessories Index I’ve spotted several orangey tones. Then I saw nectarine listed on the Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report which has also migrated to footwear. Nectarine has a warm coral touch and is also a skin flattering tone.

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Mesh

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** Read Part II of the Spring 2013 trends post**

Images via BPCM, Walter Steiger, Sophia Webster, WWD & Style.com



I know it’s not even Halloween yet, however, Resort & Cruise 2013 styles are already rolling in! I still plan on posting many more fall styles however I wanted to feature new designs that have caught my eye.

Notes:
One of the most talked about new shoe designers, Sophia Webster, has two new styles available online at Colette. More styles (these are actually Spring 2013) are also arriving at Net-A-Porter very soon.

I seem to always love Alexander Wang’s resort shoes more than any other season…I love the red-hot croc-embossed leather.

Brian Atwood’s new TriBeCa sandal is also available in blue at Nordstrom.

In case you haven’t heard, Jimmy Choo’s cruise collection is now available for pre-order on their website and a few shoes are also at Nordstrom

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Brian Atwood Tribeca embellished platform sandal | Giuseppe Zanotti satin stripe embellished pump

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Charlotte Olympia Dolly platform flower pump | Valentino pink Rockstud slingback

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Alexander Wang Aminata ankle-wrap sandal | Lanvin t-strap lucite wedge sandal

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Sophia Webster dotted lace-up sandal | Jimmy Choo Belle chain & stone embellished sandal