Lately, we’ve been looking for something a little bit different to fill the void in our footwear fashions. Where classics shoe shapes and silhouettes are undoubtedly wonderful, sometimes we just want to be able to look down at our feet and say “wow.” Sometimes, we just yearn for something elevated from the norm and evocative of effortless elegance. It wasn’t until we discovered Gio Diev and his sculptural footwear that we realized exactly what we have been missing, after what felt line eons of web browsing, we believe we’ve found our solemate.
Founder and creative director of the brand Gio Metodiev used to work in the world of PR with top designers – such as Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi – before realizing his need for creativity and stepping out from behind-the-scenes, heading straight to the forefront of design. That access and knowledge of the industry greatly aided his career ascent, but what really skyrocketed his career was his style; instead of basing his designs on the classics, he launched a footwear brand dedicated to being bold and memorable. Strong, yet sensual. He’s inspired by his surroundings, from the Melbourne Opera House to Josephine Baker’s banana skirt and he noted to Racked, “I see each shoe as a miniature sculpture. When it’s perfectly made it’s like a glorious vision of precision and beauty.”
Truly, when you look at his shoe designs, you are immediately struck by his signature sweeping sophisticated curves, a futuristic “Space Heel” that juts away from the body of the shoe, bold silhouette, and – our favorite! – silver lacquered heels of varying shapes. This season, he’s incorporated his trademark futuristic edge into luscious suede, vibrant python, metallic nappa, and soft leather to create a sensational, feast-for-the-eyes collection. As if that wasn’t excellent enough, his Ancona shoe uses a transparent rubber appliqué overtop white moiré grosgrain for a three-dimensional dazzle and he’s introduced a delicate Namaste embellishment, because the chicest way to say “Namaste, bitches” to your friends isn’t with an organic cotton tote, it’s with a pair of gorgeous handcrafted shoes.
Miley Cyrus wore Saint LaurentParis patent leather pumps to the 2013 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. These classic pumps feature glossy black patent leather, pointed-toe and 105mm stiletto heel. Paris is available at Nordstrom, Farfetch, Saks Fifth Avenue, MyTheresa and Saint Laurent.
She toned it down, way down compared to her past two music award red carpet appearances. Miley wore a white two piece suit by Versus Versace including a notched lapel single button blazer (available in black) and matching pant with signature safety pin detail. Thankfully, she dyed her eyebrows back to their native color and also accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
It’s hard – scratch that, impossible – to think of luxury shoes and not immediately think of Christian Louboutin. He’s a man that put the “high” back into “high heels,” literally elevating sartorially savvy ladies with his designs since his time of apprenticeship with Roger Vivier. With the average height of his shoes standing proudly at 120mm, his professed goal in designing has been to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful. To make her legs look as long as [he] can.” He considers shoes to be a pedestal for the female form, an ideological stance that has allowed him to have fun with his designs, knowing that if a woman feels confident, empowered, and alluring in his soles, he’s done his job.
The fact that Christian Louboutin is the most searched shoe designer on the internet isn’t surprising. That splash of red is part of fashion iconography, cementing Louboutin’s dynasty and legacy within the fast changing, increasingly high-paced world that he entered into over thirty years ago. When Christian Louboutin was founded in 1991, the result was electric; you could almost feel the fashion world changing in that instant. He’s been a mainstay for discerning, chic fashionistas ever since – after all, many a fashionista would call a closet incomplete without at least one (or four) pairs of Louboutins.
This spring, his collection is filled with enviable pieces that are every bit kooky as they are gorgeous. Western-inspired laser cut pumps – seen on the Marchesa runway – add an old-world charm to pumps, sandals shaped by colorful PVC panels, studded cap-toe pumps designed in a timeless nautical stripe fabric and even cheeky door knockers on his “Door Knock” pump. Louboutin was also inspired by several periods of art, using oblong shapes inspired by surrealist artist Leonor Fini and even a multicolor satin bouquet print inspired by impressionist art. The latest staple pump So Kate was reimagined in several ways, including a clownfish striped python that we never knew we needed. We love his Air Chance variations for the Spring 2014 season as well, and not just because our latest actress crush Jennifer Lawrence was spotted in them during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour.
In this collection, we’re also seeing him play around with different silhouettes – notably, white booties with candy colored spikes, mules with intricate bead embellishments, platform sandals with a patchwork leather design, and the most on-trend kitten heeled pumps you’ve ever seen. The cacophony of inspirations and designs is a lot to take in, but given his impeccable taste and the state-of-the-art craftsmanship that goes into every pair, it goes without saying that we’re going to happily memorize every style.
We can’t all be Danielle Steel and own over 6,000 pairs of Louboutins, but we can still appreciate how special and magnificent we feel when we slip into a pair.
Air Chance slingback pump in poudre & white leather, neptune patent leather, raspberry PVC and mirrored silver leather, 120mm heel; available with a 100mm heel in white leather, patent nude leather and clear PVC at Saks Fifth Avenue
Air Chance slingback pump with panels of black leather, suede & patent, plus clear PVC, 120mm heel; available with a 100mm heel in black and white leather at Neiman Marcus.
Amazona platform sandal in beige & brown leather with a stacked 120mm heel; avaialable at Christian Louboutin UK
Aqua Ronda 120mm sandal with aquamarine PVC, red patent leather padded straps, white patent leather trim and mirrored silver leather
Apostrophy Sling pump in white patent leather with a tapered 120mm heel
Belly Nodo t-strap sandal in white leather with a flat bow and 120mm heel
Bettina black glossy leather d’Orsay ankle cuff pump with a 100mm heel
Djalouzi 120mm pump with a Western-inspired wing tip cap-toe, clear PVC and python-faience
Door Knock pump in white leather with a small silver door knocker, silver studs and 120mm heel
Door Knock pump in suede cyclamen with gold studs and 120mm heel
Door Knock pump in white leather, silver details and 45mm kitten heel
Farfamesh sandal in poudre with gold mini glitter, mirrored gold leather and 120mm heel
Nikki Reed wore Manolo Blahnik red suede BB pumps to the People StyleWatch Denim Awards. These shoes feature bright red suede and 105mm heel. BB is available in several colors at the made-to-order Neiman MarcusBB boutique.
I loved the stylish casual outfits we saw at this midnight blue carpet event. Similarly to Jamie Chung, I would also wear Nikki’s look from head-to-toe. She wore a light wash distressed denim jacket by American Eagle, Rich & Skinny coated jeans and Smythe black sheer dotted top. With her long brown hair styled in a centre-parted chignon, Nikki put the finishing touches on the look with a hot pink lip and Inge Christopher Yoko blue snakeskin clutch.
Nicole Scherzinger wore Kurt GeigerBritton pumps to ‘The X Factor UK’ press launch in London. These shoes feature scarlett red patent leather and 110mm pin heel. Nicole’s also worn them in black patent leather. Britton is available in black/nude/red at Kurt Geiger and several styles at Nordstrom.
She kicked off the 10th season looking fabulous in this Three Floor navy strapless Sky High jumpsuit. Nicole finished her look with yellow Chloé Myrte oversized sunglasses and gold jewelry including spike earrings, square ring & spike ring by Majdan Rocks.
Naya Rivera wore Monika ChiangZinc pumps to a photo call at the 2013 Giffoni Film Festival. These shoes featuring mirrored silver patent leather, d’Orsay design and thin ankle-strap. Zinc is available online at Singer22 and Monika Chiang.
She can’t get enough of Michael Kors’ Pre-Fall 2013 designs. This fuchsia tweed strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline is the third look Naya’s worn from this collection. Her hair was slicked back in a wrapped ponytail. Other accessories included diamond stud earrings and French rose pink lip.
Marion Cotillard wore Jimmy ChooDenar sandals to a lunch hosted by Chopard during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. These shoes are from the Spring 2013 award season collection featuring nude suede, metallic gold trim and suede laces. You can shop the latest designs at Jimmy Choo & Jimmy Choo UK.
She may tie with Nicole Kidman for the most appearances during this 11-day festival. For this occasion Marion wore a frumpalicious light apricot & ecru strapless frock by Vivienne Westwood. She accessorized with a barely nude lip and arrived to the event wearing Linda Farrow Luxe 215 sunglasses.
Emma Watson wore Gianvito Rossi pumps to ‘The Bling Ring’ photo call at the Cannes Film Festival. These shoes are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black pony hair, piped leather trim and 100mm heel. This style is not yet available however you can shop the current collection at The Corner, MyTheresa, Matches, ShoeScribe and FarFetch.
She also wore a burgundy satin crop top and high-waisted skirt with purple pheasant feather trim by Christopher Kane. Emma’s hair was pulled back in a side-parted chignon and she accessorized with a ring on each pinky finger.
Heather Graham wore Jean- Michel CazabatEmma velvet pumps to the 10th anniversary celebration of Vegas Magazine. These Fall 2013 pumps feature burgundy velvet and 100mm heel. Emma is available online in snake-printed cork at Shopbop, black & white snakeskin at Piperlime and bronze/pink sequins at Lord & Taylor.
Even though Heather’s outfit is a little dark for such a bright season, she looked beautiful wearing a Donna Karan sheer-yoke long sleeve sequin dress in claret. She carried a matching Diane von Fürstenberg snakeskin clutch and also wore a Zephyr diamond ring by H.Stern.