LIKE YOU PARTIED HARD…

As we’re in the thick of the party season, the evening streets are full of raucous joy, and the odd minor incident.

Have you ever danced so hard that your heel broke? Me too.

I wonder if the Maison Martin Margiela designers had such breakages in mind when they designed these beauties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The court shoe is a classic look, with just a hint of what the film censors call “mild peril”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The T-bar is both elegant and sexy. Chisel and squared-off toes are set to come back on-trend next year, so invest now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite how it looks, this boot is comfortable and easy-to-wear. Look at that rich, soft brown leather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A real investment item: every wardrobe needs a pair of black knee-high boots. Why not make yours this conversation-starting pair?

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GO TO THE PARTY

Nordic looks are a huge trend in interiors, knitwear, and…..shoes!

Emma Go produce lovely feminine footwear, designed in Denmark and manufactured in Alicante in Spain.

For those of you not in-the-know, Alicante has long been a centre for excellence in women’s footwear manufacture. The numerous factories in Elda and Elche pride themselves on using fine leathers, to produce shoes which display the skills of the craftspeople who make them.

If you want to look special and be comfortable in styles which you can wear way beyond Christmas party season, these Emma Go options will work hard for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red is such a fun colour to wear around Christmas time. It reminds us of Father Christmas, brightens up an outfit, and is sexy all at once. The sparkly heart is cute with a touch of bling. They also come in light gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For lovers of high heels, who want to be able to dance all night, a chunky platform and heel are essential. The socks with sandals trend lets you keep your tootsies free of frost-bite this year, so go ahead and wear these with opaque tights or socks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to avoid cliché party season colours, these pink metallic oxfords are seriously cute, with a touch of festive shine. Being flat lace-ups they are not only on-trend, but excellent for avoiding the perils of blistered feet. Also available in light gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colour-blocking trend is executed in a new way on this T-bar sandal, with blue suede, bronze and beige leathers. The textural mixing makes this block-heeled style truly special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a more subtle take on Santa red and white, these coral suede, white leather and gold glitter flats are adorable. Try them with a 1950s style circular skirt.

 

Now I’ll leave you to the tricky decision of which style to go for.

Enjoy the parties!

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WEDDING SHOES AT THE V&A

I spent an enlightening hour or so at the V&A Museum this weekend. The Wedding Dresses exhibition displays a fine selection of the good, bad and rather ugly from 1775-2014.

As you can imagine, my eyes were drawn to the more interesting bridal footwear.

This pair of bridal sandals, made from satin and metallic kid leather, stood out as being the most beautifully constructed pair from this exhibition. The delicate diamanté buckles set off those intricately-interlaced straps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do admire the skills of the pattern-cutter who worked on these uppers. I’ve just spent a good few minutes trying to work out how all the pieces go together and failed.

They were made by the excellently-named Jack Jacobus Ltd in 1935, and worn by a certain Hilary Lyme Murdoch on her wedding day.

If historical shoes are your thing, you can actually find quite a lot of footwear images from the V&A collections on their website.

 

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THAT BOOT

Oh my, the Burberry boot of the season comes in five colour-ways.

Each boot is hand-painted, and made in soft, supple deerskin. Slippers on a stiletto heel anyone?

Who could resist this cool silver colour-way, to make you the centre of attention throughout party season?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re a girly girl, try the combination of soft lilac, with purple, blue, green and black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more earthy, retro tones, the taupe colourway looks to be inspired by a 1970s palette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want the softness and that heel, but prefer a more minimalist look, they also come in plain black and ivory.

Which is your favourite?

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ULTIMATE BARBIE SHOE

Despite her inaccurate proportions, Barbie is a fashion icon. She was also the main reason I loved wearing my cowboy boots with skinny blue jeans when I was younger.

The shoe I think of as being Barbie’s signature style isn’t the cowboy boot, but the pink pointed stiletto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Browsing SJP’s shoe styles, one screamed out the name of Mattel’s finest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This streaked metallic pink pointed stiletto is delightfully girly. I dare the (now 45-year old) Barbie not to love these.

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HOW I FEEL ABOUT SHOES

If ever there was an image that summed up how I, and millions of women around the world, feel about shoes; it would be this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This October 1950 British Vogue cover is beautifully coloured and proportioned; from the sweep of the eye, to the perfect red pout.

The shoe is clearly of the period, with curvaceous lines contrasted by functional solidity.

If Vogue were to recreate this cover, which shoe do you think they should use?

 

Image courtesy of British Vogue
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SS15 CATWALKS – HEEL TYPES

These are the dominant heel types from the SS15 New York, London, Milan and Paris catwalks.

Whether they held the models up as they strutted, or challenged them not to wobble, they’re all here.

1. Block

Clockwise from top left: Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Prada

Clockwise from top left: Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Prada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Straight, flared, or with a concave heel breast at Marc by Marc Jacobs; the block heel is here to stay until well into 2015.

2. Stiletto

Clockwise from top left: Altuzarra, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roland Mouret, Haider Ackermann

Clockwise from top left: Altuzarra, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roland Mouret, Haider Ackermann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skinny heels with single soles are back. Most are set far back, which is bad news for supporting the wearer. They do provide a pleasing sexy elegance, so just beware of cobbles and uneven surfaces.

3. Fancy

Clockwise from top left: Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Rodarte

Clockwise from top left: Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Rodarte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The creativity displayed by such a variety of heel types is impressive. Whether they stand out through shape or embellishment, these are some of the most talked-about shoes of SS15.

4. Low heel

Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Comme des Garçons, Loewe, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel

Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Comme des Garçons, Loewe, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If white is the new black: low heels are the new flats. In spring/summer 2015, flat footwear will still be on-trend, but shoes with a slight lift will begin to take over.

5. Wedge

Clockwise from top left: Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Marni, Balenciaga, Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren

Clockwise from top left: Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Marni, Balenciaga, Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low, mid or high: wedges are back on-trend. Largely slim-line rather than chunky: they are covered in leather, metallic veneer, or stacked.

6. Perspex

Clockwise from top left: Emilio Pucci, Viktor & Rolf, Versace, Alexander McQueen

Clockwise from top left: Emilio Pucci, Viktor & Rolf, Versace, Alexander McQueen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No longer just for strippers’ footwear: perspex heels have made it on to the catwalks in unexpected forms.

 

Coming soon: details from the catwalks

 

All images courtesy of style.com

 

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SS15 CATWALKS – STYLES

The most fundamental element of my spring/summer 2015 fashion week analysis is ready.

Here are the top 10 footwear styles which carried the models down the New York, London, Milan and Paris catwalks.

1. Ankle strap

Clockwise from top left: Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Derek Lam, Kenzo

Clockwise from top left: Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Derek Lam, Kenzo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah the ankle strap: subject of much discussion as to whether it makes your legs look shorter. This was the top trend by some way. Make it work for you by choosing a slimmer strap if your legs are a normal, non-model-like shape.

2. Mule

Clockwise from top left: Rag & Bone, Derek Lam, Marni, Stella McCartney, Miu miu, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Clockwise from top left: Rag & Bone, Derek Lam, Marni, Stella McCartney, Miu miu, 3.1 Phillip Lim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closed-toed, open or with a peep-toe: the mule is making a big come-back. As for the heel height and styling: anything goes. Neutral colours were most prevalent.

3. Point

Clockwise from top left: Balenciaga, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Michael Kors

Clockwise from top left: Balenciaga, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Michael Kors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petal-shaped or sharp points stood out as being the most important toe shapes this season. Details included animal-textures, weaving, and lacing. Flats give a chic look, with heels looking vampy.

4. Wooden

Clockwise from top left: Rick Owens, Nina Ricci, Prada, Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon, Donna Karan

Clockwise from top left: Rick Owens, Nina Ricci, Prada, Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon, Donna Karan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clogs and wooden soles haven’t gone away since Swedish Hasbeens led them back into the fashion world in 2009. For spring/summer 2015, wood has been carved into flatforms, virtual stilettos, beautifully curvaceous heels, and big lugs courtesy of Rick Owens.

5. Toe post

Clockwise from top left: Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Salvatore Ferragamo, Haider Ackermann, Roberto Cavalli

Clockwise from top left: Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Salvatore Ferragamo, Haider Ackermann, Roberto Cavalli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designers seemed to have reached a consensus that sandals must make a visit between the toes this season. White, neutrals, and metallics dominated.

6. Peep toe

 

Clockwise from top left: Derek Lam, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Mary Katrantzou, Narciso Rodriguez

Clockwise from top left: Derek Lam, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Mary Katrantzou, Narciso Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A naughty glimpse of toe will be a must-have come the spring-time. I predict that wedding guests will scoop up peep-toe styles early next year.

7. Cross strap

Clockwise from top left: Marni, Dries Van Noten, Nina Ricci, Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors

Clockwise from top left: Marni, Dries Van Noten, Nina Ricci, Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandals were given a flattering but supportive look with wide cross straps. Some were plain, some decorated, and this style carried a variety of colours.

8. Sporty

 

Clockwise from top left: Burberry Prorsum, Giorgio Armani, Marni, Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta

Clockwise from top left: Burberry Prorsum, Giorgio Armani, Marni, Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never before have there been so many trainers (and grateful models’ feet) on show at the fashion weeks. The sports influence also spilled over into stilettos at Alexander Wang, and flatforms at the Marni show.

9. Gladiator

Clockwise from top left: Valentino, Rick Owens, Erdem, Chloe, Hugo Boss, Alexander McQueen

Clockwise from top left: Valentino, Rick Owens, Erdem, Chloe, Hugo Boss, Alexander McQueen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did gladiator sandals go out of style briefly? It’s no surprise that the fashionista’s sandal of choice is back. Draw attention to your pins with straps or laces up the leg.

10. Higher than ankle boots

Clockwise from top left: Christian Dior, Gucci, Versace, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Miu miu, Rodarte

Clockwise from top left: Christian Dior, Gucci, Versace, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Miu miu, Rodarte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boots which end higher than ankle height, and lower than the calf, provide an updated look to the continuing summer boot trend. This height offers a large canvas, which designers decorated with a variety of details.

 

Coming soon: heel types from the catwalks

 

All images courtesy of style.com
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SHOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH!

I can’t think of a better way to finish off your witch/pumpkin costume this Halloween, than these fabulous Rupert Sanderson d’Orsay heels:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Halloween just another great excuse to buy shoes?

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ANIMATED SHOES

Technology influences fashion footwear in many ways, whether with new developments in leather or the progress of 3D printing.

This season, Christopher Kane has launched two shoe styles with surprising heels.

Through the use of lenticular printing, the lily and peony flowers appear to bloom as the wearer walks.

Lily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s next? Smart screens in our heels projecting our chosen image, animation or movie?

Tell me your dream futuristic shoe in the comments, or tweet @shoeconsultant

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