ISA TAPIA

Despite my frustrations at not being able to find the complete wonderful SS2014 Isa Tapia range for sale online, I thought I would share the best of what I could find to buy (and a couple that I couldn’t).

Isa Tapia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful embroidered court shoe, great for weddings as the bride’s something blue, or to complete a guest’s outfit.

 

Isa Tapia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In silver: a metallic neutral that will take you from beach to bar. If you only buy one sandal this year, make it this simple lizard-print leather style with scalloped edges.

 

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For a dash of 1950s retro, pick this sweet almond-toed style with its flattering ankle strap and V-throat. I love the powerful combination of black, white and red.

 

Isa Tapia 4 sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a fun animal-print look, try these in tan hair-on with their two different spot sizes. The heel is well-positioned to prevent wobble.

 

Isa Tapia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domed black studs give an edge to this sleek cut-out sandal. Wear these with playful tailoring from Cos to show your fashion credentials.

 

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The key feature of these red suede sandals is the carved wooden heel, with its inverted comma-shaped cut-out. Great for adding height and impact without looking slutty.

 

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These court shoes are covered in subtle details, such as tear-drop-shaped cut-outs, white lizard-print leather with leopard spots and black studs, and the red leather-covered studded heel. Wear with a white, black or even red suit for high impact.

Here are a couple of styles from www.isatapia.com. Let me know if you find them to buy!

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MAKE YOUR OWN SHOES

Do you like to be unique, or long to wear something made-to-measure? Have you ever wanted to make your own shoes? Perhaps you know someone who’d be thrilled if you paid for them to learn shoe-making.

I have compiled a list of shoe-making courses in the U.K. for you , so that you or your favourite person can make a very special and unique pair.

 

 

 

 

From their half-day Summer Sandal Making workshop to the 10 day intensive Mastering Footwear course, I Can Make Shoes offer a variety of tempting opportunities in their London studio.

 

Prescott Mackay

 

 

 

 

Prescott & Mackay are another big name in shoe-making workshops, and offer the largest variety of course options. The One Day Moccasin Course is run by the expert in this construction Rose Choules, and they not only offer courses in London, but also in San Francisco, U.S.A. and Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

 

 

For something outside the norm, go back in time with Sarah Juniper‘s Gloucestershire-based Historical Shoemaking Courses. You can make medieval turnshoes in three days, or Blücher boots in five. Primarily for reenactors, or perhaps anyone interested in historical footwear manufacturing methods.

 

 

 

 

UAL not only run the famous BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, but also short courses in shoe-making, pattern cutting and design. Who wouldn’t want this famous institution on their C.V.?

 

 

 

 

De Montfort: another university famous for its heritage in footwear design tuition, also offers a short course in footwear design and making. You can opt for just the design day, the footwear fundamentals day, or days 3 and 4 when you learn pattern cutting and make a shoe.

 

 

 

 

 

Carréducker (run by bespoke shoemakers James Ducker and Deborah Carré) offer their London-based shoe making course in a traditional evening class format (be warned, a pair of shoes will take you three terms to complete). They also offer intensive pattern making and shoe making options, and if you so wish one-to-one tuition.

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If you fancy travelling to peaceful Dartmoor to learn the craft, Green Shoes offer 1 day shoemaking and 2 day bootmaking options. Be warned: their courses are very popular so you will need to book well in advance.

 

 

 

Paul Thomas offers his expertise in another London-based course. This one caters for those who need to learn flexibly. My tip: ensure you are willing to put in the 80 hours it takes to make your pair before embarking on this shoe adventure.

 

Let me know how you get on with your shoe education.

 

If you run a non-web-based course in the U.K. that I haven’t featured, please e-mail the details and your logo to consultant@shoeconsultant.co.uk , and I will happily add them to this post.

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YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHERE THESE ARE FROM…

I do love it when a retailer surprises with me with their new season collection.

Can you guess where these are from?:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These sky blue suede sandals have perspex heels for a modern touch. They are also terribly comfortable because of the Insolia®, which “redistributes your weight away from the balls of your feet, reducing pressure and increasing ankle stability”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy a little animal print, but don’t feel quite feline enough to go for full-on leopard? These almond-toed pumps with their trendy set-back block heels, will act as a wardrobe neutral without being boring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The metal plate detail on these royal blue suede wedge sandals, gives a fashion edge to an easy-to-wear style. The Insolia Flex® “makes walking in flats more comfortable by insuring your foot is correctly placed within your shoes, and improving the natural rotational movement of the ball of the foot.” That sounds good to me (and my feet).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is likely to throw you off your guessing path. A party sandal for the fashionista in you, in fun multi-coloured leopard print fabric, with an on-trend block heel and sexy ankle-strap. These also boast Insolia® technology, so you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for your love of fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combining two of my favourite colours: grey and gold. These flat sandals will look chic with rolled up jeans, or cropped tailored trousers. They combine the comfort of that Insolia Flex® stuff with an on-trend look. How great would these look if you paint your toe-nails gold?

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a Missoni look on a sweet pump, look no further. Great for weekends out shopping or lunching, or even garden parties with a simple A-line shirt dress. Yes, yes they’ve got Insolia Flex® so you’ll be fine walking for long periods.

If you haven’t yet clicked on one of the images to discover where these pretties are from, here’s a hint: they’re from a great British stalwart.

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THE WEDGE OF THE SUMMER

Whoever invented the wedge (according to Wiki, an Ancient Greek) was a wonderful, wonderful person.

Except on good old-fashioned English cobbles and other uneven surfaces, a wedge will comfortably elevate you through all seasons.

From knee-high lace-up wedge boots (my man’s favourite on me because they look hot, and I don’t whinge about foot pain), to those Ascot/barbeque/pub-garden summer sandals, this is by far my favourite heel type.

I only recently discovered the Italian shoe-maker Massimo Lonardo, and unfortunately there is very little information about him on the web. All I can glean is that he makes beautiful wedges in a factory in Massa, Tuscany (Italy).

These intricate and well-made creations are perfect for the warmer months to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an Eastern antique-look silk with leather lining, you could pick out one or more of the colours from the fabric for your outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one reminds me of delicately hand-painted porcelain. Perfect with that white shift-dress, or even as your something blue…

This style comes in three colourways: all with unusual embroidery on the wedge which is sort of haphazard but it works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The red is my favourite, but the brown would look great for more of a relaxed, 70s vibe.

Which is your favourite Lonardo style?

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MODERN DAY CHOPINES

I haven’t seen any shoes so clearly historically inspired for a long time.

These Giuseppe Zanotti beauties are certainly modern day Chopines: the original platform shoes.

The ultimate in 15th century Spanish courtesan chic for 2014. Keep yourself out of the puddles in style.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2014 CATWALK TRENDS – FROM THE HIGH STREET PT 2

If you liked part 1 , you’ll be happy to see that it’s time for me to show you the other 5 of the top 10 catwalk trends as found on the high street.

Sporty

Dune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy, comfortable summer sandal with a sporty white sole. Work this trend without going full-on sporty with trainers.

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re a heels girl, this quilted platform bootie is the way to look sporty without losing your height advantage.

Timberland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timberland boots are back on-trend, but perhaps you don’t think their classic wheat nubuck style is for you. This sneaker version in sleek black with a pink pop is the low-profile alternative.

Lizard

River Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and white combinations are a strong way to wear neutrals without looking dull. This open-waisted bootie has a lizard print rather than a scaly texture. Wear it with black opaque tights this spring, for an effortlessly stylish look.

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This one cleverly combines the orange trend from part 1 with the lizard look. Chunky flatform sandals are a key look this season, seen everywhere from Marni to the high street. Oh and it is acceptable to wear socks or tights with sandals now.

H by Hudson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These ankle boots offer a more traditional textured snake look, and are perfect for the early Spring chill. The tan-coloured stacked heel prevents this style from appearing too heavy for warmer months.

Ankle Wraps

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This court shoe with added ankle strapping combines three trends in one: green, lizard, and ankle wraps. & Other Stories really know how to interpret catwalk looks and make them wearable and affordable.

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The Studio Wrap Pack is suitable for dance and yoga, but can be worn in the street when combined with the leather flat (as pictured). This is the premium version, in a pretty silver and black combination. I’d be tempted to wear this as a fashion option, and sack off the exercise!

Dorothy Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This summery coral suede heel from DP will be flattering with its multiple straps. Go casual with a denim dress, or dress up with something slinky.

White

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People, Birkenstocks are making a big comeback this season. If you buy one pair of basic sandals, make them these. White sandals can make even the palest feet look a little tanned.

Poste Mistress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This T-Bar is geek-chic turned feminine, with its high block heel and cute bronze ankle strap. A trendy heeled style without the stiletto wobble.

Zara

 

 

 

 

 

 

A classic monk shoe with an open waist for a little ventilation, with a chunky sole to keep you out of the grime. This style would easily complement Scandinavian-style tailoring from the likes of Cos and & Other Stories: think black attire in interesting texture combinations.

Bronze Age

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

A classic silhouette, updated in bronze: this tassel loafer in a warm hue would be flattering with either bare legs or socks. The boyish look is going strong, but is made prettier in a metallic.

River Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this the statement sandal of the season? All of that hardware creates an edgy, powerful look. Create serious, friendship altering shoe-envy with these nouveau gladiators.

Boo hoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballet pumps are a classic chic look, and a peep toe version is just what you need for spring and summer. Be on-trend with this sweetly-detailed bronze crackle version.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2014 CATWALK TRENDS – FROM THE HIGH STREET PT 1

In October, I showed you the top 10 footwear trends from the SS14 catwalks.

For those with a normal shoe-shopping budget, you can now buy these trends from our Great British high streets (or on-line if you want to keep warm).

Orange

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This may seem like a very difficult colour to wear, but picture these suede shoe-boots with some indigo jeans.

Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re feeling bolder, imagine these bright sandals with a flirty summer dress on a night out.

ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or for just a hint of this trend, try this easy chelsea boot.

Wooden Soles

Swedish Hasbeens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swedish Hasbeens has become the go-to brand for wooden-soled footwear, and this style with its lace-edge detail is a flattering option.

New Look

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a simple upper on a classic platform wedge, you can’t go wrong with this New Look sandal.

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With its monochrome animal-print heel, this is the must-have fashion version of a wooden-soled sandal.

Pieced Points

Charles Philip Shanghai

 

 

 

 

 

In wonderfully-clashing pink canvas with orange lizard-print faux leather, this pointed pump is guaranteed to brighten up your Spring.

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western styling is influencing footwear this season, and this opened-up ankle boot will be practical from now until the weather gets hot. Wear with a black leather skirt for a rock and roll vibe.

ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are not only cute and on-trend in about three different ways, but they also remind me of Cruella de Vil. Need I say more?

Green

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the olden days, green was considered an unlucky colour for footwear. Now that anything goes, try these moccasins for a touch of effortless cool.

ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

These citrus sandals with their faceted heels are not for the palest of skin tones, but will look stunning on warmer-toned feet.

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These khaki and black sandals offer a sexy twist on the military look. Warning: people may salute you.

Sculptural Heels

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies for featuring this brand so much, but they really have got all of the key trends covered this season. The convex curve gives a modern twist to a classic black suede court shoe.

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a punky fetish look with practical ventilation slits, look no further than Topshop. Oh and that heel, that heel!

Irregular Choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look how far heel technology has come: we can even use garden gnomes to support our stride. Not to everyone’s taste, but Irregular Choice will continue to surprise us with their playful footwear.

Watch this space for part 2: Sporty, Lizard, Ankle Wraps, White & Bronze Age

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DIOR COUTURE CHAIN-MAIL

I always love drooling over the beautiful gowns in the couture shows, especially when the designers complement the clothing with equally stunning footwear.

The shoes on the Christian Dior models stood out for me this season.

Who wouldn’t want chain-mail shoes with their own braces/suspenders?

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SPRING-TIME IN SICILY

The snow-drops and crocuses are emerging from the grassy banks of Southern England, giving hope of warmer days to come.

When the incessant winter rains are getting you down, feast your eyes on these daffodil-yellow blossom-print sandals from Dolce & Gabbana.

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LE SILLA SPARKLING SCULPTURE

With so many shoe options available, it is easy to think that all possible footwear styles must have been made by now.

I do enjoy seeing something that makes me gasp, and looks truly new and innovative.

Le Silla is a brand which the designer Enio Silla launched “to materialize the idea of seduction”. That phrase doesn’t seem to mean much until you see this creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With intricate crystal-covered butterfly-wing wedge platforms, and soft gold nappa leather uppers, if ever I become a famous pop-star, these will form part of my costume.

 

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