DIORABLE

I’m not a huge fan of pink, and tend to reject the “pink is for girls” mindset. Incidentally, if you agree on this point, you’ll love Man vs. Pink.

The only pink garment I have is a fine knit with a big black gros-grain bow, in the dusky pink colour of a Miu Miu shoe box.

Miu miu box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My shoedrobe lacks any rose-hued articles, and I expect it will stay that way for some time: red is my preferred shoe bright.

For these reasons, I was surprised when something on the Christian Dior AW15 catwalk caught my eye, and left me strangely tempted.

Perhaps it is the contrast of cliché-girly hot pink with fetishistic shiny PVC that I find so appealing.

Christian Dior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the only things stopping me from jumping on the Dior waiting list are:

  1. Can I justify the price-tag for such a non-classic?
  2. Should there be an age limit for these boots (hmm nah)?
  3. What on earth would I wear them with, and on what occasion?

Are you a lover of all things pink, or is it not your hue?

Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter @ShoeConsultant

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TOP 10 CATWALK SHOE COLOURS

  • No' 1 Black
    No' 1 Black
    1. Altuzarra; 2. Rag & Bone; 3. Emilio Pucci; 4. Saint Laurent; 5. Proenza Schouler; 6. Derek Lam; 7. Louis Vuitton; 8. Alexander Wang
  • No' 2 Red
    No' 2 Red
    1. Oscar de la Renta; 2. Stella McCartney; 3. Dries Van Noten; 4. Lanvin; 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs; 6. Gucci; 7. Versace; 8. Thakoon
  • No' 3 Grey
    No' 3 Grey
    1. Christian Dior; 2. Balenciaga; 3. Rochas; 4. Valentino; 5. Proenza Schouler; 6. Narciso Rodriguez; 7. Prada; 8. Marni
  • No' 4 White
    No' 4 White
    1. Marc by Marc Jacobs; 2. Altuzarra; 3. Nina Ricci; 4. Celine; 5. Balenciaga; 6. Rag & Bone; 7. Fendi; 8. Louis Vuitton
  • No' 5 Tan
    No' 5 Tan
    1. Loewe; 2. Rodarte; 3. Givenchy; 4. Michael Kors; 5. Miu Miu; 6. Bottega Veneta; 7. Salvatore Ferragamo; 8. Derek Lam
  • No' 6 Beige
    No' 6 Beige
    1. 3.1 Phillip Lim; 2. Comme des Garçons; 3. Dries Van Noten; 4. Valentino; 5. Oscar de la Renta; 6. Gucci; 7. Vivienne Westwood; 8. Rick Owens
  • No' 7 Blue
    No' 7 Blue
    1. Derek Lam; 2. Dolce & Gabbana; 3. Miu Miu; 4. Prada; 5. Roland Mouret; 6. Michael Kors; 7. Roberto Cavalli; 8. Giorgio Armani
  • No' 8 Green
    No' 8 Green
    1. Dolce & Gabbana; 2. Kenzo; 3. Versace; 4. Rochas; 5. Stella McCartney; 6. Prada; 7. Celine; 8. Miu Miu
  • No' 9 Dark Brown
    No' 9 Dark Brown
    1. Salvatore Ferragamo; 2. Michael Kors; 3. Rick Owens; 4. Maison Margiela; 5. Mary Katrantzou; 6. Lanvin; 7. Marni; 8. Chloe
  • No' 10 Gold
    No' 10 Gold
    1. Dries Van Noten; 2. Miu Miu; 3. Michael Kors; 4. Bottega Veneta; 5. Lanvin; 6. Dolce & Gabbana; 7. Prada; 8. Salvatore Ferragamo

It’s that time of the season when I bring you my in-depth analysis of colour use on the fabulous shoes from the AW15 catwalks.

Using my footwear expertise and mathematical brain, I have categorised all of the close-ups from the New York, London, Milan and Paris shows to bring you this report.

I like pie-charts almost as much as I like pie, so here’s the break-down of all colour usage on the catwalk shoes:

Colour pie smaller

 

Coming soon: Top 10 shoe styles

 

All images courtesy of style.com
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CAN A SHOE BE TOO SAFE?

The world of footwear has become increasingly creative in recent history. In the context of so much choice, embellishment and colour, workaday footwear can fall rather flat.

I have high expectations every fashion week season, and hope to be wowed by new styles on the models’ hard-working feet. Whilst Karl Lagerfeld’s Autumn/Winter 2015 Chanel collection brought us colourful maxi-length knitted outfits, and unexpected skirt on trouser layering, footwear took a back seat.

The one style which featured on all of the female models was this very simple sling-back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst the nude with black toe-cap motif is a familiar one to lovers of Chanel, this simple silhouette fails to bring innovation to the fashion house. If Lagerfeld’s aim was to avoid distracting attention from the apparel, he has achieved this, but where’s the fun in that?

Is it too much to ask why there is no new version of those multi-coloured boots from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection?

Perhaps I have a form of footwear ADHD. Plain old shoe styles may fail to keep my attention, but when they are made from beautiful materials, or with exquisite details, even the simplest styles can grab me.

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COMFORTABLE COOL

As it’s March now, I have a hope that one of these days the weather might get warmer.

Please indulge this dream, and share the fantasy with me whilst drooling over this season’s on-trend but comfortable sandals.

  • The hiker
    The hiker
    Where Teva led with the hiking sandal trend, other brands followed. This season, their flatform version comes in wearable on-trend brights.
  • The jelly
    The jelly
    Ancient Greek Sandals' more affordable version of their classic winged sandal style. In all black, it's as sophisticated as jelly gets.
  • The slide
    The slide
    A playful colour combination of the classic back on-trend Birkenstock style. The neutral patent upper with just a flash of colour displays your style credentials.
  • The statement
    The statement
    In a favourite colour combination of Michael Jackson, these sandals are a lightweight and comfortable way to stand out from the populace.
  • The snake
    The snake
    Who would believe how happily pale lime green and monochrome can sit together? I love the idea of setting these sandals off with a crisp white dress.
  • The scarlet
    The scarlet
    The set-in sole reminds me of Japanese Geta sandals. In the classic feel-good footwear colour, these are bound to make the wearer smile.
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LFW’S MOST COVETED BOOTS?

I love it when the exciting and beautiful shoe styles on the London Fashion Week catwalks don’t look incredibly painful. Erdem showed us that beauty and femininity don’t have to mean pain.

  • Black + Red Oxford Ankle Boot
    Black + Red Oxford Ankle Boot
    Mannish Oxford lace-ups have graduated to higher heels. The rich combination of black and dark red is actually really easy to wear.
  • Black Over Knee Boot
    Black Over Knee Boot
    Don't worry. Those over-the-knee boots you bought this winter will still be on-trend when autumn comes around again.
  • Black + White Oxford Ankle Boot
    Black + White Oxford Ankle Boot
    Good news for feet: block heels are here to stay. I love the contrasting embroidery on croc-embossed leather for the ultimate luxurious detailing.
  • Black + Red Over Knee Boot
    Black + Red Over Knee Boot
    Flats can be sexy too. What better colour and texture combination is there to vamp up your robin hood boots, than black and red croc?

 

All images courtesy of style.com
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TOP 5 WEARABLE NYFW SHOES

Much as I love drooling over all of the beautiful shoes strutting down the catwalks, not all of them are gorgeous and practical.

Here is my pick of the top 5 styles from New York Fashion Week A/W 2015 season, which are wearable day-to-day.

  • Rag & Bone
    Rag & Bone
    Conveniently slip-on for when you're in a hurry, these simple monochrome white penny loafers have a low block heel for comfort with a little lift.
  • Proenza Schouler
    Proenza Schouler
    Although they are around three inches high, these sandals are well-supported by a stylish block heel. The grey fabric wrap looks slipper-comfortable.
  • Boss
    Boss
    Jodhpur boots are the new Chelsea. Although they are a little harder to get on in a hurry, they are just as comfortable for all-day wear. Love the colour combo!
  • Marc Jacobs
    Marc Jacobs
    The flat Oxford has evolved. Mid heels like this cylindrical one are practical, feminine and stylish. What more can a girl ask for from a shoe?
  • Michael Kors
    Michael Kors
    Snake works well as an easy-to-wear wedding option. This heel is placed is placed almost directly under the wearer's centre of gravity, for ultimate stability.

 

All images courtesy of style.com
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FRUITY

To quote the great songstress Gwen Stefani: this sh*t is bananas,

B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for this summery print Sophia Webster! It has certainly cheered up my February.

 

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THE HOLY GRAIL

At last, a footwear brand has really thought about what women want. Nanna Liv, the designer behind Sargossa has developed a patent pending cushioned insole, using medical-grade shock-absorbing foam.

Not content with offering grateful women comfort with their heels, Sargossa provide a small but beautiful range of styles, in numerous shades.

  • The yellow stunner
    The yellow stunner
    Is there a better feel-good colour than yellow? Beautiful with coral nail polish and matching lip gloss. Wear with any colour but black to avoid the bee look.
  • The sweet red court
    The sweet red court
    Red shoes don't have to look promiscuous. This mid-height court has a cute 50s look, and the suede/snake combo. adds a fashion slant.
  • The classic-with-a-twist sandal
    The classic-with-a-twist sandal
    One of those items that will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. Who doesn't need a comfortable black stiletto sandal, with beautifully-shaped straps.
  • The cuff sandal
    The cuff sandal
    Blue suede shoes are a must-have this Spring. Just look at the styles on the Fendi and Derek Lam catwalks.
  • The girly circle sandal
    The girly circle sandal
    This hot pink option is great for town-based weddings. Grass and mud are of course the enemy of the stiletto.
  • The high wine red court
    The high wine red court
    Ideal for dominating at work, this colour will certainly perk up your charcoal grey suit.
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BOOK RELEASE NEWS

It is with great excitement that I can announce I am now a published author!

If you enjoy reading my blog posts and tweets, I know you’ll love all of the essential footwear facts and tips in Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women.

The wonderful Samantha Clarke of Zukuri UnLtd and I combined our expertise to write this life-changing e-book. This is the first in a series of books which combine our expertise in clothing and footwear, to help you skilfully create your signature look with ease.

After hearing the cries of women frustrated by the contents of their wardrobes, we decided it was time to take matters into our own hands. We believe in the power of women joining forces to help other women like you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So just what does it take to find that star outfit for a night out with your friends, or that super important client meeting? We want to help you avoid those “I’ve got nothing to wear” moments. This book reveals our signature formula, honed by our own personal techniques and rituals, to give you the core knowledge and skills to select what works for you. We guarantee that by reading our book, and following our methods, you will empower yourself to dress and feel fabulous.

Outfits in Minutes provides in-depth insights into footwear shapes and meanings, a new approach to dressing for your style, and practical advice for wearing and combining colours.

In this compact guide packed full of clever formulas and techniques, we take you on a journey of learning and discovery, to help you achieve the ultimate goal of creating flattering outfits which represent you at your best.

Arm yourself with this book to save yourself time in the morning, and ensure you always leave the house with a smile on your face, and a confident stride.

Life’s too short to be wasting it in front of your wardrobe. Get started now, and pull together your outfits in minutes.

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER

Buy Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women for only £1.99/U.S. $2.99. Hurry, as this offer expires on Sunday 1st February at 4pm GMT*

If you enjoy Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women, I’d be really grateful if you could take the time to write a review on Amazon.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about it too.

Thank you!

 

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WOMEN, FASHION, POWER, SHOES

I spent an afternoon at the Women Fashion Power exhibition at London’s Design Museum, and was fascinated to learn more about how our clothing and position in society have been so entangled.

From corsetry to suffragette uniforms to 1980s club-wear, we follow the journey of women’s complex relationship with clothing which enhances, conceals or empowers.

I couldn’t help but share some of the footwear styles, which stood out either because of their beauty, shockingness, or cultural significance.

Intricate femininity

1920s

1920s – beaded and sequinned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimistic yellow x art deco

1920s - yellow satin

1920s – yellow satin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utilitarian meets reptile

1941 - snakeskin

1941 – snakeskin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disco does ornate

1970s - lurex brocade platforms

1970s – lurex brocade platforms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty power dressing 

1980s - yellow leather PJ Shoes

1980s – yellow leather PJ Shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girly street

1988 - Art of Puma

1988 – Art of Puma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workwear for the recession

1990s - Dr. Martens

1990s – Dr. Martens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over-the-top luxury

2014 - Isolde by Christian Louboutin

2014 – Isolde by Christian Louboutin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique inspiration

1999 - Silk ottoman fabric with crystal buckle by Manolo Blahnik

1999 – Silk ottoman fabric with crystal buckle by Manolo Blahnik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The artist

2007-08 - Watercolour, ink, pencil by Manolo Blahnik

2007-08 – Watercolour, ink, pencil by Manolo Blahnik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Westwood

2013 - Vivienne Westwood Red Label

2013 – Vivienne Westwood Red Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I highly recommend taking a couple of hours to see this exhibition for yourself, before it closes on April 26th 2015.

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