COOL, COMFORTABLE & IN THE SALE

With leather linings and uppers, and cushioned insoles, you might think of Geox as being a brand which pays more attention to comfort than to style.

Proving otherwise, these stylish options are not only beautiful, comfortable and great for spring, but they are also in the sale:

£115 reduced to £57.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love how the loafer trend has gone high-rise. This high-polished option is perfect for a mannish work look.

£90 reduced to £63

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey is an on-trend neutral shade for spring/summer 2014. Try it with pastel shades or neons.

£145 reduced to £72.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This gorgeous platform desert boot in brick-coloured suede, reminds me of the 1970s. I can see it with a maxi skirt and soft white shirt.

£120 reduced to £60

£120 reduced to £60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is for easy weekends with denim, or keeping you out of the mud at festivals with a floral tea-dress.

£105 reduced to £52.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An update to the classic mary jane, this 2-tone shoe is a lovely contrast of sweet and sexy: the perfect date shoe.

£135 reduced to £81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a little tired of seeing sneaker wedges everywhere, and find this hiker boot wedge to be a refreshing alternative.

Thinking twice about Geox now?

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NEW SPRING/SUMMER WINDOWS

Walking down Bond Street in London today, the Chanel & Tory Burch windows caught my eye.

The weather is cold, but these tempting spring/summer shoes are available now:

Tory Burch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SHOE THAT MADE ME LOVE SHOES

@CorrinaGB asked me today on Twitter “what’s your favourite pair of all time? Photo, please!”

The shoe that instantly came to mind came from Shellys. When the brand still had their own shops, I would make regular pilgrimages to the Covent Garden shop (now Nike) or the one on Oxford Street.

Shellys made my teenage self realise that shoes didn’t have to be black or brown. My pair were lilac, with dark purple cut-out teardrops, binding and leather linings.

So unfortunately I don’t have a photo, or my beloved shoes, but I’ve sketched them for you:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which have been your favourite pair of all time?

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PEACE, LOVE, SHOES

Peace, Love, Shoes

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BOOKS FOR SHOE-LOVERS

Are you panicking about what to buy for someone this Christmas? Do they like shoes?

Here are my top 5 of the best shoe books available at the moment:

Design Museum Fifty Shoes That Changed The World gives social and cultural context to footwear, without being verbose. It emphasises the impact that shoes have had, and reminds the reader that to be interested in shoes does not mean you are lacking in intellectual capacity.

The font, images, and binding are pleasing in their minimalism. I find this book so compelling that it has been distracting me whilst I’ve been writing this blog post!

Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us is a well-researched book by the highly knowledgeable Rachelle Bergstein. With very few illustrations, the reader relies on Bergstein’s compelling prose to take us through various aspects of the past and recent history of women and their relationships with footwear.

I have been intrigued to watch the growing cult status of Christian Louboutin and his footwear. Anyone who visited the Louboutin exhibition at the Design Museum in London, or at the Design Exchange in Toronto will have learnt a little more about the man behind that red sole.

This book is a permanent record of Louboutin’s life, inspirations, and some of his creations. With its faux-leather cover, this is also a beautiful object for your coffee table.

This chunky paperback was published in 1996, and therefore does not refer to the post- Sex and the City era of shoe adoration. However, it explores the history of footwear, goes into depth on subjects such as foot-binding, and footwear fetishes, and provides many beautiful images of old and new shoes to drool over. My copy which I have had for 13 years is rather well-thumbed now.

Do you know a man who obsesses over his pair of Church’s, Cheaneys or Loakes? Perhaps he would like to know more about the many processes and techniques involved in creating his fine footwear.

This book is so good, it’s used by footwear design students. It is a fascinating guide for anyone who wants to know how you get from cow to handmade shoe.

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DOES THIS PUT YOU OFF ILL-FITTING HEELS?

Many women think that wearing high heels means you have to put up with pain.

It has not been until now, that advances in technology have allowed us to begin to understand the reasons for this pain.

This video is certainly enlightening:

Look at those poor curled-up toes! Did you know about those two bones under your big toe joint?

The good news is that choosing high heels which properly support your feet, is easier than you might think. Read my article on pages 10-11 of The Style File to find out how.

Video source: States Chronicle

 

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WXY TAIWAN

I make it my business to be aware of as many new footwear brands as possible. Wxy: a Taiwanese footwear brand, have launched a small innovative collection which excites me greatly.

Fighter W $515

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The leathers used are beautifully soft, and of the highest quality. Check out that sculptural heel!

W Key $390

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who said black court shoes have to be boring? Imagine rocking up to the office wearing these.

Area III $290

 

 

 

 

 

 

For casual days when you still want to feel like an innovator, try these tan leather pumps with upcycled toe detail, and wooden heel.

General X $650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These white knee-high boots with over-knee flap, also come in Tan and Black for those who want to look a little less 1960s space age.

Yellow Queen $515

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These slip-on gibsons are made with layered leather and in this yellow colour are the stand-out shoe from this collection. They also come in Black and White. I’d be tempted by the Black if I wasn’t on my black shoe fast.

Wxy are offering free worldwide shipping this season, so now is the time to purchase.

I for one can’t wait to see next season’s Wxy designs. What do you think? Tweet me @ShoeConsultant or leave your comment below.

 

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MEHER KAKALIA – EMBROIDERED PUMPS

I was in Fenwicks on Bond Street, London, and came across a rainbow of pretty ballet pumps by Karachi-born Meher Kakalia.

At £129 per pair, these high-quality, hand-made shoes are very reasonably-priced.

Meher Kakalia

Find out more about the craftsmen and craftswomen, and processes involved in making these beautiful shoes, and see more styles at http://www.meherkakalia.com/.

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CLEO B POP-UP SHOP

Having blogged about their very cute “Tricky” style in my Hot Summer Hot Footwear feature, I was invited to the Cleo B pop-up shop at Andaz Liverpool Street in London.

The Setting

Nestled in this glamorous hotel, Cleo B set up shop in an ex-Masonic temple: the perfect back-drop for a collection full of mystery and decadence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The brand were not only show-casing their fabulous new “Pixels” collection for Autumn/Winter 2013, but also had products from previous seasons for sale.

Previous Seasons

Check out these peep-shoe-boots:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…sleek but playful wedges…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…not forgetting a chic classic ballet pump, in black suede, pink nappa, & natural raffia…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…all with this adorable sole detail:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleo B’s footwear is made in Spain, from quality leathers and fabrics. Having visited similar factories myself, I am pleased that the fine skills of these Spanish shoe-makers are being utilised by new young brands.

Pixels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Tetris-inspired ballerinas cleverly piece together squares of metallic leathers, to give that 1980s computer-graphic look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ornate bootie features a surprisingly complementary pairing of contrasting textures: purple suede and lizardskin

This elegant court shoe looks super-cute with a fur pom-pom shoe-clip…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and ultra sexy without…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and the shoe-clips come in loads of great colours…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and styles…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessories for Humans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessories for Dogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was lovely meeting Cleo, Biz, and the team, and finding out a little bit more about this British brand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what’s next for Cleo B? Will they be opening a permanent store for our delectation? They said “no”, but Cleo told me about her exciting new plans for more fabulous shoe-clips, some affordable leather Oyster card holders, and of course more beautiful footwear.

Follow me on Twitter @ShoeConsultant and I will let you know as soon as the “Pixels” collection hits the shops.

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ON PERSPEX SHOES

Over the past few Spring/Summer seasons, the fashion media have been helping us to realise that perspex shoes are not just for strippers.

These catwalk and designer styles help us to appreciate the beauty of perspex:

Sophia Webster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Louboutin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simone Rocha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All three are appealing objects, but what happens when you put them on your feet?:

Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Kardashian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nasty Gal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found uglier, sweatier images, but I think you get the picture. If perspex shoes are your thing, try the following tricks:

  • Wear with coloured/patterned socks – they will absorb your perspiration, and avoid that squashed foot look
  • Try styles with perspex in small sections only
  • Mesh is a more flattering alternative. Try the Emporio Armani or Next styles below
  • For an alternative non-leather look, how about Melissa’s range of plastic shoes with comfortable linings (below)?

Emporio Armani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Glam x Karl Lagerfeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you should be ready to enter the brave world of the transparent shoe.

Let me know if you have any questions shoe-lovers!

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