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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DREAMING OF SUN WITH LA PAIRE

Whilst looking out of the window at the London drizzle this week, I’ve been dreaming about warmer weather, and of setting my feet free to feel sun-rays and a gentle sea breeze.

The SS14 La Paire look-book captures the designer Amy La’s Moroccan inspiration beautifully, and has only fuelled my day-dreaming antics.

La Paire offers a mid-priced range of flat and low wedge sandals and pumps, all handmade in Spain from soft leathers and suedes.

 

The collection is centred on three equally compelling sandal styles, each available in a variety of shades and textures.

The cover features Viola: an ankle strap sandal with prettily delicate scalloping on the front strap, and it comes in two more colours.

ViolaIt looks fabulous on the foot as well.

I love the glimpses of La’s Iznik tiling inspiration in the look-book photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rose style is “an ode to the traditional Grecian sandal”. The plain colours with gold accent straps create an elegant lux feel, perfect for St Tropez (or Brighton on that rare sunny day).

The third floral-named sandal is the Lily, with its exotic snakeskin-print leather sections. There’s something very flattering about that V created by the gold straps over the foot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, do we need to beg Ms La Paire to let us buy her beautiful SS14 sandals before they launch in March?

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PRETTY PRETTY NIKE

Now I’m not generally a sneaker freak, but sometimes a sporty little something comes along, and knocks me over.

I saw this Air Max 1 in the window of Offspring:

Air Max 1 £125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and they come in the Dunk Sky Hi (all is forgiven sneaker wedge)…

Dunk Sky Hi £125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and the cheaper Blazer Mid option:

Blazer Mid £100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swoon.

That is all.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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