It’s fantastic when the heel becomes a focal point on a pair of pumps, and Casadei has a great reputation for that. The iconic Blade pump is instantly recognizable for it’s sleek and modern shape. For the fall 2013 collection, Casadei took a walk on the wild side with animal prints and chunkier heels. This sculpted zebra heel is covered in pony hair and creates a beautiful contrast with the black suede upper. It came in several styles, including pumps, ankle boots, t-strap pumps, and jaw-dropping thigh high boots.
Similar to the Manolo BB, the Jimmy Choo Anouk pump is another classic style. Pretty much every celebrity has been seen wearing a pair, and it’s easy to see why; the pump has a timeless shape and comes in various colors that can be worn with anything. But since I like classic with a twist, I’m more drawn to the studded Anouk. I love the little baby studs all over the shoe. It’s not quite punk, but it turns a basic black pump into something a little more unique. You can snag a pair on FarFetch, or check out some of the great double-takes I’ve found.
It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Casadei shoes. From season to season, there’s always something new, fantastic, and unexpected in the collections. I especially love the styles that have both lady-like elegance and edgier details. The sleek iconic blade heel really balances out the multiple tiny straps in this pair. I think the design evokes a little bit of bad-ass energy as well as a sophisticated feel. They’re sold out by now (last seen on Selfridges) but I managed to find a great double-take by Schutz instead.
I may not be a huge fan of ombré hair, but I do love ombré printed clothing and shoes. I think the effect can look very cool, especially with pumps. The beautiful Jimmy Choo Abel pump is a clear winner in the ombré footwear category—check out the black and gold Agnes and the black glitter Abel versions. But as much as I love the effect, I can’t justify spending the money. Luckily there’s a more affordable and still beautiful version out there!
I wrote about the gorgeous Giuseppe Zanotti Nirvana back in January when I first set eyes upon it. It’s quite a ravishing shoe, very elegant and edgy at the same time. And the snake-like detail is pretty tempting! It’s such a unique design that I didn’t think there would be many copies out there. Imagine my surprise when I came across an extremely similar pair by Bebe…
The weather is starting to cool down and I’m getting into the fall mindset. A lot of people bring out the boots as soon as the first chills of fall set in, but I prefer to step out in sneakers.
High end designers are boosting their collections with casual-chic styles, and some of my favorites are from Giuseppe Zanotti and Jimmy Choo. The Tokyo sneaker is probably what I would splurge on if I could. It’s such a versatile high-top with minimal detail and a classic white-walled sole. There are several stylish variations of this sneaker, but my favorite is the one in glitter.
Sneakers are still having their moment in fashion. Everyone from Céline to Steve Madden is making them, and in so many different styles. The slip on sneakers around today have come a long way from their 90’s ancestors, especially those made with materials such us leather or pony hair. But one of my favorites is definitely glitter; it brings a girlish vibe to an otherwise masculine shoe. Wearing glittery shoes is an excellent way to add a little oomph to your casual outfits. I love the Saint Laurent trainers above (FarFetch), but they’re far out of my budget. But that’s okay because glitter is not some super fancy material, and there are plenty of other options!
Large buckles and multiple straps scream edgy rebellion. Many times, this look can be over-done and gaudy, but Giuseppe Zanotti turns this concept into an elegant high-fashion shoe.