Ah come on II: Maison Martin Margiela Painted PVC Booties

Sorry people, I know there has been a tad of whining in this blog but the wonderful world of shoes seems very confusing lately.

Maison Martin Margiela Painted PVC Booties

Without even going into the specific details of this, such as $900 price tag or the totally unflattering model or why they just did not go to the shop for another can of black instead of releasing it on the market (they surely must have a trainee or fifteen responsible for crucial tasks like that), the two biggest questions in my head are: How could anybody at any point of time think that this is a good idea? And why?

Shoe freakin’ fab: Dolce & Gabbana Crystal-embellished Satin Pumps

Unlike this, I would not mind putting my greedy, lusting, shoe-loving fingers on this:

Dolce & Gabbana Crystal-embellished Satin Pumps

Let’s take a look from the other perspective:

Dolce & Gabbana Crystal-embellished Satin Pumps

Holy crap of all magpies. This is one detailed hand back of a shoe. And let’s finish with a picture of the bow, just to see if the perfection remains from a real close-up:

Dolce & Gabbana Crystal-embellished Satin Pumps

Well, yes it does. Fascinated by all the perfect shiny bling, with the eyes of a child on Christmas morning while rushing down the stairs, I start wiping of my chocolate stained fingers to at least touch the screen version of the ultimate shoe perfection.

And the illusion snaps together with the price tag making it into my tunnel vision – £2 646.

Fingers gliding automatically into the cookie box again.

Really people? For something, no matter how beautiful it is and it really really is in this case,that will still be in touch with ground and dirt* on daily basis? What is it made from? Unicorn sprinkled magic dust sewn on by hands of thousands little virgin elves? Seriously, my feet are barely worth that much to me.

* Insert optional adult joke about how these shoes are not for walking but for more pleasurable activities, in the air. And in case you are serious with that, planning to get these shoes out of that only purpose, respect to you, your feet and your vagina.

Shoe candy: Kurt Geiger London “Elm”

Let’s start the beginning of a new week with a bit of satisfaction for the universal shoe sweet tooth with a piece or two of Elm:

Kurt Geiger London Elm

Great adult-enough shade of pink, shiny patent leather and app 11cm stiletto heels make this a really cute and sleek shoe candy without “the way too common and every time equally disturbing” Barbie/My Little Pony/daddy issues vibes. The lines of the model as well as the pink strap make this shoe totally wearable both for work and pleasure related occasions, with everything from beige trousers and a white crispy shirt to a flowery dress.

If you prefer a touch of mint for your sweet tooth , except for classic black and silver, there is also the white version (although they seem more pink-sih to me):

Kurt Geiger London Elm

Shoe Look alikes: Tiamo pump and Christian Louboutin Rolando Zipper

I understand that high-street chains follow designer trends, making them available for the broad masses, amongst them myself. I also understand that sometimes, inspiration can be a bit overwhelming, limiting their own creative input into the design.

But really?:

Tiamo Pump

A reminder of the Loubis:

Christian Louboutin Rolando Zipper Pump

Sorry about the artsy fartsy picture (from Jennie Hammar)  but this is an old model and sold out everywhere except for the shi*load of shops selling cheap knock offs.

I know that Christian Louboutin was not allowed to get a patent for the red soles but somehow, seeing them on any other shoe makes me cringe a tiny bit. If it is a great looking shoe otherwise, it seems like the designer lacked the confidence in his/her own design and went for a safe card, just in case. If it looks poorly designed, the impression is lack of originality but “hey, we know what will sell among younger groups, slap on that red sole and we’ll do fine”.

Anyhow, there are a couple of conclusions to be drawn here depending on the starting point:

1. Pure laziness.To the extent of getting inspiration from a model that is a couple of seasons old, not something currently on the market.

2. Not knowing about the above mentioned Loubis. In which case, the person in question should either work for Louboutin&co (considering they seem to think extremely  similar) or not work with shoe design at all. Let’s face it, if you decide to go for the red sole to start with, you should know your homework.

Shoe Loubi Fab: Christian Louboutin Volpi Poppi d’Orsay Pump

Often, being a great shoe designer is not about wild shapes and forms, never before seen creations and removal of essential details of footwear, e.g. heels. Sometimes, it is just about doing the basics, the fundamentals or the current trends a bit better than the majority – something Christian Louboutin masters, as we have seen over and over again through out the years.  Well, here it is again.

Ladies and gents, let me introduce you to  the it-girl of all flowery aspirants of this season’s title:

Christian Louboutin Volpi Poppi d'Orsay Pump

The classical Volpi pump with poppy print fabric – all that is needed to kick-start a wave of shoe cravings.

Worried about the possible clash of colours and the famous red sole? *

Christian Louboutin Volpi Poppi d'Orsay Pump

Looks pretty good to me.

* Of course you don’t. It is a freakin’ Loubi. (Genuine) Red soles never clash.  I just kind of wanted to share the back of the shoe with you as well.

A Shoe-Mystery: Rene Caovilla Crystal-Wrap Sandal

Don’t get me wrong. This is a beautifully crafted elegant shoe:

Rene Caovilla Crystal-Wrap Sandal

But here is a question I personally thought I would never utter, considering my slightly-above-the-average shoe interest: How do you put them on?

Maybe it is just me but “black and white porcelain crystals set in silvertone metal, trimmed in clear pave crystals” does not sound like something you slide your foot into, adjust to your ankle (make it stay there!) and go dancing all night, without the slightest fear of the whole installation breaking and you not so gracefully crawling around on all four  trying to pick up the above mentioned crystals from  the dance floor.

Shoe candy: Grace Fan Bow Platform Peep from Hobbs

Let’s take a (short) break from everything related to car parts, architectural shoes and multiple chains with a portion of polka dots (the first one in this blog even):

Hobbs Grace Fan Bow Platform Peep

They lines of the shoe are really elegant, the heel measures up to respect-demanding 11cm,  the bow is a lovely touch without overdoing it and first and foremost –  I love myself a dose of polka dots now and then. Altogether this manages to look both cute and classical, a combination that totally works for me. If it works for you as well, you  can find the shoes here.

Continuing the lambada shoe candy: Kurt Geiger Class

If the little lambada twirl in my previous post went well, I guess Kurt Geiger Class would be the shoe of my choice for a second date:

Kurt Geiger Class

Just like the name of the shoe implies, this is classy but not typically classical, interesting without the “visually barking at me” effect, cute but not “burping fairy dust cute”.

Or summarized in the second-date-language – Yes, I look good. No,  I do not put out too easily.

PS: Cudos for the unusual shade of blue and the guts not to “spice it up” with metal tip heels or a buckle in a different colour or whatever that would overdo it.

 

Shoe candy: Aldo Mazar Peep Toe Colour Block Heeled Shoes

A lot can be said about Mazar: 

Aldo Mazar Peep Toe Colour Block Heeled Shoes

I mean, it is a lot of shoe in a way: Colour blocking, seriously contrasting (bright) colours, both peep-toe and slingback, buckle and a statement heel.

But the only scenario I can think of is: me and you Mazar, an exotic flower  the size of a baby’s head in my hair, an umbrella drink in one hand and a (tall) guy in another, dragging me to the dance floor where the first lambada beats a la the latest remake are kicking in. All that from one pump on a cold and snowy Monday in February – that’s a go in my shoe book.

Jeffrey Campbell (glitzy) vibes: Steve Madden Circus-S

You know, sometimes as a blogger you try to spend words and words formulating the feeling you get from a shoe, the vibe, the picture in front of your eyes. And sometimes, the name of the shoe, only one word, describes it best, like here:

 

Steve Madden Cirkus-S

Cirkus-Sssssss. Or glittery wackadoodle, call it as you see it.

As with many Jeffrey Campbell cop… I mean Jeffrey Campbell “inspired” shoes, I can totally see somebody rocking this. As long as it doesn’t have to be me. It might be hard to believe but there are shiny places not even a magpie of my proportions should ever enter.