Cut-Out Crazy

Cut- out detailing, it’s a way to turn your every day heels into something that’s a little bit more exciting and different; everybody knows the classic peep toe, but what about side cut outs? We’ve seen this before in winter ’13 with biker boots being given a new style but I’m living that the trend has continued but with summer shoes.

Summer sandals are beautiful and dainty, think thin straps and delicate tiny buckles that are a nightmare to use but look incredible! But what do you do when your style is just that one level more vibrant than barely there sandals and you really want to have your shoes as the main focus of your outfit??

You turn to Miss Sophia Webster, that’s what…

Sophia Webster Riko £525

Sophia Webster Riko £525

How amazing are these?!! My knowledge of Sophia Webster is pretty much non existent and I so wish I’d discovered this creative genius years ago! Just looking through a few of her designs they are full of colour, excitement and innovative designs! Looking at these Riko shoes, I’m immediately transported to a street party in Rio, I’m wearing a big floaty dress and pretending I can do the tango. The amount of detail here is incredible; the variety of colours, the criss-cross design across the front and the beautiful beaded bow at the back is just fantastic! The more you look at them, the more you discover a different aspect or element of detail that you missed the first time.

I did find another pair of cut out sandals by another designer, but when I looked at the materials used to make them, I saw it was snake skin and camel leather. I’m not an avid animal rights activist, but I don’t think I could promote such a shoe.

 

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Wonderful Wedges

It seems that I may have missed out one of the most popular summer styles of shoes that continue to make an appearance each season. The wedge.

An oversight on my part, basically because I don’t have the co-ordination to wear shoes like this and because they would make me just far too tall, but wedges are the first sign that summer is on the way. They just seem to signify sunny days, walks on the beach, and late night gatherings with friends.

So, if I was able to wear such a style, these are a few that i’d love to be seen in….

Kurt Geiger Kola £99

Kurt Geiger Kola £99

I love the colour of these, the beige really will enhance some beautifully sun kissed legs and even better they will make your legs look super long, winning!! The suede material makes them amazingly soft and the tassel detail just makes them that little bit more fun and exciting. The double buckle fastening looks to me like you would be given that extra bit of support, always a bonus! But, I think what’s really different about these if the fact that it almost looks like two different shoes in one; the cork detail at the back makes them look like the classic wedge but the continuing of the suede material at the front to give the appearance of a separate platform almost. Combined with a cute little summer frock I think these wold be amazing!

LK Bennett Connie Espadrille £95

LK Bennett Connie Espadrille £95

Personally, these say Wimbledon all over! I love the blue and white stripe detail on the toes and even more so because of the cross over of the fabric, it gives an added dimension. The thin white ankle strap in leather makes a beautiful contrast to the raffia detail of the stripes, just too cute!! And last but not least, the espadrille style detail on the wedge heel is something so classic that you really can’t argue with it. I can see these being matched perfectly with a nautical inspired number or with a pair of white jeans.

Charlotte Olympia, Carmen, £525.

Charlotte Olympia, Carmen, £525.

Now these are impressive; just look at that heel!! Standing at a towering 6 inches with a 2 inch platform, these are a dangerous weapon, yes I say weapon, these in the hands of the wrong person could be destructive! If i was wearing these, oh dear, it would not be a pretty sight to watch me fall over, many many times! I love how there is a classic court shoe just hiding in these; the red canvas sitting on top of the espadrille sole. The red piping really gives an extra detail to these beauties and would look stunning with a tropical print dress. I can see somebody wearing these strolling along a promenade or sitting outside a cafe in Paris. Outstanding!

If I could pull of wearing any of these, I’d be so happy!