Upper Hand

The title really has nothing to do with what i’m writing about; truth be told, i’m not entirely sure what the design of these shoes are, other than pretty of course! All I can really describe is the sleek stiletto heel, the leather upper with strap details, perhaps this is the new twist on the classic t-bar??

While doing my usual round of what’s new on the shoe design front, I came across these beauties by Nicholas Kirkwood…

Ncholas kirkwood + Peter Pilotto Leatehr and Suede Pumps £790

Nicholas Kirkwood + Peter Pilotto Leather and Suede Pumps £790

Do you see what I mean? Not entirely sure how to describe these shoes, there is the leather upper that sits on the top of your foot and connected with straps of material… it’s odd. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re fantastic, I just want a way to describe them!! These are almost armor like, with the snap fastening, perhaps making for a quick escape when you want to run to the dance floor and dance the night away?! And the colour, absolutely right on trend, looking through my instagram of the past few weeks of fashion (New York, London, Milan and now Paris) there did seem to be a rise in purple and rich red being used. Net-A-porter suggests they be teamed with a sleek black dress, I actually couldn’t agree more; I was hesitant at first thinking there would be too much of a clash between the classic black dress and the modern design of the shoes, but it actually works amazingly! The shoes stand out and become the focus of your attention because of the pops of colour.

Kurt Geiger, Miss KG, Honest £80

Kurt Geiger, Miss KG, Honest £80

And continuing with our pop of colour, we have the equally incredible Honest by Miss KG. I think it may be time to admit here that I have a serious obsessions when it comes to Kurt Geiger, then again, this isn’t anything new!
Again we have the modern take on the t-bar; the suede combined with the snake print is not a combination I would have thought would work together but they actually compliment each other amazingly! The pop of neon orange brings everything together in a way that I never would have imagined; it’s almost like every combination you thought wouldn’t fit together, KG has thought no chance, we’ll make it work!! They’re classy, elegant and even better they’re currently teamed up with Benefit to give you incredible eyes as well as incredible foot wear!

Rupert Sanderson, Wilson Feather Sandal, £675

Rupert Sanderson, Wilson Feather Sandal, £675

And last, but by no means least, we have this beautiful contribution by Rupert Sanderson. My knowledge of him is pretty basic, well that’s a lie, other than these shoes I can’t say I recognize the name what so ever, but if these are anything to go by I love him! There is something a little vampy about these sandals, the patent leather combined with the pyramid textured upper is amazing! The stiletto heel will make your legs look super long and super sexy, the feathers add a touch of boudoir elegance and the flash of gold inside the heel is truly elegant. Perhaps it’s just me, but i can see these fitting in well with a 1920s style; high class, alluring elegance and the vamp style that every woman has inside just waiting to be unleashed!

Bow-tiful

My mother always tried to put a bow in my hair to make me look dainty and feminine; I was a tomboy until I was 18, so needless to say it didn’t work! But my mum did have a point, bows really are a feminine touch; they’re dainty and remind you of just how beautiful and delicate you really can be.

I think after the almost masculine chunky platform shoes that have been about this summer, i’m sorry but i really don’t like them, big chunky sandals with jagged edges, they don’t say classy and elegant to me. I think there is almost now a complete reversal on this and footwear has taken on a much more feminine and delicate direction.

Kurt Geiger , Miss KG, Gabriella, £85

Kurt Geiger , Miss KG, Gabriella, £85

These are my absolute need-to-have-in-my-life-right-this-second shoes; they are absolutely stunning! From the this stiletto, 105mm, not too high, the sweeping back section and bow detail at the front combined with the red accents, truly incredible! Kurt Geiger has decided that ‘Red is the New Black’ and with these shoes, it’s very difficult to argue against it. The colours work perfectly together; you’ll get just a hint of the red around the peep toe section adding a bit of a modern twist to a classic shoe.

Paul Andrew Fume Bow Slippers, £425

Paul Andrew Fume Bow Slippers, £425

And continuing with our love of all fabulous flats, we have this crackin’ pair of velvet slippers from Paul Andrew. It’s not secret that I love a good pair of slippers (they remind me of the Queen) especially if they are velvet, there’s just something so regal and royal about the shape but with the added touch of the bow, the’re just outstanding! Teamed with sharp tailoring, and as the picture here suggests, roll up those trousers so you have have some exposed ankle, it’s kind of sexy, and also makes your shoes the centre of attention. There’s a gap between the hem of your trousers and your shoes so they don;t all blend into one and someone could miss the opportunity of giving you a compliment!!

Alexander McQueen, Velvet Bow Sandal, £660

Alexander McQueen, Velvet Bow Sandal, £660

And last, but certainly by no means least, we have this simple yet highly effective sandal from Alexander Mcqueen. A sky scraper stiletto heel, patent leather and velvet bow gives you almost a vamp style of shoe; there really isn’t much to this sandal, and ankle strap, bow and thin material over your toes but crickey are they stunning! It’s almost a clash between the harsh patent leather and the soft relaxed style of the bow. And what you can’t quite see here is the crystal element to the shoes; where the velvet tie attaches to the ankle strap we have a rather large circle detail of crystals, hello bling!!

Embrace your feminine side with a pair of bow-tastic shoes, you know you want to!