SEXY, EDGY AND SOMETIMES WATERPROOF: THIS SUMMER’S SHOW- STOPPING FOOTWEAR
GET NOTICED: HIGH HEELS MANIA
This season spells bliss for lovers of high heels. Silhouettes are elegant and feminine, and every taste receives an enthusiastic thumbs-up from the major footwear brands. Dainty, chunky, spiky, strappy, peep-toe or wrapped in PVC – it all works. Edgy design and sexy silhouettes receive a particularly warm welcome. Vying for top spot in this category are Aquazzura’s cut-out suede sandals, available in black and camel. With their covered stiletto heels, peep toes and zip opening, these ankle-cuff sandals scream girl power. Another Aquazzura look that’s leaving us starry-eyed is the Chateau 105 sandal in metallic bronze leather. The shoe’s asymmetrical crystal adornment is the stuff of fairy-tale princesses. Alexandre Birman is among the many designers who bring us effervescent colour and metallic sheens – in Alexandre Birman’s case, an ultra-stylish look accentuated by twisted knots and pretty bows. Never has femininity come in such festive gift wrapping. Samuele Failli riffs on a gladiator-meets- cheerleader theme for spring/summer 2018, with a strappy, cage-like design softened by a proliferation of pompoms. The Italian designer’s Kandy black suede sandals, with their cheerful rose-gold embellishments, are as playful as they are on-trend. Mules are still smoking hot this season. Noteworthy are Birman’s gorgeous emerald open-toe mules and Gianvito Rossi fuschia slip-ons – the epitome of cool, pointy sophistication. Scalloped edges are another head-turning feature from the Gianvito Rossi collection. We’re loving the Metallic Karung Sandals in silver, with their zigzag straps, sultry heels and small PVC inserts on the side.
Jimmy Choo’s White Claire Pumps take plastic fantastic to a whole new level. With their cigarette heel, white fabric uppers and buckled ankle straps, these statement sandals are the
epitome of summer-party chic. The ruched TPU overlay means they won’t be stopped by anything this season – certainly nothing so trivial as a party-drenching shower.