We have finally entered in to the season where the sale stock of the past collections is thinning out and the fresh, new bright spring summer merchandise is making its way in to the stores.
As you might have read in my previous blog post (The Red Sole) I went to see the SS12 collection launch in Louboutin Mount Street, but at the time felt like a diabetic in a sweet shop, I wasn’t allowed to take any of the shoes away with me, and could only put my name down for the shoes and purchase as and when they arrived in store. Boring. Plus I’m a impulse buyer so that don’t work with me.
So, I have a shoe obsession. I openly admit it.
There is something about that penetrating killer heel, the way it causes disturbance wherever it roams, with the click-click of it’s killer point causing hearts to race and those with hardwood floors to shudder.
It is the ultimate badge of status, authority and sex appeal for grown-up girls, it requires sexual maturity to deal with the commotion it causes.
Hence as soon as a new season is starting to come in, I start acting like a recovering alcoholic, drawn to the glittering new facade of the shop windows, like its drops of golden champagne.
I was walking down Sloane Street the other day when I approached the Giuseppe Zanotti Design store. As a alcoholic start feeling the withdrawal when seeing someone have a drink, I felt a tinge in my stomach. My mind was telling me not to go in. Repeatedly. My heart was telling me, come on Z, you only live once, enjoy it!!
Needless to say, as always, I followed my heart.
I walked straight past the sale and up the stairs to the new arrivals, and fell in love.
The name is 'Adele'. I love the way GZ & Louboutin romanticises their shoes by giving them cute little names referring to their personality traits...
Anyway, the shoe my heart had stopped for were a pair of black suede open-toe booties. It’s curvy, body-shaped silhouette left me astonished. Think Lady Gaga. Yes, those ones. They are crazy. 150 cm. I had to try them and in doing so tried one of the most comfortable shoes I have had for a long time (only ones that come near are my Louboutin Highness, more on those later). By the looks of them it looks like I will topple over as they have no visible heel, but the design of these, these works of art, are so sturdy that I could probably run in them. Not that I ever would. For other reasons.
I instantly imagined at least 5 outfits I could wear them with; my skinny Jitrois leather trousers, skinny jeans, pencil skirts as well as shorter skirts... Now, I have a technique if I want to convince myself I need a pair of shoes- if i can think of 5 outfits i can get use out of them for, I should buy them. So I did. And the love story continues.
|Resemblance to Adele..?|
Giuseppe Zanotti have really changed since its re-launch in 2007 and I thank the shoe god for this. They are a serious threat to my Loubi collection this season. I even love the trainers!
My eye are on these beauties. They look slightly like the Louboutin Highness and if the Highness came in this colour I would get them instead, but they don’t so here goes.
|Only pre-order so far|
Another pair I will die to lay my hands on are these python T-bar wedges. A bit like my black ones but enough difference not to duplicate. Just imagining it with a nice white summer dress and a serious tan come summer. Yes. They are a must have. (I’m sure I can come up with another 4 outfits to justify them.)
It also helps that Giuseppe Zanotti is about £200 cheaper than a pair of Louboutins as a general.
So, what has Louboutin got to offer this season to compete with Zanotti. Well, the shiny, red-lacquered sole does sell itself quite well however he never gets complacent.
|The SS'12 ad campaign for Louboutin|
The spring summer ’12 collection takes inspiration from the 1940‘s right through to the 1970‘s. This collection of statement heels, which are definitely not for the retiring, includes metallic brights, Mexican beaded, rock glam studded and bejewelled Bollywood. What is there not to love?
Having a pair of nude shoes in your shoe wardrobe is essential, it not only elongates your legs but flatters an otherwise already colourful, bright outfit.
So, this season we have the Louboutin Highness, they are basically the Louboutin Daffodils but with open toe, they are otherwise identical. These are elongating the legs on a different level with their 160cm in height. And with them being so comfortable they are definitely my best buy of the season, so far.
Another pair I would like to get my hands on, for the sheer fun factor, are these spike Louboutin’s, I can’t make my mind up about the very ‘out there’ turquoise and cork coloured ones or the more ‘suttle’ black ones with gold spikes. Both of them are a worthy purchase, there will never be anything like them. Not to mention the value for money- you get a pair of hot shoes as well as a great self defence weapon. They could really cause some damage!
|My heart says these...|
|but my mind says these...|
Moving on to the Pigalle. In my opinion the most sexy shoe of the Louboutin collection. Its slim 120cm heel makes your foot steep as a ballerinas due to lack of platform at the front of the shoe. So, not very comfortable, and especially not for me. My feet are of the wide sort. Yes, I would even say they are fat. Whilst this shoe is very slim and sexy. The two really don’t go together but I refuse like a fat girl in leggings to accept this. Every season there is a new style or new colour out. So far I have had the black patent ones (my feet were swelling over), the nude patent (worn out to the point where my feet can sense the gravel underneath), the pretty spiky ‘Lucifer’ Pigalles pictured (there is a reason for that name, trust me) the new and more comfortable Pigalle Plato with a small platform, in fierce red and my latest Pigalle purchase; the Pigalle Duvet 120cm in nude with gold capped toes and heels. Beauties all of them. Just not on my feet. So why is it, when I am so aware of this, I am still looking to get this seasons Pigalles- the Pigalle Pollock.
|A definite classic, the patent Pigalle|
They are splashed in colour and will no doubt look amazing with a light pair of jeans and a off the shoulder tee on a warm summer day (obviously not in the UK) topped off with a great tan (obviously fake). The new bright neon colours are also fantastic. I shall continue to live in a state of oblivion when it comes to Pigalle. Love is blind as they say.
I strolled into the Shoe Boudoir in Harrods today as I had my ways past. My eyes were drawn to the new season table like moths to a light and instantly spotted in a kind of Hallelujah moment (swear I could hear harps and angels singing, or maybe it was Harrods music system) on the table the shoes I have been desperately trying to track down for what feels like months. We are probably talking weeks.
The Lady Peep Spikes in gold. Again, one of my more comfortable shoes with them having a open toe which means my fat feet and Shrek toes have space to breathe.
There was no hesitation, no moments thinking about what outfits I had to go with them, I couldn’t get my card out fast enough and didn’t breathe until it had gone through and the green bag was in my hands.
Now, Jimmy Choo disappoints me this season. And they have been doing so well lately! They do have one gem though. This pair is simply a work of art; the flower corsage detailing makes this such a statement shoe. However. Yes there is a however. You need super skinny legs to go with it. My legs are muscly and shapely (i like to think) which is why i suit so well in the likes of the Louboutin Highness. I would look like a bad version of Miss Piggy in these as the corsage really cuts your leg off. I cant even be oblivious to this fact. But they are oh so beautiful to look at, and so is the price tag at a mere £1,800.
|Beautiful to look at...on others|
So these were my favourites so far by the designers i like to keep my eye on.
Though there are many more important things in life I still believe that one needs passion and I have found mine.
I hope I have helped you find yours too, and please do let me know if there are any spectacular beauties that I might have missed in my search in the spring summer mayhem.