Lanvin’s Spring 2011 Runway Swapped Flats for Killer Heels

Alber Elbaz took pity on the models for his Spring 2011 runway fashion show. The Lanvin designer noticed during rehearsal that the vast majority of the catwalkers could walk in the planned titanium heels. A few of the ladies still managed the feat, but most were allowed to instead wear some sandals that the fashion team had on hand. Elbaz explained the switch, saying, “If you you don’t feel good in something, you don’t look good in it.”

30 carat diamond stilettos

Meet the Eternal Borgezie Diamond Stiletto – individually handcrafted stilettos comprised almost entirely of gold and diamonds.

Each pair of stilettos are handcrafted from gold or platinum, then encrusted with 2,200 handset diamonds, with a total weight of 30 carats. These beautiful stilettos draw comparison with Stradivarius Violins and Fabergé eggs, but the choice isn’t difficult for us: give us the stilettos any day!

Prices start from a mere US$155,000 per pair. The House of Borgenzie has more.

Celebrity Favourite: Christian Louboutin Coussin Caged Ankle Boots

Much like the phenomenon of the “it” bag, there are shoes that now and then achieve the status of being a celebrity favorite. In 2010 one of these styles is the “Coussin” caged ankle booties by Christian Louboutin.

The shoe is the meeting of three spring trends in one. The are a high-heeled pump whose ankle height falls in that mid-point between boot and shoe – hence the term “bootie.” The style is one of the most common of the season and commonly comes with a peep-toe. The Coussin isn’t peep-toed, but it certainly allows your feet to breath with its airy cage construction.

The caged boot is another common sight on spring shoe racks. Louboutin did the cage for this version with what looks like leather laces – allowing the style to retain some feminine appeal. Lastly, the Coussin features a 1.5-inch platform, which adds support for the 5-inch stacked heel.

The Coussin boot has a hefty price tag of almost $1,600.  Accordingly, you’ll see them most often on extremely well-paid actresses, musicians, and other female celebs. Movie star Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted wearing the shoes to an art opening in New York City. The pair have also been spotted on the red carpet and at other high-profile events on the feet of Elle McPherson, Kim Kardashian, and Blake Lively. Singer Latoya Luckett was seen out and about wearing a rare red pair. Most of us mere mortals would have to settle for black, tan, or beige if we wanted to shell out the cash for these beauties. Those are the only colors in stock in limited quantities online at saksfifthavenue.com and barneys.com.

Jennifer Hawkins teams up with Siren Shoes

Jennifer Hawkins has teamed up with Siren Shoes to produce the JLH for Siren range of stilettos. The publicity shots feature plenty of raunchy sprawling shots (see above), but the shoes themselves are quite neutral in colour and moderate in price. Our pick of the first bunch is the Jelle high-heeled sandal. With 12cm heel and reasonable price tag ($189.95) they should be flying off the shelves. Available in nude and black.

Sweet gifts for shoe lovers

Can you think of things you love more than beautiful cakes and shoes? No, neither could we. That’s why we had to bring you these delectable gift ideas for shoe lovers.

If you need to find a one-of-a-kind cake for that special shoe lover in your life, go to your local custom bakery and request a high heel cake. The shoes are made of fondant and are completely edible, but the odds are that you will want to keep it rather than eat it!

The Cake Store’s Jimmy Choo shoebox cake:

Julia Baker Confections shoebox cake, with Prada shoe made from sugar:

Perfect for any special occasion or just because, these delicious treats are the must-have gifts for high heel junkies everywhere.

The latest trends in wedding shoes

You’ve finally bought the wedding gown, your veil and now you are finding yourself in a quandary over shoes, right? Your mother suggests a traditional pair, your best friend echoes your mom’s input but deep in your heart you know that you are not a traditional woman. They reason with you that this is the not the circumstance to make a statement.

If you are not a woman that sees herself a traditionalist in the office, why change who you are for the biggest day of your life? If being true to yourself ranks high with you, your time has come.

Wedding shoe designers have heard your plight and are responding! Imagine being able to wear wedding shoes with colour and a little zing! After all, your wedding day is more of a personal statement than it is a time to be someone you aren’t.  The nice thing about the styles that are being worn while walking down the aisle is that these are no “one hit wonders” relegated to the shoebox after you say, “I do”.

There are several new and exciting trends for the 2010 wedding season. Here are a few of them:

  • Bring on the Colour – Shocking pink, cherry red, dazzling purple and rich blues are among the colours being paired with wedding gowns this year
  • Animal Prints – Cheetahs, tigers and zebras are no longer just for your area rugs
  • Let your sole do all the talking – Perhaps wearing a colourful or animal print shoe is a little too bold even for you. From your favorite cartoon character to Andy Warhol, the bottom of your shoes can say what you have always wanted to.

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