If the highlights of your wedding reception were the amuse-bouches or the $12 per head you spent on chair coverings, then you may have missed the mark. In truth, the rules of wedding planning are no different from the rules of everyday life: make sure there’s plenty of alcohol, and spend the rest on shoes.
Casadei’s bridal collection can assist with the latter. A mere €650 will get you a pair of the Blade Sheer, an exquisite white nappa laminated mirror-leather peep toe heel with sheer mesh panels and a gold trim.
In the same way that the Charlotte Olympia platform has come to define that brand’s shoes, or the Alexander McQueen armadillo heels have allowed McQueen’s legacy to live beyond the grave, Cesare Casadei’s blade heel has become the label’s signature tune. Casadei is already describing it as “iconic.”
Launched in 2011, the ‘blade’ heel is a stiletto heel made of real steel. The shoe took literally years of research to get right, and the blades are individually handmade, one by one, by shoemakers in the label’s Italian factory.
After being honed to the point where they look like a sharp razor blade, the heels are then individually”welded” to the upper soles of shoes by a leather sheath. The process was so difficult that the designer described it as an “obsession.”
In fact the blade heel nearly didn’t happen at all. The successful end-product was Casadei’s last try at creating the steel stiletto. “Nobody did it before us. After five months I thought it was impossible,” Casadei confessed in February 2014.
Shortly after its creation, the blade heel was popularised by Kim Kardashian, who tweeted that her pair were the “perfect hot pink heel” in April 2012.
Other celebrities followed and Casadei’s blades have since been seen on all the usual suspects: Kylie Minogue, Eva Longoria and Victoria Beckham have all stepped out in the shoes.
In March 2014 HIMYM actress Cobie Smulders wore a pink pair to the premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the El Capitan Theatre.
Design doesn’t stand still. For Fall / Winter 2013-14, the designer reinterpreted the blade heel, making it into a wider golden column shape named the “BladeOne.”
The original blade is still going strong too. The shape may have started on pumps but it has rapidly now expanded to be seen on Casadei boots, sandals and other shoes – even wedges!
If two leading shoe designers are doing it, then we think that makes it a shoe trend. The trend we’re talking about is single sole (no platform) glitter pumps. The designers who are getting into the festive spirit with this blinged-out footwear include Jimmy Choo and Casadei, with both labels glittering up their most famous shoes for the occasion.
Jimmy Choo’s sparkly number is the label’s iconic 5 inch Anouk pump in a champagne fabric with a delicate leopard-skin effect. The Choo glitter high heel is available from Choo’s own website for $625.
Meanwhile, Cesare Casadei has plenty of his own bling going on with his own iconic pump. The shoe in question is the Blade heel, featuring Casadei’s engineering masterpiece of a 5 inch stiletto.
Shoe porn that you can actually walk in is the unicorn of the high heeled world: it sounds really awesome, but it’s pretty damn elusive too. Too often the sexiest stilettos are so sky high they’re best off in the bedroom, and more practical heel heights (ie those you can actually walk in) just don’t scream “sex goddess” as much as “I can run in these for the bus.” Big name designers make a lot of sexy stilettos, but rarely in a height under 5 inches and that’s too tall for the everyday goddess. But salvation is at hand or at foot, and it comes from Casadei.
Casadei makes these shiny red peeptoe pumps in Italy out of the finest patent leather. They have a cutaway side feature (known as the d’Orsay shape) and open almond-shaped peeptoe. The sexy shape and sexy color make these heels close to irresistible, but the best is yet to come: they actually have a reasonably manageable 4 inch marbled heel! That makes these sexy shoes wearable for both work and play, and sure to capture attention at both.
Kylie Minogue has been rocking stilettos since she stepped out of Charlene’s workboots in Neighbours, which is pretty much forever. The Aussie star has always posted plenty of high heel pictures on her social media sites and her 2014 shoe collection is better than ever. Is it the best in the world? Maybe. Are we jealous? Yes!
Below are the high heel pictures Kylie has posted on her Instagram page this year.
On 26 February 2014 Kylie’s shoe of the day (tagged #shoeoftheday) was a pair of glittering Dolce & Gabbana stiletto sandals (see below).
Kylie Minogue’s shoe of the day on 7 February 2014 was by Casadei. She’s wearing the designer’s iconic Blade pointed toe pump in pink nappa leather. Blade has a 4.5 inch silver laquered heel made from real steel, with a 0.4 inch concealed plateau. The pink stilettos retail from Casadei for around $690 (€620).
Kylie’s shoe of the day for 3 February 2014 was a versatile and understated black Giuseppe Zanotti pump. Her Instagram selfie was taken during a photo shoot for New York based Australian fashion photographer Will Davidson.
Last but not least come the Christian Louboutins. Kylie nominated her red soled stilettos as her daily shoe pick on 29 January 2014. The shoes are the towering 120mm (5 inch) So Kate heels, seen here in a multi-colored design on a python skin upper. O.M.G.
Italian made, these Casadei lovelies are the embodiment of the chic style aesthetic the Italians are known for – minimalist, elegant and high-fashion with a pinch of textural sass to add touchable interest, the calf python effect blade pumps pack a whole lot of luscious into a super skinny heel.
The 120mm mirrored bleed sculptured stiletto sits atop a 10mm internal platform. The python effect white leather covers the whole shoe from pointy pump tip to curved heel. £530 with free shipping from Luisaviaroma.com.
Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr started the year on the right foot by stepping out in new season black leather high heeled sandals from Casadei. The Casadei label is a real celebrity favorite, and these evening sandals are perfect for walking the red carpet. In this case Miranda was photographed heading to the Golden Globe Awards after party in Hollywood California.
The Golden Globes is just another day in the life for a model whose star has risen higher and higher in recent years: so high in fact that in 2013 Miranda was named by Forbes Magazine as the world’s second highest earning model. Forbes’ earnings estimate for Miranda Kerr to June 2013 was $7.2 million, propelling her up the rankings from the seventh highest earner in 2012. She still has a way to go to catch the world’s highest earning model though: Forbes estimates that Brazilian beauty Gisele Bündchen pulled in a cool $42 million in the same period.
Miranda’s shoes are called Trikini from Casadei’s Spring / Summer 2014 collection. The sandals are made in Italy of a supple black nappa leather with gold hardware detailing, and fasten with a zip fastener at the back. Trikini has a 3.9 inch leather covered stiletto heel and retails from Casadei’s website for €660.
Designer Cesare Casadei has said that he hopes his label’s fall / winter 2013 / 2014 collection will fulfil all women’s desires, becoming a must have accessory in their wardrobes. While pictures of the collection are still scarce (it is not yet available for purchase on the Casadei website) a video of the designer himself presenting the collection has emerged (Italian with English subtitles).
Casadei says that his signature use of colour will again be present in the fall / winter 2013 / 2014 collection saying that the “gold flows through the collection highlighting it, and it is represented in different ways.”
One such way is in the newly created gold heels called the Casadei Blade One (pictured). The gold blade heels are of course a variation on the original metal coloured version that has been so popular with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, and others besides. For AW 2013 / 14 it has evolved to form an elegant golden column but has retained the trademark curved steel heel look.
Aside from black, there are three main colours used in the Casadei 2013 collection. They are olive green with a military touch, “cuoio” (which is Italian for “leather” and therefore means a brown leather colour) and “klio” (beige with a pink touch, which Casadei described as “very elegant and refined”).
“Our women have to feel confident to show their own femininity while walking in our shoes,” Casadei said. If the rest of the collection is up to the high standards of the shoes shown in this sneak peek that than shouldn’t be too difficult.
Casadei’s blade heel has a new look for spring / summer 2013, and it’s elegance all over. The stiletto heel, which we’ve previously identified as a celeb favorite, has been given a new season makeover focussing on animal-inspired designs – a look known as “animalier.” The luxurious nature of the new look is emphasised by the fact that each shoe is embroidered with hand stitched Swarovski crystals.
Creative Director Cesare Casadei explained the look to FashionTV at the launch of the collection via translator, starting with the “blade” stiletto:
“It’s called blade because it is a steel razor blade which is inserted onto a tone-on-tone strass animalier shoe. I must say that, as far as I am concerned, it is one of “the” shoes par excellence. Therefore animalier design in the Casadei collection is a very vital thing.
The blade lacquered heel is indeed made of real steel. It is 4.5 inches high with a 0.4 inche concealed plateau. The shoe is called “Jungle Pop,” which reflects its animal inspirations. It is available in in three different color combinations: black, orange and fuchsia (top), black, red and blue (above) and black, white and red (below). It retails for $2,400 from the Casadei website.
You can see more of the 2013 Casadei collection for spring / summer 2013 and hear more from Cesare Casadei in the fashiontv video at the end of this article.