But what caught my eye today was not the Domina sandals but rather a similar looking pair of new zip-fastener leather sandals from high-end brand Giuseppe Zanotti, pictured below (no longer available for purchase).
Unless my eyes deceive me, the Zanotti zipper shoes look quite like an upmarket version of Pleaser’s Domina 119 heels.
There are differences of course, one being the price. The Pleaser zip sandal is about 5% of the price of its designer counterpart (the Zanotti one retailed from Saks for $995; the Pleaser version is only $48.95 from Amazon.com).
Other differences are that the Domina has an additional ankle buckle and a higher heel: 6 inches verses 4.25 inches.
Also on the topic, “Domina” has long been a word used by Pleaser to describe many of the high heels in its range. However that exclusivity is about to change as Charlotte Olympia has launched a new bondage-inspired heel also called Domina (pictured above).
The Charlotte Olympia shoe has a 4.5 inch heel and retailed via net-a-porter for $895 (it is no longer available).
A nude pump is one of those timeless classics that every girl has, from time to time, fallen back on. With leg lengthening prowess, a ‘goes with everything’ styling knack and the perfect backdrop to a LBD or simple jeans and a tee, it’s fair to say a natural heel is one of the hardest working accessories there is.
For legs that wow, these Charlotte Olympia almond-toe pumps are guaranteed to hit the spot. Elongated pins taper down to a cool, quirky toe and statement gold platform, all set atop a spiky 5.8” vertiginous heel.
When I was a kid, ice cream and soda were two of my favourite things. Preferably taken together as an ice cream float, I practically lived on both of these delicious substances for years without gaining a pound. Skipping forward a few years this is not quite so easy to do, but happily Charlotte Olympia has devised a clever way to let me relive those happy childhood days. Yup, I’m referring to ice cream and soda themed high heels and they really do exist.
These Italian made high heels are new to Neiman Marcus, and they’re fabulous. The ice cream cone peep toe d’Orsay pump has a 5.5 inch cone styled high heel offset by a 1.25 inch platform. A splurge of white ice cream frames the front section of the shoe which is otherwise decked out in trendy pink and green pastel shades. A thin white ankle strap (also very much on trend) completes the look. With a calfskin leather upper, Ice Cream by Charlotte Olympia retails from Neiman Marcus for $995.
The soda bottle sandal taps into the PVC shoe trend that big designers have embraced for original fashion pieces. Charlotte Olympia’s PVC creation has a 5 inch soda bottle shaped resin heel which is alleviated by a sturdy 1.5 inch platform. Sure to have fashionistas fizzing, Sodaretails from Neiman Marcus for $1,695.
There is something eternally chic about a nude high heel. If we were glass half empty kind of girls, we may say that nude shoes are a bit, well…. Bland. Especially when you consider all the rainbow bright, fluro colors that could be decorating one’s feet. Not to mention prints, stripes, polka dots and embellishments by the bucket load. BUT we are glass half full kind of girls and let us be the first to say, nothing is cooler than going nude.
A neutral hue is a blank canvas and that makes it incredibly versatile – so a nude or vanilla shoe is one that can go with anything. That makes a nude show incredibly exciting as it can be paired with the most outrageous or classic of ensembles and like a Hollywood ingénue, never look out of place. That’s good for your poor old bank account too because a nude show can be worn season after season, year after year – because it doesn’t have any of the outrageous appeal of an acid yellow, it can adapt and be adapted, making the shoe more of an investment than a one season only deal.
And did we mention the leg lengthening benefits? Yes, that’s right girls. If you’ve long since lusted after pins that even Giselle would envy, slip on one of our top nude picks and gain inches way above the 4 or 5 inches the heel supposedly measures. It’s an optical illusion for sure but trust us, once you dare to go bare, you’ll never look back.
When the mercury starts to creep up, nothing says summer more than a zingy bright shoe. Even if you’ve been reluctant to embrace the neon craze sweeping the catwalk, it’s easy to add a touch of floro to your footwear. What’s more, if you do normally play it safe with your fashion and are more of a chic stylista than frow-hopping slave to trends, footwear is an easy way to take a risk.
Whatever you’re planning to rock this week, whether it’s cut offs and a band tee and off to a festival, a playsuit to hit the beach or a cute summer dress for shopping with the girls, finish your outfit off with one of our show stopping picks and take your summer style savvy to a whole new level. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
In tangy coral, these sassy patent Alice + Olivia pumps are a go-to summer stiletto. $147.50 from Shopbop.
Does anything say summer cocktail more than chartreuse? Slip on this gorgeous Temptation sandals to brighten even rainy days. $875 from BrianAtwood.com
It’s hard to imagine a more international shoe than these new Italian made, British designed and US-referencing wedges from Charlotte Olympia.
The six inch suede covered green wedge heel on these shoes from the label’s pre-Fall 2014 Hollywoodland collection is pretty eye-catching by itself. But the highlight is the huge Hollywood sign spelt out on the side of these crazy shoes in big leather letters.
They’re not as big as the iconic 350-foot long letters spelling Hollywood on Mount Lee in Los Angeles, but in their own way they’re pretty hard to miss. You could probably even hike up hills in them as they have a chunky 2 inch front platform giving an effective heel height of a mere 4 inches.
As for the “Hollywoodland” name of the collection, it would seem that it’s named after the original Hollywood sign which in fact really read “Hollywoodland.” The sign was erected in 1923 as an enormous advertisement for a real estate development company of that name which went bust. The sign was given a facelift in 1949 and the last four letters were dropped.
If the Hollywood lettered wedge sandal appeals to you, then we recommend you hurry. It’s part of the 2014 pre-fall collection but right now is online at Neiman Marcus only through Tuesday. The shoe retails for $1,195.
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