High heel shoe trends certainly come and go (we’ve recently just predicted the demise of color-blocking for example, a look which I am tres over) but what does that mean for the leopard skin look? We’ve been covering it as a fashion shoe trend for years – basically every year since we started in 2010 – so perhaps the time has come to declare the inevitable: leopard print heels aren’t a trend at all. They’re just another color.
Jimmy Choo seems to be taking that approach, with the label’s flagship shoe the Anouk being produced in a leopard print upper for 2014 (see above). It’s “tonal-brown and ivory leopard-print satin” to be precise, with a pale-gold metallic print, pointed toe. The gorgeous leopard-look shoes are otherwise just like other Anouks, including their heel height (5 inches, or 120mm) and – best of all – price. They’re new to Net-a-Porter for $595.
Of similar height but much cheaper price are these new leopard pony hair peeptoe slingbacks from up-and-coming label TaylorSays. The soft leather upper for these bright booties sits atop a 4.75 inch heel, and a brightly colored skull adorns the sole to complete the look. The leopard print shoes are called the Paige and they’re currently available on pre-order from heels.com for $149.99.
A single-soled, simple slingback – what could be better than that? Not much if you ask us, and Jimmy Choo’s Spring Summer 2014 collection is right on board with the trend. This is Tarida, a new patent leather slingback high heel from Choo’s SS 2014 offering. The black version of the heel is perfect for both work and play, and could potentially become a wardrobe staple. The story doesn’t end there though as the shoe is also available in three other, more exciting colours which are pictured below: a fiery neon flame, elegant taupe suede with dégradé glitter and a deep blue bottle (more pictures below).
The Tarida slingback has a 3.9 inch high heel and retails from Jimmy Choo for €395. We tell you why we think Tarida is perfectly on trend for Spring Summer 2014 below.
So what is it that Jimmy Choo has got so right with this slingback pump? First, it’s simple and it’s single-soled. While we think that platforms will still have their place in the coming seasons, the trend is very much heading back to single-soled (ie no platform) high heels. Similarly, there is a developing trend back to simplicity in shoe design and colour schemes – a move away from multi-colours and the colour-blocking trends of years gone by. Simple single coloured shoes are set to be a trend for 2014.
Top designers have the courage to pull off both complicated – even audacious – high heels and very simple ones. We cover a lot of heels on this site, including many spectacular, complicated and embellished numbers. But time and time again recently our most popular articles have featured beautiful, simple designer heels. This trend is undoubtedly coming fast, and Jimmy Choo has tapped right into it.
There are no surprises then that fashionistas are on board: no less than SJP has been right onto the movements towards simple designs and single soled pumps. “Trust in the simple,” Sarah Jessica Parker told WWD when announcing her own shoe collection late in 2013. “I was so happy to support the single-sole shoe again.” Yup.
A final feature of Jimmy Choo’s Tarida slingback that should make the shoe popular is its open arch. The trend towards cut-away heels is continuing this year, either as slingbacks or as d’Orsay pumps. We are confident that revealing arches will be a mainstay of popular women’s high heel footwear this year. For that reason too, Jimmy Choo has this stiletto ticking all the right boxes for fashion trends. This shoe will be massive. Watch this space.
Iconic major shoe brand Jimmy Choo has launched an updated and improved version of its website. The improvements in the new site include an updated colour scheme, better pictures and wishlist functionality – just in time for Christmas.
All that makes for a great place to browse Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 2014 collection. Our pick of that collection are these black matte suede and gold mirror leather sandals. The shoes have a 130mm (about 5 inch) heel, with a 10mm (around 0.5 inch) platform. They have a zip fastener at the back of the heel.
Jimmy Choo’s gold sandals are available from the Choo website (which ships to around 170 different countries) for €695.
Lace meets leather for a ladylike take on the statement shoe in these sassy but sweet Amika pumps by Jimmy Choo. If you’ve been looking for a high heel that will work day to night and go with everything from skinny jeans for bar hopping to pencil skirts for boardroom meetings, the Amika leather trimmed lace and mesh combo is a winner.
Pretty in patent, the leather heel and toe cap is set off by a delicate floral lace pattern which adds just the right touch of girly to the sophisticated shoe. The heel height measures 4 inches. Priced £450 from Net-a-Porter.
Handcuffs and high heels combine this season as Jimmy Choo goes mildly fetish for Fall / Winter 2013. The Autumn / Winter 2013 collection (as it is known in England) is headlined by a pair of nearly 5 inch snakeskin pumps which are mischievously called Devote.
The pumps are indeed for Choo devotees because they feature a Jimmy Choo branded metal handcuff to secure the ankle strap in place! The shoes actually fasten with a back zip which completes the lock-up look by having a Jimmy Choo branded skeleton key attached. Devote is available from Jimmy Choo’s website for €850 as part of the label’s Autumn / Winter 2013 collection.
Lest it be thought that the Jimmy Choo was going too fetishy, the handcuff heel details are also available in a much more walkable 3.3 inch heel. The lower version is called Dusk and also comes in black snakeskin. Dusk is available from the Jimmy Choo website for €675.
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
Eat your heart out Cinderella because we’ve just found the ultimate princess shoe, and it’s Jimmy Choo’s new “Tia” pump. Currently available for pre-order through Neiman Marcus, the shoe also comes with a princess-like price tag: $3,250.
Now I love shoes and we all love Choos, but that’s still a stonkering amount of hard-earned coin just to get a girl to the ball.
The expensive part of “Tia” is the mixed-facet shimmering crystals which cover the napa leather upper. The 5 inch gold metallic heel is also a beautiful feature of this pointed toe pump.
What more do we need to say? The shoe speaks for itself. It’s beautiful, but at $3,250 I’ll sadly be admiring it from afar.
If you too are a sucker for detailing, may we direct your attention to these delectable FAUNA booties courtesy of Jimmy Choo? The black suede and lace peep toe is decidedly decadent with a delicate floral pattern adding a touch of luxury.
Somewhat gothic, definitely gorgeous, these 3.9” lovelies are nothing less than exquisite. With a high but not towering heel they are (say it quietly) practical and smart enough to wear to the office, potentially justifying the $1250 price tag. Like all Choos though, they really come into their own after dark. If you want something a little less statement, they are also available in nude.
You can’t get more eye-catching than a hologram effect – unless the holograms are on an exquisite pair of pumps. Jimmy Choo has successfully combined both with the new Abel hologram patent leather pump and one plus one here definitely equals more than two.
The Abel is Jimmy Choo’s staple four inch patent leather pump, with the so-called “ciggy heel.” It is one of the brand’s icons (featured in the CHOO 24:7 collection) and in black patent it is the classic hard-working, sensible-height Choo for around the office. The shoe comes in other colors as well, including red, light bronze glitter and black with studs.
In this latest incarnation, the color is called “petrol” to reflect the shiny hologram effect that spilled petrol gives off. The petrol hologram Abel from Jimmy Choo is available for pre-order from Saks Fifth Avenue for $625.
This is not the first time Jimmy Choo has used a hologram-like effect in its high heels. Back in the day the brand did this hologram mesh and patent peep-toe bootie with 4 3/4″ covered heel. The shoe, which was called Kier, used to be available from Bergdorf Goodman and some other online retailers. Sadly it is currently not available but if that changes we’ll let you know.
Jimmy Choo’s Anouk is fast becoming the label’s signature shoe, much like the Pigalle is to Christian Louboutin as we’ve noted before. And if Choo’s pre-fall collection is any indication then the brand seems to be continuing to evolve and expand the Anouk’s colors and range.
This coming season Choo have made extensive use of the dégradé technique by which one color is faded into another in a gradual shading or regression approach rather than a clear demarkation. It’s sort of the modern version of a tie-die look rather than the clean lines of a color block. The matt black dégradé on neon patent yellow Anouk shown above is a stand out example. It’s available for pre-order from Jimmy Choo for €525.
Like all Anouks, the black / yellow neon dégradé pair have the shoe’s signature shape, a pointed toe pump with a 4.7″ heel. There are also a couple of other Anouks in the pre-fall 2013 collection from Choo that have caught our eye. Check them out below.
If you’re not quite ready to embrace the dégradé look in your shoe collection, then the pre-fall 2013 collection also includes this Anouk in black suede with silver micro studs. You can pre-order from Jimmy Choo for €695.