If you’re anything like me, you’ll just *hate* to have your feet tickled. And I know I’m not alone: most of my girlfriends feel the same way. But knowing all that hasn’t stopped pop-artist Rob Pruitt referencing this egregious pastime in his collaboration with Jimmy Choo in a capsule collection for Spring / Summer 2013.
Pruitt’s “Tickle mules” do make me laugh though, and not because I’m squirming with ticklishness. These playful shoes bring a smile to my face because, above all, they are fun. The shoe is completely over-the-top and, in keeping with this, it references all aspects of the boudoir – there’s the oversized feather from which “Tickle” gets its name, and even angel and devil printed panda motifs on the insole for the girl who can’t decide whether to be naughty or nice. The 4.5 inch heel is a glitter zebra-print (what else!) and the soles are colored a slightly naughty pink.
The shoe is a mule of course – the time-honoured bedroom footwear for generations – but its striking, self-mickey-taking personality will certainly see it moving beyond the bedroom to hit the streets and red carpets this coming season. I can see the Tickle as a feature in itself, worn with a little black dress to draw attention to its multitude of features. Another option would be to wear Tickle as part of a multi-colored ensemble: I’m thinking fluoro hotpants, a bright feather boa and zebra-striped eyeglasses.
The Jimmy Choo x Rob Pruitt capsule collection was launched at a cocktail party in NYC Thursday. Here’s the artist himself with the Tickle mule (picture: @JimmyChooLtd).
Highheelsdaily.com will be featuring more of the collection in the next few days. In the meantime, the Jimmy Choo and Rob Pruitt Tickle patent leather mules are available now from Net-a-Porter for £458.33, and come with angel and devil panda stickers.
Pretty pink high heels are some of the highlights of Jimmy Choo’s fall / winter 2012 collection, which is now available online. Actually, strictly speaking, the three high heels we’ve chosen to highlight are all branded as magenta or fuchsia rather than plain old pink, but we won’t let that bother us too much.
The Kairo sandal we’ve highlighted above is a masterpiece of delicate design and detail of the kind we’ve come to expect from the very top-end Jimmy Choo shoes. This 4.8 inch high heel comes with a price tag to match its craftmanship though: it retails for €1395.
Rounding out our pink picks is Tame, a bright fuchsia suede platform with Swarovski crystal detailing. The crystals don’t just coat the tip of the toe of the shoe and the heel – they also cover the visible part of the sole as well. Tame has a 5 inch heel and is available for €1695 from Jimmy Choo.
With so many sexy designer high heel shoes on the market right now, the question of which is the most sexy must come down a little to personal taste. However, some features are not all that negotiable. First of all, a truly sexy shoe should have an elegant, well-balanced stiletto heel. Wedges and chunky heels are really fun but not as sexy as a classical spike heel.
Secondly, it probably pays to not get too close to the stripper shoe look: a hint of the bordello is fine, but 6 inch mules and clear heels are probably best left to do their sexy work in the privacy of the bedroom. Designer shoes are made to be worn for a much wider audience. In the same way, a little platform can be sexy on a designer shoe but if the platform is so big it looks like you are balancing on a couple of telephone books then those shoes are probably best left for dancers who have poles to cling on to.
Finally, a truly sexy high heel should ooze style: it should be contemporary, imaginative and well cut so that onloookers applaud and the lucky lady wearing a pair feels like a celebrity whenever she steps into them.
That’s what we think, but what do you think are the sexiest shoes of 2012? Retailer Saks Fifth Avenue and Footwear News have teamed up to run an awesome competition in which you can vote for the pair of heels you think are the sexiest going around this year. The 25 pairs of heels in the competition include those illustrating this article and more. All are available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Best of all, voters enter to win a $10,000 Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree.
And our tip to win? It’s the art-deco inspired Tempest metallic sandals pictured at the top of this article. Available from Saks Fifth Avenue, they’re by Jimmy Choo.
Could tortoiseshell be the latest trend emerging in the world of high heels? The tortoiseshell look is certainly popular among the high-end shoe designers, and perhaps it is only a matter of time before other designers and brands take up the fashion too. Today we have tracked down 5 of the sharpest tortoise shoes currently on the market: two sandals, two pumps and a peep toe.
The high heel featured at the top of this article is Stuart Weitzman’s “Fantasia” sandal. This shoe has patent leather straps with a tortoiseshell pattern, a small exposed 1 inch platform and a 5 inch stiletto heel. It can be farfetched from Palermo Italy for €263.
The pumps are by Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik. The Choo (above) is Abel, a 4 inch tortoiseshell-print patent-leather pump from the Choo 24:7 capsule collection. It is new to net-a-porter for £312.50. The Manolo (below) is also a 4 inch tortoiseshell-print pump. It’s available in limited sizes from Bergdorf Goodman for $595.
For a more budget, option the Endo tortoise sandals from Jessica Simpson (below) stack up well. These shoes have a 5 inch tortoise heel with criss-crossing straps and a 1 inch stacked platform also with the tortoiseshell pattern. They’re currently on sale at heels.com for $67.99.
Our final tortoise shoe find are these red calf leather peep toe pumps from Jimmy Choo. The leather in these high heels has a tortoiseshell pattern and they can be farfetched from Capri Italy for €467.
If you think the high heels from Jimmy Choo (above) seem strangely familiar, then you’re not alone. It seems that these pumps (new to net-a-porter for £304.17) are Choo’s answer to Christian Louboutin’s highly successful Pigalle.
Like the Anouk, the Pigalle (above) is also a patent leather pump with a 5 inch heel (120mm). The pointed toe shape and revealing, low cut arch look pretty similar too. As does the front of the shoe, designed to reveal maximum toe cleavage.
It is unknown what Louboutin thinks of the Anouk although we can’t imagine he’s thrilled. “The design that encapsulates my career is the Pigalle, a low-cut, high-heeled pump,” the designer said in 2010. “It’s so subtle in that it adds something sexy to the body, but you don’t immediately realise that it’s the shoe that is making the difference.”
If you’re looking for points of difference between the shoes, then the obvious one is that the Anouk doesn’t have a red sole. Other shoes “copying” his red sole trend is of course one thing that really irritates Louboutin (see our report on his lawsuit against YSL here: the birth and rise of the red sole – as the judge saw it).
The second point of difference is that the Anouk is £25 cheaper than the Pigalle on net-a-porter. It retails for there for £329.17.
Iconic brand Jimmy Choo has launched a new street style website where fans and photographers can upload pictures of themselves wearing Choo shoes and accessories. According to Jimmy Choo, the concept for the Choo 24:7 Stylemakers site is that it will celebrate street style with an image gallery showcasing fans wearing Jimmy Choo across international time zones, day to evening, 24:7.
The site at choo247.com appears to be currently populated with images from around the world that the brand itself has taken (like the one featured here) but users are able to upload pictures themselves and invited to do so.
There’s a strong incentive for you to upload as well – if you post your photograph by 6 June 2012 you go in the draw to win a Choo 24:7 wardrobe consisting of 6 pairs of Choos from the 24:7 collection and a handbag. Terms and conditions are on the site.
Rules for uploading include the following:
The photograph has been taken by you and/or belongs to you;
You have obtained the permission of the person/s in the photograph to upload the photograph onto a public forum;
Your photograph is of a high quality (i.e. no grainy or blurred photographs); and
Your photograph focuses on Choo 24:7 products.
As might be expected, the site makes full use of social media. There’s an Instagram “ticker” that displays images tagged #choo247, and visitors to the site can like and share images via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. And of course there’s a marketing angle too – visitors can click from photographs to go straight to the store to buy the shoes featured or similar looks.
These mirrored leather sandals from Jimmy Choo are so beautiful we had to post them. We’re not alone in admiring their 3.5 inch heel either – they’re a celebrity favourite too, as the likes of Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger can attest.
The gold pair above were available through net-a-porter for £262.50 up until 2013 but have sadly now become unavailable (if this changes, this article will be updated with a link to the product via net-a-porter).
Some other colours of this shoe are displayed in the gallery below (click to enlarge). The gorgeous champagne and black glitter varieties were available at Nordstrom for $465 (also sadly gone). And we’ve included a picture of the stunning silver-mirror version, although it is now unavailable on net-a-porter (as at 2014). Still, they’re beautiful just to look at.