Not for the first time this year Angelo Ruggeri, the creative director of Sergio Rossi since 2012, has conjured up an eye-catching pair of designer sandals. The brand’s blurb says that it produces “collectible pieces of breathtaking beauty” – and let’s face it they all do – but Sergio Rossi has been doing it for fifty years, and recently its been hit after hit. For examples we need cite only the Rossi butterfly and tangled puzzle sandals both of which we featured earlier this year.
Angelo Ruggeri, the creative director of Sergio Rossi since 2012, has come up with an early nomination for sexy heel of the year with an Italian-made caged evening sandal called Puzzle. This strappy new 4.25 inch gem from the Spring / Sumer 2014 collection has a central spider-web leather upper, suggesting the wearer weaves a web of seduction to lure unsuspecting prey back to her lair. Well, that’s what the marketing information says anyway.
In dark brown leather (styled “ebano” or ebony with tortoise shell detail) the high heeled evening sandals fasten with a trendy double ankle strap with buckled closures. They are retailing fast from Zappos for $955.
If you love the look but not the colour, the shoes are also available in a blinged-out “new nude” colour with exquisite crystal accents and a sculpted metallic stiletto heel. Although only just introduced they’re selling fast too, and are available in limited sizes only via Zappos for $1,655.
See a video of the launch of the Sergio Rossi Spring Summer 2014 collection below.
Today’s featured high heels are truly fly. They’re beautiful new 4.5 inch sandals from Sergio Rossi, the highlight of which is a gorgeous gold-tone butterfly detail that wraps around the side and back of the foot. When I see a creation like this, it serves to remind me that the Italian brandname deserves to be considered in the same breath as other big-name, high-end high heel designers that soak up so much press attention.
High-end is certainly what this shoe is, and it has a price tag ($1,150 from Zappos) to match. But it’s totally worth it. The shoe is handmade in Italy with the care and attention for which Sergio Rossi heels are known: the label boasts that there are a minimum of one hundred and twenty steps that are taken before a shoe is placed in a box for sale with the Sergio Rossi name. You will also get a shoe made of decent materials for your money (the lining, insole, outsole and upper are made of quality leather as you would expect).
The Sergio Rossi high heel with gold leather butterfly is called Filigree, and we can expect to see more of this shoe on celebrities and social butterflies alike. Filigree is selling quickly through Zappos where it is now available only in limited sizes.
Is anyone not doing fluoro pink pumps at the moment? No matter because I love them. I don’t even mind if their creators insist on calling the color “fuchsia” (which is posh-speak for “pink” baby).
Here are four designer pink pumps that rock my world, starting with Brian Atwood’s fuchsia patent calf leather ‘Nico’ pump. As you can see, Nico has a pointed toe and high stiletto heel. It can be farfetched for $484.27.
For an extra hundred bucks or so, Giuseppe Zanotti can outfit you in these fluorescent fuchsia patent leather pumps with a varnished effect. Pick them up from Zanotti for $550.
Third on the list are Gianmarco Lorenzi’s offering. These neon coral patent leather pumps are priced somewhere between the Brian Atwood heels and the Giuseppe Zanotti ones. They can be farfetched for $493.39.
Sergio Rossi’s fuchsia Chichi patent leather pump with varnished effect rounds out our pink high heel designer collection for now. The shoe has a heel height of 4.1 inches and retails from the Sergio Rossi website for $580.
History and craftsmanship continue to define Italian brand Sergio Rossi, with both being well evident in the label’s fall / winter 2012 /13 collection. The Genevieve studded pump exemplifies these characteristics, and is a true highlight of the collection.
Somewhat confusingly, a number of pumps in the collection share the name “Genevieve.” The yellow version you see here is made of 100% shad skin (for your daily dose of trivia, shad is a type of fish mainly found in freshwater). The pump is prominently studded on its vamp, sides and heel, in keeping with a trend we are going to see a lot more of this season. The laminated effect and scale details are complemented by a 4.1 inch heel. This Genevieve is available from Sergio Rossi for $1,335.
The chunky, black platform version of the Genevieve retails for $970. It is 100% calf-skin leather and has a 3.3 inch heel with 1.2 inch platform.
Finally, the style also comes in a 3.5 inch classic black pump. This 100% nappa leather pump would be the perfect work shoe, but it come with a price tag that befits the craftsmanship on show. The pump retails from Sergio Rossi for $870.
All the Genevieves family are part of the Ancient Glamour subset of the Sergio Rossi fall / winter 2012 /13 collection. The collection itself was launched in April 2012 during Milan Fashion week. See FashionTV’s video of the launch below: