This new platform slingback is called Prince but it’s really fit for any princess. New from Taylor Says, the 6 1/2 inch block heel is made from bright green leather with toad inspired spots. There’s also beautiful art work underneath the sole consisting of smooched frogs and a Happily Ever After saying.
There are fuck me shoes, and then there are don’t fuck with me shoes. The awesome new tiger pumps from TaylorSays are firmly in the second category. This is one arse-kicking, head-turning, spirit-lifting pair of shoes to lay your lazy eyes on girlfriend.
(EDIT, April 2018: these pumps are no longer available. If this changes, a link will be added)
As the photos show, the leather Tigres pump features a roaring, open-mouthed tiger at the vamp of the shoe – ideal for telling people that you mean business! A tiger striped print covers the rest of the upper, and the shoe also has a colorful printed sole as we’ve come to expect from TaylorSays. The sole on Tigres is a pretty hibiscus.
The feline footwear sits atop a 5 1/2 inch heel, with a 1 inch hidden platform. Social media has gone mad for these shoes, so you can expect the limited stocks at heels.com won’t last forever. To let the cat out of the bag, we’d suggest heading over there without too much delay.
If you’d like to read our profile of the self-proclaimed “crazy blondie from Southern California” Taylor Reeve (the artist behind TaylorSays) instead, please go here. More pictures of the tiger high heels follow below.
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.
Artist Taylor Reeve has described herself as a “crazy blondie from Southern California” but she’s one hell of a rising shoe-designing talent. Taylor’s new range (which is currently available on pre-order from heels.com) showcases the artistic talents that Taylor says she knew she was blessed with from second grade.
Each pair of high heels has a striking piece of sole art, for which the range is known. In the case of this purple “Blondie” pump (surely named after the designer’s self-description) the artwork is of an all-American, stars and stripes wearing, tattooed blondie. (The gold and purple heel is available for pre-order for $159.99.) The resemblance with the designer (see below) is no co-incidence.
Taylor Reeve may be relatively young but designer has well and truly done her apprenticeship before branching out by working at the likes of Quicksilver, Bell Helmets, Dragon Alliance, and Skullcandy. Only then did she launch her own, self-named label TaylorSays (which is pronounced “Taylor Sez,” according to the designer herself).
On her website Taylor explains how she moved from artist to shoe designer:
I literally paint on anything and everything that’s out there. I’m talking motorcycles, skateboards, sufrboards, tennis shoes, you name it I have definitely added my flair to it. So I figured, why not high heels? I mean I wear them all the time. It’s prime real estate so it just came naturally.
After her own painted high heels took off Taylor began selling the shoes to her friends, and then to their friends and orders came rolling in. But business really snowballed when Taylor’s sister suggested that she list her creations on handmade art site Etsy. The shoes became a crazy “overnight sensation” and Taylor’s supply could not keep up with demand. “So I decided to make it happen and put it into production.”
Taylor is quick to point out that this hasn’t compromised the quality and says that the products in the range utilise the “best of the best materials.”
As for the style of the shoes, Taylors says that TaylorSays is “all about having fun, being unique, being bold and just really making it your own. You can take it any way you want to and have fun with it.” I can see where she’s coming from with that. Having fun with this range of quirky and eye-catching high heels really doesn’t seem all that difficult to do.
TaylorSays Pink Lady has a pink upper encrusted with multi colour stones, and a ribbon design on the sole. It’s available for pre-order for $199.99.