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Trend alert: minimalist high heeled sandals

Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos

For spotters of shoe trends, the latest look to watch out for is minimalist sandals. We’re starting to see a whole bunch of simple stiletto sandals with a minimal number of narrow straps emerging as a “must have” look.

For examples, look no further than Giuseppe Zanotti. Zanotti’s bringing it to the table with both his amazing 4.75 inch gold mini platform sandal above (Zappos Couture, $650) and the rhinestone-highlighted 3.5 inch sandals below (Zappos Couture, $795).

You can view the whole Giuseppe Zanotti collection at Zappos Couture.

Giuseppe Zanotti sandals

80s inspires Giuseppe Zanotti’s fall / winter 2014 collection

Giuseppe Zanotti bootie

A trip back to the 1980’s is the inspiration behind Giuseppe Zanotti’s fall / winter 2014 shoe collection, but there’s also plenty of black leather included as well. “The black part of the collection and also the 80s are the most important stories these season,” said the designer when interviewed in Milan in February 2014.

The emergence of fluorescent neon hues was certainly an 80s trend, which is why we’ve chosen this fuchsia suede bootie with leather turnover to highlight the fall / winter collection. It retails for €1,555 from Zanotti.

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Giuseppe Zanotti fall winter 2014

 

Sticking with booties, that 80s staple – the legwarmer – spring instantly to mind when looking at these black suede numbers. However what you’re really looking at is a crystal mesh covering – it’s a clever touch. With a 4.5 inch heel and inner platform, this bootie retails for €2,105.

Giuseppe Zanotti mules

“For me the 80s was the most energetic time,” said Zanotti at the collection’s launch. “It was free.” The classic high heeled sandal of the 1980s – the mule – certainly reflects those thoughts. It’s free, easy going and has just the slightest hint of promiscuity (remember Peggy Bundy?).

It shouldn’t harm sales to hear that mules are on trend big time this season either. Updated for fall / winter 2014 with a 4.7 inch stiletto and crystal decorated strap, Zanotti’s high heeled mules can be bought for €1,140.

Giuseppe Zanotti pumps

Finally, no collection would be complete without a classic black pump and Giuseppe Zanotti certainly doesn’t disappoint with this 3.9 inch pump with sculpted upper.

“Leather is my DNA, my personality, my world, my passion,” Zanotti said when introducing his collection. The passion shows. The exquisitely cut pump retails online for €910.

Yes, Gianvito Rossi is the son of Sergio Rossi

Gianvito Rossi high heels

Any profile of shoe designer Gianvito Rossi (creater of this classic 4 inch pump) has to start by confirming what many might already well know: yes, Gianvito Rossi is the son of top-end shoe designer Sergio Rossi. And if you didn’t know, you know now. Glad we got that out of the way.

The younger Rossi has in fact been designing for many years now, with his first collection debuting back in Milan back in September 2006. And here are a couple of things you might not have known about Gianvito Rossi until now:

    •  Gianvito Rossi can’t live without his sketchbook – “it’s always with me” he told Bergdorf Goodman in an interview in 2013 (scroll to the bottom of this page to view the video).
    • “Huge, massive platforms” are the shoe trend Gianvito never wants to see again. That puts him in good company: platforms are the shoe trend that Paris Hilton might love, but Manolo Blahnik hates.

Moving on, our featured high heels today come from Gianvito Rossi’s new Cruise 2014 / 2015 collection, and there’s no platform here. This is a classic black, high heel, pointy toe, single-soled pump, a type of heel that is deceptively difficult to design according to leading shoe makers.

This leather, 4 inch pump is currently available in a wide range of sizes at mytheresa.com for €470.

Gianvito Rossi heels

Ankle boots the highlight of Gianmarco Lorenzi’s Fall / Winter 2014 / 15 collection

Even better than the news that Gianmarco Lorenzi’s new website no longer opens with some really weird shit, is the fact that the label has its fall / winter 2014 /15 collection available for purchase online. There are plenty of highlights in the FW 14/15 collection, but the absolute stand-out are the ankle boots. Here are three of our favourites.

Gianmarco Lorenzi ankle bootsFirst, a delicate looking leather ankle boot with golden metal buckle which is a study in simplicity and elegance. The smooth rounded toe of this boot contrasts beautifully with the with the clear, square lines of the buckle feature. This zip up bootie has a 115mm heel (4.5 inch) and costs €572 (about US$715) from Gianmarco Lorenzi.

ankle boots Gianmarco Lorenzi

Sporting the sort of killer heel that made Gianmarco Lorenzi famous, this black bootie is simplicity itself. A 20mm (0.8 inch) internal platform helps offset the 130mm (5.1 inch) semi-gloss stiletto heel, and the upturned toe reveals a nickel-coloured cap. Pick up this boot for €728 (approximately US$900) from Gianmarco Lorenzi.

Ginamarco Lorenzi Fall Winter 2014 2015Our third and final choice mixes textured suede and sheepskin for that warm winter look. It’s sturdier too, sporting a 115mm (4.5 inch) solid block heel with a feature “kink” at the top rather than a stiletto. Get them while they’re hot for €618 (US$770) at Gianmarco Lorenzi’s website, where you can also check out the rest of the label’s collection for Fall / Winter 2014 /15.

 

Stuart Weitzman’s “Fever” heels have a 5 star rating through 180 reviews

Stuart Weitzman FeverWe constantly monitor best-selling lists for high heels online, always on the lookout for what’s trending in numbers of sales or in customer reviews. According to customers, right now there’s no heel hotter than Stuart Weitzman’s Fever pump ($355 from Zappos for USA customers only, with free shipping).

Fever has a 4 inch heel, and its classical pointed toe and lightly padded footbed seem to make it the perfect night and day high heel. Customers agree and are absolutely raving about this classic shoe, so much so that they have rated it an average 5 out of 5 stars overall through 180 reviews. The overall rating is based on individual ratings for both comfort and style, meaning this heel is outstanding in both categories.

Here’s some of the comments from reviewers on Zappos.com:

  • Nothing else compares!
  • Remarkably comfortable and easy to walk in.
  • I do not know how he does it but it is, by far, the sexiest fit and look on the market today.
  • This shoe is classy, sexy and chic.

The reviewers also commented on the amount of attention these pumps seem to attract, with comments such as:

  • Every single time I wear Fever, the looks and compliments from both women and men alike are never-ending.
  • Every time I wear them, people stop to compliment them.
  • I received a lot of compliments wearing these shoes.

For more images of this black kid leather pump with leather lining, head to Zappos.com.

Jimmy Choo’s Mei – the practical, designer work pump

Jimmy Choo MeiJimmy Choo has always done contemporary so well. With the new Mei heel, the label is setting the fashion agenda, re-introducing the almond toe shape after many years of pointy toe domination. And with a 3 inch set-back heel, this Italian-made shoe seems perfect for the office. What could brighten up a dull Monday better than a shiny red patent leather designer high heel?

Mei is a shrewd move by the Jimmy Choo brand. For the past couple of years Choo has been ensuring it has wardrobe staple pumps in a variety of heel heights which never seem to go out of fashion. Choo’s 5 inch Anouk was introduced as a direct competitor to Christian Loboutin’s Pigalle (compare them here), but other offerings have been more sensible – and marketable – in terms of heel height. Hence in recent years we’ve seen the 4 inch Abel labelled as a great designer work pump. The even more practical 3 inch Mei now joins that list.

We will be watching for more news about Mei but we already predict that this shoe from the Autumn / Winter 2014 Jimmy Choo collection will be a raging success. You can pick up a pair online now from mytheresa.com for €425.

Mei heels Jimmy Choo

Giuseppe Zanotti celebrates 20 years

Giuseppe Zanotti sandalsItalian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti celebrated 20 years in the industry last month with an invite-only dinner in New York. That sort of experience puts Zanotti up with some of the leading names in the shoe design business. You can check out some of our coverage of Zanotti’s work over the past few years in our dedicated archive page.

Meanwhile, the designer shows no sign of slowing down – indeed, he’s in the prime of his career. Recent additions to the Giuseppe Zanotti collection are made to ensure the wearer discovers the “power of essentiality,” simplifying the high heel sandal to its very essence.  The varnished-effect leather slingbacks have a 4 inch heel and retail for €540 from the Giuseppe Zanotti website.

Giuseppe Zanotti high heels

A similar version of the heels but with an even sexier 5 inch stiletto is shown below. Fast-acting buyers were not deterred by the €570 price tag, and sadly this black patent sandal with peach patent trim is currently sold out at Zanotti’s website.

Zanotti sandals

Zanotti heels

Jimmy Choo’s Denial is sexy and practical

Jimmy Choo high heels

Earlier this year we raved about Jimmy Choo’s new Tarida single-soled, simple slingback: what could be better than this, we asked? Not much perhaps, but Choo has now perhaps come up with something equal for the label’s Winter 2014 collection.

This latest sexy slingback is called Denial, and it differs from Tarida in that it has a more practical heel height: 3.3 inches verses 3.8 inches (both shoes have sexy spike heels). Both shoes also have a sleek, single strap slingback strap but the Denial has this back strap positioned asymmetrically which gives it a point of difference and sophistication.

Jimmy Choo 3 inch heelsThe major feature of Denial is an asymmetrically positioned front piece as opposed to the plain front of Tarida. Currently available only in black, this slingback retails from Jimmy Choo for $795.

Jimmy Choo slingbacks

Did Pleaser’s “Domina” zipper shoes inspire these designer high heels?

Zip high heel by Pleaser

 

Pleaser’s edgy Domina 119 zipper heels have been turning heads for years with their snazzy patent leather straps with a wrap around inlaid zipper.

Now sold under Pleaser’s Devious label, the shoes have a 6 inch heel and a balancing ankle strap to help you strut your stuff (buy a pair online now from Amazon.com from only $48.95).

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).

Giuseppe Zanotti zipper sandals

 

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.

 

Domina Charlotte OlympiaAlso 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).

Mirror, Mirror

Tom Ford brings disco glamour to the floor in these made for dancing pointy toe pumps. The mirrored leather high heels sport a contrasting metallic leather lining for added vixen points. With a 4” silver metal statement spike high heel, these beauties are utterly luxe with a winning downtime drama vs uptown glamour aesthetic. In short, a closet essential. $890 from Neiman Marcus.

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