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Jimmy Choo’s simple slingbacks star for SS14

Jimmy Choo Tarida

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.

Choos 2014

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.

Jimmy Choo slingbacksThere 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. 

Jimmy Choo sexy slingbacks

 

Jimmy Choo spring summer 2014

Jimmy Choo SS14

Christian Louboutin’s ultimate toe cleavage slingbacks

Christian Louboutin slingback

When I saw these new slingbacks from Christian Louboutin, one thing came immediately to mind: toe cleavage! Nobody does toe cleavage like Louboutin, and these high heels reveal just about as much of it as any of the Master’s shoes.

Not that Christian Louboutin doesn’t know what he’s doing and why. Louboutin’s shoes are almost all engineered to deliberately show generous portions of the “third cleavage” as he calls it. Last year he even explained the method behind these daring cutaways, as part of the 20th anniversary of his label. Asked about toe cleavage, Christian Louboutin explained:

“[T]he word cleavage, first, comes [from] woman in this part [here the designer indicates towards his (boob-less) chest].

“The second cleavage of a woman is [her] bottom — the arse.

“And the third possible cleavage is actually that one [here Louboutin strokes his fingers along the toe-cleavage part of one of his pumps]. And what makes a toe cleavage becoming quite sexy is this very simple thing that it is about suggestion and it is a suggestion about another cleavage.”

Christian Louboutin 2013

You can view the full Christian Louboutin interview here:

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As for the toe-cleavage slingbacks, they are new to Louboutin and called Flueve. The sharply pointed toe is mirrored and accentuated with a V-cut vamp which reveals enough of the third cleavage to leave most men breathless.

Flueve has a patent leather upper, Louboutin’s signature red sole and a 4 1/2 ” covered stiletto heel with a sexy narrow slingback strap. Made in Italy, it’s available on pre-order from Neiman Marcus for $625.

red soled slingbacks

Do Nike make high heel sneakers or are they all fakes?

High heel sneakers

One of the questions we are forever being asked is “do Nike make high heeled shoes?” We are also regularly asked whether shoes such as the ones pictured above are legitimate Nike products or fakes.

As the Nike high heel issue seems to be a continuing hot topic we decided to ask the brand itself whether or  not they produce high heel shoes.



The answer we received this week from a Nike spokesperson was very clear: Nike do not make high heels. Furthermore, unlike some other sportswear brands such as Adidas who occasionally make high heeled sneakers, Nike have never made high heel sneakers or shoes of any kind.

And at present they have no intention of doing so, although if consumer demand is high they might consider going down that avenue one day.

The full version of the answer we received from Nike was as follows:

Nike/Jordan does not produce any High Heel models, nor has either Brand in the past produced any High Heel models. As far as future prospects, we’re always listening to consumer feedback and we model our policies, procedures, and product lineups to this end.

If we see demand for Nike/Jordan High Heels is high, that’s something we would consider producing in the future.

So, at present, Nike doesn’t do high heels. That means that every story you see on the internet about a special, one off Nike high heel, and every store you see purporting to sell Nike high heels is not selling legitimate products.

To spell it out: the Nike Jordan high heels are fake, the Nike Dunk high heels are fake, the Nike Air Force 1 high heels are fake… well, you get the picture.

Nike says it is aware of counterfeit products in the market and is working towards eliminating this problem. The brand also says that because there is not one specific way to tell you if a product you have purchased from an unauthorized retailer is authentic or not, it is unable to advise or assist customers with specific questions about an item they have already purchased.

Nike also put out a release about some of these fakes on its website that said:

Any Nike Air Force 1 high heeled, Gucci or Burberry shoes you see are not authentic Nike products. Nike has no plans to make any of these styles available in the future.

Nike high heels

Up until 2012, there was good news for lovers of high heels and Nikes. That news was that NIKE, Inc (which owns the Nike brand) also owned the Cole Haan brand. Cole Haan produced a range of high heels that utilised the Nike AIR technology.

The shoes included these 4.3 inch Chelsea pumps (pictured above) which have Nike AIR technology in the forefoot and heel for comfort. These pumps were once available for $298 from Cole Haan.

However, in November 2012 Nike announced that it had sold Cole Haan to private equity group Apax Partners for $570 million. The transaction, which completed in 2013, was designed to free Nike up to do what it does best – produce and market sports shoes not heels.

While Cole Haan continued to utilise Nike technology in its shoes during a transition period, it does not appear that any heels now sold by Cole Haan have Nike AIR technology in them.

One final point should be made on this topic: this article is concerned with whether or not Nike has ever made actual high heels (ie thin, spiky things). Nike does do a concealed wedge “heel” on its women’s Dunk sneaker, but that’s another thing entirely.

Is the Anouk Jimmy Choo’s answer to Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle?

Anouk by Jimmy ChooIf 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.

Pigalle by Christian LouboutinLike 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.