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).
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Italian 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.
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.
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).
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.
Also 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).
Has Giuseppe Zanotti taken inspiration for his new $650 heels from a simple pair of stripper shoes? Is the mule craze out of control? Aren’t all sky-high heels just bedroom shoes in disguise? Who the hell knows?
What I do know is that Zanotti’s black patent-leather 5 inch mules (above – Zanotti, $650) do remind me awfully of the Domina stilettos from the stripper shoe retailing behemoth Pleaser. The Pleasers are higher (the “approximately” 5 inch is actually closer to a 6 inch heel) but the micro-peep-toe mules otherwise do look to be cut rather similarly. How many different ways can you really do a black stiletto mule I suppose.
If the Pleaser Domina 101 sandals take your fancy they’re available for somewhere between $42-$55 from Amazon.
For at least a couple of years now, we’ve billed the battle of the 4 inch black work pump as being between two contenders: the reigning champion Christian Louboutin and his 100mm red-soled Pigalle, and the challenger Jimmy Choo with the Abel (a 4 inch version of the brand’s 5 inch Anouk). But this is a popular retail niche, and other top-end designers wish to have their wares in this category too. Which brings us to Giuseppe Zanotti’s offering.
The beautifully-shaped Zanotti 4 inch black high heel has pretty much exactly the features you’d see in other work pumps of this kind: the heel is around 4 inches or 100mm high (Zanotti’s is officially 3.9 inches), and the shoe has a closed, pointed toe, a low-cut outer and is handmade of leather (nappa leather in this case) with a leather sole.
Although the Zanotti, Choo and Louboutin heels are similar, there is one major point of difference – the color of the sole! Christian Louboutin’s is red of course, and Jimmy Choo’s is a natural off-white / light brown shade. There is no risk of confusing either pump with Giuseppe Zanotti’s shoe because it has a black sole to match the color of the shoe’s upper. We think it manages to both be eye-catching and yet remain appropriately conservative at the same time.
There’s one more obvious point of difference between the heels, and that is that the Zanotti shoes are the most expensive of the lot. They’re available for $695 from Giuseppe Zanotti’s website. Louboutin’s Pigalles take second place at $625 per pair, and Choo’s Abel is a full $100 cheaper than the Zanotti pumps costing a mere $595.
Kylie Minogue has been rocking stilettos since she stepped out of Charlene’s workboots in Neighbours, which is pretty much forever. The Aussie star has always posted plenty of high heel pictures on her social media sites and her 2014 shoe collection is better than ever. Is it the best in the world? Maybe. Are we jealous? Yes!
Below are the high heel pictures Kylie has posted on her Instagram page this year.
On 26 February 2014 Kylie’s shoe of the day (tagged #shoeoftheday) was a pair of glittering Dolce & Gabbana stiletto sandals (see below).
Kylie Minogue’s shoe of the day on 7 February 2014 was by Casadei. She’s wearing the designer’s iconic Blade pointed toe pump in pink nappa leather. Blade has a 4.5 inch silver laquered heel made from real steel, with a 0.4 inch concealed plateau. The pink stilettos retail from Casadei for around $690 (€620).
Kylie’s shoe of the day for 3 February 2014 was a versatile and understated black Giuseppe Zanotti pump. Her Instagram selfie was taken during a photo shoot for New York based Australian fashion photographer Will Davidson.
Last but not least come the Christian Louboutins. Kylie nominated her red soled stilettos as her daily shoe pick on 29 January 2014. The shoes are the towering 120mm (5 inch) So Kate heels, seen here in a multi-colored design on a python skin upper. O.M.G.
How much do we love Giuseppe Zanotti? More and more each day is the answer, and it seems we’re not alone with stars like Beyonce and Kylie Minogue also embracing the Italian wizard’s creation.
Zanotti’s latest masterpiece are these 5 inch cone-heeled sandals. The neon pink high heels are right on colour trend right now. In addition, the ankle strap sandal is also a very popular look for 2013 although, cleverly, Zanotti’s sandals actually fasten with a back zip meaning you don’t have to mess about with fiddly buckles.
The highlight of the Zanotti sandals is undoubtedly the 5 inch metallic cone heel, which is bound to be a talking point if you’ll excuse the pun. The shoes are made in Italy with a patent leather upper, leather lining and sole. And the thin ankle strap is decorated with a matte silver Giuseppe Zanotti logo plaque.
As for the price? These Giuseppe Zanotti neon pink high heels are available for pre-order online from Neiman Marcus for $845. They’re expected to ship no later than 23 December 2013, hopefully just in time for Christmas.
We spotted these two beautiful color-blocked sandals today and just had to share. Both are designer, both are expensive and both are lovely in their own special ways.
The 4.4 inch single-sole sandal above is by Rupert Sanderson. It’s made of calf leather and has turquoise and fuschia front straps with cut out detailing. You can land a pair via Farfetch for $926.20.
If you prefer a platform look, then Giuseppe Zanotti has dished up a pair of delightful metallic color-block leather sandals with a full 2 inch gold front platform. The sandal has a purple strap in front, a gold and turquoise ankle strap with a black suede square buckle closure and a chunky heel in pink and gold measuring 6 inches total. That’s a 4 inch total rise from toe to heel.
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.