WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
2021 might not have come with the usual sense of renewal, but there are still ways to refresh your shoe wardrobes – and yourselves.
Bottega Veneta’s Resort 2021 collection has some of the currently most sought after accessories. Images courtesy of the brand.
The start of 2021 might have robbed of the usual feelings of optimism and renewal that are usually attached to the first month of a new year. So what happens to new year plans and resolutions, during a pandemic that continues to constrict us to our homes? Does everything go on pause?
In the shoe department, January would equal exhilarating sales shopping, renewed wish lists and plenty of excitement about the prospect of new collection launches and new brands-of-the-year. While life at home might have curbed our appetites for all of the above, the good news is that there’s still plenty to get excited about when it comes to creativity, design and all things shoes.
For starters, pre-spring collections are making their way onto luxury websites and shop floors around the world – and there’s nothing like planning ahead for a season that promises to be more joyful and free. You might want to snap up some new season Bottegas from early on, especially now that all eyes are on the brand and its mysterious exit from social media. We have a particular soft spot for the new Bounce boots and the Stretch net pumps in pastel colours.
Raf Simons Prada debut included some much discussed shoes. Will you be getting a pair come Spring? Images courtesy of the brand.
There’s also much anticipated launches in 2021 that promise to evoke the kind of frenzy Daniel Lee’s debut at Bottega did two years ago. Prada’s first collection with Raf Simons is coming into store this year, including those retro-futuristic kitten heels that made shoe lovers’ hearts beat faster when they first spotted them on the runway. And so is Matthew Williams’ debut range for Givenchy that featured some of the most eccentric shoes we’ve seen in a while – there were heels shaped as shoe horns and sandals with multiple toe straps that will inevitably divide opinion yet still create extra long waiting lists.
You can also expect to see shoe veterans expand their offer to new categories: Amina Muaddi who launched earrings and bags last year has already teased an upcoming launch of more jewellery, while Edgardo Osorio at Aquazzura is plotting both a jewellery and an interiors launch, so you will soon be able to match your shoes to your wallpaper.
But apart from buying into the new season collection of the mega brands we know and love, there are also plenty of ways to get creative with your existing wardrobe and experiment with new names. Here are some shoe wardrobe resolutions, you might want to consider taking into the new year:
Elevate your basics: For the time being, life will revolve around humble supermarket runs, daily walks and Zoom calls, but that doesn’t mean resorting to the same old tracksuit and forgetting to wear shoes, save for a pair of Crocs or your old slippers. We’re not suggesting running errands in your Amina Muaddi sparkly pumps, but it might be time to elevate those everyday basics. How about a pair of sleek pair of combat boots – Legres has a great option – or a pair of Neous minimalist ballet flats that can double as house slippers? It’s the easiest way to look put together and lift up your spirits along the way.
Invest in at least one independent designer: Supporting independent businesses is more important than ever during a period of economic uncertainty and it’s also the best way to get a little more experimental with your look and ensure you don’t look like anyone else in the room. So in 2021, it’s worth spending a little more time on your own research to find new names to buy into. There’s so much talent in the shoe world – from new Scandi favourite Anny Nord to Aminah Abdul Jillil’s feminine designs and Lebanese up-and-comer Andrea Wazen – that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Repair damaged shoes: You’ve probably already gone through multiple wardrobe clear outs since the first quarantine was enforced, but it’s just as important to ensure the shoes you did decide to keep are in pristine condition – it helps with the Feng Shui of your home among other things. So call up the Restory or a cobbler near you to fix any well-worn shoes that have been left with stains, scratches or damaged soles. Experts can really work miracles, even dying heavily stained shoes in new colours and turning them brand new.
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