WORDS BY SANDRA HAGELSTAM
Something for everybody in this hands on guide to diversifying your shoe closet, with some alternatives to this seasons most sought after styles.
The past month has brought a lot of great new designer names to our attention. So to widen our horizon when it comes to trends and it-shoes of the season, we’ve searched high and low for some new names to add to your wishlist. Bottega Veneta and Amina Muaddi has undoubtedly shaped the shoe trends over the past year, two extreme ends that has provided us with both class and excitement. But an abundant shoe closet (the one we dream of) goes further than checking the new in section in the usual department stores, be prepared to open some brand new tabs.
If you love the anklet trend, gold chain details and woven leather, chances are that Bottega Veneta is already in you closet. However we would like to point you in the direction of Brother Vellies, especially to the ‘Daliah’ pumps, that comes in three colours. Still a somewhat unknown brand in Europe, however we expect this to be one of the most popular new brands as the founder Aurora James is pushing for change with the 15 percent pledge.
The chic beach sandal is a style that oozes comfort and a shoe that we would happily wear with our preppiest dresses. We’ve spotted The Row platform thongs enough times on Instagram to win us over, however due to their sold out status, we’ve had to extend our search. Swedish brand ATP Atelier delivers a noteworthy lookalike that we’ll we wearing to the beach and beyond.
If the square toe sandal is what you consider as the best summer shoe (we do), chances are you have more than one colour of Bottega Veneta’s now iconic sandals on your wishlist. The minimal strappy sandal compliment all outfits, which is why are a making room for this alternative by British brand Miista.
If you like your sandals with some unexpected details, Jacquemus heels are the definition of a party in the back. They have been experimenting with geometric heel shapes for a few years, making the style a signature to the french brand. Our newly discovered brand – Shekudo knows a thing or two about handcrafted leather sandals, and we are especially fond of ‘The Lolo’ sandal that won us over with the braided leather details.
Proenza Schouler’s collaboration with Birkenstock brought back the popularity of the practical garden shoe that a decade ago became fashion’s favourite. We’ve never really stopped loving the simple buckle sandals that today you’ll find many versions of, from Prada to this beautiful pearl version from British designer Camilla Elphick.
Feathers and fluffy details is not new to shoes, but they’ve become part of our everyday wear thanks to Prada, Miu Miu and most recently Amina Muaddi’s colourful styles. So if you are a fan of fun shoes that demand attention, we suggest you consider Kendall Miles feather pumps. An instant mood lifter that comes in three strong colours. If you prefer a sandal, we also think this ‘Masque snake’ style is worth the hype.
Animal print, especially zebra, is one of the hottest pattern this season. If you like your shoes wild, Brother Vellies has an alternative for you. The ‘Olivia’ mule comes with a beautiful gold chain, and ticks a lot of trends in one go. Bottega Veneta’s stretch pumps have been praised for it’s comfort but if you want something that will not be on every other girls fashion week feet, the latter alternative is an investment to last.
Dad sandals are a summer hit, there is no denying that. Prada and Chanel pushed this ever classic in to the wardrobes of even the most devoted heel-lovers, but should you be out for a more approachable (and in this case affordable) we suggest Suicoke – a brand by anonymous creatives based in Japan. With practical sandals that comes in every colourway imaginable, and recently collaborated with Cecilie Bahnsen, you are guaranteed to find a style to suit your personality.
PVC heels have been making waves in the shoe world for ages, it’s a category that all boils down to the right styling, to make this risky shoe appear somewhat wearable. Although it’s understandable not the most practical upper for hot days, a clear shoe can do wonders to the appearance of a bare leg, which is why it’s a popular style in the entertainment world. Jessica Rich is a yet to be mentioned here, a black designer who’s signature glass-like slippers has a massive celebrity following in the likes of Kim Kardashian and Cardi B.
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