I asked some of my favourite Vancouver bloggers as well as bloggers from around the world to contribute their most coveted shoe for the fall season. I told them money was no object and they could choose anything. Of course, I had to put myself in the mix (it is my blog after all). Note that there is a hefty Vancouver representation (I suppose Tavi was too busy planning all her events for NYFW). The ten bloggers on this list all have an incredible sense of personal style and vast knowledge of fashion.
The result was even better than expected! I’m thrilled that no one picked a flat, because let’s get real: no woman’s dream shoe will ever be a flat! There is a healthy mix of sculptural and classic, of practical and not-so practical. It’s no surprise that the late Alexander McQueen’s angel wing shoes are making an appearance, twice. Some of the most experimental shoes this year came from designer collaborations: Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte and Pierre Hardy for Balenciaga. Both re-evaluate the idea of what a shoe can be. No fall season is complete without a sturdy wedge bootie, and here we have two by those who do it best, Finsk and Acne. Winter wouldn’t be winter without Burberry’s cozy shearling, nicknamed “straitjacket” boots. And, of course, classic silhouettes never go out of style, especially when in combination with luxurious snake skin and napa leather. Who better to trust with the classics than Christian Louboutin and a shoe newcomer, Aperlaï (this label will be huge, trust me)? Enjoy!
Susie of Style Bubble (London, UK): Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte Melted Wax Heels
Nicole of Le Mode du Jour (Vancouver, BC): Pierre Hardy for Balenciaga Loafer Heels
Nicole of Frosted Windows (Vancouver, BC): Finsk Wedge Boot
“I’m a big fan of the simple and futuristic look of these shoes. I love the contrast between the suede and the wooden platform wedge. Although it is hard to see on a white background, the white on the back of heel adds a pop of colour when viewed from behind. And as a bonus, they are wedges and thus they are bound to be a little nicer to my flat feet!”
Alix of Alix Rose (Seattle, WA): Acne “Admire” Wedge Boot
“It’s the best melding between menswear tough and elegance I have ever seen.”
(She ended up getting the ankle ones. Lucky girl!)
“I was going to pick Balenciaga too, but these come very close second. Balenciaga’s inspiration was Mondrian, but Aperlaï hides a subtle influence of curvy forms by architect Oscar Niemeyer. The composition of this shoe is pure heaven. Plus, who can resist three different textures of sexy snake skin and a five and a half inch platform heel?”
“And then there’s that red, the colour of the prettiest lipsticks. Just. So. Ladylike. How on earth I’d be able to walk in that sky-high Louboutin heel, I don’t know. But let’s face it, this exercise isn’t really about practicality, is it?”
Inspiring, aren’t they? What are your most-coveted shoes?