Let’s hear it for statement footwear. You know the type — sexy, unique, brightly coloured, wildly designed, quite possibly uncomfortable, and most certainly unlikely to go with anything in the closet, for some reason you can’t quite put your finger on. But who cares? Let’s embrace some of these artful pieces and lust over them for a few minutes.
First, consider Walter Steiger, whose footwear shapes remind me of stretching cats. I love the curved heels and the bright colours paired with the sharp silver. In fact, these probably would top off a fab outfit perfectly. The arch and heel shape of Steiger’s shoe is emphasized with his wild animal print pump. I also love his focus on open toed shoes, which are really hot this summer. Personally, I’m glad to see the triumphant return of the open toe.
You may never have heard of Steiger, but you may have seen his shoes. Walter Steiger was started by Walter Steiger senior in 1932 as an exclusive tailored shoe atelier. Walter Steiger junior opened the first boutique in Paris in 1974. He also collaborated with footwear designers like Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel, Maison Chloé, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, and Karl Lagerfeld. Now, a third generation of Steigers are involved with the family company.
I’m also loving the sexy white sky high pumps, particularly the mesh pair, which would be amazing for hot summer evenings. For something a little more casual, the black wedge with hot pink leopard print toe straps might be just the thing.
Moving onto to something a bit more avant-garde — Camilla Skorvgaard. Amazingly, she got her start at age 20 when she went to Dubai to create couture for the region’s Sheikh’s wives and daughters. Saks Fifth Avenue bought her line when she was still a student. Her pieces are edgier and a bit more rock and roll. The black collection of shoes are strong statement pieces to build an outfit around. I also love contrast of the sharp edges on the sole of the pink version, paired with the soft pink shade. It’s a study in contrasts.
Nicole Brundage makes brilliant use of yellow with her Sandi heel, complete with front angle tie. This detail adds some flare to what would otherwise be a boring summer pump. I also like her homage to those braided belts that seem to come and go with Santi pump. This shoe and its oversize bow at the back means you’ll have amazing footwear coming and going.
And for some more spin on tradition, I’m loving the Elizabeth and James Lyla pump. Instead of settling for boring, this shoe gets some major detailing in the form of a crisscross toe feature and an angle wrap. For something more studious, the Lang pump will amp up your work outfit with some of the class of a saddle style pump. Lace ups, side cutouts and a peep toe glam up these brown and beige babies. Interestingly, Elizabeth and James is designed by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.