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Welcome to our first Shoe Shop Talk! What is this you ask ? Shoe designers and shoe industry related persons have what I like to call shoe nerd talk. We talk about what designers are doing, who’s copying who, what retailers are buying, design, materials, lasts, factories, and much more.
Shoe shop talk is going to cover that and a whole bag of heel taps!
For my first “Shoe Shop Talk” I want to review a designer I discovered when I was living in Barcelona, Spain. Beatriz Furest is an über talented accessory and now footwear designer with her own stand alone shops in Barcelona.
What makes her products amazing?? She gets what her girl wants, and delivers! Her handbag designs are functional, possess creative design details, unique color combinations, and leathers that have a beautiful hand. Oh wait, and did I mention that her bags reasonably priced?
A few years ago, Beatriz Furest launched a footwear collection. I’ve followed the collection over the years, and really like the direction. This fall, she captures what many comfort shoe companies are not able to do: address the comfort trend combined with a fashionable flair that doesn’t make them look like your grandmothers shoes. Although, Beatriz Furest is not a comfort shoe brand, she knows in Europe there is a lot of walking and living on the go. Therefore, her products are functional, and maintain a fashionable aesthetic.
Here are my favorite shoe designs this season by Beatriz.
The only chance I get to buy from her collection is when I go to Barcelona. I love going to her shops and seeing the entire collection. It’s very inspiring. It would be great if she would come to the states! You can see her collection and read more about the designer here.
All images are from her website.
I haven’t seen reptile leathers as a trend in quite a while. It’s mainly been random over the years. This runway season, several brands have used croco or snake for Spring 15. There are many more brands not shown here that used our reptile friends, such as: Ralph Lauren, Roland Mouret, Lanvin, and Lowe.
I really love how Ferragamo combined reptilian with a natural textile on the wedge. It really gives it a very rich quality. It’s a great play on textures too! Obsessed with those croco Miu Miu’s too. I’ve never been much of a fan of shoes with reptile leathers. I’m feeling it this season though.
All images from Style.com
This past spring/summer we saw a huge sandal slide trend. Athletic brands like Nike and Adidas brought their soccer slide back. Birkenstock, Celine, Isabel Marant, Givenchy, and many others tapped into the casual slide.
I read in various blogs that the slide was questionable in a heel. Comfort? the back missing? how do you wear it? were some comments I read.
For Spring 2015, its back! I have to say I’m enamored. Proenza Schouler’s slide with fringe is seriously to die for. I would consider getting out of my anti heel slide for these beauties.
As a flat, I’m in for sure. Kenzo, you killed it with the kitten heel slide! I’m in love!
You? Are you in with slides for Spring 15, or over it?
Image Source: Style.com
From top left to bottom right: Phillip Lim, Kenzo, Proenza Schouler, Miu Miu, Stella McCartney
Either fashion houses hope global warming will continue to bring us very cool weather in the Spring, or designers are telling us we don’t need to just wear boots in the fall. Next spring, we are definitely seeing mid to knee high boots.
Looking at them makes me feel a little hot. Maybe cause the LA weather is still scorching in October. Putting “warm flash” feelings aside, there is nothing wrong with being a little daring and sexy in some of these knee high stilettos. The Chanel printed boots does bring a Spring playful feel.
I’m not convinced.
Are you apt to wearing boots in April, May, or June?
Image Source: Givenchy/ Dior/ Chanel