Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cat walk wedge


Leopard print pony-skin covered wedge ankle boot, Giuseoppe Zanotti, 2010.

Now these leopard print boots are not especially to my liking but they demonstrate a couple of points...

1. My mad cap CD friend LOVES them and pointed them out to me in a shop the other day. I sneered a little and said, “yeah ok-ish” thinking “OMG! Girl. Trampy!”
2. Considering these boots were on the cat walk in 2010 it has taken just two years for them to be available at a cheap shoe shop in Scotland for just £12.99

Now, I have no doubt these have been available in London or even Carlisle for over a year at various prices. And probably not many places are they real pony skin. But it does make me kinda sad that fashion designs are copied and bastardised to the extent where you can purchase it in your local Factory shoe outlet. Is nothing sacred?
I know we all like (and deserve) to get versions of what we see on the cat walk onto the high street, so we can all afford that cat walk look. But I do wonder why does it happen to everything? Why cant some things remain elusive, special, expensive and out of reach? Where is the yearning? The desire for that one item, that one pair of shoes (not these by the way – god knows why i am making this point with these frankly, hideous boots) but my point is... Sometimes I would like to see some of the fabulousness creasted for the cat walk stay fabulous in the designer shops. I can save like a bitch and buy myself something thats real, not fake. Something thats got quality not quantity written all over it.
And that when I can wear proudly out on the town and I don’t come face to face with someone round the corner in a cheap factory Shoe shop version.
Rant over.

Tartan bootie what a beauty!


Oh how I wish the picture of this boot had 3D zoom!

I just know I would adore the hook and eye detail down the front. I love a bit of a tartan shoe, nothing to do with living in Scotland I can assure you, because I am not a great lover of tartan table cloths, kilts, tam-o-shanters or bag pipes (ouww my ears!) but I do love a bit of tartan clothing. I have a fantastic pair of trousers I bought in London over 16 years ago before I moved to the Bonnie North, which I purchased from a retro shop in a punk section. They have the obligatory zippers and chains on them and I still have them now, even though they don’t fit fully around my tubby waist (one day again maybe?)
But to me they are a piece of history, and art.

Anyway these boots fascinate me as they are a little contradictive. The tartan suggests punk and strength and aggression, while the thin stiletto heal, the peep toe and the snmall eye to hooks suggest something a little more seductive and delicate. I enjoy the combination. Must get me a pair of these!
Tartan print peep-toe “omega” bootie with hook and eye detail, Jerome C. Rousseau, 2010.

Clog Blog!


I don’t know why but I have always had a soft spot for clogs.

Not those plastic obscenities people where with holes in them & disgusting add on badges and stupid bright colours, crocs. They can burn in hell. I like clogs. Proper chunky stomp about clogs.

And these denim studded clogs are just the ticket for me. Who knows how comfy they would be?

But I bet they make a satisfying wooden clack noise when you walk. In a strange surreal way they also remind me a little of an old chair by the fire place, i think its the wood and the studding.

Either way, these Denin platform clog with brass studs by United Kingdom from the early 1970s are divine and I would love them in my shoe collection as top clog dog.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Whistle Stop Shoes!


Well people its going to be a whistle stop tour of a whole load of shoes. I was away working on our local festival creations, then we were on our holidays down South in my beloved campervan, with my beloved camperman! And tomorrow I am heading to Loch Lomond for my birthday treat holiday with a best pal. Really, I just can’t stop going on holiday. And the campervan makes it so easy!!

A the collection mentioned below are from shoes from ‘The Shoe Calendar’ that have taken my eyes and my heart from July 16th until the 6th August. Enjoy!


So first up is the Orange ikat “Viola” crossed-strap sandal with black napa trim from A Sophie Gittins, 2011.
I love this shoe because it makes me think of those Mongolian loners who live in yurts and eat nothing but yak meat. These people spend most of their lives hugging and touching each other, they are a very close tactile people, their families have no issues with intimacy or contact. And these shoes make me feel like I have one of their scarves wrapped tight around me. Mongolia cuddle shoes!



Now these little darlings are also quite sexy.
I love the see through zig zag lace and brown leather partitions, just enough of both materials to really punch my buttons and the teeniest of peep toes for a little polished toe or two. Nicholas Kirkwood, Lace platform stiletto with metallic leather zigzag has got this high heeled beauty just right for me.
I can see myself wearing these with a nice slinky pair of jeans or a LBD. They are simply sassy.


Funny how things grow on you isn’t it?
Well actually it would be damn weird if a pair of shoes actually grew on your foot and very prohibiting for the rest of your shoes, but wedges have really wheedled there way into my world of shoes.
I first bought a pair 8 years ago...The only pair I owned for the last eight years.
And even though they have come and gone in fashion i have not bought any more. Neither have they turned my eye. But this year? BOOM!
I am loving the wedges. I valiantly stopped myself from buying a pair last week that were priced at £69.99...which I thought was really good of me. But then along came these little rainbows of strappy heaven and I am smitten again. I think its the playfulness of the colours and the punkyness of the straps. Whatever it is, I love these Mulitleather wedge sandal with dual buckle and zip quarter by Diego Dolcini but I just know they will be more then £69.99

Now these pair of shoes remind me of a special lady in my life who has a penchant for all things black and all things blingy. These shoes remind me of her. She would love these Stilletto sandals with rhinestone buttons and leather straps by Giuseppe Zantotti Design.

And to be quite honest I can imagine me and her in a pair each, cross over the straps, dancing in laps, sharing the rhinestones and loving the naughty but nice status of these little honeys.



Now these next shoes are not just special because they are so damn retro and colourful, nor are they special because they are groovy and suitable for anyone, including clowns. But they are ALSO special because they appear on a Saturday and Sunday page of this shoe calendar. Until now, apart from the odd pair I have made fun of, the shoes that appear on a weekend page have been mostly absolutely disgusting, or non descript or just plain weird. There is definitely a colourful theme going on as until these funky ankle boots a lot of the shoes were reminiscent of Inca moccasin boots or Mongolian snow boots. Big and clunky with lots of fur and the obligatory colours. Built for warmth not style nor finesse. So there must have been a theme for the guys who put the weekend shoes together. But i have to say i like these. They are the kind of fun boot I would wear for comfort, happy that they put rainbows on the end of my feet. Literally.
Ankle Boot with open topline, contrast inset colourblock design, and EVA sole, Renate Volleberg, 1987.

“Mechanical war” art shoe with heel of mechanical elements, Jackie Janowski.
Mechanical war shoes?? Whoa!!
Take me to war, I want a pair of these shoes! 
Oh ok then, take me to an art gallery and I will wear these shoes then.
I just crave them. 
I must admit I have a thing for the quirky and especially chunky shoe, have you noticed? 

So how groovy are these! Such an amazing concept, not war, that could have been omitted. You could align these shoes with the modern day steam punk styling. These are the kind of shoes you build your outfit around, not wear to add little pizzazz, these are the pizzazz! And like so many other spikey healed vicious weapon shoes these chunky mothers could cause some damage if you ever got into a situation where you need to kick, pump and grind someone to a twisted pulp. And if not used for protection you can always use some of the mechanical elements for random DIY projects around your house. Cool!

Now these. Mmmmm these. 
I shudder at the thought that i don’t actually own these. 
Surely these delightful crystal studded bootie with open design and stiletto heal by Giuseppe Zanotti Design were actually made for me. I am bloody sure these are Blueloublou studded booties.
I’ve said it before but I must say it again...
I love them.
I want them.
I miss them now i know they exist and I don’t actually own them. For they are beauty booties.
I can devour with my eyes the swirling cut out design and when i cast my eyes on the gorgeous shimmer blue crystals I just want to count each crystal, one by one, touch them a little bit and exhale seductively. 
These boots were made for walking. Walking right out the shop, hopping on the nearest train and coming home to my hand. Where i will love them endlessly and put them on my feet every day.
Come to mamma!

And last but by no means least are these spectacular beauties. 
They are strange. They are huge. 
They are definitely...how do I say it...quirky! 
But I just know, no matter how much I try to pretend otherwise, were I in a shop with these I would leave with them. 
The colour is simply fantastic, turquoise shimmer I am going to call them. And i enjoy the unusual step out on the inner of the stiletto. And this step out mirrored from the cut into the shape of the platform. Clever  touch. The peep toe and sweeping open front is delightful, with the criss-cross lace ties. Really pretty, charming  and with a little bit of a growl.

Sculptural lace-up shoe with carved heel and platform, Nicholas Kirkwood.