SS14's Statement Shoes

SS14 is almost here, which means that new season pieces are already dropping in-store. And as much as we love shopping for coats and chunky knitwear, we can’t wait to switch up our wardrobe and start buying sunglasses again. Summer always arrives notoriously late in the UK, but that doesn’t stop us from indulging in a harmless bit of mental planning, so this week we’ve started with the footwear.

These Celine mules (top image) come second only to Chanel's sneakers in terms of how much hype already surrounds them. Supple leather leans on geometric frame or sphere heel, for a mule that we couldn’t have imagined six months ago. Now we don’t want to imagine life without them, but we know that Celine only exists way out of our price range. Hopefully Zara will come up with something similar, because right now we can’t find anything to fill the void.

We’ve already posted about Chanel’s haute couture sneakers, but there was no way we were going to leave them off this list. After lighting up Twitter and Instagram with instant hype, our excitement was instantly dampened by the announcement that not only do they cost 3000, but you need to buy the whole couture outfit to go with them. Luckily Philipp Plein has some incredible high tops (right image) with just as much embellishment. They’re still expensive, but compared to the Chanel ones you can sort of justify their cost-per-wear. 

Christopher Kane’s silver shoes made us fall for metallics all over again. The stiletto heel, the super-shiny gleam and holographic colour brings futuristic style into the here and now. These peter shoes from Guess might not have quite the same luxurious feel, but we still like the subtle cut-outs at the side. Hopefully we’ll see some more dramatic interpretations soon.

Minimalist flats at Margaret Howell and J.W. Anderson set the tone for cool (and wearable!) sandals that will lend your summer wardrobe a bit of an edge. Luckily this is an easier style to mimic, and the high street has already caught on. Topshop’s Hi Pool Slide Sandals are a dead ringer if you’re on a tight budget, and will look seriously cool with a pair of shorts this summer.

They might not have garnered quite as much as attention when they strode down the runway, but we would do anything to get our hands on these Naeem Khan shoes. A completely different take on the metallic trend to  the one we saw at Christopher Kane, these are like fluid gold. And in some kind of footwear-based miracle, Kurt Geiger have come up with a pair that we like just as much, if not slightly more! The skinny heel looks almost dangerous against the etched pattern on the heel, and the matte toe strap is effortlessly modern.


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