SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo makes some of my favorite men’s shoes, but I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of their women’s shoes. However, these latest sandals, titled “Lenny” are certainly unique, and are vaguely reminiscent of my favorite fashion icon, Elvis Presley.  The back metal heel is eye-catching, along with the gold and silver metallic leather bands.  Pair ’em with a contrasting blue or light pink ensemble for an ultra-chic look.

Salvatore Ferragamo, $1,862, via Luisaviaroma

Salvatore Ferragamo, $1,862, via Luisaviaroma

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

What do you think of these sandals?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Leo

Guys, I want to introduce you to one of my new favorite designers: Leo.

Meet Leo, Shoe & Handbag Genius.

Meet Leo, Shoe & Handbag Genius.

He’s been on the scene since 2014, when he launched his shoe and handbag line with an experimental, totally unique, and daring style.  He developed his craftsmanship in Milan while collaborating with a master shoemaker, and has stayed true to his roots, creating high quality pieces Made in Italy.  Beyond that, he’s basically a ghost on the internet, but you can shop his shoes & handbags at FarFetch & Luisaviaroma.

While all of his shoe designs are colorful and whimsical, my top pick is this pair of Circus Leather Pumps.  I love the artsy, mixed media -inspired details.  Style with a pair of cropped white skinnies, or with a bright purple ensemble for a chic look that is guaranteed to make heads turn.

Leo Circus Leather Pumps, $182

Leo Circus Leather Pumps, $182

Leo Circus Leather Pumps, $182

What do you think of these eclectic pumps?  How would you style them?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Dolce & Gabbana

A while back, Trends & Tribulations did this post on high-end shoe designers who created their own sketches of the Cinderella shoes for the movie that came out in March.  As mentioned, those designers designed and created the actual shoes, which were then displayed at an exhibit at the Berlin Film Festival, and at Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York City.  Five of those designers chose to sell the shoes via special order at Saks, but only Dolce & Gabbana‘s are currently being sold to the public via Luisaviaroma.

Dolce & Gabbana, $1,795

Dolce & Gabbana Cinderella Swarovski Pumps, $1,795, via Luisaviaroma

Adorned in Swarovski crystals, and created with Plexiglas, these transparent 105mm heels are gorgeous enough to make anyone feel like a modern-day Cinderella.  Finally, a shoe solution for all of your #formaldressproblems.

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What do you think of these Cinderella pumps?  How would you wear them?

xxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: DSquared2

Due to the ridiculous rather high number of LBD’s & LBH’s (Little Black Heels) in my closet(s), I started to get picky when adding any more of them to my wardrobe.  They have to really tickle my fancy, per se, or, sadly, they’ll just be taking up more coveted closet space.

(Side Note: Since I moved into a new apartment earlier this summer, I had to go from two walk-in closets to a tiny little one.  Needless to say, it’s been tough, but a learning experience in minimalism…  I’ve also taken to decorating my apartment with shoes as art to make up for storage (i.e. shoes intertwined with my books, in my living room, laundry room, etc.)…)

Take, for example, these beauties from DSquared2’s Fall-Winter 2015-16 collection.  They have just enough glitz and glam to make them stand out, and simply exude sex appeal.  I love how the fringe, metal zippers, and chains give them a rock’n’roll vibe, while the all-black color keeps the sandals from looking overdone.

Wear ’em with cuffed blue denim, or with a structured leather skirt and chiffon blouse for a sexy, edgy look.

DSquared2 Sandals, $1,500, via Shoescribe

DSquared2 Sandals, $1,500, via Shoescribe

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What do you think of these little black sandals?  Would you wear them?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo, Sophie

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Paula Cademartori

Paula Cademartori made headlines when she debuted her first collection of handbags in 2011.  Since, the Brazil-born, Milan-based designer has flourished, while staying true to her roots.  With colorful prints and designs, the Brazilian influence is strong, while the fine Italian craftsmanship of her handbags is clearly evident.

Recently, the designer made her forte into shoes.  These Lotus Lace-Up Sandals are inspired from Paula Cademartori’s Nouveau Risque bag series, as they celebrate the beautiful shape of a lotus flower.  I love the seductive lace up front, and bright colors that blend seamlessly with the neutral tan colors.  These would look ultra-chic paired with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans, tan button-up, and a bright purple bag.

Paula Cademartori Lotus Lace-Up Sandals, $1,053

Paula Cademartori Lotus Lace-Up Sandals, $1,053

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What do you think of these sandals?  Do you prefer Cademartori’s handbags or shoes?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

From running shoes to jerseys, sporty-inspired fashion is everywhere this season, and high heels are no exception.  These Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s Wave sandals playfully combine a neoprene Velcro-fastening front strap with perforated suede panels and a thin, stiletto heel.  They have a mix of sugary sweet colors, like pastel yellow, baby blue, and pale pink.  Pair ’em with a colorful cross-body bag, and a surfer skirt for the perfect balance of sporty and sweet.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, $525 now $367

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

 

What do you think of these sporty luxe sandals?  What would you wear ’em with?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Charlotte Olympia

If you’ve been following Trends & Tribulations for a while, you are probably aware of my unhealthy obsession with a certain number of designers of the namesakes Charlotte Olympia, Sophia Webster, Nicholas Kirkwood, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Christian Louboutin.  Therefore, I try extremely hard to showcase other designers in our beloved SPT’s, basically so its not just alternating between the aforementioned 5.  Once in awhile, however, I just can’t help but show off a new shoe love.

Without further ado, I present Miss Charlotte Olympia’s ‘Mascot’ Pumps.  In a vibrant cherry red color, these are basically the epitome of classic cool, and look like they belong on the feet of our favorite It girls, like Alexa Chung or Olivia Palermo.  

Pair these lovely kicks with a pair of cropped cigarette jeans or with a crisp, structured mini skirt for an all-out preppy look.

Charlotte Olympia 'Mascot' Pumps, $780

Charlotte Olympia ‘Mascot’ Pumps, $780

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What do you think of these preppy pumps?  What would you wear them with?

xo, T&T

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang’s sporty aesthetic is evident in everything he designs, including his high heels.  For his Spring/Summer 2015 collection, his shoes combined the perfect balance of mesh detailing, velcro, and a white leather for a futuristic look.  The cutout wedge details make for a unique visual illusion when worn.  These wedges would look perfect mixed with this polo dress and duffle bag, both from Wang’s Spring & Summer ’15 collection.

Alexander Wang, $625

Alexander Wang, $625

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What do you think of these sporty sandals?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: MM6 by Maison Margiela

Flatforms are 2015’s answer to 2014’s mule sandal.  Comfortable, relaxed, and a little out there, the flatform can come in various heights, shapes, and materials.  These ones by Maison Martin Margiela’s label MM6 stuck out to me, with their quirky stuffed ankle straps and pink vinyl tops.  Ultimately, if the shoe type creepers and Geta sandals had a lovechild, this is what it would look like.  Channel your inner Baby Spice, and style them with pigtails, a ring pop necklace, and (probably) a fake ID.

MM6 by Maison Margiela, $590

MM6 by Maison Margiela, $590

 

MM6 by Maison Margiela

 

What do you think of these sandals?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Golden Goose

I’m a sucker for any fashion item vaguely reminiscent of comic books or superheroes, so naturally, when I came across these cute little white and black boots from Golden Goose, I was smitten.  The chunky heel gives it a casual, laid-back vibe, and the open-toe is perfect for the spring and summer.  Pair ’em with cropped boyfriend jeans, or balance the monochrome black & white with a bright, colorful ensemble.

Golden Goose boots, $860

Golden Goose boots, $860

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What do you think of these quirky boots by Golden Goose?

xo