There are two areas of a woman’s appearance that can really showcase her individuality; her hair, and her shoes. No matter what she’s wearing, her choice of shoes can instantly change the entire concept of an outfit. A little black dress with matching black heels looks chic and sophisticated, whilst adding a pop of neon stiletto will show a youthful and fun side. Even slobby standard jeans and t-shirt can be utterly glammed up with the addition of some bondage heels, or feminised with some pretty ballet pumps.
As a dedicated follower of fashion it can be easy to feel your identity slowly slipping away as many other girls on the high street accessorise and dress in a similar manner; however one can easily add a dash of individuality and couture sensibilities by looking out for the following daring designer shoe collections for Spring/Summer 2011.
Charlotte Olympia – Blame it on Rio
Cork and wooden is a recurring trend for Spring/Summer shoes, and although you can find a lot of this type on the high street it may be slightly more difficult to find an imitation of the collectors piece ‘Bananas is my Business’ by Charlotte Olympia; part of her ‘Blame it on Rio’ collection. The tottering wooden heels are adorned with a hand stitched fruity motif. These shoes certainly demand attention; avoid looking too garish by teaming them with a classic block colour.
Christian Louboutin — Daffodil
When talking about shoes, Louboutin is the byword for understated glam (all topped off with a signature red sole). However, even classic designers sometimes push the boat out; and SS11’s ‘Daffodil’ range certainly is daring. Coming in a variety of colours (including zebra print) and adding six inches of height, these are shoes that ladies with short boyfriends should avoid. Even ladies with tall boyfriends should perhaps think twice. Victoria Beckham wore a pair to the Royal Wedding, and Beyonce has also been spotted tottering around on them, showing that these are certainly a great choice for divas that want to stand out.
Alexander McQueen – Butterfly Shoes
Of course, no blog post about daring designer shoe collections should leave out McQueen. After the untimely death of founder and namesake Lee McQueen (may he rest in peace) the fashion house has gladly continued churning out gorgeously unique pieces of couture under his successor Sarah Burton; even designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.
This season’s shoe collection does not disappoint. The butterfly shoes have a gorgeous ethereal quality; like something a fairy princess would wear. With a sole and heels designed to look like leaves, and a butterfly perching on the toes, these shoes look more like fancy ornaments than footwear.
Balenciaga – Sandals
The problem with being daring is that sometimes you can get it wrong. So very wrong. Unfortunately, this is what has happened to Spanish design house Balenciaga with a frankly hideous collection of sandals. In a range of garish colours, the shoes look like what would happen if your boyfriend’s football boots had a love-child with your favourite dancing shoes. However fashion is subjective, and although they may not be to everyone’s tastes they would certainly add an individualistic flair to any outfit.
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