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Clergerie debut SS18 Collection

THE SS18 collection from Clergerie is here and includes everything from sliders and lace-up sandals to wedges and trainers.  Look no further than the Parisian brand when shopping for your summer shoe wardrobe; Clergerie has it all.

Here is a selection of some of our favourites from the collection:


Lendy – Mule in water-repellent lambskin.

Walter – Mule in Handwoven raffia on a rubber sole


Wallis – Mule in denim and rubber


Zoots – open-toe ankle boot in stretch denim

Youla – Mule in polished calfskin and nickel studs

Figlouc  – studded sandal with removable ankle strapSalvy – Sneaker in raffia fabric, lycra and calfskin.

Prim –  Platform sandal in calfskin.

Asier – Mule in laser-cut patent calfskin.

by Daisy Sewell

To see the collection in full and shop the above selection, click here.

Norwegian Brand A.Andreassan Release Blush Mules for SS17

NORWEGIAN footwear designer A.Andreassen has released a blush mule for SS17. The shoe is the latest iteration of the brand’s Lille Elskling (or “little darling”) slipper design, the unique woven aesthetic of which derives its inspiration from the plaited paper heart ornaments that children in Scandinavia make at Christmas time, which are hung from trees and filled with edible treats during the festive period. The delicate rose of the new edition shoe hue renders it relevant and entirely wearable for the warmer summer season.

The Blush Mule

A detail from The Blush Mule

The mule perfectly encapsulates nonchalant Scandinavian elegance, as much as it does the Scandinavian concept of hygge in its luxuriant cosiness. The padded foot bed is fashioned from memory foam which melds itself to the wearer’s foot and therefore provides maximum comfort by relieving pressure from the balls of the feet.

The brand utilises high-quality materials, all of which are responsibly sourced from Italy and manufactured by family owned businesses in Portugal. The designs are then traditionally hand-made – a demonstration of skillful European craftsmanship.



The Blush Mule


The Blush Mule

by Hannah Bergin

The blush mule is priced at £150 and is available from the brand’s website

All images courtesy of  A. Andreassen

Gucci, Valentino and More Available at Relaunched

MAJOR fashion brands have launched their SS17 collections on The luxury fashion e-commerce site, created by media powerhouse Condé Nast, is featuring the latest collections from brands such as Gucci, Malone Souliers and Christopher Kane.

Fashion powerhouse Gucci has kept its Italian roots and signature colours while reinstating the white tee as a prominent fashion piece for any wardrobe.


Espousing the feminine chic for which it is renowned, Italian label Marni has applied a breezy European-inflected bohemianism with the application of ruffles and embroidery.


While Chloé has continued with its delicate style with lace and chiffon included in its RTW collection.


 Maintaining its elegant design and signature look, Valentino applies a modern twist to the classic trainer.


by Alice Fiancet

All items and more are now available on

Sophia Webster Introduces Customised Chiara Shoes

FIRST featured in her SS14 collection, the delicate, fairytale-esque Chiara shoes have since become Sophia Webster’s signature design, subtly re-created each season in new shades and altered shapes. But for the first time later this month, and for a limited time only, the British shoe designer will introduce a custom-made edition of the Chiara which will be exclusively available at the label’s flagship store in Mayfair.

Upon order, the Chiara’s butterfly-winged heels will be adorned with rainbow-coloured Swarovski crystals – each individual stone being applied by hand – making them the designer’s most intricate and luxuriant style to date.

The limited edition custom-made Chiara shoes © Sophia Webster


by Hannah Bergin

Available from mid-October, exclusively at Sophia Webster Mount Street, the limited edition Chiaras are priced at £2,000

Artists Take Over Gucci’s SnapChat to Launch Ace Sneakers #24HourAce

IN artist Winnie Chi’s upside-down heaven, a feisty green cherub wrestles with an angry swarm of bees before a thundercloud delivers her most yearned-for wish, a super-cool pair of Ace Sneakers from Gucci. Fairytale characters and a host of others comprise the many weird and wonderful animated artworks recently commissioned by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele for the brand’s latest project, #24HourAce.

Marlon Rueberg, Gucci, videoMarlon Rueberg. Photograph: Gucci

Videos inspired by the embellished tennis shoe were uploaded to SnapChat from across the globe over 24 hours, starting in Tokyo and ending in New York. The videos are now part of Gucci’s new Instagram project to promote the international appeal of the snappy sneaker.

Lucia Meseguer, Gucci, videoLucia Meseguer. Photograph: Gucci

Littering their virtual landscapes with Gucci-inspired motifs, artists conjure up a postmodern fantasy of cutsey butterflies, Cheshire cats and collaged body parts. Either by motorbike or skateboard these glam sneakers certainly get around. James Kerr’s personified sneaker is definitely a professional weekender. After a hard day of clowning around, it even finds time to dance with Jesus. Like you do.

Rita Zimmermann, Gucci, videoRita Zimmermann. Photograph: Gucci

by Miranda Charalambous

A selection of videos from #24HourAce can be found on Gucci’s Instagram site.
Front page image: Marlon Rueberg. Photograph: Gucci

British Footwear Brand a Piedi Introduces its SS16 collection

BRITISH footwear brand a Piedi have launched their spring and summer 2016 collection. Established in 2009 by former investment banker Mariam Syed the company is dedicated to creating affordable flat sandals. Syed comes from a long line of leather experts as her family has been trading within luxury leather fashion and accessories for several decades and Syed herself decided to follow in their footsteps,  having spotted a niche in the footwear market for stylish and high quality sandals retailing at a reasonable price.

Specialising in flats, a Piedi (meaning “on foot” in Italian) is committed to creating elegant and timeless pieces highly suitable for the demands of the wearer’s busy life. The SS16 collection offers a wide selection within the brand’s three main lines – classic, resort and city – which are suitable for many different occasions.

The Classic collection features a variety of thong and H-bar sandals in a wide colour range – including metallic. The styles in the range come with feminine sounding names and have been designed with day-to-evening adaptability in mind.

A PIEDI Lindsey SilverLindsey H-bar sandals in silver from the Classic range

As well as this, the Resort range is ideal for more casual occasions. These gladiator-style sandals are simple, yet elegant. The Resort line is a perfect holiday-wardrobe staple.

SUMMER KHAKI copySummer slides in khaki suede from the Resort range

The City range is perfect for more urban requirements and features hessian smoking slippers in various colours.

Hessian Slipper Burnt Orange LR
Smoking Slippers in burnt orange from City range

This line is a continuation of the office-suitable flats that a Piedi added to the line in 2011 on the strength of two very successful years of solely offering sandals.

by Magda Pirowska

The collection is available now to order from the a Piedi online store.

Kenzo Pre-Fall 2016 Collection Announced

Japanese brand Kenzo have announced their pre-fall 2016 collection. Kenzo’s creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim said of the launch, “For our women’s collection for pre-fall 2016, we were inspired by the power of women. Our woman is equally a member of an all-girl biker gang as of a group of demure urban professionals.”

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Kenzo pre-fall 2016 jacquard lacquered pants with matching double breasted cocoon coats

Leon and Lim ensured that the collection appeals to a modern woman who is not afraid of being a leader and expressing her personality through her fashion choices. Lacquered jacquard trousers with matching double breasted, origami cocoon jackets, printed indigo denims and floor-length dresses lend themselves to special occasions or days when one wants to experiment.

print separates and gold bootsKenzo pre-fall 2016 printed separates and gold ankle boots with rectangle kitten heels

For everyday staples, the collection offers pleated stretch skirts, flattering tunic tops, classic separates and jersey dresses and add a bit of luxury with mohair and cashmere knitwear. To cover up in the colder months there are shaved shearling bomber jackets with kimono sleeves, puffer maxi-jackets and patterned swing coats.

 bomber jacketsKenzo pre-fall 2016 shaved shearling bomber jackets with kimono sleeves

Main silhouette of the designs is “spacious, layered and oversized”. It furthermore carries bold colours and distinctive prints of  “graphic Tanami flowers, half stars upon stripes, rising suns and soft abstract clouds” of separates in bold colours, flattering tunic-tops, the mid-length skirts and classic jeans.

jumper with leather pants imageKenzo pre-fall 2016 graphic knitwear in mixed mohair, cashmere and wool

Japanese influences carry into the accessories range made up of belts and embroidered chest plates. The sharp graphic angles also feature in the ankle boots with distinctive rectangular kitten heels, whilst the platform ballerina flats designs have been brought out back from Kenzo design archives.

pront dress balerinas and a bagKenzo pre-fall 2016 platform ballerinas and Champ bag

The biggest treat however have been reserved for the bag lovers as Kenzo brings the Tanami flowers’clutches alongside two new designs: a rectangular leather satchel Rizo and the nylon jacquard Champ selection of functional sports bags distinguished by origami construction.

by Magda Pirowska

Tabitha Simmons Launches Floral Collection for SS16

tabitha simmons high heel black sandalTabitha Simmons high-heeled black sandal

Tabitha Simmonds, English designer and former model, carries the floral trend over to SS16 for her eponymous line with her English garden-inspired collection. Crafted by master cobblers from Italy to ensure the highest of quality, Simmons designs feature a variety of brightly coloured blooms on plain backgrounds.

tabitha simmons platform sandalTabitha Simmons platform sandal

Combining leather and raffia embroidered lace and linen Simmons created pieces appealing to wide audience as it features flats, platforms as well as different heel heights. The styles also include both pointy and peep-toe to suit different occasions.

tabitha simmons linen flat pumpTabitha Simmons linen flat pump

Describing the influences that guided her while creating the collection Simmons said: “Yes, I love a good English garden reference, which inspired a big part of this collection.”

by Magda Pirowska

The Tabitha Simmons SS16 collection will be available to purchase from February at Browns, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and online at Matches Fashion, Net-A-Porter and Tabitha Simmons’ website and retail from £250 – £695

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Support Shoe Exhibition

Cordwainers SSParakeet  shoes by Caroline Groves (b.1959). Photography by Dan Lowe

ONE of London’s oldest livery companies, The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, have announced that they are one of  the major supporters of the forthcoming exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain to open at the Victoria and Albert Museum later this year. This show explores the extremes of footwear from around the globe.

Cordwainers SS3Red ballet shoes made for Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) by Freed of London (founded in 1929) in The Red Shoes (1948), silk satin, braid and leather, England.
Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Building on the success of the inaugural Cordwainers’ Footwear Student of the Year competition last year, footwear students from De Montfort University, University of Northampton and University of the Arts have been invited to enter this year’s Cordwainers’ Company National Footwear Student of the Year Competition 2015.
The Company has spearheaded this national award, as they believe is it is a “opportunity for the Cordwainers to lend the excellence and prestige of their livery company to the very best in British footwear design”. The  Company will also be hosting the award ceremony  at the V&A with prizes ranging from  £5,000 to £1,000 will be presented to the winners at the museum on 18 June.

Cordwainers SS4Mens shoes, gilded and marbled leather, Northamptonshire,
England (1925) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Cordwainers is renowned for its strong charitable ethos and as a world leader in the education and support of the shoe industry, with their primary focus being to nurture young talent, providing bursaries to students and entrepreneurs enabling them to become top shoe designers. Graduates from Cordwainers College (before it was merged into London College of Fashion) include Patrick Cox and Jimmy Choo.

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One sandal, gilded and incised leather and papyrus, Egypt c30 BCE-300 CE
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Caroline Simpson

All images courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum on  June 13 – 31 January 2016