My black Christian Louboutin Bianca's have been my trusted friend in vertically challenged times, but recently I've found myself tempted by some of the more exciting collections of SS 2011.
And here are my favourites from Louboutin, Brian Atwood, Charlotte Olympia and Rupert Sanderson, for it is at their well-heeled alter that I bow.
Theme: This collection makes me swoon, as its sexy and playful at the same time- crucially without looking cheap or tacky. The shape might not be very original, however there will never be a shoe that comes as close to flattering any body or outfit as the stacked platform and the stiletto heel.
I cannot say I like all of these, but some I would happily wear, especially the first shoe with the laser cut flowers. This collection is also far more whimsical than previous ones and this is especially pronounced in the tape-measurer shoe. I do applaud this boldness because no one wants to buy into a brand that doesn't evolve, remember Herve Leger (eek)?
Same old, same old anyone?
From the man who gave us the heel of the year- the Maniac. Personally I am disappointed with this latest offering. I do not like heels that are fussy, but of course can be objective in giving credit where credit's due. However, when I look at this collection I picture a certain category of women from ex-soviet states with pasty plump legs and frizzy hair pairing these with matching animal print (especially the zebra ones and the black mesh ones). I just think something about the whole collection is off. It does playful, but the wrong sort of playful: you end up more of a joke than a tease.