Naomi Campbell, Paris Runway, Vivienne Westwood
It would appear that the more crazy and creative we get with the shoe the more we are a fashion advocate. At least this would be my own personal belief, sporting a normal shoe – no frills, no bells or whistles is just too safe, too easy and ultimately too damn boring. Of course life is all about balance, so if a shoe happens to be particularly wild, wear it with a pair of jeans, some flood length trousers or a knee length skirt – let the shoes do the attacking for the outfit. The decorative shoe is also worn nicely with a classic look, to add that extra edge and modernity to tradition – which of course demonstrates a great knowledge of fashion! Once in Steve Madden in New York for an intense shopping trip with a best friend I came armed with a price and picture list of all the shoes I wanted, ‘What are these shoes for exactly?’ My friend asks, as we navigate my shoes in the shop with the help of my list, ‘Surely not for meeting in laws?’ She demands incredulously.(Yes, they were for my first trip to Italy to meet the in- laws, but they were multi purpose shoes, meet the in-laws for dinner, go for drinks with my partner, go to a club with the girls kinda shoes) I nod my head slowly, she becomes outraged, ‘ Are you crazy? You can’t meet a man’s parents wearing these – these – they are stripper shoes. Omigod, no way, I don’t even know how you walk in these things – ,’ The barricade of abuse flew, as it so often does from this particular friend’s mouth. In hindsight she was right – these shoes are not multi- purpose at all! Yes, you have to spend a reasonable amount of money on them, but don’t think that justifies wearing them everyday for every occasion! These shoes are for clubbing only, if you’re drinking in a bar before heading to a club, then of course and if you are in a late night bar on a Friday or Saturday evening then maybe that’s ok. But home by eleven – during the week – meeting the girls for a few drinks kind of drinking – no way, Jose, leave your shoes behind for a night they deserve. However if you are adverse to the simple shoe, like myself then think of curbing the embellishment and decoration in either the actual body of the shoe or the heel. For example find a fairly simple court shoe with an impressive, exciting heel or find a shoe with a decorative and intricate body and minus the inches in platform or heel height. Jimmy Choo for example is perfect for keeping shoes beautifully crafted, with every attention to detail with the right amount of sexiness – The heel and platform height are always just perfect for the shoe leaving you with a shoe that’s never a boring shoe, always statement making but perfect for all events that acquire you to be dressed without looking like a stylish stripper!
Jimmy Choo – Embellished heel, simple, classic shoe
Embellished shoe, bells, whistles, tassels and all sorts, BUT there’s no platform and a reasonably high heel.