There's no question Edward Scissorhands had style, but who would expect the character to inspire a sprightly Spring line? Loeffler Randall's Spring 2013 shoe and handbag collections have arrived, and designer Jessie Randall cites the cult classic film, along with the concept of suburban perfection, as her inspiration. Have no fear: there are no sharp edges in this array. Instead, we're seeing graphic black and white mixed with bright hues, feminine details, and romantic motifs. In a floral-print linen-silk blend fabric, the Dahlia platform heel is an instant icon that we'd pair with silk pants for the day or high-waisted shorts with a little Nancy Sinatra style for the evening. We're also pleased to see the brand's popular Rider bag softened for Spring in a delicious creamsicle-esque orange. Shop the rest of the just-in pieces below.
New York Fashion Week just kicked off and we're already blown away by the amazing street style. It's especially hard to look effortlessly cool when it's freezing outside, but we're not succumbing to the Michelin Man effect just yet. To help fight the Winter blues, we spotted a street styler donning these stunning silver pumps. Bold, with a simple silhouette, these modern heels inject instant shine to any ensemble. Whether it's paired with simple trousers seen here, or with black tights and a sweater dress, we're inspired to add a little dazzle to our look ASAP. Inspired? Shop our editors' picks below.
What do you get when you mix two of the biggest seasonal footwear staples? Answer: the sandal boot. It's a style that we saw a lot on Spring's runways, from Oscar de la Renta's laser-cut leather booties to the knee-high gladiator styles at Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler — and we have to admit that as risky as they are, we're loving this new shoe hybrid. Fusing the style and ease of a classic sandal with the height of a boot, the sexy silhouette is not for the faint of heart; it's the ultimate statement shoe and will undoubtedly garner tons of attention (not to mention a few double-takes). Ready to dive into the daring Spring trend? Click through to shop some of the most wearable pairs now.
The runways of Paris offered some of the kookiest shoes of the season: there were clunky, fur-lined sandals at Céline, impossibly slender mini pumps at Louis Vuitton, metallic sphere-heeled slingbacks at Dries Van Noten, and sculpted lucite wedges at Alexander McQueen — just to name a few. Of course, there were also plenty of highly wearable options as well; the metallic sandals with wood heels at Chloé and pointy loafer wedges at Hermés were particularly chic. All the noteworthy options from the runways, right here.
There's likely more than one British designer wishing they could step into Nicholas Kirkwood's shoes right now. On Tuesday, Kirkwood became the first accessory designer to win the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
"Nicholas has created a real business in an impressively short amount of time and has become one of the world's most influential shoe designers," said British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, who's on the fund's judging panel. "I very much look forward to seeing what he does next."
What's next for Kirkwood is a plan for major growth. The prize includes £200,000 (just under $315,000 at current exchange) and an 18-month mentoring program for Kirkwood and his partner Christopher Suarez designed to help them turn their company into a global fashion brand.
Kirkwood, who recently designed all the shoes for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, beat a field of other young talents that included Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, and Emilia Wickstead for the prize. In the past, the award has gone to Erdem Moralioglu, Jonathan Saunders, and Christopher Kane, the latest talent to join luxury conglomerate PPR.
Only time will tell if a big deal with one of the world's foremost fashion companies is in the cards for Kirkwood, too. In the meantime, a look at some of our favorite Kirkwood originals available right now.
— Additional reporting by Christina Pérez
From cap-toe pumps to high-top sneakers, every season brings a new A-list must-have footwear trend. But there's one shoe — Chloé's studded ankle boots — that has seriously withstood the test of time. Making their debut in Fall 2009 and still going strong, these celeb-closet staples — available in a variety of colors — are a favorite among trendsetters like Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Marion Cotillard, and Lily Aldridge. Aside from being bold and edgy, these street-chic booties can be styled with everything from casual denim to flirty dresses, making them the perfect year-round accessory. Check out which starlets have been spotted rocking these studded sensations, and then shop a pair for yourself.
Since we're almost about to enter Fashion Month for Fall 2013, it's only fair of us to pay homage to the gorgeous footwear we've seen on the Spring '13 runways. Architectural influences proved to be a huge shoe trend, with designers like Fendi, Matthew Williamson, Rodarte, and more serving up skyscraper-height heels with sculptural shapes and colors. If flats are more your cup of tea, then turn to the runways of Dolce & Gabbana, Victoria Beckham, and Salvatore Ferragamo, who all offered braided and buckled flat sandals for the season ahead. So, enough chitchat — click through now to see over 450 of our favorite kicks from the Spring '13 runways.
A new gym membership is cause for a new pair of shoes, and not just ones that match your workout outfit. Here are a few things to remember when you are shopping for shoes to sport at the gym.
Weight lifting: When lifting weights, it's important that you have a firm, flat grip on the ground. This ensures proper form and that your stance offers you a safe grip — especially important if you are lifting heavy. Don't wear your high-tech, thick-soled running shoes in the weight room; stick with flat-soled shoes or barefoot-running styles to keep your weight-lifting routine safe and effective.
Gym class: A cardio or strength-training class habit means you need some supportive shoes. The constant jumping and side-to-side shuffling you do in class means you should invest in a pair of shoes that provide ample cushioning and support as well as grip. You may also appreciate shoes with a wide toe box for optimal movement in class. Look for minimalist cross-trainers that offer arch and ankle support without the bulk; they are light enough to keep your feet from feeling heavy or overheated.
Treadmill time: If you clock in miles on the treadmill every time you go to the gym, you should invest in running shoes. Choose shoes that give you the support you need based on how you run; overpronators, for example, need shoes that keep their feet from rolling inward while they run. For more tips on how to pick the right running shoe, read our advice here, and find out more about pronation and running styles here.
Now that the official party (read: heels-wearing) season is a wrap, we flat-loving folks can get back to wearing them without eliciting major side eyes. If you've ever had a Lena Dunham moment — forgoing your less-than-comfortable stilettos in favor of going barefoot — you're not alone. The Girls star, as well as Converse queen Kristen Stewart, have pretty much written the book on doing the shoe changeup, and in honor of them, we've rounded up 10 pairs of flats (and a few sneakers) that are perfect for Winter and will go with just about everything in your closet — including party dresses. Click through to see and shop them all now.
Who says Spring is the only time to bring out your brights? If we're being honest, the cold-weather months are the best time to experiment with a bold hue — especially when it's a shoe. J.Crew women's designer Tom Mora recently told us that "it's really fun to walk into a party in a more muted black or gray outfit and then have people look down and see a bright shoe" — and we couldn't agree more. The same style rule works well outside the party scene as well: you can jazz up an otherwise humdrum office look with a bright pair of pumps, and wow your coworkers with your unexpected sense of style. Click through the widget below to shop 33 bold shoes now.