To mark the launch of London Fashion Week, Selfridges opened its new Shoe Gallery last week. Oooh, the excitement of having approximately 55,000 pairs of shoes in stock set within 'apartments' from designers such as Louboutin, Chanel , Prada as well as high street brands is more excitement than one can take in an afternoon. It would be like the old cliche..opening a large box of chocolates and which to taste first. My advice, ladies would be to search for a certain style of shoe. After a ten year hiatus, the pointy kitten heel is back with a vengeance and its the shoe that ticks all the trend direction boxes of the season. Sixties inspired, ladylike with a nod and a wink to the popular MadMen style. Coming down a couple of heel inches does wonders for the legs too. Calves have had to endure a few years of those darn 'Extreme' heels with their heavy platforms, strapping and bandaging ,adding extra pressure to reveal, as in some cases ugly, chunky muscles. A neat little 7 cm heel will just give enough lift to a sexy leg and won't have you walking like and extra from Michael Jackson's Thriller video. If time and money wont allow you to browse and buy from Selfridges shoe heaven emporium then find these styles from vintage vendors. There's lots to be had from this shoe genre as was the sixties was a popular time for mass production in fashion and accessories. That's where I'll be looking for a mid heel pump with a bow until I can get my hands on Isabel Marant's suede Poppy pump.
Top right - Giambattista Valli two-tone satin pump A/W 10
Top Left - Topshop camel patent sling back kitten heel
Bottom Right -This season's Isabel Marant's suede Poppy shoe