Due to the material I chose for my latest pair, I actually couldn’t see these sitting in my camera roll on my iPad for a while. No I kid. What a terrible attempt at a joke, I’ve just been busy and somehow (amazingly) forgot to share with you these beauts.
Great right? I was, and still am, giddy with excitement whenever I see these. My inspiration? A little goofy- lets just say a mix of E’s work wardrobe (gotta support our troops!) Destiny’s Child “Survivor” music video and maybe Kate Middleton for a classically shaped pump I can wear anywhere with anything? These turned out more beautiful than I ever imagined, using a camouflage satin and remaking the heel with buttery soft black leather. Originally these were to have a dark green leather cap toe and matching heel but post production I just wasn’t feeling it. I’ve said before how particular I am about my designs and this is just one of those times where good wasn’t good enough.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to styling these over and over again. I have some other ideas for pairs in the works as of late and as design usually goes- you are never sure what will come of it until it is out in to action. Goodness I can’t wait to share some of the action with you.
This might be new news for some of your, or old news to others but I’ll let it be known: for the first time in decades, Converse’s cult classic shoe, Chuck Taylor has finally been updated. Not intended to replace the original shoe as it is still widely available, but merely intended to bring the design up to date, the Chuck Taylor II was released a couple weeks ago and is seemingly all that I hear about.
So let’s talk about a few of the updates. We’re talking a cushiony sock liner made of Lunarlon (that stuff you find in Nike running shoes) for extra comfort and support, extra padding- especially around the tongue of the shoe, made from a microsuede lining and an updated canvas on the rest of the shoe. How updated? I think it is hard to say as they haven’t been around long enough yet but I haven’t heard any complaints about the shape of the canvas (such a fickle fabric) and the dye ruining anyones socks or clothing.
As someone who wore nothing but Chucks at one point in her life, I am totally interested to scope out this new “improved” design. I know tons of people who swear by Chucks, and tons of others who don’t realise that they do. Though not entirely my style anymore, I’d still love to test run a pair to see if the shoe is really worth the $20-$25 more. But then again, a pair is so cheapy compared to my obscene collection of designer heels, who really cares about the price increase?
So, what do you think of the new Chuck Taylor II design? Was the update necessary or are you still partial to the originals? Let me know in the comments section below and don’t forget to say hi!
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I have this thing for pink shoes- especially pink heels. I think I own more pairs of pink heels than any other colour (even black!) out there. It kind of is crazy to think that I have so many pairs of one colour but of course I can justify each pair and style them all in completely different ways; so I obviously needed all of them.
I also love strappy shoes. As soon as the weather warms up I like to show off my toes and kick it with open toe, lace up, or strappy kinds of fun shoes. This being said, my desire for this specific design was just a result of my natural course through fashion. Between the colour and style combination and my need to have obnoxiously pink shoes to wear with my obnoxiously pink dress, it really was a no brainer.
They really are highlighter pink and can probably give someone a headache if they stare at them too long. But whatever, this particular design was definitely a learning experience for me and I feel like next time I would make a change or two. Small details really but then again, how many times have you heard me say “a good design is all about the details”? Regardless, I love wearing them and am totally proud whenever they pop out at me when I open my closet door- which is every time I slide that door open.
A couple years ago I was on my way to work one morning on a rainy day. I stopped in at a coffee shop for my usual jolt of early morning energy and saw a woman standing at the cashier ahead of me, wearing a lovely trench coat, skinny jeans and the most perfect pair of oxford wedges I had ever seen. I immediately made a mental note (that has obviously stuck quite well) to take this as inspiration for any rainy day dressing. From then on I feel that it is safe to say I truly developed an appreciation for a good oxford shoe. Years later, I never hesitate away from an oxford, whether it be in a monk-strap style or covered in glitter. They are just great.
When I became more engaged in the world of shoe design, I found myself wanting to experiment more and more with an oxford style. This is actually a revamped version of what I came up with (a slight change in material used for the heel cap) and have found them to be the utmost comfortable oxford I own. I also made this design- or a very similar design available in a traditional flat style that biasly deem to be tres chic.
I look at this pair now and also feel confident in saying that it was this design that had a huge influence on my desire to create a couple of menswear designs. None of that to share with you at the moment but certainly one day I would love to.
So what do you think? What is your favourite rainy day shoe- other than a great pair of wellies!