Rainbow mules, lucky heels and statement skates… these are the new shoe designer brands we’re buzzing about this summer.
The Sexy Heels: Malone Souliers
With her popping, primary colour suedes, Pennsylvania-born designer Mary Alice Malone has a background in furniture design. You can see it in her sculptural uppers, given an S&M twist with lots of fierce lacing. Just two seasons in, she’s establishing a ‘classics’ collection of signature mules because her designs have proved so popular.
Prices: From £545
The New Queen Of Quirk: Camilla Elphick
Bursting onto the Brit shoe scene at the end of last year with her genius Pez dispenser heels, London College Of Fashion graduate Elphick is cut from similar cloth to colourful Sophia Webster and co. A protégée of Nicholas Kirkwood and Charlotte Olympia, her SS15 collection is designed round the theme of luck – we’re placing all bets on her playing card heels and roulette wheel sandals.
Prices: From £495
The Sports Shoe Star: Joshua Sanders
Sanders’ graphic skate shoes are quickly gaining a cult following. The New York-based designer has two passions, downtown urban symbols and Italian craftsmanship, which collide in genius new shoe hybrids. Take the classic kiltie trims you’d find on a brogue, but do them in iridescent leather and attach to a bouncy sneaker sole. Now this is what we call smart sportswear.
Prices: From £215
The Sandal God: Álvaro
Perfect flat sandals are a summer essential. Enter Álvaro González, an artisanal accessories designer who has just launched his own women’s line after spending years honing his craft at houses from Valentino to Jimmy Choo. Fashion editors are buzzing about the quality of his classic, minimalist styles, made special with fierce hardware details like his signature brass lion claw buckles.
Prices: From £230
The Brit Brogue Brand: Cheaney
Not actually a new brand at all, but an old English establishment making waves with the long awaited re-launch of its women’s collection. Family business Cheaney has been making its signature men’s brogues in the same Northamptonshire factory since 1886. Expect androgynous cool styles, super high quality and extra feel-good points for supporting British manufacturing.
Prices: From £230
Source: Marie Claire Fashion News