2010 SQUA.RE Holiday Guide: Top 10 Holiday Season Shoes

The second installment of SQUA.RE’s Holiday Guide is here, featuring: shoes. It’s not too late to buy yourself that very thoughtful gift, ladies. All items are available at luxury department stores or brand-specific boutiques near you.

We even have some items on the list from the Resort 2011 collection which has that festive vibe that works well around the year.

So, gaze away at some of the best pieces in current luxury footwear, those that spell out a glamorous evening in every possible way.

10. GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI: CHIFFON-BOW SANDAL

Giuseppe Zanotti is known for footwear, that is his core strength, his forté, and this is evident in every piece of footwear he creates. This delicate chiffon pair of heels is not different. The delicate straps criss-cross in the front, and the shoe zips in the back, allowing the delicate bow to remain undisturbed and as dainty as ever. We recommend wearing very light or very dark colors with these sandals – any medium-range colors will not complement the shoe, or vice versa.

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9. FENDI: ‘VERTIGO’ BEADED SUEDE BOOTIE

For ladies wanting to add a little edge, a subtle sense of rock-n-roll to an outfit, we present this Fendi bootie, where the leopard print pattern has been created by the intricate beading work done on tiny silver beads. The shoe is made in suede, lined in leather and hides a platform in the front-area; it works just as well with bare legs (if you’re lucky enough to be somewhere warm!) or with tights/panty hose in solid colors.

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8. LANVIN: LEOPARD PRINT SANDAL

Fresh from the Resort 2011 collection comes this Lanvin piece. A shimmery palette that is subtle, yet raw: that the key aim of this pair of heels. A deconstructed approach is taken with the gauzy fabric, in the raw edges of the bows. Shiny stones add a sparkly, festive touch. A flirty dress goes best with this sandal – bring on the ruffles, bows and other playful feminine elements.

 

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7. NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD: BLACK SANDALS WITH GOLD TRIM

Nicholas Kirkwood is a young shoe genius – plain and simple. Whether in his own collections or in collaborations with other designers – there is rarely anything “typical” about any of his creations. The genius comes in where these atypical pieces of art are made to be extremely wearable. We are not sure which element we admire the most in this particular shoe – the graceful skinny heel, the architecture of the front platform, or the perfect arcs featured in the gold leather trim. You can wear this pair with any evening outfit. Richer colors, of course, will make for a more striking effect.

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6. CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA: DOLLY PLATFORM PUMP

The famous Dolly platforms by Charlotte Olympia are no big secret among shoe-lovers. Seen also in a light and a navy blue, black, and grey, this pink pair stands out the most. The height of the heel and platform are easier to handle given the simple pump style of the shoe, one that most women are very well used to. This is another pair that will go with any style — structured, or light and flirty, or even a pant suit — and with any color as well.

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5. VALENTINO: LACE D’ORSAY PUMP

Italian brands have been loving lace during 2010, hence this pair by Valentino shouldn’t surprise you. But don’t allow the simplicity of the shoe to overshadow its extreme versatility. The combination of the bow and the finest Italian lace, will say one key thing about the wearer: elegant femininity – pure and simple. There could almost be no better way to complete a little black dress.

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4. GIAMBATTISTA VALLI: REINVENTION OF THE ‘VICTORIA’ PLATFORM SANDAL

When Giambattista Valli debuted the Victoria platform (inspired by Victoria Beckham) in 2007 as part of his Spring 2008 collection, it quickly grew itself a large fanbase – among celebrities as well as non-celebrities. This reinvention is an improvement to the original – the architecture of the shoe has improved in this version, and is enhanced by the use of exotic skin. The peep toe adds a sexy touch to the slender straps. This shoe will sex-up any outfit – we recommend a fitted dress in a solid (preferably primary, and highly contrasting) color.

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3. PRADA: TURQUOISE SUEDE PLATFORM

Prada has embraced turquoise recently — from shoes, to handbags, to trousers and dresses. The color in this shoe is just as striking as in the other Prada pieces. The gold buckle, though subtle, adds the perfect metallic touch to the nude-colored trim that lays around the front platform. The strap is a nice alternative to the T-strap that has been used very commonly in recent years. Wear bold colors with this shoe – blacks, reds, yellows, blues. Stay away from most greens, oranges and browns. Complement, of course, with any simple turquoise jewelry you may have.

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2. YVES SAINT LAURENT: PALAIS MOHAWK SUEDE PUMPS

This shoe ranks highest on my personal wish-list. An excellent take on a simple pair of black suede pumps. The goat hair mohawk kicks the commonly-found shape of the shoe into an unexpected higher level. The mohawk is made from the finest goat hair and allows the wearer to add a little punch and surprise to what looks like a plain pair of pumps from a front view. This shoe, of course, works best with outfits that stop at or above the knee, so that the shoe is allowed to — liberally — show off itself…and your legs!

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1. NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD FOR RODARTE: FALL 2010

I am not quite sure where to begin with these shoes. As aforementioned, Kirkwood is a shoe genius. The combination here, of leather, suede, exotic skin and satin is beyond outstanding. To add to this, he brings in a skinny heel that looks as if it were made from molten wax. It is no wonder that Rodarte collaborated once again with Kirkwood the following season (Spring 2011). It takes a lot of style and confidence to pull off this shoe. Avoid patterns as the shoe has enough of its own coming together. If worn to a party, these shoes will quite easily…become the party.

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