Posted by: on Feb 23, 2012 | No Comments

Summer is only round the corner which means most ladies will be preparing their wardrobes for the sunshine season ahead. Of course a new pair of heels is a must for that holiday with the girls, not to mention a pair (or two) of comfortable wedges and sandals for those shopping sprees and lazy days at the park.  So what designers should we be looking to for inspiration and what designers perhaps fell short of expectation this time round?


Casadei is a win for spring as the collection embraced fluorescent and fruity flourishes of orange, pink and green. This season favours bold colours, but bold doesn’t mean bright, which is why deep, oceanic shades of blue and purple were also used to balance out the neon. If you are looking for cruelty-free fashion, remember just because Casadei may be using python skin our high-street shops are more likely using python prints! New Look is one shop that offers non-leather and suede-free alternatives all year round, making it easier to incorporate your favourite prints and designs in a way that matches your own lifestyle choices. See designers like Brian Atwood and Manolo Blahnik for more inspiration!

Giuseppe Zanotti:

Is it just me or do some designers from Italy come up with ideas from above? Italian designers have sparked much controversy for their notorious love of fur, including Fendi who even stated it was part of its DNA, but even as an ethical fashion lover, their unique eye for detail cannot be denied. Zanotti is no exception with his current collection. Merging African prints with a 70’s twist, these designs certainly prove how shoes aren’t just fashion, but a work of art in themselves! Some brave designs, but still more wearable than others – Prada Cadillac shoes anyone?

Proenza Schouler:

Despite the variety of textures, the shoes, which mostly consisted of chunky, wooden wedges, lacked a certain sense of finesse. Perhaps for the more casual candidate these shoes would work great for comfort, but bland, brown shades aren’t my idea of summer, sorry!




Known for its signature glam rock look, Balmain has gained a lot of success, but the shoes for SS12 look like they’d be better off in an autumn collection. There was a lack of open designs and the idea of wearing stuffy, suede boots in the claustrophobic heat hardly seems appealing. Keeping the signature embellished touches for a shoe that would allow the feet to breath would have been perfect. Yet it’s clear that Balmain will continue to be adored for its dedication to its ‘rock chic’ roots and for that, we forgive you!