Thursday, 24 April 2014
3 Amazing Shoe Collabs We Can't Wait to Wear This Season
Along with the sun finally making an appearance and the temperature finally breaking 60, a trifecta of delightfully chic collaborations is rocking our world this spring season. We just love it when cool, contemporary high-end designers partner with some of our favorite high-street brands to create fun, inspired, and more accessible pieces for us to shop--especially when the collabs involve shoes. Let's take a look.
Sophia Webster for J.Crew: You might remember adorable British shoe designer Sophia Webster, who graciously gave us tips on how to wear colorful and possibly cheekily printed statement hells at the office.
We die for her modernly feminine designs and so does J.Crew creative director (and fashion idol) Jenna Lyons. So it was a no-brainer for the American retailer and Sophia to bring their signature skill sets together for whimsical spring-ready capsule collection of 13 shoes priced between $320 and $695 a pair. The collab is available in store and online at jcrew.com.
Ostwald Helgason x Aldo Rise: During spring 2014 New York Fashion Week (that would be last September), Christina gave us the insider lowdown on the hottest designer labels to keep on your radar, and London-based Ostwald Helgason was a shoo-in on that list. (I'm still dying over that sweatshirt inspired by artist Jeff Koons--you know, the one with the possibly copulating ballon doggies.) So it was SUPER exciting to see that the label collaborated with the edgy Aldo Rise concept on not just chunky platforms and round-toe pumps but also a line of bags--including totes, cross-bodies, and this backpack that just might just convince all you rucksack-naysayers to reconsider the issue.
Shoes range from $110 to $130, and handbag styles run from $65 to $85. The collaboration is available at select Aldo stores and online at aldorise.com.
Stevan Alan x Dr.Scholl's: Hey, Birks are cool again, so why not our childhood favorite: Dr.Scholl's clogs? Especially when downtown Americana-cool desgner (and boutique proprietor) Steven Alan is involved. Plus, there's a cute blackstory. Over a chill dinner together, Steven and Dr. Scholl's creative director James Sowins dreamed up the fabulous idea to create a very edited limited-edition update on the iconic summer shoe. The women's capsule collection features two styles: a single-strap lacquer slide in black or white ($100) and a sandal in a fresh blue chambreay ($110). Simple, classic, and totally adorable. The collaboration is available in-store at Steven Alan or online at stevenalan.com.