My twitter bio reads ‘I’m the girl that buys the shoes before the dress’, so really, it was only a matter of time before I started waxing lyrical on them. Ah, shoes, my style soulmates & chosen topic to launch the Dream Directory posts
One designer that’s been on everyone’s lips and magazine lists of late is Sophia Webster. Following a two year stretch working under Nicholas Kirkwood as assistant-designer Webster launched her inaugural collection ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’ in 2012. With a name like this, it’s not hard to imagine the spirited theme of her collections nor why her visibility amongst consumers is at an all-time high. With such popularity, the distinguished plaudits she’s clocked up are only shadowed by the number of her fangirls on Instagram. All 398k of them #guilty. In 2012 Webster was awarded Condé Nast’s Emerging Footwear Designer of the Year, and in 2013 was named on the Top 100 People to Watch on The Times’ New Power List.
Webster’s current crop is a real treat. The collection is beautiful and bountiful, and should you spend your free time like me scrolling through the subheadings of her website, you may have felt the need to pen a wish list. My favourite colour is probably black (amongst a swathe of other neutral hues), but if I were to wear a print or a pop of colour, it’d likely be on my feet, which is handy given that these designs celebrate colour and animal imagery –
think flamingo patterns, butterflies and the occasional nod to unicorns – like no one else. Whilst this may sound like a – lot to anyone, the transition from mood board to finished product is remarkable, each of them the perfect marriage of taste, sophistication and frivolity, and I would happily wear them all!
If you’re looking and thinking, ‘these seem familiar, like, I’ve seen those strutting somewhere before’, chances are, you probably have. For the last two years Webster has designed shoes for the (gasp) Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, including 16 different styles in 2014 across all six of the show’s themed segments. Well, if they’re good enough for the crescendo of all fashion shows… *Disclaimer, VS legs sold separately.
The Chiaras. They may be dyed-in-the-wool whimsy & perhaps impractical (DON’T step on my wings!), but I absolutely love them.
The Evangelines are the latter’s grown-up regal sisters with metallic accents and laser cut designs
Coco Flamingo, wear them everywhere: the office, black tie functions, out shopping, walking one’s pooch, the list goes on. Just like an LBD the black stiletto is a wardrobe staple, and these are embellished with rose gold flamingo heels – say no more.
The Rosseau Jungle heels smack of Katy Perry’s Roar video, but they’re so gorge and fun, I obviously need these for fancy dress parties or to add some panache to an otherwise simple skinny jean look.
The Lorens. Another black stiletto, yes, but these have a slight peeptoe and the rose gold bauble embellishments (and pencil heel) make them quite special and provocative, too. Who thought toes could be so sexy?
Over-the-knee boots are timeless, effortless and thus a favourite look of mine. And they’re in black. Adrianna, you little minx.
For a sports luxe vibe, you need look no further than the Jourdans which I’d like to be hitting up this summer with shorts and skirts alike. The neon and pink also give them pretty, feminine touches with the more masculine laces and ankle straps.
And finally, from the newly-launched Bridal line adorned with romantic pink tassels and crystal beading, the Lacey Crystal. I need a wedding just so I can justify wearing these. #WifeyforLifey
Feeling dreamy yet? Sophia Websters are too good to miss and I believe there is a sale on…