We sit down with our designers and discover the inspiration behind this season’s shoes. Whether you’re interested in what trends to follow this autumn or what to wear for your next date, our designers share all.
What were the key elements of inspiration behind the latest AW 19?
The two main stories we worked on is Easy Elegance and Tough Love. You’ve seen the mood boards I’m sure…Easy elegance is all about the new neutrals of the season and modern silhouettes.
Tough Love focuses on harder edged styling and a younger consumer. Hardware is key.
Can you talk us through the full process of creating a product, from the initial design to the finished product?
Conceptually we identify key items and looks we would like to achieve. We work on rough designs, they are then discussed and a final design selected and sent to the factory/supplier. They make an initial sample, send it to us and we rework with fit and aesthetics amendments in mind. At this point we also choose the final material we want the sample to be made in, and swatches and hardware references are selected. These go back to the factory and are made.
What are your three favourite silhouettes and why?
Address – Dressy square toe stiletto: It’s the key boot of the season due to the square toe and feature heel
Above All – Utility chunky hiker: It’s the more casual, everyday boot that you will wear with everything, even day to night.
Artisan – Croc leather rand boot: This is your sleek sophisticated go to ankle boot
What do you feel are the key trends to explore this season?
It’s all about feature heels. From special materials to beautifully shaped covered heels. The western is still a key style and we have a wide range on offer. Square toes becomes more important and will carry on into SS20. The utility trend is also strong and falls in our Tough Love area.
When investing in a boot, what would you suggest looking out for?
Leather, height (ie wearability for the individual) and toe shape.
Best shoe for work: Easy ankle boot in black
Best shoe to invest in now: A lace up utility boot
Best boot for date night: Open toe stiletto shoe boot featured in our occasion package
Best shoe for going out: Diamante triple strap sandal