These ever so slightly mad boots from wacky Canadian designers, Fluevog, are called “Tailor”. The vegan version is this paint-splattered denim material, but there is also a non-vegan brown version (so watch out). I’m totally loving the curved heels and the visible seams. Being me, I wish they also came in plain black fabric, but denim can be pretty versatile too. They’re definitely different. If you like the material but not the style, check out the Guide mary janes they make, which come in the same material but are, well, chunky mary janes. They’re also pretty awesome.
You can get both of these from the Fluevog site.
OK, so these heels are a bit breakneck, but if they were a guy I’d be totally making a fool of myself right now. And probably in vain, because they’re pink! Check out the goodies – we have a sexy fishnet pattern, skulls, bows, even a little pink skull charm, by the looks of it. Oh and, of course, black and white stripes for that sexy punk/courtesan feel. I do believe these are the perfect vegan, somewhat edgy pin up shoes for all your flirting-with-goth needs.
Oh yeah and they’re totally on sale right now at Schuh. Get in there quickly while there are still a few sizes left!
Right now, spring is certainly looking pretty far away, but I keep telling myself it’s just around the corner. Of course, one of the best ways to feel better while going through winter is to plan ahead for all the cool spring and summer shoes you’ll be wearing next season. With this in mind, I present these super simple, versatile and darling little mary janes by blog favourites, Melissa Shoes.
Wear them everywhere, with everything for all your modern, retro and hipster needs.
They remind me of those cute Chinese shoes that were a big hit in the 90s, but unlike those they are obviously made of Melissa’s patented bubblegum scented plastic and have those big Minnie Mouse bows.
You can get them from Fashion Conscience.
Schuh are always ones to pick up on current trends and offer cute, affordable versions. These cute retro shoes are actually called cherry pie, even though they actually have sparkling blackberries on them.
If you’re a vintage / retro fan, then these would be a perfect addition to your wardrobe, as they’ll never go out of fashion and would go well with all your 50s dresses.
These also come in an odd shade of black & white gingham with flowers and red raspberries instead of the blackberries. They look a bit like these poetic license heels I wrote about a while back, but with what I think is a more flattering shape.
You can get them from Schuh.
Aren’t these neat? They’re a bit like Palladiums and a bit like Converse but really nothing like either. They’re “proudly made in China” by people keen to prove not everything out of China is totalitarian and cruel to animals. They are suitable for both men and women, come in a load of colours (as you can see) and are designed to be durable and long-lasting (yes, not everything that comes out of China falls apart after a few days).
You can learn more about them on the Ospop website.
If Brazil is the undisputed queen of sexy jelly shoes (Melissa, Grendha, etc.) then Canada is the queen of EVA shoes of questionable fashionability (I’m not sure there is such a word as fashionability, but if not, there ought to be). I’m sure you all know Crocs come from Canada and while the originals were about as fashionable as Ugg (ugh) boots, they are for some reason extremely popular. They’ve improved a bit as far as design goes and actually have some reasonably pretty shoes nowadays for women, though they are not in my good books right now as my Carlie peep toes have been absolutely killing the backs of my heels and costing me heaps of cash in plasters.
Aaaaanyway… Although I am yet to update my travel blog on the matter (it’s coming), I am currently in the Philippines, where I have come across a shop selling these shoes by Native. They’re also from Canada, also made out of that ultra-light, supposedly breathable EVA material and also vegan. On the other hand, they’re perforated for better air circulation and look like funky retro trainers/sneakers, rather than something that came off the end of Mickey Mouse’s foot. I’m sure the real fashion royalty among you are going to be horrified by the thought of EVA shoes of any sort (I do believe it’s some sort of plastic or rubber that’s meant to be eco friendly), but these do come in all kinds of mad and fun colours and make super cute summer or beach shoes. There are a few other designs too, all modeled after classic trainers styles – loafers, etc. and they come in sizes to fit both men and women.
Well, it’s certainly sales season and everywhere you go is selling something off for less than it was. These super cute ankle boots by Novacas are in the Fashion Conscience sale, alongside other great vegan shoes (and some non-vegan shoes, so be careful!). They’re sort of butch and short of femme all at the same time and have that slight alternative chunky edge I really love about Novacas’ shoes. It reminds me of Bronx Shoes a bit, which I also love the look of, but they’re always made of leather (boo hiss).
These boots are reduced by £22 which is not a huge amount, but it’s a nice amount to not have to pay.
Get them on the Fashion Conscience site.
Santa, like god, helps those who help themselves. Which is obviously why he revealed to me the Melissa store here in Hong Kong where I am currently traveling (you can read my new travel blog about it if you want). And oh look, they were having a massive sale of 30-50% off and these “Feeling” wedges were on it. Yes, I am totally feeling these. They only had one size left, 40 Euro (7 UK) which is basically one or two sizes too big for me, depending on the particular shoe, but in this case these seemed to fit. Maybe it’s the serious wedge action on them. They’re a tiny bit looser than they ought to be, but perfectly comfortable for standing on and even walking in. Not that it matters. I mean, look at them! There was no way they were going to stay in the big, cold, horrible shop for that price.
So ladies, if you want to get the drool-worthy look I’m going to be rocking from now on (fuck it, I’m gonna be buried in these!), you can get these from NonNon in the UK.
Sticking with the glitter theme because ’tis the season to be sparkly (and also because I love shiny and sparkly shoes and the upcoming NYE party thing is a very good excuse for sharing these), I introduce to you these ultimate party platforms! Sophisticated enough to be classy, glittery enough to be fun…These are brilliant without being too crazy, for a thoroughly suave night out with a bit of a jolly wink. Tall heels but steady-looking, so you don’t have to worry about falling over drunk when you’re out at the gallery opening or whathaveyou.
You can get them from Modcloth, if you’re quick.
They seem to have a pretty mindblowing selection of great vegan shoes on there this season.
Low, steady glitter heels for you ladies out there who are not too fond of skyscrapers. These “womens schuh hamp zip ank glitter boots” on Schuh will totally do the trick for adding sparkle to your look and you won’t need to totter to wear them. They may actually be the perfect party shoes if you like boots and want to dance around on your night out. Plus…they’re so shiny! I can’t quite tell what the colour of the glitter is. Sort of blackish-purplish multicolour glitter? Who cares!
You can get them from Schuh.
Well aren’t these just totally brilliant? Check out the heel! But just in case this ultra-super-fucking-awesome lightening-shaped heel wasn’t enough to make these Flash Gordon 80s revival meets pin up creation sweet, you also get a little tiny blue lightening bolt on the front. These will definitely make any outfit and get you instantly noticed. If you want to have people talking about your shoes all night long, then you’ll have to work hard to beat these ones, I think.
You can get them from TUK.
Oh look! Someone’s taken my favourite Melissa lace up brogue shoes and have turned them into pretty little boots! Look at how pretty and shiny they are! Like all of Melissa’s stuff, they’re made out of that weird rubbery plastic material that’s actually surprisingly breathable, but not to everyone’s taste. It does, however, smell like bubblegum, which is pretty cool. For something made out of plastic and hailing from Brazil, these are surprisingly retro. I bet they come in different colours too (wouldn’t they be awesome in some sort of bright colour?) but so far I’ve only seen them in black.
You can get them from BBoheme.
A while back, a reader asked me about alternatives to Irregular Choice shoes, because she didn’t like the fact that they sell shoes with fur. Well, now another one of my dedicated readers, Lara (thanks, Lara!) has discovered Ruby Shoo. It’s a company that makes very cute, girly heels such as these ones, that are obviously quite retro inspired and feature a certain quirkiness that is not a million miles away from Irregular Choice shoes. They’re not quite as crazy as some of the Irregular Choice offerings, but are certainly gorgeous… and vegan. I do believe they might all be vegan, actually.
You can get them from Amazon in the UK.
It’s time to pay another visit to my favourite vegan Israeli designer – Roni Kantor. These lovelies are from her current winter collection and are certainly retro-esque. She specialises in redesigns and retro-inspired creations in the clothing department but also has this like of shoes consciously made out of leather alternatives.
These work great with dark tights and vintage dresses and have chunky-ish, sold heels making them perfect for offices and parties alike. Love them. Check out the rest of her collection for some more eye-poppingly cute shoes.
You can get her stuff on Etsy. Good old Etsy.
And the winners of craziest rubbery rain boots for this season are these boots by Jeffrey Campbell. If you hate rain as much as I do and need some bright, silly and somewhat mad rain boots to make you laugh as you’re stepping in puddles and getting soaked, then these are your knights in yellow shining armour. I totally get these and I’m sure many of you on here will get them too.
The brogue detailing, in case you’re wondering, is actually printed on, which is not ideal, but will have to do. At least they’re likely to keep your feet warm and relatively dry and you’re bound to look like some sort of ultra cute cartoon character.
You can get them from Modcloth.