I’ve been contacted by Galo, an American company that sells shoes made in Italy, as they’ve recently added a designated vegan section to their website (you can see it here). It’s always good to hear about companies that try to make it easier for us non-leather wearers and while their shoes are generally not quite my taste, I did like these cute and classic elastic sandals, which seem really comfortable, as well as smart and versatile. On the whole, the Galo shoes and boots seem like a good functional choice, rather than high fashion – well made, comfortable smart shoes that look like they’d last you quite a few years. I can see myself wearing these sandals If I was going to an event where I needed to look presentable and be on my feet a long time. They also come in a brown colour combo.
You can get them from the Galo website.
Cute vegan sandals for summer! These are simple and sweet, they look comfortable and they have a leopard print pattern. They also come in the natural raffia colour if leopard print is a bit wild for you, which is also nice. Either of these will make nice smart-casual shoes for the beach-side bar.
You can get them from Endless.
These are weird but I like them. They come in black, white and some sort of mad “tribal” fabric that’s definitely some sort of fashion statement. I’m never quite sure about the hybrid shoe-sandal thing. There have been quite a few crimes against fashion in recent years that involved the chimera that they are, but these are not a million miles away from the old lindy hop / swing dancing wedges of the 50s, although the platform wedge is higher. They’re made of canvas, so even though they’re half closed, they should breathe enough to make decent summer shoes. The laces are definitely a nice touch too.
They actually look like they’d be quite comfortable to wear.
You can get them from Urban Outfitters.
These are so cute! Every day is a summer’s day with a fair on the common when you wear shoes with bunting on them! In case you’re thinking that yellow may be a little bit too festive (though it is possibly the most retro shade of the lot), there are 3 more shades of awesomeness you can choose from – black, red and that shade of pale green you see in people’s retro kitchens which is ever so lovely.
These are made by Miss L Fire, whose shoes I absolutely adore, but so many of them are made of leather. Luckily, some of the summer range seems leather free.
You can get them from the Miss L Fire website.
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.
Well, London is burning today and everyone’s got their new trainers already, so why not take a break from the madness in favour of a different kind of madness – wedge madness!
These hot hot glitter wedges are new from Schuh and while not the best footwear to be kicking in shop windows or running away from angry mobs or riot police, it’s probably the prettiest thing I’ve seen all day.
Here’s to more pretty things and less idiots.
You can get these shoes from the Schuh website. Stay safe, London.
I really like these cute little wedge sandals. They’re very simple and not too expensive and are perfectly versatile so can be worn with any holiday outfit and give you some added retro chic charm. The addition of the woven strap is quite a nice touch and while the sole is not quite the designer wood-cut wedge of my dreams, it’s the perfect thing to wear at the beach without worrying about it too much. Actually, you can wear with to work or to a night out with similar ease.
If wedges (or black) are not your thing for some reason, you’ll be glad to know that these have a related sister show that comes in white and is completely flat. Still charming, still chic and cheap but also sweet and comfortable for walking in if you like being closer to the ground.
You can get both from Modcloth.
These simple, red sandals are built like flip flops but are posher. Although I couldn’t resist the pun, they are obviously loads better than the crappy band.
They have a tiny wedge but are effectively flat – just enough of oomph to give you that sweet bit of posture and extra height.
You could dress them up or down and where them with everything to everywhere that tolerates open toe footwear. They certainly beat your average flip flop for style and look a lot better than the $20 or so you’d pay for them.
You can get these at Modcloth.
Woohoo! Another cute pair of perfectly summery shoes from Poetic License. These are called “Sweet Shirley Temple”, I guess because they’re super cute and are made with chintzy patterned fabric that looks like something your granny would have worn as a summer dress or used as curtains. Note the super-cute tiny little cherry beads, too!
These lovely lovely wedges come in black or pink as well. You can get them all from Endless.
Brace yourself for a big name to fit these big big wedge sandals: “Schuh Garda Ankle Strap Wedge”. You’ll need the name to search for them on the Schuh site. Aren’t they awesome and retro-licious? Towering high above the world with a 13cm heel they may be a bit demanding for the average user, but boy are they hot! Supposedly 70s inspired, though I reckon the gingham means they’d go well with 50s dresses too. The 70s seem to be back in style this summer. Weren’t they already back in style a few years back? Or has it been long enough for the style to become re-retro?
Either way, you can get these from Schuh in the UK and worldwide.
And tonight on “Shoes that make you go oooooooooh” – these sandals by Harajuku Lovers! They are so, so so so cute.
They come in black, white, red or yellow and each colour has its own cool little lady on the insole. It’s almost like a collect them all Pokemon thing and, frankly, at $35 a pair, it’s almost tempting to get a few different colours. I love the sexy wedge that’s just high enough to give you a nice profile but not too insane and I love the girlie bow. I also have a thing for jelly shoes, so I may be a bit biased, but I think these would make perfect summer shoes for everywhere and everything. If you’re the sort of person who likes even your casualest of beachwear to have a classy retro touch, then these are your sandals.
You can get them from Endless.
I was on the hunt for vegan shoes at Miss Selfridge and these caught my eye on the top of the page. They sort of remind me of 70s platforms in colour and style so I’ve marked them as retro. Notice the cute, hidden leopard print lining. It’s becoming increasingly popular to make all kinds of wild linings to otherwise plain-coloured shoes and I’m all for that. It’s sort of like a little secret about your character.
These will make super spring and summer shoes with a short dress or you could even wear them in winter under certain circumstances (in the UK – indoors?) with tights. Yes, I’m pretty sure they’d go (un)surprisingly well with bell bottomed cords, but I’m not sure you want to go that route.
You can get them from Miss Selfridge.
I just love love love cherry red coloured shoes, so it’s very jolly that I happened to check Modcloth today for new vegan shoes and found these hot pin up wedge sandals by Harajuku Lovers. They make the most gorgeous shoes and it seems quite a few of them are veggie (though many, sadly, aren’t. Boo). They’re so shiny and pretty and if you click through and look at their profile, you’ll see that it’s actually quite Japanese looking. The heart-shaped logo is cute, though I think I would have preferred to have a totally smooth profile. The checked bit is really cute and the extra 4″ (of height!) can always come in handy. All in all this is a damn fine shoe. These would look so good with a short dress.
You can get them from Modcloth.
Is it a boot? Is it a shoe? What is it? what does it do? I don’t know but I don’t care. I just know I want a pair!
OK, that came out a bit too nursery rhyme there. I blame the cat, who kept me awake half the night because she was scared of the rain. Sleep deprivation is nasty.
But back to the shoes…I even like the crazy orange colour and, rather than reject it on the grounds that I most likely have nothing that would go with these, I am already thinking what I could buy that would go with these. They are just that cool.
These are, of course, Olsen Haus originals, made from their favourite recycled materials – TV screens and microfibre. Coolness on so many levels.
You can get them (somehow) via the Olsen Haus website.
I wrote about the Minky Linky boots before in leopard but now they’re in the sale and I’ve discovered a whole load of new materials and colours, including these hot hot blue sequinned ones. They also come in black sequin and a gorgeous oriental embroidered satin version. Beware of some versions of this boot that are not vegan, though! Sadly, the pink leopard print version is made out of “cow hair”. What? Why???
They are now half price in the Office sale.