Nights out, dinner dates, clubbing, the ballet, the theatre, even work… you name it, I’ll be in heels. From my experience working at Kurt Geiger and a tried and tested lifetime of wearing heels, I know that fit and comfort is important but ultimately it’s style that will always take precedence. Those who follow my Instagram will have seen a fair few lust pics of Nicholas Kirkwood popping up. I love the cool stand out designs and the fun, obscure attention to detail. When I worked at ELLE, Sunday Times Style and even now when I’m walking through the revolving doors of Vogue House I could spot the fashionistas’s in a Nicholas Kirkwood shoe a mile away.
This year Nicholas Kirkwood are celebrating their 10 year anniversary and to do so have launched a line of ten specially designed shoes, each a nod to the childlike excitement surrounding video games. It’s a playful approach to heritage and the made to order collection come in a variety of game-like digital styles. My favourite are the white leather and blue perspex ‘Snow Fighters’. However, the celebratory line aside here are the Nicholas Kirkwood shoes I’m lusting over this Winter.
For a full nine or ten hour day in the office, for me a heel will alternate between super high (usually for an after work drinks event or dinner) and a comfortable low for running to and from meetings around the West End. If an agency or client is around a 15 minute walk, dodging the crowds on Regents Street is a big no in heels so a modern stack or mid stiletto is perfect.
I love the modern plexi heel used on this classic pointed toe pump design, particularly this baby pink ombre effect. In terms of accessories it would look great with minimal gold accents like a thin gold chain, a few rings, or a gold clutch. Paired with my black leather midi and a roll neck top, these are going straight to the top of my ‘practical things to buy’ list.
Leda Pump, price £450 (above)
These shoes always remind me of Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians. I love the angled cut out and the beetroot/winter berry colour make the sling back Winter appropriate. With a 70mm heel, I’d be comfortable running around all day in these with my high waisted grey wool culottes and a thick charcoal cable knit jumper.
What would a work wear edit be without a trusty pair of flats. Obviously these aren’t just any flats though, with their beautiful Italian leather soles and statement black and white zig zag front, these loafers are built to last as a timeless classic. The attention to detail on the heel is a nod to the Nicholas Kirkwood signature style and at just £360, these are an affordable way to get yourself a piece of the action.
Lunch Dates With Friends
A lunch date in Hampstead with a friend, chatting over a bowl of calorific pasta and cheering over a glass of wine wouldn’t be complete without the perfect shoe. Shoes that will carry you in and out of the shops and all the way up that hill to The Hollybush. This Winter, teamed with a warm long coat, gloves and a scarf, here’s what I’m lusting for.
Although these were designed for Erdem, I can’t help but imagine wearing every piece of Dolce and Gabbana’s Baroque collection with these stunningly detailed ankle boots. With a gorgeously high stack heel and lace up front, these boots are again a timeless piece that can be worn over and over, styled a multitude of ways for different seasons. This Winter I’d be wearing the deepest, reddist lip with lip liner for extra plumpness, gold hoops and a beautiful frilly dress like this one from Rochas at Browns.
Carnaby Mary Jane, price £725 (above)
If skinnies and a casual top is more your style, these silver Mary Jane’s are perfect for a lunch date with friends or shopping. The Mary Jane’s are typically the Nicholas Kirkwood playful statement shoe that remind me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With a disk fastening and cut out silver stack heel, they’re a cute shoe that you know will get commented on.
Boots this Winter 2015 is really all about the over the knee style. Rather than last years heavy duty style, it’s now more about the highest stiletto heel and texture of the boot itself. As sported by the incredible Amanda Kerr (who wore hers over jeans), TOWIE stars (choosing micro mini dresses) and various bloggers all around the world usually in cute suede mini skirts and tights, over the knee boots are definitely something I’ll be investing in this season. I love the iconic pearl under the heel of these insane Nicholas Kirkwood boots – it makes me want to go out and find the perfect champagne coloured coat to match.
Dinner and dancing