It can be hard to feel glamorous in Hong Kong sometimes. The heat, humidity, stairs, sweat, and smells can all add up and leave you feeling less than ladylike! But we have a tip for feeling like a femme fatale at all times… and it starts with what’s on your feet. Yes, it’s time for new pair of shoes, ladies; after all, you can never have too many!
The right pair of shoes can not only leave you walking taller (literally) but also have the power to lift your mood and confidence as well. And if we’re talking accessories, how about we throw in a few awesome handbags too? So let’s see what’s hitting the streets this autumn and check out what’s hot this season at Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Bally, and Stuart Weitzman’s Fall/Winter 2012 Collections…
Spikes & Studs
First up, if your shoes don’t have spikes then keep on walking. Louboutin was the master of this domain showing a multitude of pairs that would make even Christian Grey blush. These babies look like torture devices…. but why then do they bring me so much pleasure? It’s easy to look like a boss when your shoes are so clearly in control!
If these are too wild a ride for you then maybe you prefer something a little more girlie… And what is girlier than glitter? Look to Jimmy Choo to keep things shiny and new this season with everything from bags to shoes covered in stones and sparkles. Perfect for preparing for party season, or simply adding a much-needed touch of glam to your everyday look.
Stuart Weitzman eases you into the glitter look with subtle detailing in a heel or a bow. These satin pumps are ageless and are sure to become your evening go-tos season after season.
But if you are really looking to dive in head feet first then Louboutin is your man… or shoe! You can even customise some of his shoes with different heel heights and crystal colours designed to your exact preferences.
Walk On The Wild Side
Another strong showing was made by the ever-popular animal print. I have a personal rule that I never get rid of anything animal print as it always comes back into style. This season, Stuart Weitzman dares you not to be a leopard lover with nearly every style shoe having a spotted option – there were pops on the heels, in the linings, and even one done in rhinestones.
Meanwhile, it was all snakeskin over at Jimmy Choo and Bally. Bally chose to keep things simple by offering a range of classic satchels and totes perfect for the everyday. These well-made pieces will carry you through this season and onto the falls and winters to come!
Meanwhile, Jimmy Choo spiced it up by offering python in a plethora of painted pretties (and yes, there was still a smattering of leopard print here too).
Fur, though not technically an animal print, was also big on the Jimmy Choo and Bally trend reports. While fur coats never get their wear in never-quite-cold-enough HK, you can still sport the look with your accessories!
Do It Like A Dude
Last on our Fall/Winter shoe report is a newcomer to the scene – the menswear trend! These styles take their cues straight from the men’s cupboards but somehow look less “I’m wearing men’s shoes” and more “I’m such a woman I am even comfortable in a man’s clothing”. It’s like borrowing your boyf’s button-down shirt… but for your feet!
The oxford, the cap-toe, the slipper – they are all here and look so much more alluring when done on a woman’s scale. That is if you have woman-sized feet (i.e. not me). Ballet flats, you have met your match.
So now you know what’s hot, it’s time to put your best foot forward (come on, you knew that was coming)! With these new styles you are sure to find something to love… so wipe that toe drool off your keyboard and let’s go shopping!
Stuart Weitzman, Gateway Arcade, Shop G208, 17 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2118 2317
Christian Louboutin, 7 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2118 0016
Jimmy Choo, Shop G8, Ground Floor, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 6068
Bally, IFC Two, Shop No. 2089B, Podium Level Two, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3586 2899
Photos by Sabrina Sikora Photography