Top 10 Decorative Heels
Here at Motilo we fully believe that it doesn’t just have to be clothes that make a statement. Sometimes you can really make an impact even when you’re wearing the most casual or classic of outfits just by being experimental with your accessories. We all know exactly how important heels are in the delicate equilibrium of our style. They can help to balance out quirky jewellery, match your bag with your blazer, bring in new colour points, add height, make an outfit more or less formal. They do so much more than just protect your feet from the perils of the pavement. So, we decided to bring together all of our favourite decorative heels this season. These shoes are works of art, and should be treated as such: with love, admiration and the desire to show them off as much as possible.
1. Charlotte Olympia, Anastasia Suede and Wooden Sandals; £1125, motilo.com
Who better to start with than the Queen of the statement shoe? Charlotte Olympia is famous for her imaginative creations and there are many elements that make these shoes irresistible, including the retro suede cut-out upper, the wooden heel and wedge and psychedelic coloured detail. Groovy baby.
2. Ruthie Davis, ‘Robot’ Sandal; £555, motilo.com
Interestingly named the ‘Robot’ sandal, Ruthie Davis’ shoes are certainly pushing towards modernity, and yet harking back to antiquity. The bandage-style wrapped leather looks very traditional but the nude silver mix and the ingenious cutaway heel speak of nothing but the future.
3. Miu Miu, Studded Suede Ankle Boots; £725, motilo.com
Miu Miu are great at giving vintage ideas a contemporary twist. Something about the cut of these curvaceously heeled ankle boots in navy suede have a definite feel of the ’70s surrounding them. However the back-zip and the peep toe are trends that are very of the moment.
4. Stella McCartney, Glitter-finished Faux Leather Pumps; £373, motilo.com
For someone who only uses stereotypically frumpy faux-leather, Stella McCartney sure knows how to make it significantly sexy. The shimmering golden glitter covering these classic pumps is only part of her magic formula – as the velvet angled cuff adds sexy shape to the lucky feet being slipped into these saucy shoes.
5. SW1, 120mm Suede Cross My Heart Pumps; £536, motilo.com
A very cute name for a very cute pair of shoes in the colour of the moment – deep rich purple. The criss-crossing strap adds a delicate support but the real show-stopper in these heels is the mother of pearl heel, in a delicious lilac colour, and decorated with a yellow and orange green mosaic pattern.
6. Nicholas Kirkwood, Metallic Floral-Embroidered Mesh Sandals; £1125, motilo.com
We can’t really get enough of these Nicholas Kirkwood sandals. The shape and the floral embroidery look like they’re from the 16th century, almost as if they could belong in a tapestry. However, the hardware and the heel in polished black and gold look more like the design of some intricate musical instrument. Harmoniously experimental.
7. Yves Saint Laurent, Vanda Pump; £720, motilo.com
Yves Saint Laurent are good at doing what they’re famous for: creating classic looks. However – that doesn’t meant that they’re not adverse to experimenting every now and then. The Vanda pump is a marvel in iridescent silver, with a bold angular pyramid heel and platform in bright pink.
8. Christian Louboutin, Pluminette Sandal; £1522, motilo.com
Could you really have a shoe edit without including some of Louboutin’s more irreverent designs? Aside from the red heel, the peep-toe sandals contain a fishnet silk overlay and huge pompoms decorated with leaf-like feathers. These shoes might be tricky to maintain, but they’ll certainly bring even the dullest of LBDs to life.
9. Giuseppe Zanotti Design, Wedge Sandal; £915, motilo.com
Nightwalker heels, a favourite of Daphne Guinness, are a great way to look tres fashion at any event. They still look incredibly forward-thinking and fresh despite being an old-school invention. We like the balance between wearability and novelty in this Zanotti pair. The upper is a classic cut and colour – but that platform is shimmering with crystals.
10. Dsquared, 110m Lalique Ayers Studs Pumps; £984, motilo.com
Finally, a pair of shoes that tick two very large boxes when it comes to Autumnal trends: studs and points. Pointed shoes were seen everywhere and we love the textured black leather that makes up the front half of these heels. The back half is where the magic happens though – an ankle and a heel covered in spiky fabulous studs and crystals is a surefire way to spark up whatever you’re wearing.