I’ve spoken before on the blog about wanting to challenge myself more often with styling statement shoes, so I’m pleased I’ve been given the chance again to do just that.
For me, shoes featuring multiple colours, varied textures or even a solid print feel harder to style in an outfit than something plain when held up against my print-heavy wardrobe. Still, I often see such shoes and am instantly enamored with them, wishing I was better at knowing when to clash patterns and mix in unusual colour combinations. You know what they say, though–how can you expect to get better at something without practise. And so practise I shall, this week thanks to the lovely offerings from the Spanish retro boutique brand La Veintinueve.
La Veintinueve own three stores in Madrid and Barcelona selling vintage inspired pieces to both men and women, but their own made in Barcelona shoe line is sold in more than 10 countries across the globe. All of their shoes are definitely statement pieces, designed with a heavily playful mix of colour, print, and texture, with an era gone by in mind. If you’re a mod loving lady there’s a range of colourful ankle boots just for you, and if you’re a 40s or 50s pinup there’s a massive selection of Mary Janes and sensible but standout heels ready and waiting.
Statement though they are, I chose my fancy footwork shoes in one of the most versatile colour schemes for my wardrobe, the red, white and black Cloe. Even considering my somewhat sensible colour choice, you certainly can’t say these shoes are in any way standard or ordinary, right down to the fact that the patent T-bar straps have a subtle curve to their shape at the ankle. The main body of the shoe, in both the white and red tones, is made from leather, featuring a petal and dotted pattern cut into the material, layered over the brown leather forming the inside of the shoe below. The cone heels sport an incredible black and white checkered print, which even looks to be hand printed onto the heel, and is my favourite feature of the whole design. That checkered heel is a signature of sorts for La Veintinueve and is featured on many of their shoes.
I’m a UK 7 which makes me a EU 40, which is what I asked for in these shoes. They’re a perfect fit, with no pinching or rubbing anywhere. At 9cm tall they aren’t a scary height and as they have a cone heel they’re really comfortable and easy to walk in, especially for ladies who aren’t used to walking in heels. There’s slight padding in the sole under the heel of your foot to make for extra comfort in that area. As these are a closed toe shoe I’m especially excited for them to become a part of my winter wardrobe, as I think they’ll really pop when worn with some of my favourite cold-weather grey tweed, black and burgundy pieces.
The Cloe heels come in EU sizes 35-41 for €129,00, available in multiple colour combinations, and La Veintinueve ship internationally.