Gold-capped shoes trend was revived at London Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2013 shows once sparked decades ago by Coco Chanel.
Now fashion savvy A-listers are catching on with the likes of Alexa Chung, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker all embracing the look.
From runway to red carpet, the trend has now gained momentum on the High Street and can be spotted in various guises on both shoes and boots.
While Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon have teamed their designer gold cap courts with cropped trousers, Alexa Chung and Sarah Jessica Parker have paired theirs with feminine dresses proving that the style can update any look.
The super chic shoe first made its mark in 1957 when it was designed by Chanel. She created the look with slingbacks and low heeled courts and it became a trademark style for the designer.
The toe-dipped shoes have gradually evolved into both a ladylike and subtly edgy style over the years and make up a high proportion of spring collections from the likes of Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Louis Vuitton.
Gold-capped shoes trend was revived at London Fashion Week’s Autumn-Winter 2013 shows once sparked decades ago by Coco Chanel
On the High Street, the style takes the form of patent, matte black, snakeskin and even leopard print.
Fashion blogger Lydia Faye Jones said: “This look is hot for Spring 13. Marc Jacob’s designs for Louis Vuitton were the best of the bunch. From pastel mules to cute pumps, he undoubtedly hit the right footnote.
“It is an updated version of the classic court shoe that can be both ladylike yet edgy depending on what you wear it with.”
Martha Stewart has admitted that she is not a fan of Christian Louboutin’ signature, and uses black paint to obscure it.
Martha Stewart, 71, told InStyle: “See the soles? I paint them black.”
Explaining the unlikely practice, which might be considered sacrilege by many fashionistas who covet the $700+ shoes, Martha Stewart continued: “I don’t like them red, even though they’re his trademark.”
But through the legendary French cobbler is famously protective over the red sole trademark – he sued YSL for using red soles on its red pumps, sparking a series of counterclaims which this week were finally dropped – it seems he doesn’t object to Martha Stewart customizing his designs.
“He doesn’t mind,” she said.
“He said it’s okay if I do that – I asked him!”
Martha Stewart has admitted that she is not a fan of Christian Louboutin’ signature, and uses black paint to obscure it
Martha Stewart, whose empire is worth $638 million, was speaking yesterday at her inaugural American Made event.
It saw Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall turned into a hub of crafts, croissants and conversation with experts in the areas of gardening, decorating, cooking and fashion.
In a session called The Makers of American Fashion, Martha Stewart did a one-on-one interview with J Crew CEO Millard Drexler, and then led a panel discussion with Calvin Klein, Tory Burch and Ralph Rucci.
As the grande dame of the home, Martha Stewart said what she brought to the fashion table is an ability to sew, an affinity for design and a desire to promote American-grown talent.
The talent in question seemed to agree that the success of the industry lies largely with new ideas and the customers who will embrace them.
Right now, everything looks too similar, said Millard Drexler: “It’s a broken record around the world.”
It’s the person willing to be a “contrarian” that will leave the biggest impact, he said.
“In business, you must stay creative,” Calvin Klein added.
“If you give people what they will want, your business will grow.”
Tory Burch, who in eight years has grown from a kitchen-table idea into a global brand, said she takes inspiration anywhere she can get it: art, music or a book, for example. But she also has to keep regional trends and taste in mind.
There’s a big divide between Brazilian bathing suits with very little fabric and the covered-up customs in the Middle East, she said.
The goal, according to Tory Burch, is balance.
Ralph Rucci made the case that being a well-rounded person makes him a better designer, and that fashion doesn’t operate in a total vacuum. For him, painting is “my trap door”.
On the practical side, though, Millard Drexler said price is a factor in long-term success.
“As a kid, I realized you can never afford everything you want,” he said.
“Calvin [Klein] and Ralph [Lauren] were it, but they were more expensive than I thought it should be. No offense. But I didn’t think good taste should cost more.”
Daniel Shak, a wealthy New York hedge fund manager, has filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Beth Shak for a portion of her luxury shoe collection, which he claims he knew nothing about at the time of their divorce.
Daniel Shak, 52, claimed that Beth Shak, a well-known professional poker player, never told him about her 1,200 pairs of designer shoes when they parted ways three years ago.
The finance titan, who had shared a $7.5 million apartment on Fifth Avenue with his then-wife, said that she kept her enormous stockpile of shoes hidden from him possibly in a “secret room”, the New York Post reported.
Daniel Shak now wants to get his hands on his ex-wife’s pricey pumps, which he says would entitle him to hundreds of thousands of dollars more in their divorce settlement.
However, Daniel Shak’s claim that his ex-wife had successfully kept him in the dark about her footwear obsession is highly questionable considering the fact that her collection has been featured in numerous TV shows, from MTV’s Cribs to the Today Show.
Beth Shak’s Facebook page is plastered with images of glittering sky-high stilettos by Christian Louboutin – her favorite shoe designer – and in April she launched her own website dedicated to her obsession called Shoes R Forever, where she offers her picks and writes about the hottest trends in footwear.
Daniel Shak has filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Beth Shak for a portion of her luxury shoe collection, which he claims he knew nothing about at the time of their divorce
Beth Shak, 43, a mother of three, even has an image of a Christian Louboutin stiletto tattooed on a private area of her body, the Post reported.
She renowned shoe aficionado was featured in a recently released documentary called God Save My Shoes about women’s relationship with their heels, and according to a recent post on her Facebook page, Beth Shak plans to start her own shoe line soon.
The World Series of Poker player told the Post that Daniel Shak would have to have been the most unobservant husband in history to be unaware of her passion for shoes that would have made the fictional Sex & the City shoe maven Carrie Bradshaw blush.
“I’m shaking my head over this whole thing,” Beth Shak said.
“He is saying he didn’t know the closet in our master bedroom existed.”
Daniel Shak, however, insists that he discovered his ex-wife’s “secret” only last year, according to his lawsuit.
“Dan trusted his wife and was not inspecting his home to try to find inventory or <<secret rooms>>,” the suit claims.
A source told the Post that Daniel Shak is asking a court near their old family home in suburban Philadelphia for an accounting of his ex-wife’s footwear.
He estimates her collection at $1 million and says he is due at least 35% of that.
Daniel Shak, an avid poker player himself, reportedly lost millions of dollars in the gold market last year.
In 2011, Beth Shak brought a film crew from NBC’s Today Show into her three cavernous closets to put on display her pricey size-seven acquisitions, sheepishly admitting to a reporter that some of her fancy footwear cost her as much as $4,000 a pair.
Beth Shak said her collection includes 700 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, which she compared to “fine art” in an interview with the Post last year.
Still, Beth Shak has ways to go if she wants to catch up with the world’s most notorious shoe fiend Imelda Marcos, the wife of former Philippine dictator, who caused worldwide outrage in 1986 when a U.S. diplomat revealed that she owned 3,000 pairs of shoes.
Christian Louboutin has admitted he does not care whether women feel pain wearing his sought-after heels.
Instead, Christian Louboutin claimed most women had a “quasi-masochistic experience” with their stilettos – and that anyone struggling to walk in his creations should ditch them altogether.
The French cobbler has single-handedly transformed the six-inch stiletto from Cabaret prop to closet staple.
His iconic red soles are also responsible for a plethora of podiatric ailments.
Rather than feel any regret for inflicting pain on many a discerning fashionista however, Christian Louboutin has adopted a “take it or leave it attitude”.
Among his long-suffering fans is Coleen Rooney, who last week was spotted wearing Louboutin heels to the Grand National at Aintree. On Sunday, however, the 26-year-old tweeted a photograph of her wearing trainers, saying: “Loving my Converse, just what I need after three days at the races with sky high heels on.”
Victoria Beckham has also reportedly experienced severe bunions and a slipped disc by wearing Christian Louboutin creations.
Christian Louboutin, 49, says he feels little sympathy for those who suffer while wearing his designs, describing the relationship between a woman and her heels as a quasi-masochistic experience.
Christian Louboutin says he feels no sympathy for those who suffer while wearing his designs, describing the relationship between a woman and her heels as a quasi-masochistic experience
He told Grazia magazine: “I really have not so much sympathy. If Tina Turner and Prince’s back-up band can perform on stage in them for three hours, you can’t tell me they are impossible to walk in.
“High heels are pleasure with pain.
“If you can’t walk in them, don’t wear them.”
Celebrating his 20th anniversary, Christian Louboutin’s high-end label is the subject of a an exhibition at the London Design Museum next month.
He has also released a coffee-table book, a weighty tome that marks two decades in fashion and his path from intern to A-lister.
Christian Louboutin’s journey as a cobbler began at Paris music hall Folies Bergere, where he first worked and was inspired by the world of Cabaret – a theme which still features heavily in his collections today.
So much so that he recently accepted a role as “guest creator” at Crazy Horse.
But he credits his breakthrough moment to Tina Turner, who wore his designs at a concert ten years ago.
With a stellar career behind him, it’s hard to imagine what would be next on Christian Louboutin’s to-do list.
But it appears he has his sights set on a new genre of clients.
Christian Louboutin said: “If I could do shoes for anyone it would be a special project for the Queen of England.