Dune ‘Blissfield’ studded heels
Studs were once the preserve of only the hardest and toughest looking punk chicks, but nowadays they’re everywhere – and they’re going to be more prominent than ever this coming autumn/winter season. There are plenty of cheaper knock-offs around if you just want a pair to wear at the odd party, but if this is a look you love and you’d like some quality studded footwear, Dune has some lovely styles to consider.
These spiky-toed ‘Blissfield’ heels from the current collection are £90 at John Lewis where they’re new in. We’re seriously tempted by this style, which looks like it could be a staunch ally come party season: the heel has a slender and slightly Miu Miu-esque slant to it, and the small smattering of studs is just enough to give them more edge than your average going-out shoes. And being made from real suede, they’ll be easier on the feet than some of the other styles out there, too.
You Stud! Shoewawa’s Favourite Studded Boots and Shoes to Shop Now
With the military trend making another come-back this season, attention will undoubtedly turn very quickly to footwear and let me tell you if it ain’t got studs, it ain’t worth wearing!
Studded shoes and boots were all over the autumn/winter runways this year with Burberry’s studded umbrellas and Christian Louboutin’s fierce looking heels making a huge impression. They’ve hit the highstreet hard too with the likes of Office, Kurt Geiger, Topshop and Boohoo.com stocking studded footwear in all shapes and sizes.
You have the choice to embrace the trend as full-on or as little as you wish; from Jeffrey Campbell’s angry looking studded lace-up ankle boots to Topshop’s best selling stud slippers. I for one love a stud or two, I’ve even been known to embellish a previously boring looking shirt with them so I’m more than happy to tackle the trend head on.
In the selection below I’ve chosen my favourite studded shoes and boots to save you trawling the web on a studded quest of your own. No go fourth and shop!
A Channel on the Web Devoted to Shoes, for Those Who Can’t Get Enough
FASHION brands spend a lot of money and time to place their products in movies, dramas and reality television. Nine West, the mass-market shoe store chain, has decided to cut out the middleman and produce its own media.
Nine West, the shoe chain, is introducing a special channel online to show original programming about shoes. The company is also starting a new print campaign as part of a total overhaul of the brand. On Tuesday, Nine West will introduce Channel 9 (channelnine.com), featuring programming that covers various aspects of footwear, like walking in stilettos, shoe repair tips and overflowing shoe closets.
Nine West, a division of the Jones Group, is starting the channel as the centerpiece of a new multimedia campaign, which includes print advertising, to reinvigorate its brand of trendy, affordable shoes.
It is not that the brand is doing badly. Last year, Nine West over all had global sales of just under $1 billion, and the company expects to do well this year because, despite the economy, the image-conscious are still buying the latest pumps, stilettos, flats and wedges. Last year, women bought 548 million pairs of shoes that were not for sports use, according to Euromonitor International. That accounts for about 70 percent of the $23 billion annual women’s shoe market in the United States.
“Nine West is still healthy and relevant. Our challenge is to find growth,” said Richard Dickson, president and chief executive of the Jones Group’s Branded Businesses.