Shopping for Shoe Queens

When it comes to shoes, I go totally weak at the knees. I just love shoes so much, and whether they have a designer price tag, or are a bargain basement find, shoes are something I can’t resist buying. And I’m not the only one, with the global footwear industry annual revenue put at $52,175,000,000 – and I’m not even sure how you say that!

For me, when it comes to womens shoes, the bigger the heel the better, although I do find that I have to have flat days now just to give my feet a break. This time of year is perfect for those who like shoes to be high, glamorous or glittering, as the shops are just filled with designs that are ready to wow at Christmas parties, or to elicit screams of delight when they are found in Christmas stockings.

This post is one that works on two levels. If you are currently writing your letter to Santa I have featured designs from two of my favourites when it comes to footwear, Sophia Webster and Valentino and the iconic Rockstuds. Sophia is famous for her theatrical shoes, with the Evageline design a modern classic, complete with your own butterflies. Of course, these have the designer price tag to match, but it is nearly Christmas, and you are so worth it.

However, as it is nearly Christmas, the budget might be slightly on the tightly stretched side, so I have added some great designer dupes currently available at Brantano which are certainly more purse friendly. There are also some examples of celebrity inspiration, whether you are planning to wear your shoes on a red carpet, or just on a living room carpet.

Let me know your favourites!

Gal Gadot in Sophia Webster

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 SOPHIA WEBSTER Rosalind crystal-embellished heeled sandals £395.00 Click to visit Selfridges

SOPHIA WEBSTER Rosalind crystal-embellished heeled sandals
£395.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Monica Brown in Sophia Webster

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 SOPHIA WEBSTER Chiara leather butterfly heeled sandals £435.00 Click to visit Selfridges

SOPHIA WEBSTER Chiara leather butterfly heeled sandals
£435.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Jourdan Dunn in Valentino Rockstuds

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 VALENTINO Rockstud leather ballet flats £585.00 Click to visit Selfridges

VALENTINO Rockstud leather ballet flats £585.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Dakota Fanning in Valentino Rockstuds

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 VALENTINO Rockstud patent leather heels £620.00 Click to visit Selfridges

VALENTINORockstud patent leather heels
£620.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Get the Celebrity Look for less

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Lotus Ginny £70.00 Click to visit Brantano

Lotus Ginny £70.00 Click to visit Brantano

Georgia May Jagger

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Georgia May Jagger attends the launch of the Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store Launch on December 1, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

 Lotus Hallmark Eulalia £49 Click to visit Brantano

Lotus Hallmark Eulalia £49 Click to visit Brantano

Kourtney Kardashian in Louboutins

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 Lotus Colombina £50 Click to visit Brantano

Lotus Colombina £50 Click to visit Brantano

Olivia Palermo

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 Lotus Lobelia £65 Click to visit Brantano

Lotus Lobelia £65 Click to visit Brantano

Get gorgeous designer shoe style with Next

Ever seen the most amazing designer shoe, and then clocked the not so amazing price tag? Have you ever had your heart set on getting a beautiful pair of shoes for a very special occasion, then finding the ones you really want are just out of reach in terms of cost? I’m getting the distinct impression that the design team at Next have had similar problems, because so many shoes from their fabulous Autumn/Winter collection could well have come from the sketchpad of some of the shoe design masters.

It seems that if you love your designer shoes without the designer pricetag, you need to step this way (to pardon the pun) and see what Next has to offer. I’m loving their take on Valentino’s fabled Rockstuds, which also come in navy and black varieties. The Cinderella shoe (which I am hoping to take a glimpse of tomorrow in Selfridges, Birmingham) is a fairytale, but so are the Jewel trim glitter points that cost a fraction of the ‘Choo’ price at just £45.

I have chosen five key shoe designs and have put together a little ‘get the look with Next’ feature. I would love to know your favourite designs.

The shoes

If you love Valentino Rockstuds…

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Check out the studded t-bar court shoes

Studded T-Bar Court Shoes £32 click to visit Next

Studded T-Bar Court Shoes £34 click to visit Next

If you loved Jimmy Choo’s Cinderella shoe…

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Check out the jewel trim silver glitter points

Jewel Trim Silver Glitter Points £45 click to visit Next

Jewel Trim Silver Glitter Points £45 click to visit Next

If you love Louboutin’s pom pom designs

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Check out the Pom Pom Court shoes

Pom-Pom Court Shoes £36 click to visit Next

Pom-Pom Court Shoes £36 click to visit Next

If you loved Carrie’s wedding Manolo’s…

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Check out the navy square trim flared heel court shoe.

Navy Square Trim Flared Heel Court Shoes £32 click to visit Next

Navy Square Trim Flared Heel Court Shoes £32 click to visit Next

If you loved Valentino’s Illusion fringe wrap pumps

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Fringed Point Shoes £35 click to visit Next

Fringed Point Shoes £35 click to visit Next

To view the complete shoe collection at Next this season, click here.