Roll-up, Roll-up for the Selfridges Shoe Carnival

What is your favourite carnival? Maybe you attend a local one each year, with floats full of children in fancy dress. Do you go to Notting Hill every August, seeing out the end of the holidays in festive style? Or maybe you’ve got further afield, to the beauty of the Venice carnival, with its masked figures and Rococo style elegance, or to sun dripped Brazil for the Mardi Gras? Fabulous carnivals one and all.

But this year you don’t need to travel that far to experience all the fun of the carnival. Just pop along to Selfridges and experience the colour, vitality and sheer lustworthy beauty of the Shoe Carnival taking place this month. This is an opportunity to check out all the latest in shoe trends, from the bright, bold and beautiful, to the surreal and wonderful. There are exclusive styles in the theme of fun, theatre and dance from the cream of the shoe design world.

I’ve been browsing through some of the key designs and matching them up to some of my fave celebrity fashionista’s. Here’s what I’ve chosen for each lady.

Jennifer Lawrence

Super pretty and girlie, but with a tougher edge, it had to be the pink studded McQ’s for Oscar Winning Jennifer…although she would have to watch her step of course!

MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Studded leather courts £265.00 click to visit Selfridges

Kate Moss

Rock chick, super model and all round style icon Kate is rather partial to a pair of red boots, so I think the St Laurent red leather would be perfect for her. Pointed toe, skyscraper high heel, all she needs to do now is dig out those hot pants and she’s good to go.

SAINT LAURENT Paris leather ankle boots £600.00 click to visit Selfridges

Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith is the Queen of crazy and quirky style, but is never without glamorous heels. She even walked the Olympic Torch relay in mega heels. I think she would love the current Rupert Sanderson collection, in particular the yellow satin parrot prints, as bright and colourful as Paloma’s stage persona.

SELFRIDGES Rupert Sanderson yellow satin parrot £595 click to visit Selfridges

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is the ultimate shoe icon, Carrie Bradshaw was as well know for those Manolo’s as we was for her disastrous love life. In real life SJP is rather partial to pointed toes, and I think she would love these delicate yet edgy darlings from Valentino.

VALENTINO So Noir leather sandals £600.00 click to visit Selfridges

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez remains the quintessential Hollywood glamour girl. From head to toe Jennifer always seems to sparkle, sometimes quite literally. If Jennifer was heading to the Selfridges carnival, she would make her way straight over to the Jimmy Choo room, and I think she would choose the Dolly shoe, covered in Swarovski embellishments.

Selfridges Birmingham Gina Dolly Swarovski-embellished courts £1250 click to visit Selfridges

To view more of the brilliant designs that make up the Selfridges shoe carnival, click here.


Rupert Sanderson at Spartoo

Be still my beating heart! That genius of shoe design, Rupert Sanderson, is now at my fave online shoe retailer, Spartoo, and I must admit that I am so excited.  The man who combines the best of Italian craftsmanship with his own unique, and often avant-garde design is one of my favourite designers. And with awards such as the British Fashion Councils Accessory Designer of the year and Elle’s Style Award for best accessory designer, this is clearly a man who understands that an outfit often stands and falls on the ability to choose the right footwear.

Spartoo is currently playing host to a whole range of Rupert’s amazing shoes, heeled sandals and boots. There are some seriously sey skyscraper heels – the sort that induce vertigo, but these also sit alongside very cool and sophisticated wedge heeled boots. I just adore the drama of the Flamente sandal, which have a very Spanish edge to them, whilst the Glen boots have unusual quilted detail that makes them stand apart from other boots.

And, if you are looking for a total bargain, that you will find it hard to stop stroking. let alone wear, how about the Treen, which now have an amazing 70%, reduced from £504.99 to just £151.50 – the bargain of 2013 maybe.

TREEN Black / BEIGE now £151.50 click to visit Spartoo

JEAN Red / Black £289.80 click to visit Spartoo

FLAMANTE Red / Black £330.80 click to visit Spartoo

GLEN Grey £ 328.90 click to visit Spartoo

LINTIE Black £ 294.70 click to visit Spartoo