Save Vs Splurge: The Only Shoes We Want This Summer!
If punk is what defines your sartorial sensibilities, then the only shoe that will resonate with your personality is a pair of creeper shoes. Taking it a notch higher than the season’s favourite shoe silhouette (aka flatforms), these funky shoes first made their runway debut in Chanel’s Resort 2013 collection. And with that, the shoes that were once considered ugly suddenly gained ultra chic status. Then Stella McCartney came out with some delectable versions and they’ve now achieved cult status in every fashionista’s shoe closet.
And just when I thought they had ceded their position as the IT shoe (creepers were a star accessory in both McCartney and Alexander Wang’s Fall collections, and even made an appearance in Rihanna’s collaboration with Puma), I’m glad that I am wrong.
These heavy rubber-soled shoes have made an easy transition into summer as well. In fact, they’ve crept back into vogue thanks to luxe labels like Louis Vuitton, Versace, and Dries Van Noten. And celebrities have some serious love for this silhouette. I had reported Katrina Kaif wearing a pair of creepers last year. And recently, Kendall Jenner was spotted in McCartney’s Elyse creepers while out and about in LA.
Now if you’re a sneakerhead who wants to amp up your shoe game and don’t mind splurging on your shoe closet additions, I say the Stella McCartney Elyse is a must-buy. It’s sophisticated mixed with a (big) dose of grunge! The shoe is an Oxford-style brogue with a contrasting wood and chunky rubber saw-edge sole. I particularly like the black patent Elyse shoe version for its sheen. It is made of faux patent leather, making it perfect for semi-formal occasions.
Frankly, though the Stella McCartney pair is THE BOMB, it’s also going to cause a BIG dent in your pocket. So for all you budget fashionistas, Mango has a pair that’s unbelievably similar. The only difference would be in the sole; the Mango one has an extra ridged layer. But it is chic and highly affordable compared to its luxe twin. Unfortunately, it is currently unavailable, but you can add it to your wishlist and the brand will notify you when it’s back in stock. But if you just can’t wait, it’s also available in maroon.
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