On Trend: A Cinderella Story
ATTENTION CINDERELLAS! This season’s must-have shoe is an ‘almost’ glass slipper!
Cinderella was definitely onto something when she got a new pair of crystal-clear shoes that changed her life. Luckily for us, it’s Perspex see-through shoes that are trending this season, not glass. Phew!
Accustomed as we are to comparing the transparent heel with Cinderella’s famous glass slipper, designers and retailers far and wide are reinventing and reviving the concept. Designers like Simone Rocha, Maison Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten, and Phillip Lim have led the pack in using Perspex material to create great shoes in their current collections. One of our favourites at the moment has got to be up-and-coming 25-year-old Irish designer Simone Rocha’s highlighter green and bubblegum pink vinyl brogues (see below) that float on delightfully perfect see-through Perspex heels, which even Lady Gaga has rocked for a Vogue shoot of late. They are fast becoming Rocha’s statement piece and a design she keeps reinventing each season to keep all of her die-hard fans happy. Word on the street is that they are currently sold out everywhere, even at around €1150 a pop. Yikes!
Now, we all know that shoe fashion trends are constantly changing but you absolutely have to get your little tootsies stuck into this latest trend and it is definitely one to look out for when you are out shoe shopping this season. Translucent heels and shoes have been spotted all over the runways as well as on the feet of many a celebrity (including Beyoncé and Rita Ora to name but two), giving classy looks everywhere a delicate yet grungy, fresh and fun twist. Pieces can range from transparent to coloured. Those trending right now come from both ends of the spectrum, so take your pick.
The fashion elite are of course embracing this high-shine, Perspex shoe trend and taking the fashion-forward step into this modern yet quintessential look with serious attitude, so it only seems only natural that we mere mortals follow suit. Some we can buy and others, well, a girl can dream… Thankfully, high street shops such as Topshop, ASOS, Zara and Jeffrey Campbell have provided us with some affordable options – check out my Top 3 Splurge & Steal picks below to cater for all budget types. This eye-catching translucent effect is refreshingly different yet subtle enough to translate into your everyday wardrobe and perfect for an afternoon lunch or a night on the town with the girls this summer.
In a nutshell, the fashion world has positively embraced the Perspex shoe and decided that it is classy, uber stylish, chic and daring all in one. So have your Cinderella moment, but just make sure not to lose your Perspex slipper at midnight!
SHOP THE TREND: SPLURGE Vs STEAL
Top Left: Donna Karan €1,215
Top Right: Dries van Noten
Bottom Photo: Maison Martin Margiela Boots € 839
Top image: Zara € 89.99
Bottom Left: Topshop € 35.99
Bottom Right: Jeffrey Campbell €110
Tip #1: Showing off your toes and feet is the daring part of wearing this trend and means a big reveal for footsies all over the land, so be sure to book a pedicure before trying out this look.
Tip #2: Wear them with summer pastels and pretty lace for a fashion clash that’s sooooo this season.