When I stepped into Wittner today, I gasped. There in front of me was a shoe that said "hello, I have arrived".
It was an inspired shoe, but beautifully inspired. And I dont say that often!
The inspiration was the darling Alexander Wang, a 30 yr old Taiwanese American designer who dropped out of the Parsons School of Design but whose designs are now stocked by the likes of Browns, Barneys, Bergdorfs, Neimans and the list goes on.
His label embodies casually cool downtown mens inspired style, drawing inspiration from the nineties, French chic, and rock grunge—always finished off with a slouchy, rolled-out-of-bed edge. He also has a diffusion line, T by Alexander Wang and a line of footwear which usually produces towering platforms.
Did I hear someone say footwear?
Wittner certainly did......
Firstly, lets go back a few steps and check out a Wang loafer....
Oh, my - silver & metallic pink....its called Anais Tassel Pump & its gorg!
Look at the cute toes.....who would have thought a loafer would have cute toes....sigh....
For those of us with a slightly conservative
streak, try the black version.
And then I died when I saw this metallic burgendy version. Outstanding combination of modern and traditional.
There were around $460 AU on various sites like net-a-porter and shopbob, but given they are AW 2011, most have sold out by now. I'd suggest ebay if you really must have them.
The Wang Tassel loafer has been used as inspiration by a few designers -
Elizabeth & James - "Stela"
This brand is the younger label for the Olsen twins, named after their sister and brother.
It was $370 on shopbop. I think its a bit of a wannabe, frankly.
Here is the ASOS version.....not thrilled with this poor cousin.....
The Jeffrey Campbell "Zealous" wedge - similar feel but not the same.....
And the one you have been waiting for - the Australian Wittner version - Blaide.....ta da!!!!
Its $160, leather uppers, non leather sole and they have done a great job IMO.
The heel is a 10 cm black heel & the inner sole is padded.
I am a very fussy shopper but this has my seal of approval. Do you like it?