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Shoe Obsessed: Fabric Prints

5 23 2012

Roger Vivier Multicolor Panther-Print and Dot-Print Platform Sandal, 212 872 8940

As you well know, we’re seriously obsessed with shoes (we’ve even created a map to track our well-heeled obsessions… and an iPhone app dedicated expressly to shoes).  Each week our shoe-obsessed to the point of giddy assistant buyer, Rachel, will fill you in on the hottest styles and trends to hit our Shoe Salons.

This week?  Fabric Prints.

Fun, bold prints have come highly recommended by our favorite fashionistas this spring. They are relatively easy to incorporate into your clothing and add that perfect something extra to your everyday look. Why not take this trend from head to toe? Prints are just as easy to wear, and on trend, in footwear. Whenever I’m shoe shopping I always find myself picking something up in smooth leather, patent leather, or suede, but there’s no reason to be afraid of a little fabric. These fun prints on an array of different textiles are perfect examples of this fabulous spring runway trend. Guaranteed to make a fashion statement, which of these eccentric prints works best for you?





You may prefer an abstract or bold print. Roger Vivier mixes cork and canvas with brave prints to give this sandal a life of its own. Making its debut in our spring shoe book we love the mix of animal print with contrasting color polka-dots. This Nicholas Kirkwood covered platform pump is perfectly titled Bird of Paradise. The abstract design plays with painterly swirls of colors (you know we love color!) and the satin fabric can easily be worn day or night. Also, I really love its peculiar, sculpted heel.

Roger Vivier Panther-Print and Dot-Print Canvas Platform Sandal, 212 872 8940Nicholas Kirkwood Bird of Paradise Pump, 212 872 8940

ROGER VIVIER Multicolor Panther-Print and Dot-Print Sandal, 212 872 8940
NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Bird of Paradise Platform Pump, 212 872 8940






Maybe you’re looking for something a little more charming, try a pretty floral print. We can never get enough of Tabitha Simmons. Her signature Bailey lace-up sandal is a personal favorite.  For spring she used this hand-woven silk jacquard fabric in this mini floral print that’s extra cute and girlie, complete with the corseted back. Christian Louboutin is in full bloom with the Volpi Poppi d’Orsay pump. This poppy-print fabric incorporates perfect shades of pink and the ruched vamp adds the perfect feminine touch.

Tabitha Simmons Bailey Lace-Up Sandal, 212 872 8940Christian Louboutin Vilpi Poppi' d'Orsay Pump, 212 872 8940

TABITHA SIMMONS Bailey Floral-Print Lace-Up Sandal, 212 872 8940
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Volpi Poppi d’Orsay Pump, 212 872 8940




Dots & Stripes


Keep it simple with dots or stripes! Charlotte Olympia‘s satin polka dot pump is the perfect graphic black and white print to bring out your inner pin-up girl. Her signature island platform and 6” heel are donned in white leather. This cotton silk fabric mule by Fendi is straight off the runway.  Available in navy or red this slide is great for any upcoming summer event… this weekend’s Fleet Week comes to mind!

Charlotte Olympia Polka-Dot Platform, 212 872 8940Fendi Striped Satin Mules, 212 872 8940

CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA Polka-Dot Platform Pump, 212 872 8940
FENDI Striped-Satin Slide, 212 872 8940





Last but certainly not least… how about a print that’s fun and whimsical. These Lanvin canvas ballerina flats completely cover your feet in diamonds! You can’t beat comfort and style, we love the idea of bringing a fun print to your everyday flats. Just like the song says, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!  The dangling tassels and leather piping details make these flats flawless.  YSL uses this playful star-print fabric to cover the classic Tribtoo silhouette. We love the nautical feel and the red, white and blue color scheme. One of my favorite features on this shoe is the lugged rubber sole.

Lanvin Diamond Print Flat, 212 872 8940YSL Star-Print Tribtoo Pump, 212 872 8940

LANVIN Diamond-Print Canvas Ballerina Flats, 212 872 8940
YSL Star-Print Tribtoo Pump, 212 872 8940


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Rachel is an assistant buyer for our Second Floor Shoe Salon. First joining us as an intern, this Mid-West girl discovered her shoe obsessions as a wee one admiring a pair of Victorian booties that inevitably inspired massive pangs of envy.  From then on, she was hooked — from spinning about as a child in crystal-flecked Converse to discovering Fashion City’s sample sales just after college. In fact, Rachel has been known to spend her entire Saturday in our Shoe Salon, searching for her next pair.  You can follow more of Rachel’s shoe adventures on Instagram.