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VFTT 292 Tile Series 1.3

Across 2 years, 13 countries and 4 seasons, The View From The Top reaches over 300 posts. What started as an inspired photo challenge, has now become a visual journey of my travels as well as day to day living captured in squared snapshot views from the top!

Focused around imagery of the waist down (legs and feet), often featuring specific items/ objects (exotic fruit/ entry tickets) and more so, my surroundings (the beach/ landmarks); The VFTT takes on the same basic layout in every shot to express consistency across foreign settings and to explore a sense of creative consensus of different views. In other words, and something I picked up on my travels; Same Same but Different; The VFTT series could not be described any better!

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When its time to get my “Dora the explorer” on, this Christian Louboutin backpack will have to come along for the adventure!

I’m not one for “busy” looking designs, but I have to say, I really do like this bag and its Hawaiian shirt feel! And of course, it wouldn’t be a Louboutin design without the classic stud embellishment. Again, I never caught on to the whole stud trend, but here it fits in with the style of the backpack and actually adds depth to the overall piece; making it a lot more visually stimulating. Plus, the studs bring a certain glamorous factor to it! #BackPackEnvy

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Christian Louboutins are back in nude and in every shade! From flat ballerina pumps, to stilettos, T-bar heels, sophisticated court shoes pointed and peep toes; Louboutin have a shoe for every woman and better yet, they all come in an array of “skin tone” shades! So with summer around the corner (I use the term “summer” loosely in the UK), you can go nude all over- well almost!

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When the hot and sexy, yet oh so sophisticated Louboutins you want, don’t just have a “Red Bottom” but are red all over! – Plus, there’s a stunning studded shoulder bag to match!
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Red Christian Louboutins would never have been my first choice, however these red Anjalina stilettos lightly embellished with gold studs, are gorgeous! Personally, I’m not big on the studs trend, but the few used here (rather than in excess, as typically fashioned) work to this particular shoe’s advantage. Its as if each stud was well thought through in regards to positioning and delicately placed on the beautiful red leather- and I love it! This is definitely the kind of style i’d go for, when it comes to a red studded heel! #WishList

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For a while now I have had my eye on Sophia Webster and everything she is about. Granted, her designs can be weird and wacky, but they are also very unique, creative, quirky and fun. Plus, you need a bit of weird and wacky for that statement shoe!

Based on how different Webster is as a shoe designer, together with originality that comes through season after season, I always thought I’d go Sophia Webster when I went for that statement pair of designer shoes. And I think that specific time is fast approaching!

The above design is not so weird and wacky per se, however they are certainly different and quite the statement piece. The khaki geometric aztec pattern is pretty cool (finished in calf hair might I add) and made all the more interesting with the clear insert placed just before the metallic pink pointed toe. The cylinder shaped 4″ heel is also perfect; its not too typically stiletto nor is it your classic “thick heel”; its the perfect combination of both, and at just the right height too! The entire ensemble is the epitome of unique when it comes to the style of female footwear- and I love love love it!

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FullSizeRender-3…These Nike Huaraches are aaa-mazzz-iiinng! I never thought I’d be so pro trainers but these days I’m opting for the comfort of a good pair of kicks on a night out, rather than arch aching killer heels. Do not get me wrong, I will forever be obsessed with fabulous shoes; especially when it comes to a pair of designer heels that I’ve been eyeing up for months, while I save/ spontenous splurge; however you simple can not go wrong with practicality and comfy reliable footware. Plus, these particular trainers are gorgeous! Yes I said it! They are amazing; the colour, suede mix, style, petite little size…you name it; the perfect pair of Huaraches! #WishList

  
…When fashion trumps “love” life! 

From must-have shoes to aspirational designer handbags and to die for catwalk collections; can fashion trump Feb 14th? 

After all, they say it’s a made up holiday to once again, profit from society on a concept that “should” be about more than just a day, so who needs a Valentines, when you can have Valentino eh?!  

I know, I know all the hopeless romantics would argue otherwise; but in or out of a relationship; it really is just another day…A day that’s all the more exciting with shoes you saved up to buy and a handbag you’ve had your eye on for months! #JustSaying

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So it turns out i’m not the only one obsessed with shoes (and bags-but thats another story for another day); the V&A showcased an entire exhibition based on shoes, the evolution of footwear, well known shoe designers who have dedicated their lives to shoes (for us) and shoe-a-holics alike.

Shoes; Pleasure & Pain, was quite an interesting exhibit. As much as it was thoroughly fascinating walking around glass cabinet display boxes one after the other; both admiring and questioning the the variety of stilettos, mules, pumps, mary-janes, boots, ballet shoes, platforms and sandals…etc; I also found myself learning a thing or two.

From bazaar designs (that honestly look rather uncomfortable), to the simple, sweet and delicate as well as your classic styles and teeny-tiny shoes for bound feet (from China, before foot binding was banned*), not forgetting the history of shoes, the construction process and designer influences; the V&A had quite a display.

 

*Once a symbol of beauty and status, foot binding, also known as lotus feet, was carried out in China since the 10th century, falling out of favour in the early 20th century before it was outlawed in 1911. – [ Mail online- click here to read and see more on foot binding]

Teeny-tiny foot bound shoes aside, elite shoes also always push the boundaries of form and ignore the anatomy of feet. Whereas sports makers aim to enhance physical performance, elite shoe designers are unconstrained by corners or practicality. Hence the odd styles, DIY flat-packed clear acrylic shoes, 3D printed shoes and  other unusual designs- to say the least!

Shoe making takes into consideration; design, sculpture and engineering; fusing function and art into craftsmanship and technological innovation. Heels are a complex product formed by dozens of parts, to bring the perfect balance that up holds the weight of the wearer as well as a fabulous looking shoe. Having said that, many important elements are not even visible in the finished product and whilst heels seem like simple construction, disassembled elements reveal many layers – that come together just like a jigsaw puzzle!

Who would have though it eh; piecing together the pieces of your Louboutins, Manolos, Jimmy Choos..etc, just like a kid in a toy story! #Shoe-a-holic

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Shoes Obsessors: [Excluding me] Left to right…

…Robert is a 3 stripes collector- Adidas of course. He collects mostly vintage trainers and has travelled the world for rare finds, to which are increasingly hard to source day by day, step-by-step!

…Katie is also shoe obsessed and collects high-street shoes; filling book shelves upon book shelves. Despite not being designer shoe obsessed (guilty), she does own a one off pair of fabulous McQueens.  

…And last but not least, the late Lionel- a women’s shoe collector also collected regular (non designer/ high-street shoes) but of high quality. He died in 1969 and collected about shoes from 1914- mostly unworn and many unboxed! His collection represents the scarcity of shoes in the inter-war years.

So what can I say; shoes, shoes and more shoes- sounds about right to me! With a small collection of designer shoes and larger collection of high-street shoes (trainers included); I could be next on the list. #WatchThisSpace

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Sometimes its ok to let go and give in to your heart’s desire. Even if it is your materialist heart’s desire. Life is too short, so if you really want something, go after it – even if it is Louboutins, Manolos, Sophia Websters or Rockstud Valentinos!

After all, if you can’t treat yourself, who canThats my moto anyway!

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…Sometimes its not all about the high heels, designer shoes and 5-inch stilettos. Only sometimes!

So a few weeks ago I decided I wanted a new pair of trainers because like I said; its not everyday designer heels! Anyway, long story short, I wanted some comfy-everyday-flat footwear and these are what I ended up with. Naturally I am not a trainers kind of girl, however the odd few pairs that I have invested in over recent years, I’ve loved! And hey, they’re practical too! Well, so I’ve heard.

Usually it takes me a while to decide on a pair of trainers, but I’d never even seen these Air Maxs before I bought them. It was more of an; I need trainers >> I’ll go look >> I’ll get these; kind of situation. Nevertheless, I had a successful shopping trip. I got new trainers-Check. They’re different and unique-Check. I haven’t seen anyone else with them (Yet)- Check. I love the colour- Check. They’ll go with most outfits-Check. And hey, I love ’em- Check, check, check!

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