Front Row feet

Could footwear EVER be more important than in the front row at Fashion Week? FashioNZ asked top footwear designers and retailers, how they’d shoe the front row…

Pip Larner from Scarpa


Orange floral MARVIN by Martini Osvaldo: this fun platform wedge combines many of the hottest trends for spring – florals, platforms, wedges and mardi-gras brights. If a girl wants to stand out, wearing orange is a great way to do it. They'll give you longer legs in the sea of tall beautiful people that is Fashion Week, plus as they're a wedge you can dance the night away at the after parties! Also available in black.

Black TIJUANA by Stuart Weitzman: sex-on-legs heels are back on form, and this style is definitely not for the faint hearted. Straps harness the ankle, criss-cross the toes and teasingly reveal just a hint of a chic pedicure. Be bold, be brave, oh be-have! You'll definitely get a front row seat in these babies. Also available in Almond Butter Calf for those following this season's neutral story.

Kathryn Wilson


The floral heel is fresh and optimistic in colour and shape, a great accent piece to a simple outfit.


The lizard texture heels are a beautiful neutral tone, worn easily with brights, muted tones or black… super versatile and surprisingly comfortable for a high heel.



(L) For the first time ever, Farmers is stocking Guess footwear in selected stores across the country. The Nolana style is a flamboyantly sexy take on the gladiator sandal. With a tall black heel the Nolana vamps up last summer’s take on the classic gladiator sandal – Nolana is a sultry option suitable for strutting down any catwalk.

(R) Who says it needs to be designer head to toe? Mixing high-end labels with designer buys as never been so chic – as the Mimi shoe brand from Farmers proves. The Mimi Liz boasts a fashionable take on snake skin which we’re seeing replicated everywhere from handbags to clothing this season, and for an affordable $69.99 you can afford to splurge on the designer dress.



Emillio Pucci
Peter Dundas is the new man at the helm of Emillio Pucci. This iconic Florence based label is famous for its bold swirling patterns and colourful sensibility. Now available at Runway, the latest Emillio Pucci collection embraces ' femme fatale' in each exquisite heel. Meet Peace; this is art in a new dimension, the perfect modern woman's new companion.

The beauty and modernity of the House of Givenchy is seen so clearly in the latest Givenchy collection for Spring/Summer 2009/10 now at Runway. Riccard Tisci's fierce, chic style and signature “Tisci-esque moments of fetish leather” maybe the hottest moment your feet have all summer!

Chaos and Harmony


Vivi in Black – our adorable peeptoe mule. It's classy and sophisticated with an understated edge! Perfect for Air NZ Fashion Week.

Juno in Sunset
– this shoe is hot! Need we say more!



50603 Concealed Platform Heel
Chosen because it ticks several boxes: statement shoe, key colour trend, mixing of textures/materials, versatility and universal appeal means that it completes outfits of various trends.

50602 Studded Gladiator
The gladiator marches on from SS08 into SS09. The addition of studding is a nod to the runway and brings a fashionably hard edge to a commercially proven style.

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