posted by: designer in Brian Atwood on November 30th, 2010
I only became familiar with Brian Atwood’s shoes fairly recently, and I am already an enormous fan. I decided to spotlight his Snake-Printed Leather Pumps ($700 at Saks) for one specific reason: color.
Let me explain that reason a little more. I love black shoes. Black clothing makes up most of my wardrobe and black shoes compose most of my collection. Black has a lot of great qualities – and then comes winter. So many designers go dark and neutral for their fall and winter collections, and although they get very inventive with styles, designs, and silhouettes, the palette is still just … blah. Come January and February, I am sick of black and grey. I don’t want beige or nude or neutral. I’m tired of cloudy skies and dirty snow. I want some color. It doesn’t necessarily have to be hot pink, lime green, or neon orange, but something would be nice.
I think Brian Atwood understands that perfectly. These snakeskin looking pumps have just the right amount of color. Sometimes mixing blue and black together can be a disaster, but it works here, perhaps because of the additional splotches of white. These pumps actually look like they be from some exotic, colorful snake.
They have a martini heel, which I love! It is self-covered and goes about 5 and ¾ inches, or 145 millimeters, high. The platform is covered as well, and measures at about an inch, or 25 millimeters. Its curves and contours are sensuous – and rather serpentine, as a matter of fact.
Generally I’m not a huge fan of snakeskin myself, but I adore these. What do you think about animal-inspired shoes – leopard print, snakeskin, et cetera? Do you like the trend?