So, one of our readers (You know who you are.) loves metallic studs, chains and other hardware details on shoes.
Unfortunately, the tendency of shoe-designers to create their rocker-chic and club shoes with stainless steel, aluminum, or other silver-toned hardware inevitably leaves her disappointed.
This is because this reader craves a definite luxe side to her shoes. And, for her, silver-toned hardware is, from what I have gathered, too close to the whole grunge/punk/goth vibe (which, admittedly, occasionally revels in fashions that display a rough-edged, DIY quality) to truly embody that added elegance she is looking for in a pair of shoes.
It is that certain, ‘je ne sais quoi’, if you will….except that this reader knows exactly what that missing element is that would maintain her attention in the current crop of hardware-bedecked shoes. Gold – or at least the appearance thereof. Unlike me, this reader is not satisfied by mere sparkly-metal decorative bits. Where I actually prefer the cool, understated sparkle of silver tones, she prefers the added warmth and shimmer of gold tones, as well as the the visible luxury that gold evokes.
And, who better than Roberto Cavalli to turn to when looking for golden luxe to adorn your feet?
Of course, this pair may still not quite match this reader’s idea of a perfect pair of shoes. To meet that strict standard, they’d likely have to be a little bit taller in the heel as well. But, they do give hope that other styles may be produced in the (hopefully, near) future to satisfy one shoe-lover’s urge for footwear styles that successfully capture that elusive-yet-glamourous Midas touch.