I have a shoe problem. Shoes completely transform an outfit and can make or break it, which is why they are my favorite to shop for.
When I saw these over-the-top bubble gum pink heels with rubber spikes and crystals by Max Kibardin I was stopped in my tracks. Well, if you count opening dozens of internet browsing tabs to catch up on news and going through them all, sprinting (I do), then yes they stopped me. My eyes zeroed in on these beauties in the midst of a May Vogue Japan fashion spread. They yelled out, “hey, you should be sprinting in us, not those crappy things you have on your feet!” And they were right. I’d slip these showstoppers on with a simple outfit of dark skinny jeans and a crisp white collared shirt.
I’m almost tempted to file them under home décor. How good would they look just displayed on a bookcase?
I did some digging and found out that the designer grew up in Serbia then moved to Paris and Milan to work in fashion. He’s worked with fashion greats like Karl Lagerfeld, Reem Acra, Chado Ralph Rucci and J. Mendel. Kibardin recently moved to the U.S. to expand his business and did an interview with Vogue.com. He explained his designs, “I want my shoes to be classic—but with a sophisticated twist. I want to shock, but in a chic way.” I love how his shoes have classic shapes, but also incorporate unexpected materials and elements.