FLARE Magazine and ALDO have joined forces for a second time on a capsule collection designed for the shoe retailer by the magazine's fashion director, Elizabeth Cabral. Before we get to that, let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
This is me, photographed for VOGUE Paris, in New York City last Fall. (You guessed it: the reason for providing historical context is almost purely narcissistic.) As you can see from the photo, not only am I
seductively strangely tickling my own earlobes and mouth-breathing, but I'm also wearing the first of the footwear collaborations.
As you can see by the close-up on my unpedicured, ogre-like feet below, these shoes are a culmination of all of the fashion and footwear trends at that time: a wedged heel, neon, serpent, and strappy black leather.
A year later, they are still a great pick among many newer, trendier items, because that's what clever design gets you: something that hits the trend nail on the head, but won't be totally dated when those trends pass like last night's dinner.
Which brings me to this year's collaboration. Like Britney Spears, Cabral did it again. And this time, she's given us two shoes -- the "Day Shootie" (left) and the "Evening Bootie" (right) -- and a handbag too. The Day Shootie is perfect for those of us that bleed for oxblood, and the Evening Bootie is Downton Abbey fast-forwarded to 2012 -- and you know you love the detail of those little buttons.
This collection is available at select ALDO Shoes locations across Canada. 'Merica, we can't get our hands on these babies, but maybe our neighbors to the north will kindly send them our way. Hintedy-hint hint.
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