By  on February 22, 2017

FANCY FEET: The first Louis Leeman collection was inspired by Istanbul and the opulence of the Ottoman Topkapi palace, so it was fitting that Leeman, who hitherto has only produced men's collections, took that same inspiration and applied it to his first collection for women, called Miss Leeman.It was just as lavish, ornate and fastidiously finished as the now-established men's line, which launched in 2012 and prompted many a fan and retailer to ask Leeman to make the foray into women's shoes."Mary Katrantzou is a dear friend and she said that we should do something together but we only did men's, so we decided that she should do a women's collaboration with her, and that was really the start of Miss Leeman," said Erica Pelosini, Leeman's wife and fellow creative director, adding that the Katrantzou collaboration was shown on the runway two days earlier.Strappy sandals were the stars, with standout styles including the Erica, a petrol blue velvet sandal with a wide ankle strap, featuring rows of pearl studs (a Louis Leeman signature embellishment); a claret sandal with silk fringe around the ankle and braiding over the toes; a scalloped pair of fine black suede and nude mesh that tied at the ankle, and a pair in burgundy velvet with silk tassels suspended from ornate braid, a riff on the traditional Turkish carpet.There were some great ankle boot styles, like the blue suede pair with scalloped trim down the outside and big pearls that recalled Victorian button-up boots, and the suede lace-up shoe-boot with shearling trim.Flat loafers were also key. Ornate metallic embroidery covered one pair, while another had grape-sized pearls across the foot.The men's collection is sold at retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, and at the brand's own standalone stores, and while no retailers have been confirmed for the women's line, Leeman said that he'd had strong interest from a number of major stores.Prices start at 395 euros, or about $417 at current exchange, for loafers, to 695 euros for a pair of sandals, about $734, and roughly 1,400 euros, about $1,480, for a pair of intricately embroidered shoes.

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