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Barneys New York
Tomoko Ogura, senior fashion director

Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquière geometric oxford: “The oxford has become a staple over the past several seasons. This design has a thick geometric heel, which gives a twist to the classic style.”

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Fendi metallic studded sandal: “The statement shoe remains a strong trend for spring. Fendi played with geometric elements to create this multicolored metallic heel with pyramid spikes.”

Saint Laurent studded T-strap pump: “We love the unexpected combination of micro studs, a pointed toe and T-strap — it’s both tough and feminine.”


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Bergdorf Goodman
Nelli Kim, vice president, divisional merchandise manager, footwear

Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra gladiator boot-sandal: “It’s the gladiator shoe of the season.”

Dior visor heel “A strong new statement from Raf Simons. I love the metallic visor effect.”

Valentino studded gladiator slingback: “The Rockstud shoe is reinvented with PVC and crystal studs.”

Helen David, womenswear general merchandise manager

Saint Laurent platform pump: “Hedi Slimane’s sexy new Janis platform is set to become a classic.”

Valentino studded gladiator slingback: “An updated version of the Rockstud strappy slingback, now with a Persplex trim.”

Manolo Blahnik for Victoria Beckham lace-up sandal: “Manolo Blahnik’s ankle flat sandals in neutral colors are glamorous yet wearable.”

Saks Fifth Avenue
Elizabeth Kanfer, fashion & co-branding director of accessories

Dior mirrored heel: “We were very excited by the new heel at Dior. The shoe is extremely modern, however the shape of the heel nods to the past.”

Fendi metallic studded sandal: “Who can resist a shoe with three shades of metallic?”

Reed Krakoff mesh bootie: “We were intrigued by this sheer bootie because it speaks to a modern and sexy customer.”

Helen Attwood, buying manager for shoes

Belstaff snakeskin and wooden platform: “Belstaff is a great addition to our Shoe Galleries. The use of paneling makes for really interesting shapes.”

Tom Ford strappy stiletto sandal: “No one does high-octane, sexy shoes like Tom Ford. I love the oversize ankle strap on this style, and the lack of a chunky platform means they avoid looking trashy.”

Valentino studded wedge: “We’re extremely excited to be introducing Valentino to our offering next season. Their wedges with transparent detailing at the show were, for me, the perfect marriage of simplicity with beautiful detailing.”

La Rinascente
Tiziana Cardini, fashion director

Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra gladiator boot-sandal: “An arresting, chic and sexy version of an iconic shape.”

Celine furry sandal: “They are a brilliant, creative and utterly original take on an ‘ugly’ shoe.”

Marc Jacobs pointed-toe flat: “Whimsical and quirky, these are must-have flats.”

Level Shoe District
Alberto Oliveros, head buyer

Sophia Webster flamingo bootie: “To discover Sophia Webster has been one of my season’s highlights. The most incredible and eye-catching piece for me has been the fabulous flamingo shoe that captures the essence of her doll-like world.”

Aquazzura Firenze pineapple sandal: “The pineapple surrounding the heel wraps itself around the ankle adding a tropical twist to this chic evening sandal.”

Chrissie Morris stingray and Neoprene peep-toe: “The use of new materials has been a highlight of spring 2013 and, for Chrissie Morris, the predominant use of stingray has caught my eye. This piece particularly stood out for the use of Neoprene in vibrant turquoise.”