I give you fair warning, shoeper readers: this week’s shoe selection has a a decidedly black and white theme. This was totally un-planned on my part, and it’s actually fairly unusual, because normally by the start of February I’m all about colour, whether it be on summer sandals or spring stilettos. This week, however, almost all of the footwear to catch my eye has had a monochrome feel, with the first pair being these simple Gucci sandals.
I say “simple”: these are the kind of shoes that manage to use a streamlined shape to very striking effect. The black satin upper relies only on the understated bow for decoration, yet still manages to look dressed-up and fabulous. These have a 4.5″ heel, and the minimal upper means you’ll probably be glad of that slim ankle strap, which should help to make the shoes feel a little more secure on your feet.
To go with these, I’ve chosen an equally simple outfit – in fact, this little black dress by Collectif is basically the clothing equivalent of the shoes themselves: an understated design and a plain black colour, which both combine to create a stunning, classic silhouette. I also love the fact that it has sleeves: they’re something of a rarity, especially on evening dresses, but are fabulous for those who prefer to hide their upper arms, or just stay warm. The low, bardot-style neckline on this dress prevents the longer hem from looking too frumpty, and the colour will allow you to accessorize with anything you like, making it the kind of dress – and the kind of shoes – you could wear many times over, without ever getting tired of it. I’ve chosen to add a fun clutch bag by Charlotte Olympia, but a statement necklace would also work really well.