Valentino ‘Love Latch’ eyelet-embellished patent-leather pumps

Valentino 'Love Latch' eyelet-embellished patent-leather pumps

Valentino ‘Love Latch’ eyelet-embellished patent-leather pumps, £640

Valentino’s ‘Rockstud’ pumps have been popular for a while now, and it makes sense that the brand would want to try to capitalise on the success of their famous strappy pumps with… another pair of strappy pumps.

At first glance, I wasn’t that keen on ‘Love Latch’, which looks a bit like a regular pumps which somehow got ensnared by a harness. These are shoes you really need to see on a foot to fully appreciate, though, and that makes all the difference:

Valentino 'Love Latch' eyelet-embellished patent-leather pumps

I’m not sure they’ll quite match the runaway success of the Rock Studs, but time will tell! Meanwhile, here are some other styles that are New In at Net-a-Porter:

Sophia Webster wing shoes

Sophia Webster ‘Angelo’pumps, £345

Sophia Webster’s ‘Angelo’ slingbacks also use a familiar detail to fan’s of the designer’s work – that fabulous winged heel. This one is attached to a lower heel than usual, and has a metallic finish to contrast with the black suede vamp.

Valentino metallic platforms

Valentino platform sandals, £640

Back to Valentino, but this time with a very different style to the first pair of shoes in this list. These have a very 70s-inspired feel, between the chunky heel and platform and the gold metallic leather, and that’s something they have in common with a lot of the shoes (and clothes, for that matter) we’ve been seeing this season. Although the 70s look was all over the runways, and high street stores are awash with it, I’ve yet to see anyone embrace it in real life – by which I mean ‘outside of fashion blogs and magazines’. If you’re a fan, though, these will definitely give a 70s-twist to whatever you wear with them, without making you feel like you’re in costume: Net-a-Porter, for instance, have styled them with a simple black jumpsuit, which gives them a slightly more contemporary feel.

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