Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Today, on May 3rd, we celebrate Two Different Colored Shoes Day. Probably you have never heard of that special day before that is set to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of humanity. Where the simple and lighthearted act of purposely wearing two different colored shoes demonstrates the courage to «take a risk» and step outside of ones daily routine.

A daring combination: 105 crystal-embellished metallic leather sandals by Gianvito Rossi andicon Moon 105 crystal-embellished leather sandals by Aquazzura.
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The easiest way to do it is to combine two shoes that have the same height and a similar structure. If you are one of those people, who likes to buy your favorite pair of shoes in different colors, you will have a blast mixing your footwear.

A safe way to celebrate Two Different Colored Shoes Day is to mix neutral shades and the same shoe model as those Kate 100 leather pumps by Christian Louboutin.
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The day was created by Dr. Arlene Kaiser, an educator and public speaker, who has a profound love for diversity and has always been encouraging people to be who they are and not to concern themselves with being what society tells them they should be.

I wear today Jodie suede platform sandals in black and  Jodie rose-embellished white leather platform sandalsicon, both by Saint Laurent.

Remember that Two Different Colored Shoes Day is about celebrating your individuality, so wear whatever you love, and enjoy your own fashionable creativity. The world can use a little more color, and there’s nothing wrong with everyone being as diverse and as different as they are.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and Courtesy of the Brands
#TwoDifferentColoredShoesDay

Happy Birthday Anouk

Dear Anouk, from the day you came into this world, I was as proud as can be, blessed with you as my beautiful daughter. So every year we had been celebrating this very special day together to mark another milestone in your life. This year is the first time we are separated due to the current pandemic. I am wishing you all the happiness in the world, celebrate to the fullest! Happy Birthday, Anouk, I cannot wait to hold you in my arms again and will always treasure the moment when I held you for the first time 19 years ago, on April 4th, 2002 at 12.34pm.

You laugh with me at ordinary things, you share my thoughts and understand the things I do and say. As you inspire me every day, your name has also inspired many designers to name their creations after it. I love you!

LoL, Sandra

Anouk hooded belted quilted ski jacketicon by Fusalp

Anouk Audacious Sheer Matte Lipstick by Nars

Anouk woven textured-leather clutchicon by Akris

Anouk sling-back pumps by Gianvito Rossi

Anouk leather tote bagicon by Tsatsas

Anouk sandals by Saint Laurent

Anouk small textured-leather toteicon by Oroton

Anouk cotton-jersey track pantsicon by Ernest Leoty

Anouk pumpsicon by Jimmy Choo

14kt gold-plated Anouk heart locket necklace by Sasha Samuel

 Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © Sandra Bauknecht
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Birkenstock x Central Saint Martins

Birkenstock’s partnership with London fashion institution Central Saint Martins is launching the result of a two-year project with the BA Fashion History & Theory and MA Fashion courses. Releasing four designs and Birkenstock’s first-ever Archive style. Initiated in 2018, the project saw the CSM BA Fashion History & Theory course research and enrich Birkenstock’s prolific archive. Enabling students to immerse into Birkenstock’s culture and legacy to finally extract and define the core elements of Birkenstock’s history spanning over 250 years. The result of this research translated into a second project with the MA Fashion course. Inviting students to give their interpretation of emblematic styles in their contemporary way, thus shaping the future of the iconic German brand.

The four winning students with Fabio Piras.

One year later a jury of 12 renowned industry leaders led by Birkenstock CEO Oliver Reichert, MA Fashion Course Director Fabio Piras and fashion critic Sarah Mower MBE, were invited by Birkenstock to review all student portfolios and selected a shortlist of 10 finalists awarded as the winning designs with a first bursary award.

My favorites: Moto Sandal by Alex Wolfe.

Over a year of product development, four of the student designs have qualified for serial production.  Each design has the student’s name embossed in the iconic Birkenstock footbed. Experiencing the challenge to realize the product innovation delivered by these students is a good challenge. «We are proud to have a proven impact on these early careers and are counting this as one of our most relevant projects», states CEO Oliver Reichert.

Bukarest style in white by Alecsander Rothschild

The release of the collection is supported by a short film, seeing the jury and the professors exchange their views on the final product with the students. The jury was headed by Sarah Mower MBE and included CSM alumni Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda discussing with Gert Jonkers, Claudia Croft, Mimma Viglezio, Osman Ahmed, and Nick Vinson.

THE COLLECTION

Moto Sandal by CSM graduate Alex Wolfe (1991*)
Using Birkenstock’s expertise in orthopaedic shoe design Wolfe’s take on the Rotterdam Moto sandal challenges us with urban graphic as well as a striking upper leg design. Relying on Birkenstock’s very own eudermic material Birko-Flor he creates a flexible shield, whereas the foot lining of Nappa leather and suede offers a soft and soothing bed.

Cosy style by CSM graduate Dingyun Zhang (1995*)
Zhang’s pillow like version of the Arizona sandal takes inspiration from futuristic outerwear and oversized puffers. As a homage to comfort Cosy transforms the Arizona into a supportive, timeless classic. Its monochrome, contrasting color choice of snow white straps and black sole (and vice versa) fortifies the long-lasting design approach.

Terra style by CSM graduate Saskia Lenaerts (1993*)
As a reference to the classic Milano sandal, Terra’s prominent stitches replicates footlines, while Suede, Nappa and Nubuk leather offer comfort. Using contrasting colours like black/white and black/ultra blue the designer recreates the shadow play of an engraved footprint in the sand.

Bukarest style by CSM student Alecsander Rothschild (1992*)
Inspired by Brancusi’s contrasting use of different materials and textures Rothschild works equally with three kinds of leather to express his version of Birkenstock: Rustic black oiled nubuck leather or innocent white debossed leather, Rothschild offers a third version in shiny Silver.

Tallahassee Archive Style
To complement the student designs, the iconic Birkenstock Tallahassee Style from the 1990s sees a rebirth in contrast color designs. Uniting an artistic touch with long practiced craftsmanship the Tallahassee ornaments the foot without compromising comfort. As a woven coat the debossed leather enrobes the wearer like a second skin.

The collection is available with select stores worldwide and on 1774.com from now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Birkenstock, © Walter Pfeiffer
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Jimmy Choo x Marine Serre

Here is your exclusive early access to Jimmy Choo x Marine Serre. This collaboration is fusing two brands with unique identities. The resulting collection combines feminine aesthetic, futuristic vision and the signature Marine Serre crescent moon print to create limited-edition boots, heels and trainers that prove comfort and elegance go hand-in-hand.

For 24 hours only, you can buy those must-have footwear ahead of everyone else hereicon. From tomorrow, it will also be available at Mytheresa.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Jimmy Choo / Marine Serre, Mytheresa

Cozy Yet Stylish Slippers and Slides

When the holiday season rolls around, everybody needs a cozy yet stylish pair of warm slippers or slides. Ladies, don’t fight what’s warm and fluffy! This winter, for all the time we spend at home, complete your loungewear look, head-to-toe, with a warm and toasty slip-on.

Whether it’s Christmas morning, a Zoom call, or just a lazy weekend day, you might consider snagging one of these stylish pairs for yourself or as a gift to your loved ones ahead of the holiday.

Channel your inner cozy girl.

LoL, Sandra

FF-logo shearling slippers by Fendi (my choice)

So Dream shearling slidesicon by Aquazzura

Fria shearling-lined houndstooth tweed slippers by Gucci

Berkley daisy-appliqué shearling-lined slidesicon by Fabrizio Viti

Hotel Vivier Strass satin slippers by Roger Vivier

iconDoris shearling and suede slidesicon by Net-à-Porter x ATP Atelier (worn in cover collage)

Homey flat mules by Louis Vuitton

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and Net-à-Porter x ATP Atelier
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Win Your Sophia Webster Wish List

Santa is coming early this year and in form of our favorite shoe fairy, Sophia Webster. Win your wishlist! In case you ever dreamed of celebrating the end of 2020 in your favorite pair of SW’s? Well, now is your chance! Sophia Webster will be giving some lucky shoe lovers the chance to win their favorite footwear this Christmas each day until December 22, 2020.

To be in with a chance of winning you will need to: ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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1. Follow @SophiaWebster on Instagram. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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2. Sign up to the Sophia Webster mailing list.
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3. Create a Sophia Webster account via sophiawebster.com⁣.⁣⁣⁣

On my personal wishlist: Astra platforms

4. Add to your wishlist by 22 December (2pm GMT) to win up to the value of CHF‌645.00.⁣⁣⁣
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5. Upload a grid post to your Instagram of the item top of your wishlist. Tag @SophiaWebster and use the hashtag #SWWinYourWishlist
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6. Like the last Instagram posts of Sophia Webster.
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T&C’s can be found here!

Good luck to you! I will join the fun as well, as I am such a big Sophia Webster fan! Below you can find even more inspiration what to put on your wish list…

LoL, Sandra

I also adore the Astra sandals.

Left: Chiara sandals – Right: Boss Lady pumps

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Sophia Webster
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Valentino Rockstud X & Roman Studs

In 2009, Valentino caused a fashion frenzy when its creative directors at that time power duo, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, came up with what would be one of the maison’s most fortuitous accessories: the Rockstud sandals. With their dainty shape and small pyramidal studs, the shoes were immediately loved by fashionistas around the globe.

Me with some Rockstud details

Now in the creative directorship solo, Piccioli is celebrating the style’s 10th anniversary with a new program called Valentino Garavani Rockstud X. Categorized as an «open lab» the series will see Piccioli collaborate with a rotating cast of guest designers on the Rockstud. First up: the conceptual British designer Craig Green (see cover photo). Already known for his partnerships with Moncler and Adidas, this is the first time Green has reached the upper echelons of the fashion world, where arguably Valentino reigns. The Valentino x Craig Green collaboration product will be unveiled in early January 2021 while the product is set to launch in stores around late February 2021.

However, you don’t need to wait until February to get your hands on something very beautiful from Valentino. For S/S 2021, Piccioli is making the Valentino Rockstud bigger and better than ever, as the Rockstud take on gargantuan proportions, embellishing gladiator sandals and bags that will be a big hit. So-called Roman studs, Roman architecture inspired this iconic motif able to manifest the Maison’s bourgeois and punk essences.

TO SHOP THE NEW ROMAN STUDS, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Valentino and © Sandra Bauknecht
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The Pillow Boot

You can already tell that it’s going to be an eye-catching shoe! Louis Vuitton‘s iconoclastic Pillow boot, presented on the S/S 2021 runway, is all about paradoxes: its large, comfortable shape conceals a well-structured inside, ensuring perfect foot hold while the extremely light, notched sole and the waterproof nylon lining are among its highly technical features. The Pillow boot also asserts a compromise-free style, reflecting the House’s aesthetic codes: the Monogram livens up the lining and laces, whilst the elegant Louis Vuitton tag enhances the shoe’s upper.

Louis Vuitton Pillow Boot

Suitable for both winter and summer wear, the Pillow boot will be available from 2nd December in three shades: black, white and khaki.

Christian Louboutin Astro Pointue 85 Stiletto Gloss Boot

If you belong more to «team high heels», you won’t have to miss out on the cozy factor. With a glossy patent finish and drawstring closure, these Christian Louboutin heeled boots bring a unique puffer-style silhouette to your feet. Available now in red and black.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton and © Christian Louboutin

Louis Vuitton Game On Collection

Fashion is a game. Presented during Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2021 Collection by Artistic Director of Women’s Collections Nicolas Ghesquière, Game On sees creative freedom playing with canvas and lines mingling between the Monogram flowers and four suits of a card deck. French actor and Louis Vuitton ambassador Léa Seydoux embodies this new collection and jumps into a fantasy illusion where clubs bloom, spades pierce, diamonds sparkle, and the almighty heart reigns. Through a transversal collection, Game On plays its ace on the House’s most iconic pieces including leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories.

Game On Canvas sees the Monogram reinterpreted on a black or white background with contrasting colours of bright blue and poppy red – a tiny heart replaces the House’s signature blossom. Here, the Petite Malle and Vanity PM in black and white make for an eye-catching statement. The geometric Square bag in white leather with a golden chain ups the ante.

The Dauphine, Speedy, Neverfull, and Keepall in Game On Monogram are adorned with enlarged suits of cards, giant hearts and blossoms in vivid red, blue, pink and purple, paired with golden hardware. A pair of Archlight trainers in white with leather trimmings sport a bright red heart, perfect to pair with the Paname bags duo. The queen of hearts, the Monogram Heart bag, stands true to its name as the first ever heart shaped bag. Raising the stakes, Capucines BB in white Taurillon leather and the Twist in white Epi leather complete this game of illusion.

My three favorites: Dauphine, Speedy and the Archlight trainers.

A royal flush, the collection expresses a particular art of living that keeps the trunk-making heritage alive. It’s the symbolism of a deck of cards, the traveller’s loyal companion, endless entertainment that cultivates togetherness. Game On is a lighthearted adventure in which all of the House’s spheres of expertise play a role, driven by passionate craftsmanship, their winning hand.

Already available in selected Louis Vuitton stores worldwide.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton

Jimmy Choo x Timberland

Jimmy Choo collaborates with footwear label Timberland to create a lineup of glamorous reinterpretations of the signature boots that debuted over 40 years ago and remain popular today.

The limited-edition collection comprises four designs – three unisex and one women’s style. From subtle gold glitter to statement crystal embellishment, the capsule is a unique marriage that fuses two brand’s design iconography. Featuring embellished gold glitter and one-of-a-kind crystal detailing, the versatile range epitomises off-duty glamour.

A limited edition style, encrusted in all-over Swarovski crystals, makes it the ultimate in statement streetwear.

Shot on location in the Californian desert, Hawaiian skater, surfer and model Evan Mock and beauty entrepreneur Kristen Noel Crawley navigate the rugged desert terrain with an energised attitude, taking urban style back to nature. The landscape highlights the raw beauty of the desert while mirrored installations reflect the fusion of the dual brand aesthetics: high fashion glamour blended with outdoor utility.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP JIMMY CHOO x TIMBERLAND COLLECTION.

iconContinuing Timberland’s pledge to plant 50 million trees over the next five years, a tree will be planted for every pair of Jimmy Choo x Timberland boots created in support of Timberland’s pursuit of a greener future. Shopping for a good cause, we love!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jimmy Choo / Timberland
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