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Michael Kors Shoes Reviews: Boots, Pumps, Sandals, Wedges, Flats, Booties, Heels, Espadrilles, Clogs, Ballets, Other

Updated on January 10, 2015

Michael Kors Fashion

Michael Kors joined the pleiad of fashion designers in late nineties of the 20th century, renting his services to various high-end couture retailers, and eventually launching his own lines of shoes, bags, and other accessories – establishing his name as a recognized and popular brand.

Today, Michael Kors enterprise encompasses a broad range of products, emulating European and American fashion houses: besides leather goods, the company also offers men's and women's watches and jewelry, sunglasses, fragrances, and cologne, and other items. In this series of reviews we would like to focus on the footwear and the timepieces – a department that has made some ripples in the fiercely competitive watch industry.

Categories

Michael Kors shoes include a selection of summer, winter, and mid-season models, designed for a various occasions, starting from casual, and ending with dressy and special occasion. Types include pumps&heels, boots&booties, flats (ballets, slippers, moccasins), sandals (flat or heeled), wedges, espadrilles, and others. Watches arrive in rectangular or round shapes, outfitted with classic analog or sporty digital dials, a date complication, and a chronograph function in separate models.

Materials

Michael Kors shoes deploy leather in various finishes, such fabrics as suede, stretch, polyester, and raffia; rhinestones (similar to Christian Louboutin and Stuart Weitzman) and sequin provide the decorative accent. Watches feature an even more versatile assortment of materials: besides the standard gold plating, mother-of-pearl, and crystals, collections incorporate ceramic, horn, acrylic, silicone, and resin.

Design

Michael Kors design harbors an uncanny capacity to combine seemingly discordant stylistic elements. Perhaps the most powerful expression of this quality lies in MK's ability to inject the shoes with experimental, radical details while managing to retain an overall classic architecture. Other characteristics include:

  • Strong lines: powerful vector direction – literally ambition embodied in design – layers of uninterrupted fabric or cut-out leather the contours of which act as distinct aesthetic-enhancing visual effects. Zippers and crystals arranges in linear patterns also contribute to this trait. Sandals and pumps hover between open and closed layout.

  • Strategic use of meshes, weaves, strap nets, lace, perforated leather – unique configurations that sometimes contradict the abovementioned characteristic. Many of the semi-open shoes built using this technique allow the feet to breathe while simultaneously keeping them warm – an important feature in mid-season, when weather can be unpredictable.

  • Earthy colors: black, brown, and neutral tones – white, off-white, beige, cream – dominate the palette; even the bright yellows and the animal prints reveal a strong matte tendency to tone down the colors, to lend them a darker, earthy shade.

Collections

  • Boots&Booties: Michael Kors boots focus on mid-calf, below-the-knee architecture and soft materials (suede, suede lined with faux-fur) that fit comfortably into the casual-corporate niche; wedge based boots tend towards the casual, while high heel models can be effective dress and party footwear. Booties often incorporate mesh, laces, straps, and silver accents.

  • Pumps&Heels department comprises most of the brand's summer and mid-season high-heel shoes; it overlaps with sandal and wedge segments, presenting eclectic, unified architecture. Offers ankle strap pumps, slingbacks, and other variations. Dillon, Xander, Barnett, Kors, Sasha, Colette, Salinas, Nadia, Lesley, and other collections.

  • Sandals&Flats form the brand's largest shoe section, which while overlapping with pumps and wedges succeeds in leaving its unique mark on the overall selection. Various kinds of slippers, including thong slippers, gladiator sandals, clog-like designs, as well as ballets expand the assortment into indoors and specific (like the beach) outdoors locations. Michael, Willow, Zaire, Kors, Fulton, Erin, Goldie, and other collections.

  • Wedges and Platforms epitomize quintessential Michael Kors qualities, often presenting understated, quiet structure that becomes visually dynamic and eye-catching when moving under a lady's feet.

  • Watches department divides into chronographs, goldtone, ceramic, acrylic, glitz, leather, leather, and white hot categories. The preference for neutral, confident palette evident in the brand's shoes persists in the timepieces, revealing a consistent conception every fashion designer aims to achieve.

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