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Stuart Weitzman Shoes Guide-Review: Boots, Pumps, Heels, Flats, Sandals, Wedges, Platforms, Booties, Evening

Updated on January 15, 2015

Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman joins the few women's shoes companies that have crossed into the 21st century while increasing their popularity, enhancing quality standards, and attaining genuine prestige in the world of high fashion in general and footwear in particular.

Today, the Stuart Weitzman brand confidently stands besides such designer names as Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, and Cole Haan. While most of the offerings comfortably fit into the dress and couture categories, quite a few collections address casual and evening&bridal occasions, broadening the range on two opposing sides.

Types of shoes

SW focuses almost exclusively on ladies shoes and handbags (other leather goods in the manufacture are wallets and wristlets), opting for maximal depth and variety. Depending on the design, Stuart Weitzman shoes can be worn during hot summer seasons or in rainy, and even snowy weather; architecture includes classic pumps and heels (peep or closed toe), boots (over-the-knee, below-the-knee, mid-calf) and booties, slingbacks, sandals, espadrilles, moccasins, loafers (men's inspired and unisex), wedges, and flats and ballets.

Materials

Materials include leather (patent, nappa, nubuck, calf) suede, satin, lace, fur, denim, linen, wool, flannel, shearling, nylon, technofiber and other fabrics for the upper (and occasionally the sole); cork, bamboo, rubber, synthetic elastics, and Lucite for the soles, platforms, and wedges; various alloys for the chains, studs, buckles, Swarowski crystals (as opposed to the rhinestone Christian Louboutin use in their selection)and other complimentary ornamentals components.

Design

Stuart Weitzman shoes display various aesthetic features and qualities that lend their unique visual stamp: elegance and clarity of silhouette (stressed especially by Christian Louboutin), intricate and artistic toe ornamentations and décor, and other. There are, however, several properties that the brand makes emphasis on with especial verve and originality, and which render the collections immediately recognizable:

  • Strategic deployment of various straps, laces, zippers, studs, chains, Swarowski crystals, and other materials that act as three-dimensional foils for the two-dimensional surface of the leather or fabric upper. Arguably no other shoes brand can bring the use of metallic and stone elements to such effect.

  • Intersections and junctures: rich linear patterns that converge, diverge, block, and bend each other in various ways – complex material configurations and arrangements (multiple layers of leather, elastic gores, fur lining, other). Quiltings, comprising a dedicated department, epitomize this stylistic trend by producing intricate upper architecture.

  • Animals prints (python, boa snake, crocodile, leopard, tiger) besides solid earth inspired palettes featuring such rare tones as cognac or cola (a tongue-in-cheek cocktail): a range of colors aimed to appeal to tastes from the most playful to the most reserved.

Categories

  • Boots&Booties department offers almost a hundred different collections covering all seasons and occasions and employing most of the materials on the Stuart Weitzman inventory. Rubber and synthetic models, standing on flat heels provide and alternative to the fashionable, high-heel, laced special occasion booties. Close to a hundred lines, including Many OTK leather and suede patterns.

  • Pumps&Heels present dress and casual corporate designs, rising on up to 4 inch high heels and ¾ inch high platforms. Laced, animal printed leather tones, and several glitter and bowed variations introduce some youthful, flirtatious streaks to this overall elegantly calm segment of over thirty collections.

  • Platforms&Wedges constitute the classic overlapping section: shoes from booties, pumps, and sandals departments comprise most of the platform items. Wedges, in particular espadrilles and sandal types, expand the summer footwear category, and display a lot of relaxing neutral, white, and beige shades.

  • Flats&Loafers comprise quintessential casual footwear, indoors or outdoors, that reveals interesting men's shoes influences an characteristics – many of the products demonstrate unisex qualities, and can be worn by gentlemen. Stuart Weitzman draw inspiration for moccasin, loafer, and similar slip-on designs.

  • Sandals also overlap with the wedge, platform, and heeled shoes, all combined with an open structure – weaved, elastic, sling – that lets the foot breathe and relax during the summer and spring season.

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