September shoe shopping: 10 end-of-season investments full of personality

It’s the end of summer and I’m not ready to let it go. This will be my first full winter in Switzerland and I’m afraid it will be freezing snowy never-ending cold. Especially after spending the last 8 winters in Australia…

I’m looking now at shoes: something on sale or under $300, but not too summery, so that it can be worn in the next few months, but still be great for next year.

These are my favourite 10, full of personality and available to buy now online.


KI6? WHO ARE YOU? décolleté, €159 on

11077091go_14_fDolce e Gabbana white pumps with black stars, €257 on

44929432dq_14_fGianbattista Valli, hot pink and silver ballet flats, €124 on


Bill Blass sutton embellished loafers, $194 on


Dsquared2 green décolleté with gold leaf, €230 on


Kate Spade go glitter taxi flats, $278 on


Charlotte Olympia printed high-top sneakers, €233 on



Steve Madden Pampered Pewter Heeled Shoes, $86 on


Ted Baker Savveniers multicolor pumps, £139.99 on


Just Cavalli ankle boots, $159 on


Red soles tried for you at Christian Louboutin

Trying on beautiful shoes and leaving the shop without them can be very frustrating. It feels a bit better if you transform a non-fructuos shopping experience into a piece of information for everybody else, like I’m doing now.

I’ve seen the Christian Louboutin En Bout pumps at celebrities’ feet and on glossy magazines, but how are they in person?

Once I entered the Christian Louboutin Sydney boutique, my pick was the blue-and-green snakeskin design with PVC and studs. The PVC creates an illusion of bare feet, and drives all the attention to the studs and crystal-embellished tip – sexy and intimidating at the same time. The shoe fit is very tight: I had to go up a size and still found it pretty restrictive, although, I have to say, the double strap around your ankle makes walking almost comfortable.

Less statement but still outstanding are the other designs available: black or silver with crystals and studs, and colourful in plain patent leather.

These absolute beauties retail at a four-digit price starting with “2”.

And here are my ratings on a scale from one to five: