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Pure Footwear

Block heels and wedges dominate women’s footwear, as the palette takes a bold direction

Beyond Skin

Vintage is a key theme in ethical brand Beyond Skin’s spring 12 offer, with an emphasis on block-heeled, round-toe silhouettes and wedge styles. The palette is a mixture of pinks, bright turquoises and reds, with highlights of gold and pewter set against soft pastel shades.

The collection uses Dinamica faux suede made from 100% PET recycled material.

Prices: £49 to £64

Contact: 01273 778837

Moda in Pelle

Embellishment, patent and satin uppers, and diamanté detailing are all trademarks of Moda In Pelle’s collections, and spring 12 is no exception. This is a diverse offer though, and it also includes strong tribal and animal-print themes. Block heels and wedges are everywhere, with faux fur and faux snakeskin uppers, and wooden and cork-effect heels.

Prices: £20 to £60

Contact: 0113 200 7360

Chinese Laundry

A palette of bright tropical colours ensures Chinese Laundry’s spring 12 collection stands out, with colour blocking a central theme on block heels. Animal prints and faux snakeskin are also key, with bright pink faux snakeskin used on some styles. Shapes are chunky, with platforms, block heels and wedges abundant.

Prices: £20 to £50

Contact: 020 7428 7428

Fly London

It’s all about colour in Fly London’s spring 12 collection, with stripes of colour coming through on foam wedge heels, and electric blues, greens and yellows featuring on the straps of sandals. The brand has also introduced a wooden block-heel suede peep-toe shoe with fringe detail in three colours, which it believes will be a best-seller.

Prices: £20 to £50

Contact: 07957 232790


A new daywear offer from Bourne sees the introduction of plainer round-toe, block-heeled court styles. However, most of the collection focuses on embellished stiletto styles, with

gold, silver and diamanté all prominent.

Bright yellow, pink and cobalt blue enliven some styles.

Prices: £50 to £66

Contact: 01482 334596

French Sole

To add to its trademark ballet pumps, French Sole has introduced a slight wedge to some of its styles for spring 12. A peep-toe style and bright prints in a variety of colours give the wedge shoes a summery feel. Acid brights are used across its ballet pumps, with quilted styles showcasing bright orange, turquoise and purple with contrast edging.

Prices: £37 to £90

Contact: 01189 769615

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