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Kensington Shoe Event

Italian and Spanish labels looking to expand into the UK dominated the aisles at this biannual London show

Roman Tenza

The Spanish premium brand is still producing exotic made to order shoes with a strong sense of personality.  Swarovski crystals detail heels and a palette of primary colours against black give moccasins a distinctive twist. A quality brand that can produce custom styles in rich leathers, metallics and brights with quirky detailing.

Prices are from £60 to £184

Contact: 01904 488310


The quality Spanish label has two sides to its autumn 09 line with fashion forward day wear and glamorous evening shoes. The daywear includes ankle boots in cobalt blue, olive green, grey and maroon in leather and nubuck. For evening, there is a quirky collection of glitzy sequined, lace and baroque dress shoes. Shoes can be made to order from a range of leathers and finishes.

Prices are from £28

Contact: 01904 488310

Lea Foscati

Lea Foscati is the more fashion forward arm of the 50 year old Italian brand Manas. The autumn collection is inspired by classic brogue and moccasin designs and is brought up to date with an autumnal earthy colour-wheel of burnt red, deep blues and forest greens in suede and leather.

Prices go from £46 to £110

Contact: 01543 410115


Spanish brand Audley has quickly gained popularity with premium UK retailers including Harvey Nichols and many exclusive independent boutiques. The architectural heels and ultra modern design in luxe suede and metallic leathers are applied to heels and boots. The brand specializes in a flattering design, which makesg larger feet appear more elegant.

Prices go from £46 to £97

Contact: 0845 201 3135

Carmen Poveda

Spanish brand Carmen Poveda offers luxury embellished footwear for autumn 09 with key pieces including weighty patent platforms with crystal studs, Mary Janes with crystal encrusted chunky heels and black, embossed cheetah print boots. Styles come in jewel tones of red, blue, magenta, forest green and deep purple to rich blacks and browns.

Prices go from £74 to £110

Contact: 020 8888 2868

Angela Shoes

The veteran Italian brand has produced a sporty collection of chunky lightweight platform wedges in boot, shoe boot and lace-up designs. Black patent and shiny nylon with textural overstitching provides the key look for the collection. The colour palette consists of purple, bright red, black, brown and neutral tones. Angela Shoes is already stocked at a host of UK independents but the brand is looking to target department stores for autumn 09.

Prices go from £37 to £74

Contact: +39 07 34 90 98 08


Spanish brand Unisa has created a directional range of smart work staples with a masculine twist for autumn 09. Key pieces include classic hidden-platform pumps reworked with concealed hiking boot-inspired rubber treads as well as lace-up shoe boots and ballet flats with brogue-like suede cut-outs. Ribbon lacing and patent accents give a feminine twist to the menswear inspired looks.

Prices go from £37 to £85

Contact: 020 7439 4366

Rebeca Sanver

For autumn 09 Spanish brand Rebeca Sanver has an eclectic range of individually unique creations suitable for a fashion conscious customer looking for a statement shoe. Metallic leather ankle boots with fringing, black mid-calf flat boots with a gold pin-studded bow, heels crafted out of embossed metal and layered tonal suede were key looks.

Pricesgo from £51 to £184

Contact: 01242 250908

Pretty Ballerinas

The family run Menorca brand has a vast range of classic flat styles. The collection comes in a variety of patterns from animal prints to quilted textures. The palette covers bright greens and oranges, glossy blacks and rich mahogany to pastels with a choice of rope, ribbon or embossed medallions carrying the ballet shoes logo as adornment.

Prices:  £31 to £67

Contact: 07740 308634


Italian label NeroGiardini has been making handmade shoes for 30 years and is debuting in the UK this autumn. The brand offers classic styles with a twist. Boots, trainers and heels come in a variety of materials including genuine calf leather, suede and patent. Styles are detailed with crystal logos, Velcro and buckles.

Prices for shoes from £40; boots from £55

Contact: 020 7937 7618


German label Caprice specialises in footwear that combines comfort and commercial trends. The brand creates casual boots and loafers in earthy muted browns, burnt reds classic black. Button and buckle details give the functional shoes a fashionable edge. Each pair is lined with a gel insert that gives support to the foot.

Prices from £25 to £42

Contact: 07734 247669

Salvador Sapena

The Spanish label offers fashionable contemporary footwear. Already stocked by and a number of independents the brand is looking to grow its UK footprint. For autumn 09 heels, pumps and flat boots are detailed with fringing in suede and leather. Adding to a palette of red, fuchsia and deep teal, the brand has introduced navy, sage and forest green to its new line.

Pricesgo from £40 to £70

Contact: +35 38 76 54 60 00

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