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Kensington Shoe Event

Wedge heels dominated the women’s footwear show, enlivened by cork and raffia finishes

Alberto Zago

Wedged heels are key for spring 12 at Italian footwear brand Alberto Zago, with new design details updating cork soles. A slingback wedge is takes centre stage, featuring a layered cork and blown rubber EVA sole in vivid reds and blues. Coloured rubber soles add a contemporary twist to simple cork wedges and slip-ons, while a wedge mule also stands out in soft tan leather.

Prices: €65 to €74 (£57 to £64)

Contact: 01483 301215

Toni Pons

Spanish espadrille specialist Toni Pons offers a selection of new styles alongside its usual range of traditional woven raffia-trim pumps. Bringing a dressier evening feel, slingback wedge sandals come with a raffia-covered wedge, while a standout red option catches the eye with a colour-blocked platform and zip-detail straps.

Prices: €5 to €30 (£4.30 to £26)

Contact: 020 8744 2800


Cork is central to Italian brand Dyva’s spring

12 offer, used on both wedge heels and as detail on ballet pumps. Confirming the trend first noted in Drapers’ Footwear & Accessories Special, faux snakeskin is in evidence on several cork wedge sandals. New gel sole inserts have been added to ballet flats for additional comfort.

Prices: €60 to €130 (£52 to £113)

Contact: 00 39 049 98 00 042


A strong 1970s feel is apparent at Spanish brand Baltarini, with curved and chunky cork heels key for spring 12. A whitewashed cork option provides a fresh update that gives the brand a real point of difference, while strappy sandal styles come in bright colour pops and espadrille-style platforms feature bow details in gingham.

Prices: €20 to €50 (£17.50 to £43.50)

Contact: 01225 461279

Pretty Ballerinas

For spring 12, Pretty Ballerinas serves up a swathe of updates to its usual range of ballet flats. A kiltie-fringed loafer style sits alongside woven raffia and diamanté-appliquéd options in a range of new colourways. Nautical styles are also prominent in red, white and blue, with a ribbon-trimmed style also coming through.

Prices: €50 to €60 (£43.50 to £52)

Contact: 07740 308634


The key spring 12 footwear trends continue to be core to Italian brand Manas’s offer, where raffia espadrilles, cork and woven details dominate for women. The essential shapes are wedged and platform heels that come in both neutral shades and bright pops of colour. A more minimalist chunky heel style is also of note.

Prices: €50 to €80 (£43.50 to £70)

Contact: 020 8286 2458

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