There is, in fact, a way to do zebra print without being totally cheesy, and it takes a radical mind like Nicholas Kirkwood’s to get it just right. This shoe isn’t just about an abstracted animal pattern – an oversized and contorted bow with ruby-red glitter peeking out from the inside is insanely genius. But Nick isn’t finished wowing you yet. A toe-strap of clear PVC serves two equally important purposes: it rightfully keeps the focus on the embellishment and it adds a subtle element of raciness. Not that these sandals are struggling in that department!
See, the slingback shoe doesn’t always have to read old-lady. These four-inch heels may have been inspired by the Roaring Twenties, and the bright young things who sashayed deep into the night, but I’m sure things weren’t this hot back then! On Net-a-Porter for $965.
Pair with: Carry a clutch that is streamlined and modern for maximum finesse. Like Maiyet’s Ayla flapfront evening bag, in lush, teal pony-hair. At Barneys New York for $1,250.