- Luxury and high-end labels all have their signature items that gain cult status and subsequently, get reimagined into more affordable options.
- From Amina Muaddi's signature heel to those flat Hermès sandals everyone wanted to sink their feet into circa Summer '18, there's a fast fashion retail equivalent for everyone.
- Here, we look at designer shoes and their fast fashion options you can shop on a budget at stores like The Fix, Zara, and Mr Price.
South Africa's leading fast fashion contenders include the likes of Zara, H&M, The Fix, Mr Price, and Cotton On as the most "on trend" retail stores.
These are often go-to stores for the majority of women in the country due to their affordability (for the integrity of this sentence, pretend I didn't mention Cotton On and Zara).
And although more people are trying to practice slow fashion, the truth of the matter is that fast fashion makes more financial sense for consumers in SA.
It can be said that fast fashion is a penny wise, yet pound foolish system. It saves the pennies of individual fashion enthusiasts, yet costs the environment heavily in the long run. More on that another day.
The other thing about fast fashion is that ultimately, it exists to democratise what luxury offers. The elite European ranks of Chanel, Balmain, and Prada all say "here are our ready-to-wear collections", and Zara and Mr Price say "Amen!"
And we thank them for it season after season.
As a serial shoe collector, I'm most grateful for this democracy. However, I do also believe in footwear as an investment, so splurging does happen on rare occasions.
If you're also a keen shoe person like myself, you'll know the cult offerings of recent times whether you shopped the designer original or the fast fashion retail option. And why should it even matter?
In a previous W24 article I wrote; "... where - or for how much - you buy your clothes doesn't affect how they'll look on you, quite contrary to the old mindset that expensive clothes make one standout more."
I added that in the (literally polluted) world of fast fashion, if the exact same garment is sold for R200 at one place and R2000 at another, a lot of people are more likely to go for the option that makes financial sense for them, unless of course, you're loyal to a particular brand. Both are totally okay.
However, let me paraphrase the same disclaimer I made in that article: Finding affordable reimaginations of designer items you love - and us recommending a few to you - is not the same as buying dupes and fakes.
So let's take a look at a few luxury/high-end shoe hits and where you can shop them at a fraction of their amount:
Amina Muaddi cult status heels
Amina Muaddi is a Paris-based, Italian-raised designer and stylist.
Amina Muaddi's shoes with their signature angular heel have been a hit amongst celebrities and social media personalities. So much so that her year-old eponymous shoe line has already earned collaborations with Rihanna's FENTY label.
And according to Who What Wear, "when the brand launched a capsule collection with MyTheresa in March, just as the whole world pretty much retreated to their homes, it sold out immediately."
Stylist Amina Muaddi wears Amina Muaddi shoes on July 02, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)
The mot recognisable and sought after pair of Muaddis is the Naima leather sandal which retails for €475 (approximately R8800) on MyTheresa.com and they're unsurprisingly sold out right now.
Shop the local equivalent:
White Strappy Heel, R249.99 at The Fix
Strappy Slip On Stiletto, R169.99 at MRP
All about Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury fashion house founded in 1966 by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro. This house is described by FarFetch as "masters of discrete luxury."
These Italian shoes have recently become street style hits since the quilted leather, lido, and stretch macrame pumps and sandals came around.
(Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
Katie Holmes is seen in Chelsea on November 09, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Leonie Hanne wearing Chanel bag, Bottega Veneta heels and The Frankie Shop suit on June 21, 2020 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images)
The Bottega Veneta Chain-embellished macramé and leather pumps are £800.28 (approximately R16 377) on Net-a-Porter, while the padded sandals will set you back by €680 (about R12 600) on Bottega Veneta's online store.
Shop your local fix:
Black Mesh Court with Chain Detail, R299.99 at The Fix
Green Square Toe Plaited Heel, R299.99 at The Fix
Quilted Stiletto, R120 online at MRP
Braided denim mid-heel, R1299 at Zara
The community of fashion professionals has taken a keen liking to Bottega's lug and tire boots, and as international fashion capitals are knee-deep in winter, so is their shoe of choice.
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The Bottega Veneta leather Chelsea boots cost £1 080.63 (approximately R22 115) on Net-a-Porter, but luckily for you, Zara has been their earliest and most enthusiastic adopter of these stompers.
Shop the retail equivalent:Leather boots with track soles by TRF, R2299 at ZARA
When Hermès made that sandal
Well-known for their coveted Birkins, Hermès created another cult item about two summers ago with their flat Oran sandals.
(Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images)
This sandal costs $630 (about R9 500) and is available in its 'Santorini' buckled style and its $300 (R4500) 'Aloha' style with a "Chaine d'Ancre" motif - pictured above.
Zara was first on the scene to avail their affordable equivalent and fellow fast fashion friends soon followed.
Shop the reimagined sandal from your favourite retailers:
Strappy Overlay Link Mules, R259 at Woolworths
Leather sandals with buckle detail, R759 at Zara
Yeezy Bone slides
Another brand that needs no formal introduction.
The Adidas x Yeezy bone slides may have been polarising on the internet at first, but they have since become an 'it' shoe in the streetwear sphere.
If you visit Farfetch, you'll find these slides selling for $695 (about R10 500). We've found a local retail equivalent for you at a crumb of the price.
Shop the retail bargain:
Chunky Slider, R79.99 at MRP
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