Bionda Castana Leopard Print ShoeYou have a problem…the party season is officially here and you have nothing to wear. You find a dress, its nice. But its not got that wow factor. What do you do? Panic? Not go? Hide your feet? Well not now, for I have found you the perfect party shoes to go with this seasons trends. And the best thing? They are all British designed and created.


The first is a pair of hand crafted, 6 and a half-inch embellished wonders from L J Couture…ladies, I give you the ‘Daisy shoe’.   A shoe so A-MAZING that they are embellished in 6 different size pearls, crystals and finished off with a Daisy detail. They come in range of colours to suit any outfit and can be customised for any occasion. Most importantly you can tell they are made with love and care.


The second, a beautiful black/leopard print heeled pump by ‘Bionda Castana’ (Italian for Blonde, Brunette) that has been crafted by London girls Jennifer Portman and Natalia Barbieri – and found on the feet of celebs like Lily Allen.  These shoes ooze cool and are the label is known for unapologetically glamorous yet wearable designs. 


L J Couture Daisy Pearl Shoe The third, is an unashamedly detailed wedge – lovingly created by Sophie Gittins who first impressed the likes of Manolo Blahnik, Colin McDowell and Rupert Sanderson at competition ‘Fashion Fringe Shoes’. At only 25, Sophie debuted her collection and received critical acclaim from,, The Independent and British Elle.  This shoe has Sophie’s signature silhouettes that make any plain dress look expensive. 


And thankfully, these designers are supported by those in the public eye.  Just a few quick searches and you will find all these shoes have been worn by every celeb worth their weight in shoes. But, there is a far more important reason to back L J Couture and other designers alike. They are British, they are young, they are cool and at a time like this they need our support.


L J Couture Daisy Pearl ShoeIn the wake of the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee, I was the first to think about a lull in British made and bought goods, but according to the UK government consumer items have only increased. Why, you ask. Well, we don’t exactly know but there’s just something so about British about our British talent. It’s not got that sophisticated ‘je ne se quoi’ of Parisian or Italian designers, or the mass market pull of US designers.  It’s just cool. Cool Britannia. And talent like this should not be hidden away – it should be celebrated and most importantly worn with pride.


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