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Castaner Wedge Espadrilles

In Singapore where I live, the tropical weather’s all year round. So we’re lucky enough to be able to live in pretty summer frocks 24/7. And trust me when I say a good pair of espadrille wedges just elevates colourful cotton and linen outfits. The best I’ve come across so far are by the Spanish brand Castaner. Started in 1927, it continues to manufacture its espadrilles the traditional way. Industry insiders even claim that the luxury labels rely on Castaner to produce their wedge espadrilles, most notably for YSL a couple of decades back. Today, many high-end brands pair up with Castaner to produce limited edition collections; from Manolo Blahnik to Missoni and most recently, Paul Smith. Also, it is no secret that Castaner has fans from the royal family; who are often spotted in the earth-toned shoes in the paparazzi shots taken in summer. And for good reason: Castaners are so comfortable for wedges, and they elongate your legs with the ribbon ties at the ankles. They are very well-made for a reasonable price …

Valentino Rockstud Caged Pump 65mm Review

“If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour,” someone once said. They clearly knew what they were talking about. It took me years and wasted funds to find the most gorgeous heels that allow me to walk around all day elegantly and in style, with no pain. So obviously when I found the one, I bought it in as many shades as I could afford. And that coveted pair, my friends, is the Valentino Rockstud Caged Pump 65mm. First launched on runways in 2010, the strappy, studded pyramid punk-rock heels look both decadently dangerous and feminine at the same time. Designed by Valentino’s former creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the heels have an almost magical leg-lengthening effect and is now one of the most iconic on the luxury footwear scene. Till today, it is a money-spinner for the label. Valentino continues to produce collections – from clothing, to bags and accessories – that hark back to the sexy Rockstuds. If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour. Someone who knew …