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Nicholas Kirkwood interview

Nicholas Kirkwood Talks Highs And Lows

Known for his masterful craftsmanship, sculpted silhouettes and playful twists, award-winning shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood, continues to break the mould when it comes to creating a complete footwear wardrobe for women. A firm favourite with the fashion pack, fusing comfort with covetability, it’s the attention to detail in his designs which make him one of the most exciting shoe designers to date. We talk the highs and lows of his collections…

The Nicholas Kirkwood Woman Is...

Modern, feminine and irreverent. She has an enigmatic beauty to her - an innate sense of style. She really knows what she loves, she looks for something that has that point of different, she wants to be seen. 

"Wearing heels takes confidence, but it's also about comfort too. Fusing comfort with style, I do a lot of research when working on the product development."

On Flats

I went straight from designing heels to flats - I didn't look to mid-height until later on. Transitioning into designing flats, I approached it thinking about what the woman who wears my high heels would want to wear during the day - so that was something that is that effortless, chic and that gives her the freedom to still feel she can express her style.

My key flat is the Beya; it’s such a simple shoe. I wanted to design something that had the advantages of a ballerina but without being a ballerina. Easy to carry in a bag for quick changes, it’s got such easy wear, classic style but with my little twist on the heel.

On Heels...

Wearing heels takes confidence, but it's also about comfort too. Fusing comfort with style, I do a lot of research when working on the product development. I like to be fully considerate of the woman's foot when designing a shoe.

On New Heights...

Going forward I think we will start to see the pointy pump evolving and we may even go back to the round toe soon or a shorter silhouette - maybe even a lower platform or a sturdier heel. Those multi-wear day-to-night shoes have been a strong trend lately, but I think now we are moving more towards a distinction again with day shoes and then something dressier for evening, which is great for the design possibilities. 

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