Up close you can see and feel the quality. One pair wraps the feet in an aura of jungle-queen exoticism, channeling the nostalgia of Katherine Hepburn’s The African Queen. Others take their African theme more literally with Congolese mask designs giving elegant women’s loafers a safari-esque twist.

London based shoe designer Liam Fahy brings a collection for spring / summer 2013 that manages to find balance in that elusive space between elegant simplicity and eye-catching detail. There’s always something, but never too much, with details like feather-soft pompoms and lace-up ribbons taking over where the hand printed Java-textiles leave off.

Liam Fahy Congo collection

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Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection
Liam Fahy shoes S/S '13 collection

They say you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. That being true, the Liam Fahy girl flies under the obvious-glamour radar, a lover of the immaculately crafted but one who knows her best kind of glamour is the understated kind.

Titled the “Congo” collection, you can view more of Liam Fahy shoes spring 2013 by clicking on the gallery.

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