Trendlet: the winged shoe

We may not be able to fly like Mercury, the messenger of the Gods (or his Greek equivalent, Hermes) – but that hasn’t stopped designers from taking inspiration from the talaria, or winged sandal, in their quest to take shoes from mere footwear to wearable art. Alexander McQueen‘s take (pictured below) is the most magnificent we’ve seen, baroquely ornate with silver or gold wings running the length of the shoes. Marc Jacobs and Beatrix Ong have released understated leather versions for Spring 2010.

Alexander McQueen winged heel

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Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns
Talaria: the iconic sandal returns

For a cute, quirky take, look no further than Vivienne Westwood for melissa‘s plastic winged sandal that comes in a range of colours.

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Click on the gallery below for more examples of the talaria winged shoe trendlet.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.