Sky-high Heels

Walk Among the Stars In Luxe Heels Covered in Sparkling Swarovski CrystalsMarilyn Monroe knew it. Sarah Jessica Parker knows it. So do Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. A sky-high pair of heels is the best way to add instant glamour. Here, we take a look at this season’s most dazzling and desirable looks, from “accessible luxury” brands such as Nina all the way up to high-luxe labels like Alexandre Birman.

Famed for his signature use of exotic skins such as crocodile, snake, lizard and ostrich, Alexandre Birman dials up the dazzle this season with a range of crystallized pumps and sandals. From elegant day-heel silhouettes with dainty brooch detailing to full-on-fabulous crystal-blitzed evening sandals, there’s a design to step out in whatever the occasion. We especially love his Melinda shoe: available in a palette of sumptuous champagne, gleaming silver or intense black, each is bejeweled with statement crystals around the sexy ankle cuff and toe. And for dashing between dates, Mr. Birman has very kindly considered our poor feet, offering a Melinda Flat version with just as much glamour as her taller sister.

Couturier of choice for Poland’s fashion elite, Natasha Pavluchenko is another name that’s no stranger to the red carpet. One of this season’s brightest stars is her “Glamour Hill” sandal. Its glossy black bow and bold crystal studding across the toe exudes midnight drama and looks sensational with a slinky satin tux or your littlest black dress.


Shoe Lust magazine has placed her among the 30 most innovative footwear designers, and she’s been invited to design collections for the likes of Jimmy Choo and Alberta Ferretti. In short, Dominika Nowak knows how to walk the walk. Now she has launched a new label called Vanda Novak that specializes in exquisitely made, sensuous footwear that combines ancient lacemaking and stitch-crafts with modern laser-cut technology. Among its most show-stopping designs are the Kamila T-bar sandal, the Marta sling-back sandal, plus the Julia and Alicia sandals—all of them bedazzled with Swarovski crystals and featuring an inverted golden pinpoint heel. Choose the Anna embroidered ballerinas or the Diana T-bar flats with golden pebble heel to switch down the look.

Inspired by the Roaring Twenties—the decade that invented modern fashion and glamour—Nina’s latest collection includes party-perfect pieces jazzed up with jewels. The Edyth wedge comes in a choice of black or ivory satin and features a flattering ankle strap. But its chief attraction is an Art Deco-style Swarovski crystal brooch that sparkles across the peep-toe—just the thing for dazzling at dinner. Likewise, the Verity limited-edition pump, with its eye-popping choice of cobalt satin or metallic foil finish, topped off with a crystal brooch, has all the flirty flair of a Jazz Age showgirl. Wear them to get noticed on the dance floor. Meanwhile, the Kabira special occasion sandal will help a winter wedding shine. Available in Rose Mist or Ivory satin, it has a subtle metallic sheen and features a graceful strap pinned with a romantic brooch. A delicately crystallized floral design embraces a single Crystal Pearl and can be matched with Nina’s Alton earrings for added elegance.