We all have our weaknesses in fashion, and one of mine is that I love feathers. I consider it a weakness because sometimes feathers walk a fine line between exuberant and tacky, and despite that, I tend to love feather-adorned fashion that falls on both sides of that line. They’re light, unusual, fantastically textured – I just can’t get enough of them, and apparently neither can shoe designer Paul Andrew. Luckily for all involved, his use of the material falls on the right side of that thin line between great and awful.
Feathers, because of their volume and fragility, are often best used as an accent material, which Andrew does on several of his Fall 2013 shoes. The designs have a bit of a Sergio Rossi feel to them – delicate, acrobatic, totally luxurious. These designs work because they shapes are simple, and when rendered in bright suede, they reflect the lush feel of the feather accents, which are dyed to compliment the bright colors of the shoes’ uppers. Paul Andrew is a new designer at ShopBop, but his shoes have also been carried by Barneys and Saks, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth for quality as well as design.