Miu Miu is exactly what you would expect of a sister brand to Prada. Miu Miu’s designs are edgy and quirky, with a little more of an irreverent spirit than Prada. The Miu Miu flats and pumps that are rolling out for fall are a bit more kitschy than I was expecting, and it got me thinking. Do you love the brand’s fun side, or do you stick to its more refined, traditional footwear?

I wouldn’t say Miu Miu is quite on the same level of kitsch as Charlotte Olympia, Sophia Webster or Kate Spade, but every so often the brand will incorporate some really irreverent designs that bring about strong reactions, both positive and negative. You all know by now I love shoe with jewels, or better yet, a pump with a jewel-printed design, so I can stand behind the Miu Mius in the gallery below. Can you?

Miu Miu, with its utra-femme use of rhinestones and glitter and embrace of shapes both girlish and sexy, has always had certain things in common with relative upstart Charlotte Olympia. Olympia, for one, tends to skew a lot more literal with its nostalgic references; Miu Miu generally prefers to embody, say, the mood of a retro stroll down the boardwalk instead of making a capsule collection that includes shoes festooned with fish.

Charlotte Olympia’s meteoric rise and exponential grown is undeniable, though, and a lot of brands are looking to dabble in a little bit of her signature literalism. On that note, both literally and figuratively, come the Miu Miu Patent Music Note Pumps, which I genuinely thought were labeled with the wrong brand on Neiman Marcus’ site until I checked out the aerial view of the shoe, complete with sown-in Miu Miu tag. It’s too bad that it’s too late for someone to wear this shoes to the Grammys, because that’s where they’d fit best, but I’m sure that won’t stop kitsch-lovers from using them elsewhere. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $675.

I didn’t think I’d ever be smitten with a denim sandal, but I suppose Miu Miu has that effect (at least on me). Miu Miu is a brand that pushes both aesthetic boundaries as well as shoe lovers’ comfort zones by suggesting the use of unusual materials, like the denim on these Crystal-Detailed T-Strap Sandals. Demure, posh and intriguing, these sandals are a spring find that I really covet.

At first, the denim material raised doubts in my mind about wearability and comfort, but when it comes to both these points, neither are ultimately a big concern. When styling these T-strap sandals, it’s probably best to wear it with a vividly colored dress or sleek white denim. Even though I’m usually in favor of a denim-on-denim ensemble, a denim top, jeans and a denim shoe would likely result in a bad clash of blues. With a statement-making sandal like this, make your Miu Mius be the key to bringing your spring ensemble together.

Buy your denim Miu Mius through Barneys for $695.

It’s really no surprise that spring is full of floral prints and the vibrant colors, but what does comes as a surprise is the illustrative approach that Miu Miu takes to create the floral design on these Miu Miu Printed Leather Pumps.

Since I included white pumps in my Want It Wednesday post last week, I’ve been lusting over all variations of these pale shoes. Everything from single-soles to ankle straps, to white booties; they’ve basically held a soft spot in my heart, and that includes these Miu Mius. The floral illustration looks as if it was drawn on with a fine point pen, and flowers are colored-in in a very jagged way. By doing this, it gives these pumps a playful, energetic and modern vibe against the classic white silhouette. If I had the option, I would style this pump with a wide-leg pant or with a short romper, as you see above.

Finding an embellished shoe that you love that comes in a sandal, platform pump, and a single-sole pump? Jackpot! Miu Miu has not only given us one lust-worthy embellished shoe, but three, all covered in sumptuous blue suede and decked out in a colorful assortment of rhinestones. In fact, as I went through our archives of all the Miu Miu pumps and flats we’ve covered, almost all of these shoes are covered with some sort of glimmering embellishments; whether pumps or flats are your thing, Miu Miu has you covered.

While all three options are decorated similarly and use the same materials, they are all completely different in structure. The sandals give you just a little bit of shine, while the platforms turn it up several notches. (The pumps fall somewhere in between.) On both heels, the multicolored rhinestones run on the back, and on the platform pump, the rhinestones are present on the platform, heel and ankle strap. All three pairs are opulent in very different ways, so the question is, which pair are you lusting over?

Miu Miu Jeweled Suede Sandal
$690 via Saks

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Miu Miu Donna Jeweled Suede Platform Pumps
$1250 via Saks

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Miu Miu Donna Jeweled Suede Pumps
$990 via Saks

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Spring is a carefree and flamboyant time, and the same could be said about these Miu Miu Embellished Patent Leather Sandals. Aesthetically speaking, these sandals embody that same essence of spring that many look forward to year-round. The pastel pink is right on trend, but I suppose we all know by now that Miucca has a sixth sense when it comes to predicting trends. It’s no surprise that these sandals are an all-around blooming beauty.

One of the most appealing aspects of this sandal is the embellished heel, and because of this exquisite detailing, I can even overlook the fact that it’s indeed a kitten heel. It’s safe to even call this kind of embellished heel a Miu Miu signature, as several flats and pumps display this same detailing. The rest of sandal is fairly subdued, with the patent leather upper and ladylike bow. These sandals are as genteel as a sandal could get. In fact, they are so posh and demure that they seem appropriate for many occasions, despite the low heel. Miucca marries a playful design with sophisticated detailing, and it’s hard to not covet the end result.

Buy these Miu Miu sandals for $850 via Net-A-Porter.

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco was recently spotted having lunch with her sister Briana in Beverly Hills, wearing the Alaia Gladiator Flat Sandals (nice black French pedi, BTW) and carrying a Miu Miu Leopard Haircalf Bag. You’ll notice her sister is carrying a strikingly similar Prada leopard-print bag. Sister bags for sisters! Neither Kaley’s shoes nor bag are currently available online, but you can shop both Alaia and Miu Miu at Net-A-Porter.

Briana Cuoco is apparently an aspiring singer who recently did a stint on NBC’s The Voice. While she was eliminated during the battle rounds, I suspect she’ll somehow land on her feet. Google’s first suggestion when you type “Briana” into the search bar is now “Briana Cuoco”, which is a feat in and of itself. Also, her high-end taste in handbags alone definitely puts her on our celeb radar.

Here’s Miranda Kerr leaving her NYC apartment with her son Flynn, wearing a pair of adorable, point-toe Miu Miu Grosgrain Bow Loafers in white patent leather. White patent shoes are not a thing that just anyone can attempt to pull off (the same can be said about butterfly-print silk pants), but Miranda Kerr and Miuccia Prada always make such a nice combination. You can get a black suede pair of Miranda’s Miu Miu flats for $595 at Saks.

Speaking of the Miranda-Prada-Miu Miu lovefest, we saw Miranda in these snazzy Prada Leopard Tassel Loafers last winter, and we also saw her don these extra-covetable Miu Miu Crystal Heel Velvet Slippers much earlier in the year. Now that it’s autumn again, designer velvet smoking slippers are basically all I want in life. What are your fave flats for fall, TS readers?

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