Sophia Webster is a British shoe designer, who has been making waves in the fashion industry since the launch of her eponymous label and footwear line back in September of 2012. This is a woman who knows shoes and what makes feet look great better than most, like the back of her hand. As such, it makes sense for the winner of the 2013 British Fashion Award for Emerging Accessories Designer to put out a guide for women everywhere to be able to get the perfect pedicure to match with their party shoes. With so many parties these days, taking over our days for the next week or so, heading up to January 6th and 7th for some cultures, we most definitely need an expert’s opinion on the matter.
How exactly do you go about perfecting the way your feet look on the night of the party?
First, begin with the shoe. You can choose anything really, but it is good to have it as a conversation starter, which means booties with the addition of glittery angle wings are certainly a go. “This time of year definitely warrants a glamorous statement heel—anything with a bit of festive sparkle, whether metallic, embellished details, or crystals,” Webster told Vogue. The shoes are the ones that should talk most, particularly if you opt for simplicity in dress. Why not try a black satin Rosalind with crystal encrusted beaded heels that scream ‘Let’s Dance the Night Away’ with gusto?
Once you have the shoe to the side, you will need the polish. Look at the shoe first and then decide on the nail polish for best effects. If the heels are black, a deep red is always a good choice; metallic shoes on the other hand call for nude nails. Pearlized varnishes are definitely handy and Webster has a thing for glittery lacquer styles with intriguing names. Go for those that are quick dry if you are strapped on time. Though there is no way you should leave the house without getting some form of color on there.
“I don’t think there’s any excuse, really. If you were short on time, you could just paint the toes you can see!” How true dear Sophia speaks here for even with a husband in the cab and a baby on your hip, a quick-dry solution to nails peeking out is more than enough to clean up your outfit and have you looking picture-perfect… at least until those heels are removed.
If you plan to emulate Webster, you might want to go with glitter on your hands, even if you opt for nude for your toes. The look is timeless and ageless according to the designer and she definitely knows her stuff. Then again, it is a personal choice one makes.
Then again, according to Webster, there is no cutoff date on when you can or cannot wear glitter, whether for Christmas, New Years, your birthday or otherwise. When you have some time though and your work can be done through your phone and over email, book yourself a pedicure and have those cuticles professionally cleaned up so that the lacquer looks even better with your open toe heels.
Photo courtesy of The Londoner