Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

The perfect black wedding shoe

I’ve fallen in love with a pair of Lanvin pointy-toed slingback heels – I think they were from autumn/winter 2010 – as I would like a pair of black shoes to wear with my wedding dress this September. The main …

Mon, Jul 30, 2012, 10:30


I’ve fallen in love with a pair of Lanvin pointy-toed slingback heels – I think they were from autumn/winter 2010 – as I would like a pair of black shoes to wear with my wedding dress this September. The main current style is a chunky platform, but I want a chic, classy style. I know new looks will be out in September, but I need to get them sooner for fittings. I’m a size 38. – Roisin, by email

The platform really is ruling the roost at the moment when it comes to fancy footwear. You didn’t say what your budget is so here is a selection of shoes, although obviously not all will tickle your fancy.

1. These black suede court shoes by Office (€95) have a really gorgeous, almost oval, pointed toe and aren’t so high that you won’t make it through the first dance in them. They’re missing your ankle strap, however, and the kind of pizzazz you’d want from your wedding shoe.

2. These courts by Carvela at Asos (€131.34) have your ankle strap, although they also – curses – have that dreaded platform. In this case, it’s low enough so as not to unduly bother you, and it’s worth bearing in mind that a platform does make a killer heel slightly less murderous.

3. You’re either the type of bride who loves the idea of wearing Louboutins, or the type who hates it; but if you have the budget, the brand has a few shoes worth considering. The Yousra in suede (€535, pictured) is another option – a typical 10cm heeled court shoe, but with a beautiful vintage cut that’s really flattering on the ankle.

The Divinoche (€935, not pictured – see is a stunning peep-toe court with a gorgeous crossover strap detail. Again, there’s the slightest of platforms, but with a lace effect that makes a nice feature out of it. Both have the trademark red heel.

4. If you’re willing to wait a week or two for delivery, these Giuseppe Zanotti heels (€505) at are stunning. The peachy bow detail will go well with a wedding dress while the gold-tone panel provides a nice contrast. The site offers free global returns.

This is another of Wednesday’s reader queries, as answered in the newspaper. In an interesting development, I received a follow-up email from Róisín, which I thought I should also reproduce here:

“Hey Rosemary, just to say thanks for your response to my query re black Lanvin shoes – as I had to have them by this Friday, I had got them by the time it went up – a pair of Dolce & Gabbana black heels from Farfetch and have to say (and this is the reason I am emailing them) couldn’t recommend them highly enough – ordered lat e Sat night – had them by Wednesday afternoon – also had to contact customer service as I was going away and worried that if they had not arrived I would miss the returns window – they couldn’t have been more helpful – thought it might be useful if making recommendation. Thanks again for response, Roisin”

So there you have it! Farfetch – it comes highly recommended.

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