style, meet comfort
THWACK. That’s the sound of a model stumbling to the runway, felled by her gorgeous, treacherous shoes. What with all the catwalk tumbles going on this season, it seems reasonable that women with an ardor for those cantilevered, platformed, mile-high beauties at Prada, Rodarte, and elsewhere look at the shoes in one of two ways: as extreme sporting equipment or closet decor. But when it comes to shopping for the kind of footwear that’s meant to be, you know, worn, they ought to take a gander at new label Rae Jones. Currently available at the Postmistress, Labour of Love, and Mimi boutiques in London, the U.K.-based footwear brand designed by Rachel Jones is premised on wearability. “I wanted to make shoes that were distinctive and elegant,” Jones explains, “but still accessible, in terms of being things you could wear every day. And not too trendy or overdesigned, so there’s a longevity to each style.” Jones’ debut collection is comprised of four core ranges—a group of flats, a group of flat boots, a group of mid-height heels, and a group of higher evening styles—and thus far, the designer says the response to two particular shoes has proved overwhelming. “The low-heel T-bar style and the flat riding boots have been doing exceptionally well,” she notes. Somewhere, a podiatrist is smiling.