I knew I was in for something special the moment I opened the embossed shoe box.
Oh, who am I kidding? I knew I was in for something special the moment Annie Abbot contacted me offering me a chance at trialling a pair of her hand made Italian leather shoes from the Habbot Studios footwear collection.
Oh, ok, you got me. She had me at the word shoe.
Like my love of statement accessories and handbags, I have a thing for shoes. And by thing, I mean unhealthy obsession.
I am easily seduced by a shoe. Flat, high or anything in between. I’m that easy.
Especially when they look like this.
Can I talk you through how they feel on my feet?
OMG. The spiel on the website says “Made from soft Italian suede and glove leather” and I kid you not, it’s so soft it practically caresses your foot. The strap at the top has been hand-cut and I’m totally in love with the power of this vibrant red and it’s ability to make an outfit pop.
It’s no wonder that these shoes (and others in the Habbot collection) have been created with ultimate care for maximum impact.
Creator Annie Abbot started her career in the buying office of Net-a-Porter.com, followed by business strategy at sass & bide and product development for a Melbourne footwear group. She describes herself as a shoe “enthusiast”. (I may steal this description as it makes my shoe habit sound more like scrapbooking and therefore possibly more acceptable in general company)
Annie wanted to create shoes that combined European detailing with a fresh Australian style.
“I could only ever find this type of styling and quality in international luxury brand footwear, which made it a ‘luxury’ that was sometimes difficult to justify! Habbot will offer a new variety of dress shoe options, offering an adventurous colour palette and amazing quality, that women can invest in each season without having to sacrifice any of their other new-season essentials!”
The Habbot Spring-Summer 2011 collection is Annie’s second. You’ll find a balance of flats and heels in neutrals and brights, with the common thread being that distinctive style which is the cornerstone of Annie’s designs.
“I want my shoes to say something about their wearer.”
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Habbot Shoes and Styling You are giving two readers the chance to each win one pair of Habbot Shoes of her choice.
Just leave a comment below. I’d love to know: what’s your favourite style (and colour) from the Habbot Spring Summer collection? Australian and international entries very welcome! The two winners will be drawn at random using random.org, notified via email and names posted here. The winners have 48 hours to contact me to claim her prize. Should she fail to do so, the competition will be re-drawn. This competition closes 8am Thursday, September 29.Now you know that I usually reply to all comments on my blog, don’t you? The exception is with competitions as I’ve got to use my non-existent maths’ brain to add up entries. So, know this, I’ve read and loved each of your comments. Thank-you! *The gorgeous red shoes pictured above were gifted to me in accordance with my disclosure policy.