Ruthie Davis open toe bootie sandal… reasons to get high…

It’s taken me a while, to start this category, which is my ultimate passion, Well-Heeled Shoes, Boots + Sandals, be they high, mid, low, heels, flats, Over The Knee (OTK), Knee Height, Mid Calf, Ankle, closed or open toe or simply leg + foot attire. Funny how some of the things that I’m most passionate about + are the core to my being, are often the things I drag cos I want it to be perfect.

Sharing my shoe passion can not be self indulgent exercise for me, it has to be useful, at least to a few folk. Since everyone’s now a blogger, shoes being a popular subject, what can I offer to this saturated arena. The premise of reporting my shoe purchases + loves, is to share the unique quality of the chosen Footwear Du Moment, whether it be from a design, construction, colour etc…  in order to give others insights into their own future shoe acquisitions or stir the inner designer inside. As some of you know from reading my fashion get-up loves, following Trends with a capital T, is not a fave use of one’s limited info band width. 1 or 2 of my shoes have lasted 15 years, without resoling their leather soles + can still make a strong impact to a given look. The styling perfect that, yes, some were expensive however they have been lovingly worn for many years + more to come. As The Well-Heeled Guru, this category of my blog, is more a way of shifting your shoe perspective, so that you can make choices that fit you, rather than fitting into the trends, lower case t.

Having studied a long time ago, at De Montfort Uni, Leicester, England, the only course to offer a Fashion BA which specialises in Footwear design, I know of no student who has left the school without a deep, deep knowledge about footwear design yet has been able to make a name for themselves, solo. So this is a shout out to all the great students, who are working tirelessly behind the scenes of some ot the great footwear brands. They have gone through this education and are probably done, like me, hearing the squeal of delight for their love of shoes too, as soon as I tell them I was a shoe designer. Forced to look down at their outstretched leg, the oft- impending sadness fills my heart, as I muster, a that’s nice… Hopefully, these posts will enable a more positive results when the looking down, can actually lift the wearer + me up, too…

First shoe I’m writing about is a Black with Neon Pink Patent, Open Toe Bootie Sandal by Ruthie Davis, from Autumn/Winter 08. It’s kinda of heart warming for me to have been out of the industry for several years due to Plank, my luxury yoga accessory line, to discover Ruthies, as if I hadn’t left my old shoe job, from her first collection viewable online. My initial search was looking for a boot that wasn’t black, to no avail. I will have to relearn all the shoe styles, but for jumpstarting this post, it’s called an Open Toe Bootie Sandal, (current shoe folk in the know are more than welcome to advise otherwise…)

What I love about Ruthie’s OTBS is the following

1. Its high 12cm sky high thin heel

2. The novel heel arch adds an intense shot of neon pink to match the 12mm platform. The collection included Black patent with shots of neon green, orange, yellow + white accents. This colour treatment was mirrored in topline pipings and straps as seen in the other styles from the AW 08 collection.

3. An OTBS can be worn 3 seasons of the year, no leg or foot attire

4. In the winter months, the peep toe and open shank is an opportunity for additional shots of colour or texture, if worn with tights or sockettes… to update as, I remember to shoot my foot accents…

5. Its play on modern slick lady of the night. The foot attire for a lady of the night’s day job.

As a Serial Upgrader, I would have liked to see the following

1.  This is a shout out for all US size 5.5’s, UK size 3’s and their world euqivalent, we want open toe shoes that fit our small feet. US Size 6’s, UK size 4’s etc we put up with, however for closed toe shoes, but not so much for open toes…

2.  Shoe manufacturing is expensive, even if the heel + outsole has the same look for a closed toe + open toe,  the tooling should be different, since a sandal last is shorter than a boot. Manufacturers take short cuts due to the extra costs involved + for this reason, the sandal these days are often disproportionate. With short cut #1, for not having size US 5.5 + short cut #2, having the same outsole both open + closed toe footwear, the sandal proportions look too long on the front.

3.  The boots to have two options for sole tread, heavy tread for winter climes is OK. I’d’ve appreciated a lighter looking tread, less fierce and I don’t mind fierce.

4.  More base colours other than black patent, I’d a liked to have seen more a styles in the grey patent. I was loving the grey + neon green.

What I love about the Ruthie Davis brand

1.  Ruthie Davis, although not formally trained in footwear design, has a design education background + it shows clearly, in her designs + the brand’s message. To me Ruthie’s are fun, provocative, ultra-modern, smart, sporty, elegant + per the bio, Ruthie’s are the “go-to brand for fierce glamour”. If I was to do a shoe line, Ruthie Davis’s brand + attitude would certainly be an inspiration.

2. Her sense of colour, the colours are bold, the combinations unusual for women’s dress shoes. Her sport background heritage definitely is an asset here.

3. The adornment, either in the oversized studs + spikes or the bold metallic colours. As I peruse the collections there’s a sandal from Spring/Summer ’10, with a Fiona Paxton beaded bracelet, that my publicist represents.  I was oggling this bracelet in her showroom, just recently. Annoyingly, the Fiona Paxton website doesn’t allow you to see her jewellery unless you log in, so here are some of her pieces, via the blog. However, great to see the collaboration between 2 brands that are on my radar, that reminds me I had put in a personal request for this bracelet, must follow up…

If you’re a short footie too, the more of us who holler, perhaps the manufacturers will have to provide sandals that are correctly + proportionately made… or at least re-introduce US size 5’s/UK size 3’s. I hope this gives you some insight into the possibilities for your foot dressings. Let me know if there are other things that you liked about RD’s AW ’08 collection or if there are any suggestions for the collection, you would have made if you were given your drother’s to be Creative Director for a day…

WHG, an expert in all things, shoes + heels + fitting yoga into a busy lifestyle…


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