Australian Shoe Fair

Shoe Temple To-Die-For

Clever + Practical + Beautiful = BaBooShoe Booth The ultimate Shoe Princess accessory

Oh how I do love it when two Shoe Princesses put their heads together!

SP Emma Bowd was delighted to hear from the divine Aussie mother-and-daughter design team of Lesley and Amy at BaBooShoe (that’s short for Bags, Boots and Shoes) about their gorgeous new shoe booth, recently launched at the Australian Shoe Fair.

It’s no secret that I love a shoe temple, and thanks to Lesley and Amy’s ingenuity (borne from personal frustration at constantly fossicking through shoe boxes to find their precious jewels), Shoe Princesses can now store their shoes in stand-alone shoe booths – protected by (and of course admired through!) glass doors.

24/7 viewing is a must-do thanks to remote-control back lighting with two sizes and two finishes (gloss black or white) to choose from.  Heavenly!

I’m Turning Japanese…

…I really think so!

All thanks to exquisitely beautiful shoes handmade from antique kimono fabric.  The brainchild of Amanda at Dames & Divas, and one of SP Emma Bowd’s most exciting finds from the Australian Shoe Fair!

Amanda will be showcasing her divine one-off shoes, handbags and accessories at Magnolia Square boutique market in Sydney Friday June 4th – Sunday June 6th.

Step Out in Style

My Darling Shoe Princesses,

Christmas arrived early this week with the delivery of my gorgeous shoe-emblazoned luggage from the divine Robyn and Paul of Luggage with Looks….yes, another of my discoveries from the Australian Shoe Fair!

Am now the proud owner of the funky, aeroplane cabin-friendly, wheeled duffel bag (above) featuring vibrant and pretty shoe-prints taken from hand-painted designs. 

The perfect travelling companion for a Shoe Princess! xx

Top Tips

shoe princess cover With the Spring Racing Carnival well underway in Australia, and Derby Day and Melbourne Cup soon upon us, I feel it my Shoe Princessly duty to pass on some tried and tested Fashions in the Field advice for Shoes:

Shoe Bling1. Bling it On – Another wonderful discovery from the Australian Shoe Fair – the divine and oh so clever Shoe Bling. Delectable little hand-crafted accessories that clip onto your shoes.  The perfect way to reinvent a favourite pair of shoes or coordinate with your hat and race day outfit.  My personal favourite is the leather black and white flower (pictured).

2.  Dress to Impress – If, unlike myself, you won’t be ensconced in the VIP marquees all day and need to traverse grass, I strongly suggest a wedge heel ahead of a stiletto to avoid that sinking feelingA closed-toe platform-wedge is ideal to halt mud-encrusted grass creeping into toes…eeuch.

fabz folding leather shoes3.  Style and Stamina – Do NOT wear new shoes to the races.  Ever.  A race day is a marathon not to be run in towering spikes fresh out of their box – especially if you’re used to flats. 

Equally, I beg my SPs NOT to wear flip-flops at the end of a long day’s frolicking at the races.  Opt for something a little more glam but comfortable like the adorable fabz (pictured) – which not only look absolutely fabulous, but are heavenly on tired feet (with lovely padded leather soles) AND fold-up neatly into a handbag-friendly pack! 

Have fun my darlings! xx


Shoe Stopper

ShoestoppersBonjour My Darlings

I’m in holiday mode at the moment and enjoying the fruit of one very clever Shoe Princess’s labours…feast your eyes on the utterly divine and incredibly well-crafted Shoe Stoppers!  The brainchild of SP Jane Brown who, literally, came up with the idea for the lovely little pieces of gorgeousness one evening over a glass of red.  (I’m privy to all the inside goss thanks to SP Emma Bowd’s jaunts at the Australian Shoe Fair!)

I can also vouch that they work a treat…as SP Emma Bowd craftily bartered a copy of her novel The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy for the black and white polka dot stiletto Shoe Stopper!  (They are quite weighty and come in a cute satin-lined gift box)

The perfect gift exchange from one Shoe Princess to another! xx

SP Loves…

shoe princess cover - high resIn the first of my discoveries from the Australian Shoe Fair, I’m delighted to report to the legion of SPs not blessed with the twig-like calves of a supermodel, a manufacturer that listens to your heartfelt sighs…yes, wide-calf boots that have more than a dash of fashion-cred and road-tested to boot:  Wide Calf Boots 

Please do share your well kept secrets if you know of anyone else that caters for large calves or perhaps wide feet (a regular bugbear amongst SPs)…xx

Tripping the Light Fantastic

Australian Shoe FairGreetings, my darling Shoe Princesses from the hallowed halls of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the Australian Shoe Fair (ASF).

…where and how does one begin…

Firstly, what an honour and truly fascinating experience it has been for a shoe-consumer (extraordinaire!) like myself, to take a behind-the-scenes peek at the life-cycle of a shoe. 

I’ve been overwhelmed by the many different players in this significant production which I’ve had the enormous fortune to meet, including:  importers, exporters, inventors, designers, manufacturers, captains of industry, family businesses, one-person enterprises, retailers (of all shapes and sizes), shoe-making teachers, stylists, web-based companies, bloggers, publishers, journalists, event organisers, publicists, image consultants, film-makers and philosophers (truly!). 

If the national grid could harness the energy at the ASF, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions would be halved in one fell swoop.

In short…completely and utterly INSPIRING.

Oceans of thanks to the divine Hailey and Anna from Angus & Robertson for selling The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy and A Passion for Shoes to my adoring fans, too!

Over the coming weeks and months I will have great pleasure in introducing you to some of the shoe-related companies and products that have caught my eye at the ASF.  Until then, au revoir, my darlings, and remember,

‘Shoe Princesses are not shoeaholics but footwear connoiseurs’

Australian Shoe Fair - Melbourne, 2009

Heel Heaven

Australian Shoe Fair - Melbourne, 2009

My Darling Shoe Princesses

It is with immense excitement and great pleasure that I can formally announce some very special news from the heart of my Shoedom:

For three whole days, from Sunday 30th August, 2009, SP Emma Bowd and moi will be special guests of the Australian Shoe Fair in Melbourne!  This is a trade-only fair my humble subjects, so expect lots of exclusive snippets of news and gorgeousness coming your way via this blog from inside the hallowed halls!  (And who knows…SP Emma Bowd may even learn how to use her Twitter account, and make some Tweets too…!)

Surrounded by so many people with a passion for shoes and their magnificent wares, you may very well not get us out of there! xx

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