While Valentino had butterflies, roses and birds multiplied all over their gowns at Paris fashion week fall 2014, Dita Von Teese hit runway for Jean Paul Gaultier in a butterfly bustier, celebrities start taking the butterfly themed shoes for a ride.
Camilla Belle looked gorgeous in a pair of white Casadei butterfly sandals while attending the 2014 Riviera Maya Film Festival‘s closing ceremony in Mexico on March 15. Camilla was wearing a Carolina Herrera with a Ferragamo clutch.
These Casadei butterfly sandals feature 11 cm stiletto heels and back zipper opening. The black suede straps are decorated with golden metallic leather piped butterflies in various sizes, which are lined with golden metallic leather on the inside.
Kim Kardashian was spotted in Sergio Rossi Filigree golden sandals when she was stepping out of her car in a tight little red dress at the studio on March 14 in Van Nuys, California.
These sandals are from Sergio Rossi Cruise 2014 collection, inspired by the famous Gocce Oro candelabra by designer Gabriella Crespi, featuring laser cut golden metallic leather upper, ankle straps and front jeweled.
The slim heel takes its design from the filigree technique of the goldsmith who created Gabrielle Crespi‘s famous candelabra.
They are also available in flats:
If you are having difficult time to spot a butterfly out of these sandals, here are more elaborated ones from the same collection of Sergio Rossi:
These sandals carry the same laser cut butterfly-wing like upper but with adjustable buckled ankle straps. The golden plated butterfly body attached to the “wings” on the back. Front is designed with black satin strap. Heel is also filigree technique inspired metallic stiletto.
These peep toe sandals feature a vivid golden plated butterfly body at the front, which attached to the laser cut metallic leather “wing” toe box. Back upper is also laser cut metallic leather in golden, matching Filigree technique inspired metallic stiletto.
So how to design your own shoes with butterfly features? If you are in the mood of designing your own butterfly inspired shoes, here are some production techniques you can consider for imitating the butterfly theme on your shoes.
1. Laser Cut
Laser cut is a very common way to imitate the see through effect of a butterfly wings with the irregular patterns. It can be laser cut on the total upper like Sergio Rossi Filigree sandals, or partially laser cut butterfly on the back like on Sophia Webster shoes.
2. Custom Embroidery
The color patches are embroidered with golden edges on the upper of Brian Atwood sandals, fully expressing the extravagant colored butterfly wings with tassel at the top to imitate the butterfly antenna. On Alexander McQueen flat loafer, the butterfly is embroidered in golden to match the flowers on the toe box.
3. Custom Print
Custom printed upper on Manolo Blahnik shoes is like a painting with the butterfly in various colors and some floral background. Custom printed pump of Tabitha Simmons are much more expressionist on a magnified vision of butterfly wings and colors.
4. Custom Made Heels
These Alberto Guardiani sandals are designed with custom made butterfly heels, with fine textures on the surface, beautifully black and green colored. Custom made heels can be time consuming and very expensive. You might want to give it a pause for tight budget or leading time when designing your own.
5. Butterfly Ornaments
It’s probably the easiest way to spell out a butterfly inspired shoes. Without alternating the shoe structure but just adding some fine designed and crafted jewelries, you can complete the task in no time.