I want to introduce everyone to Habbot Studios – a shoe brand with French inspired details, with fresh Australian style, and with all shoes handmade in Italy, from fine Italian leathers.
Annie Abbot, the designer behind the brand, had a career path that really piqued my interest in the brand. She started in the London buying office for Net-a-porter, then moved to Sydney where she worked with Sass & Bide, then into product development for a footwear company, and now she’s launched her dream as shoe designer and founder of Habbot Studios.
Her designs are so simple and strong. Using classic silhouettes with mixed textures, creating a collection of shoes that are elegant, stylish and really look unique!
I chose 3 pairs shoes to test out, and Annie graciously offered one pair as a gift.
Also one of my readers will be able to win one pair of shoes (of their choice) from the site! Please read below for more details.
And the Habbot Studios online shop is having a 50% OFF sale on all shoes from their Autumn/Winter 11 Collection.
The first shoe I chose were the Rou Bebelon Shoes. Drawing inspiration from chic French footwear from the 1940s… I was definitely drooling over these. A classic beauty. Their style makes them very versatile for any outfit – with pants, stockings, skirts.
I slipped them on and oooooooh they were simply wonderful and comfortable to wear. Nothing beats wearing real leather, quality made shoes. They even have full leather lining and leather sole.
This style also comes in black leather. (And if you’re going to enter the competition and need a hand choosing a shoe style, I think this one would be the best choice towards “investing in a stylish wardrobe”).
I also chose this pair called Degraves Street in GOLD, because I wanted to try out something bold with a bit more *statement*. They’re so quirky and cool!
It was a bit of a fashion risk, because I thought the gold and the black shape might just overpower my outfit, and perhaps look too crazy and bold, possibly like a clown?
But after wearing them with a few simple outfits, like crop pants + singlet, shorts + tee, and a skirt… I felt the shoes added *just* the right amount of statement to my outfits.
So much so, I was tempted to select these as the ones to keep. And it was a close toss up between the white one too.
Lastly I tried the Hosier Lane – Made from velvet and patent leather.
I loved the mixing of velvet and patent – so very cool – and that was the winner for me.
These were the ones I decided to keep. I put them on and they were so comfortable, like they were giving my feet a great big hug. The heel was a fantastic height for every day wear. It’s style is truly timeless, classic and versatile. A perfect addition to any wardrobe.
There are quite a few more styles that you can find on the Habbot Studio site, so do pop on over to have a closer look.
I’m running a giveaway! You can WIN a pair of lush Italian leather Habbot shoes of your choice.
It’s open to all my readers – WORLDWIDE .
How to Enter
1) Go to Habbot Studio Facebook Page and LIKE IT
2) You’ll see a Wall Post about the “Karen Cheng Reader Giveaway”
3) Make a comment on that Wall Post and tell us – a) your name, b) shoe size, c) which shoe [the shoe name please] you would love to own from the AW11 Collection.
Winner will be randomly selected via random number generator.
Giveaway ends on the Tuesday 9 August 2011, 23:59 AEST.
Hope you win!
Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.