A PROJECT IN TAILORING LACE UPS.

When Melbourne shoe label Habbot released their newest project, My Habbot - a chance to completely customise the colour palette of their classic derby brogue - I was on pinterest straight away, pinning inspiration for a cool custom coloured lace up. I soon realised I could go one of two ways. Either do something colourful and creative, utilising all the beautiful tones on the swatch card that was sent, knowing these would end up being a sometimes shoe. Or, go for something super classic in mostly black or white, that would lend itself to my everyday uniform and be worn to death. 

photography: liz sunshine

photography: liz sunshine

With a clean slate and a pinterest board full of ideas, I started to think about the different sections and details of the shoe. I knew I wanted hole punching and white laces, so these were ticked off straight away. Then reflecting on shoes I have loved in the past I remembered a pair of Alexander McQueen all white brogues I had owned a few seasons ago - they were a staple in my summer wardrobe for quite some time and the perfect alternative to white sneakers. 

I had a starting point. 

I loved the idea of all white from the top and front and then an unexpected detail once you turned around or looked closer at the shoes. My mind was made up, I'd change the colour of the spherical section on the heel and leave the rest white. Practical - tick. Different to what I had found while looking for inspiration - tick. I had my design. 

The colour options on the swatch were all so beautiful, it was so hard to choose. I loved the red, the deep blue and green, but also the metallic gold and of course black. 

Was I creating a sometimes shoe or a uniform shoe? It was such a hard call, as I was already using so much white. In the end my practical mind got the better of me and although initially I had ticked red, in the last minutes I changed my mind and went for black.

Arriving a few days ago - thanks to Annie and her Italian makers, who must have worked at lightening speed - I love my new custom derby's. 

Though think I possibly need the red pair too? xxx

photography: liz sunshine

photography: liz sunshine