In 2006, our own Dan Sullivan designed a shoe that was delicate and decadently daring.
The Abigail’s Party redefined the meaning of bootie, with a leg-elongating heel and unfinished laces to be fastened in a bow, originally conceptualised in stripe fabric with leather details.
We have seen Abigail’s in fabrics such as hessian and knit and patterns of bountiful blooms and teacupped bunnies. Our Abbs has even featured as a beauteous bridal bootie, enrobed in lace. Today, our iconic girl wears velvet in autumnal hues and has the prestigious, iconic sole pattern.
12 years later, her creator, Dan Sullivan, has penned a pal which has put the froufrou in this shoeshoe- Baroness.
She enters in AW18, showcasing three colourways, with eyes wider than Abbie’s and a scalloped sweetheart top line which comfortably graces the ankle. Baroness is perched and poised upon a cascade of sparkle. She’s a stunner from all angles...
Speaking of angles, we love how the laces on AP tie into a big bow so Baroness has not only wide grosgrain ribbon laces but also a teeny bow on the heel counter. This isn’t all we love about her back; we are dazzled by the voluptuous glitter heel too.
The heel on Baroness is a brand-new design, which is equally as sturdy as that on the Abigail but the large surface area which will stop you sinking in the grass at a tea party. Now don’t be fooled, the heel shape may be different, with its curves and higher cut arch but the height is still that of Abigail, at a classically graceful 9.5 cm… Like we said, sisters from the same Mr.
Although Abigail is never late to the party, she is pleased to be arriving this season arm-in-arm with a gal who’s just as stylish but in a totally Irregular way, preaching ‘let them wear shoes’!
Article written by Irregular Choice's Darcy Dewse