Isabel Toledo for Payless
Toledo is well-known for her fashion-forward, evolving design process rooted in the marriage of art, fashion and invention. Her approach and dedication to designing clothing — and now shoes — that are timeless and free of trends make her an iconic and free-thinking talent.
Her first Payless collection includes a range of important essential silhouettes including tall boots and ankle booties, pumps, heeled wedges and flats done in fresh new ways and resulting in wearable chic shoes with a practical elegance.
“The main inspiration for my first Payless collection was to create a line of shoes that I could wear on a daily basis and that would make a bold fashion statement, but also be very functional too,” said Toledo. “I am a New Yorker and I walk all over the city and in the fall that means all sorts of bad weather. These shoes have a strong graphical tone, are fresh new essentials for every woman’s fall closet, and are an affordable way to make a strong statement from the ground up.”
Two key styles in the line are the High Ghillie and a Ballet Flat Ghillie, both featuring a Ghillie upper with its half-circle cut-outs and loop lace design. The High Ghillie features a faux patent upper with a contrasting all-yellow heeled wedge sole with a zig-zag ripple treatment — a signature design element in Toledo’s fall Payless footwear collection. The Ballet Flat Ghillie comes in both a black and silver version featuring a ruched toe design and a skimmer sole and half-inch heel – also featuring the zig-zag ripple treatment.
“The Ghillie shoe is an important design originating from Scotland as a smart shoe for walking the wet and muddy countryside. I love the Ghillie because it’s unique and practical. My Ghillies explore the allure of high style at a comfortable price. They complement the daring urban gladiator leg or a discreet workers’ pant.”
That’s a lot of press release, kittens. Let’s check out the goods:
We have to say, we love them. One of the most stylish collections Payless has ever offered. J’ADORE the Toreador pump, but we love the booties too. We’re not sold on that poodle boot. Fake fur on a boot can so often look cheap really quickly. Still, these are some great, and highly affordable, offerings. T Lo approved.
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