Bright and shiny always appeals best to bazaar, so we hot-footed it along to the newest Shoebox New York store in town. Re-located now up to the first floor of 360 MALL, the now classically beautiful store has a floor to ceiling, glass fronted façade and huge panels of white and grey marble. With shelves of glass and accents of beech-wood, it is a perfect setting to wander around the products which proudly take center-stage. You can see shoes and accessories galore, even from the other side of the mall walkway, and the kaleidoscope of color on the shelves of the multi-brand emporium pull you in. Expect a long stay when visiting here.
SBNY knows you are going to want to try on a number of different styles, so they have made it extremely comfortable for you to do so. There is a large, oval lobby sofa, fabricated in a soft wool, intricately woven with creams, cerise and fuchsias which creates an overall baby-pink color. This is definitely girly but with the rest of the store hard marble, sturdy mirrored full-height columns, and funky artwork showing strong, sexy, powerful women on the back wall, if shoes are your thing, this is a shoe haven for a woman, to be sure. Be warned, your purse this winter may take a pounding, because the more comfortable you are trying something on, the longer you will take to relish the experience and the more shoes, boots, bags and jewelry you will buy!
As Shoebox New York understands the different sartorial needs that women have, the addition of other accessories such as jewelry makes it a one stop shop to accessorize your favorite outfit; a boutique of boots, bags and bracelets. Shashi NYC is a brand that has jewelry such as bangles made with chunky wooden beads, either polished or enveloped by threads of silk, and earrings that match, displayed alongside each other. They also specialize in delicate necklaces which are perfect to layer, and bracelets with dainty charms of turquoise bead inlay in hand, eye, and dragonfly designs.Women in Kuwait may not have to endure trudging through snow during the winter, that’s a given. However, now that Shoebox New York brings to you the most desirable footwear collections for this season, you will want to trek over to one of the three stores to try them on. Be you a fashionista, business woman, mother or student there’s a shape, color, fit and finish to suit your lifestyle.
Gravitating towards one of the winter collections, the first thing we see that is thrilling, is a Vince Camuto, platinum-colored velvet, combat bootie showcasing a Rockstud homage with the cheeky pyramid detailing running all along the vamp. As velvet is the hottest textile trend of the moment, your outfit is immediately updated with just this addition! It is certainly not a winter boot collection if there isn’t a thigh-high, swashbuckler style on offer, and SBNY has plenty of these to choose from. Over-the-knee boots with suede covered buttons in a Victorian style, riding boots with a wider fit, or taller options where you can fold down the tops for a boot that gives you more than one look.
Of course, it is still thirty something degrees outside, so it is understandable that those of you staying in the heat may consider boots too warm right now, so there are other options. Shoebox shows you how to do booties with an open toe to show off spectacular pedicures and keep your tootsies fresh. There’s an ankle boot with a bondage-strap at the ankle and stretch whale-net on the chassis so the feet are covered (aesthetically) but the exposure feels like a sandal; airy! Another one is form fitting yet made from a stretchy, patent leather so classy that it’s almost impossible to stop staring at how it has been created. Imagine a “soft sheen” patent…it has to be seen to be believed.
Then of course there are shoots, a fabulous amalgamation of both shoe and boot! Schutz have shoots down, you must take a look at the seventeenth century, Louis the 14th inspired sharp-toed, slender-heeled, super-high-shine patent leather version! Shoebox New York has shoots in multiple styles including flatforms, stilettos and stack heels to choose from which will go with any outfit on any occasion. A move away from classic black and brown boots or booties is a super stylish, deeply jeweled color. From burgundy embroidered velvet by Jessica Simpson, to blood red suede, metallic navy floral brocade or midnight blue velvet by Arezzo, there is such choice this season!
The contrast in winter is that there are so many celebrations during these months that require pretty, strappy shoes as the number of social occasions and invitations tends to increase. This is the one great thing about the winter in Kuwait, it’s never too cold for a sky-high, stiletto and SBNY has so many! Consider a nude mesh with a scattering of silver stars and moons, or a fringing of black beading dripping seductively down the back of the ankle, mantra swirls made of glitter sitting atop a striking 12cm stiletto…there are several choices.
But, if you can’t quite handle the height, the most desirable of flats can be found in the assortment designed by singer Katy Perry. With inspiration from cotton-tailed rabbits and fast cars made in pretty pastel patent, as well as classically color blocked mule sandals, there are fun and sophisticated pieces to be found here; a collection as faceted as the star, herself.
The new 360MALL Shoebox New York is a fabulously spacious location, enough for one to catwalk as down a runway, through as many of the collections as one cares to. This November make your way along and wander through amazing brands, such as Vince Camuto, Schutz, Katy Perry, Jessica Simpson, EMU Australia, and Arezzo.
Shop the latest Shoebox New York collections locations in Gate Mall, 2nd Avenues—The Avenues, and the latest location on the first floor of 360 MALL. For the latest on SBNY follow Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @shoeboxnykuwait. Photography by Caroline Ericson @pixbycaroline on Instagram.