Sophia Webster is out to make you smile. A protégée of London's shoe mastermind Nicholas Kirkwood, this Brit footwear princess's perky patterns have already won over some of Hollywood's biggest trendsetters, including Rita Ora, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rihanna. This month she's bringing her signature, whimsical styles to a broader fan base thanks to a 13-piece collaboration with J. Crew, available at the end of this month at jcrew.com and J. Crew stores for prices starting at $320. "I want to show people you can express your personality through statement shoes," she says. "Just keep the rest of your outfit low-key."
Exactly how, you ask? Keep everything else simple, advises J. Crew's head women's designer Tom Mora, who worked closely with Webster (pictured, below) to create the collaboration. "Clothes are becoming so minimal and clean, women are really responding to statement heels because you can still look like you’re dressed with all-white, all-blue, all-black, and then you have this amazing shoe that has it all," says Mora.
That way, your shoes will grab the attention they deserve. "What’s incredible is that each shoe has such complexity," adds Mora. "There’s nothing simple about any of them. There’s so much color and texture and pattern happening, it really reflects who Sophia Webster is as a designer." And, more than anything, they're fun. "When you put on the shoes, you’ll know you’re going to have a really fun evening. Or if you’re feeling serious, it’ll definitely put a smile on your face!"
1. Poppy Print
"Balance this dainty design with a structured piece like tailored shorts or a pencil skirt," Webster says. Leather and suede jacquard, $650; jcrew.com
2. Art Deco
Finish a bright ensemble with these stilettos. "Neutrals always look amazing with a color that pops." Leather, cotton, and silk, $620; jcrew.com
Besides a perfect pedi, team these whimsical sandals with cropped skinny jeans and a sharp blazer, says Webster. Leather and silk, $480; jcrew.com
Punch up your work look. Says the designer, "This print is playful but the shape is office-appropriate." Silk, $320; jcrew.com
5. Rainbow Plaid
Head-to-toe blue, like cuffed jeans and a chambray shirt, will off set these luxe douppioni lace-ups. Silk taffeta, $595; jcrew.com
6. Stripes and Spots
"Polka dots are feminine but not overly girlie," says Webster. Try them with an eyelet dress or cropped white jeans. Leather, $520; jcrew.com