I have always embraced the peculiar and eccentric. Recently I’ve fallen for Joanne Stoker’s shoes which are a both whimsical and wearable. Every now and again I come across a brand that is ‘stop you in your tracks amazing’ and Stoker’s collections are just that. Distinct, quirky and original, Joanne’s shoes are the perfect hybrid of style and art.
She originally studied textiles and went on to graduate from the prestigious Cordwainers College with a MA in Footwear Design. Joanne caught the discerning eye of Jimmy Choo and was mentored by the footwear veteran before setting up her eponymous label. The fashion industry pricked up its ears, awarding her the prestigious Vogue Talents Award and landing collaborations with the likes of Matthew Williamson & Dune. She has also worked with two of my favourite British designers, Teatum Jones and Eudon Choi.
My less than subtle style is well documented on this blog so it’s little wonder that I have fallen for Stoker’s vibrant, eclectic style. Strong architectural shapes are a brand signature, along with bold fabrics and a riot of colour and texture. The stacked, blocked heels are pretty and irreverent. Whilst the shoes might resemble works of art, they are comfortable and wearable. I love these tassel loafers, they were worn in Eudon Choi’s AW14 show. I’ve styled them with a scuba skirt from ASOS, a top from Topshop and a 30’s vintage jacket.