United Nude Debuts Its Fall/Winter 2012 Footwear Collection
Known for its architectural inclinations and its footwear-as-art approach to design, United Nude has continued its history of innovation with the United Nude Aw12 collection, which is available for pre-order starting today. The crowning jewel of the collection is the United Nude Tulip Hi Boot ($650 at UnitedNude.com), which features petal-like leather slithers with curved top edges and surfaces boasting tonal stitching in this very same half-moon shape, the leather petals overlapped with great precision to mimic the appearance of a blooming flower. Featuring a 1.8″ platform and 4.3″ heel, the Tulip Hi Boot features a wedge heel with a sloping back that mirrors the shape of a reverse comma. Though the petal motif is undoubtedly feminine, the bulky wedge heel and the padding along the uppers give this shoe a futuristic, Blade Runner-ish feel.
Another futuristic style is the Mad Max-ian United Nude Mosaic Hi ($280 at UnitedNude.com), shown second from top, a shoe and ankle boot hybrid crafted out of silver calf tumbled metallic leather. To create the illusion of a mosaic masterpiece made of mirror shards, the uppers were constructed by piecing together geometric-shaped leather cuts, allowing the black stitching to work as the “glue” affixing the mosaic “tiles” into place. The Mosaic Hi features a slightly conical heel measuring 3.7″ in height, with a 0.2″-tall platform along the front of the shoe. Even the shoe’s ankle collar features jagged ridges, as opposed to following a smooth line, adding to the piece’s artsy feel.
Since color-blocking continues to be a dominant trend this fall, United Nude responded by designing the United Nude Delta Wedge Boot ($480 at UnitedNude.com), shown third above, an ankle-high boot with turquoise calf nappa leather uppers, a moulded ABS wedge heel measuring 3.3″ in height and a hidden PU platform measuring 2.2″ in height.What makes this style particularly unique is the manner in which it’s color-blocked, with the leather uppers given one solid color, the wedge and platform heels divided so that the back portion resembles a black triangle and the front section looks like a smaller coral-colored geometric piece. The outsole, meanwhile, features yellow piping for an added dose of brightness.
The United Nude Abbie Hi Boot ($375 at UnitedNude.com) also speaks to this season’s dominant trends, in this case through the use of burgundy nylon canvas to give some contrast to the black calf nubuck on the boot’s uppers. The tall, sporty boot features a quilted shaft with horizontal strips of nylon canvas sewn together to create a padded look, a black suede strip accentuating the toe area and extending to the front base of the shaft, a black suede band trimming the boot collar, along with a moulded 3.3″-tall black wedge heel that provides greater comfort.