Charlotte Olympia

The Wooden Heel That Works.


Sometimes, a trend that seems absolutely ludicrous and extremely unlikely to catch on; creeps up on you and actually works.


This spring/summer that trend is the wooden heel. Seen on clogs in Chanel’s 2010 collections, on the insane (yet divine) wedges from Nicholas Kirkwood that we mentioned last week, and slowly, but very surely, creeping its way onto the high street from the more expensive faux designer heels at Topshop, to the slightly more budget (and yet still fabulous) New Look.


Designers who have dared to use the wooden heel often do it in a very ‘statement’ way, where you have to be either very brave or ever so slightly bonkers to pull it off. But for those of us who want to work the trend without looking like an eco-mentalist or a hardcore fashion slave, the wooden heel has been something that we just stare at wistfully.


Now, a designer has put the wooden heels on a heel; not a wedge, not a sandal, but an absolutely fantastic and beautiful high heeled shoe that we can all wear with anything, and lust over permanently. Charlotte Olympia is beginning to become a firm favourite with a lot of celebrities, and has been worn by Emma Watson, Blake Lively and even the uber-glamorous X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole is being photographed more and more sporting Olympia’s designs. And now, she has brought us a take on the wooden heel that is thick enough to be comfortable on your feet; and yet not too chunky.


The heels are available in a variety of colours, from the wardrobe staple that is basic black to the slightly more daring party animal that is leapord print. And if you’re feeling fruity (and you’ll excuse the slightly bad pun) the fruit adorned ‘Bananas is my business’ heels are an absolute joy to look at, and sure to show off your fun side.


The shoes are available online now and prices start at around £550.00. You can see more of the collection at

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