I’ll be honest, the title of this article is perhaps a little misleading, because you always need new shoes. Well I do at least. However Leandra Medine’s eponymous collection, newly launched at Harvey Nichols, is certainly one to write about.
The influencer and businesswoman behind Man Repeller previously launched a shoe line titled MR by Man Repeller, however this one is a little different, because it celebrates how women think about getting dressed.
With this in mind, there is a breadth of styles that speak to the duplicities of our wardrobes: feminine menswear in a pair of loafers, delicate ruggedness in her boots and incontestable comfort in a pair of absurdly high heels.
Reflecting Medine’s own style, the collection is all about the unexpected. Think houndstooth sandals, carpet print riding boots, patent leather kitten boots paired with a removable contrasting chiffon detail and floral combat boots that are both romantic yet functional.
More importantly, the collection is for any woman doesn’t apologise for expressing herself in her attire. After all, the whole ethos of Man Repeller to begin with was dressing for oneself rather to please a man.
Leandra says, ‘When I think back to what inspired me, the through line is more in theme with designing for the facets of my varying wants as a woman — a celebration of those gorgeous hypocrisies that define me.’
I’m so here for it.