No.21 is all about the perfect statement shoe.
No. 21 has been on my fashion radar and lust list for a while, so I was very excited to finally treat myself to something from them and I knew I had to share it with you straight away!
Only founded in 2010, it is a relatively young brand but despite this, Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s label has had quite the impact on the fashion circuit. It’s currently stocked everywhere from Net-a-Porter to Selfridges to Farfetch.
Dell’Acqua aims to offer feminine yet modern designs with touches of masculinity. He’s not afraid to mix structured shapes common in a man’s wardrobe with feminine fabrics and elegant touches. This mix of feminine and masculine has become one of the key stylistic codes of the brand. I’ve always loved the polish and structure typical of male tailoring so it’s no surprise I was immediately drawn to No. 21. Although I do like the ready-to-wear, it is Dell’Acqua’s talent for shoe design which makes him stand out to me.
No.21 is all about the perfect statement shoe. They manage to straddle the line between statement while still being elegant, classy and sophisticated. They’re predominantly recognised for their sculptural designs which makes them stand out from the crowd. I have the Althea Mules which have a lot going on; there are tassels, pom poms, fringing and bow details. As my best friend described it, they’re “very me” as I’m definitely “the more the better” kinda gal!
I hit the jackpot with these and managed to get them in the sale with 70% off, which is the most I’ve seen them discounted by a looong way. Sizes are now very limited but if you’re a size 36 or 40 and you hurry, you may also be able to bag this amazing bargain too. There’s a direct link below if you click on the image, plus I’ve listed all my other favourite No. 21 styles which are currently on sale (just use the arrows to scroll across).
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I do appreciate these are not going to be to everyone’s tastes, as they are pretty wacky. If you prefer something a touch simpler than you should be looking at the collection featuring their structured bows. They’re still a statement piece, although possibly not for the fashion shy, but they still manage to be incredibly elegant and sophisticated. This collection comes in various forms from high, low and flat heeled mules to pumps and some very cool slip ons. There is no shortage of colour options and you can either go glam with satin, classic in leather or fashionista chic in denim or canvas. Below are just a few of my favourite picks from this season:
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Just a quick word on sizing, I originally purchased the mule version of these last season which were exactly the same but without the slingback. I bought the 36 (my usual size) and 37 but had to send both back as they were too narrow for my wide foot (meep!). Fortunately, the style I have now with the slingback fits wider but I still sized up to a 37. Word of warning if you have a wider foot or are between sizes then size up. If you have a narrow foot you should be fine with your regular size.
Outfit details: Coat – ZARA (find HERE) | Trousers – ZARA (similar HERE & HERE) | Top – Gucci (similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes – No. 21 (find HERE majorly on SALE & HERE) | Bag – Chanel (similar HERE & HERE) | Necklace – Chanel (find HERE & HERE) | Lipstick – Nars (find HERE)
Finally, I’ve said it before but I’m going to say it again, if you haven’t gone and got yourself this shearling coat from ZARA yet, do it! With these subzero temperatures we’ve been experiencing in London recently this coat has been a saviour. I’ve never felt so stylish while still being warm and cosy, plus it doesn’t cost the earth. This is the ultimate wardrobe essential!