When it comes to shoes, Chloe Green knows her stuff. Obsessed with footwear from an early age, her personal shoe collection amounts to some 200 pairs, so becoming a footwear designer herself was an obvious career move! Her latest collection for Topshop is made up of 12 show-stopping heels, courts and wedges, each design inspired by her travels through the Americas and perfect for a seriously glam summer. Get the inside scoop on the collection as we chat to Chloe below.
Why did you choose the Americas as your inspiration?
I spent most of last year travelling around America and I found it so inspiring. Exploring new cultures, seeing different places and meeting new people was incredible – I wanted to focus my collection on all of these experiences.
Tell us about your travels there. Any must-see places?
There’s so many places that I really loved, all for very different reasons. I visited an orphanage in La Romana in the Dominican Republic – that was such an emotional experience. I met so many beautiful people there. From a work point of view, places on the west coast really inspired my designs – LA is such a fascinating place, there’s so many interesting and cool people round every corner and the vibe is so relaxed.
How has the collection moved on from last season?
It feels a lot more grown up this season – each collection seems to mature alongside me! This collection features sleek and sophisticated designs that are really feminine and quite sassy.
What kind of girl are you designing for?
I love to design shoes that are unique and can’t be found anywhere else. I always try and think about my friends and what they’d want from a new pair of heels – whether it’s a special element, design or print.
Was there a muse behind the collection this season?
It’s hard to pin this down to one person or thing as I feel like travelling opens up your mind to everything – from vibrant and colourful carnivals, sandy dry deserts, chic bars or even relaxed poolside’s in LA. I’ve tried to encompass a certain emotion to each style and I hope that really shines through.
What will you be wearing the collection with?
The collection is so versatile – the Miami wedges are perfect for taking you from the beach to dance floor and the classic Santiago courts look so chic with jeans for the day or dressed up the with a LBD in the evening – that’s what I love so much about the collection, there’s something for every occasion.
Do you have a favourite style this season?
It’s always so hard to choose a particular style, they are all my favourites! But I do really love the striped strappy sandal called Malibu. They’re so comfortable and really tap into the monochrome trend that is so big this season.
We’re excited to see more of your vertiginous heels! Any top tips for walking in heels?
Keep your shoulders back and be confident! I love wearing heels and wear them most days but if you’re used to flats it’s always a good idea to practise wearing new heels – even if it’s just round the around the house! I always moisturise my feet well before slipping on high heels, it make them so much more comfortable.
Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
It always excites me when I see a flash of green sole – if it’s a girl out with her friends or a celebrity on the red carpet. I always get a buzz of excitement and it makes me feels so proud of what I have achieved.
The collection launches today in our London Oxford Circus store and on topshop.com.