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Soleful Summer

April 20, 2015
Nicholas Kirkwood

The icy, unforgiving Beijing winter is finally melting away and summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to kick off those clumpy fur boots and slip into some delicate, warm weather-worthy toe candy. And where better to pick out a pair of on-trend stilettos or stylish sandals than at the first Asian outpost of haute British footwear label, Nicholas Kirkwood? Sitting pretty in fashionista favourite Shin Kong Place department store, the minimalist white space stocks all the latest heels for her, plus a few select styles for him.

The simple, open storefront is as edgy and perfectly-finished as the soleful works of art it showcases, with backlit alabaster walls, hexagonal shelves and angular plinths crowned with items from the spring/summer collection. Channel a peachy beachy vibe with a pair of pearl and spike-studded wedge espadrilles, or keep it casual with a rainbow of Italian leather loafers. Those after the classic Kirkwood looks will, of course, find their signature clear pumps adorned with zigzags – this season, available in metallic red and high-gloss black – plus quirky Derbys for dapper chaps. Still can’t quite find a shoe that fits? Click onto the Nicholas Kirkwood website to enquire about the brand’s bespoke and customising services. Shoe-tiful!

Shin Kong Place / 87 Jianguo Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 6530 5888 / 10am-10pm daily /