Just as the weather gets milder and we start to think about what shoes we can wear. I get to meet the lovely shoe designer Cleo Barbour.
Educated at the prestigious Cordwainer’s College, within London College of Fashion.
Cleo Barbour then went on to train at the Salvatore Ferragamo design studio in Florence before returning to London to establish her own label, Cleo B.
Women that want to express themselves through shoes and want something unique, timeless and more accessible than traditional high-end brands are attracted to this collection.
Jam Master Jay – Black.
The platform and heel are covered in natural raffia offsetting the soft black suede, gold snakeskin and peach leather of the upper. Hand cut strips of leather crisscross over the toes and thick suede straps extend up the foot and tie securely in a double bow at the back of the ankle
A curvaceous plume of salmon, pink and natural nappa over the front of the foot. A matt nude leather covers the rest of the foot, platform and the elegant slim heel. The foot is secured with flexible elastic on the inside of the shoe.
Beatbox ankle boot
The chunky stacked leather heel adds attitude, whilst spectacular gold snakeskin musical notes flow across the front of the foot, contrasting beautifully against soft black suede.
Cleo takes inspiration from the 80s hiphop era and her designs are worn by celebrity fans such as,
Paloma Faith, Cheryl Cole and Emeli Sande to name but a few.
It’s all about being unique and stepping away from the crowd and Cloe’s shoes are wearable and eye-catching, with a special twist.
Glistening golden cassette shaped heels are set against soft turquoise kid suede in a classic open toe court shape. The cassette is named ‘SUCKER M.C.s’ after one of Run DMC’s first records, famous for it’s attitude and humor. The cassette is secured by a ‘wedge’ type of shape under the foot which ensures the shoes are ultimately wearable and comfortable.
Cleo B’s accessories and shoes have often been featured by top fashion magazines, and Cleo B was named the new shoe brand to watch by British Vogue, The Financial Times and Grazia.
If you can’t wait until then check out the Cleo B collection here http://www.cleob.com/