The trend once sparked decades ago by Coco Chanel for gold-capped shoes was revived at London Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 13 shows. Now fashion savvy A-listers are catching on with the likes of Alexa Chung, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker all embracing the look.
From runway to red carpet, the trend has now gained momentum on the High Street and can be spotted in various guises on both shoes and boots.
While Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon have teamed their designer gold cap courts with cropped trousers, Alexa Chung and Sarah Jessica Parker have paired theirs with feminine dresses proving that the style can update any look.
Going for gold: Fashion-forward Alexa Chung and Rihanna both work the gold cap court shoe. While Rihanna incorporates it into her urban look, Alexa Chung teams it with a feminine style
The super chic shoe first made its mark in 1957 when it was designed by Chanel. She created the look with slingbacks and low heeled courts and it became a trademark style for the designer.
The toe-dipped shoes have gradually evolved into both a ladylike and subtly edgy style over the years and make up a high proportion of spring collections from the likes of Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Louis Vuitton.
Famous fans: Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker are all embracing the revived trend
On the High Street, the style takes the form of patent, matte black, snakeskin and even leopard print.
Fashion blogger Lydia Faye Jones said: ‘This look is hot for Spring 13. Marc Jacob’s designs for Louis Vuitton were the best of the bunch. From pastel mules to cute pumps, he undoubtedly hit the right footnote.
‘It is an updated version of the classic court shoe that can be both ladylike yet edgy depending on what you wear it with.’