Irish-born Rose, a trainer-obsessed tomboy from an early age, worked in fashion and film and trained at London’s Central Saint Martins, before launching her namesake footwear line. Rose’s sophisticated yet playful sneakers combine sleek styling and retro references. They bring a glamorous touch to jeans, lend a hip edge to smarter looks and frankly, hats off to anyone who can anyone who makes glitter and leopard print supermarket or school-run appropriate. I’m thinking these’d be great for the times I get all Melanie Griffith in Working Girl (without the 80s hair) and tramp off to a function in London, changing into heels at the door.
This season, Rose’s Coney low-tops are back in soft gold with glitter and off-white lacing or in bold, black and white check with metallic trims. While the achingly cool, new Simmy is a pair you can really prowl around in. These statement leopard print mid-tops, with gold detailing will steal the show from work to weekend.
All the shoes pictured are available at roserankin.com. We’re talking from about £159, so not exactly cheap but think of all the wear you’ll get out of them compared to an impractical pair of sling backs.