suedeplatforms.pngThe word 'funky' is on the tip of our tongues here: these towering shoes from Rocha are so unashamedly 70s-inspired that try as we might, there's no avoiding that description even if we only whisper it, for now...

What's completely compatible with 2012, however, is their colouring: the pale 'sorbet' colour of the calfskin leather is very much in keeping with the season's ice cream obsession, while the bronzey gold trim adds a flash of laid-back chic. They're crying out to be worn with sheer flowing fabrics, and lots of beads.

The shoes, which are part of Rocha's new spring/summer collection are in store at Net-a-Porter now, where they are priced at £550 here. We love the feeling of substance about them, which contrasts so well with the pale, ghostly hue. Their leather, which looks wonderfully kind on the feet, is decorated with a subtle texture, giving the shoes a tactile almost suede-like quality. 

If you like this style, there are plenty of more affordable alternatives to be had on the high street, including these lovely suedette rope wedges at New Look. At just £24.99, they're certainly a wallet-friendly way to get the look. Alternatively, you might want to check out some of the styles in our ice cream colours feature, or these wonderful Neopolitan ice toned flatties at Kurt Geiger. It's going to be ice cream headaches for us all this summer!