nicholas-kirkwood-slingbacks.jpgSometimes, we stumble on a shoe that just takes our breath away and leaves us blinking in awe, even after years of looking at the world's most beautiful footwear day in, day out. This beautifully styled patent leather and satin slingback by Nicholas Kirkwood is one such shoe, and we're day-dreaming about having this wonderful piece of wearable art in our wardrobes.

The shoes, which combine monochrome striped sassiness with ruby red glitter, are held together by a near-invisible clear plastic toe strap and sky high heel for a real red carpet effect. The oversized bow gives a whimsical appeal, while the glitter inside speaks of fairytales and magic.

If there's one really special pair of shoes you want to invest in this year, we can recommend considering something like this: a deconstructed twist on a real classic that will work with all your evening and party wear - however formal - but inject a high fashion edge every time. These beauties are no bad place to start!