Yup, it's that time of year when flip flops and mules start to get a little samey, and we long for something a little more sophisticated to lift our spirits. I'm crushing on a shoe from a brand that was previously unknown to me right now: Fred Marzo.

Fred Marzo red heels with gold piping

This young and exciting shoe designer is a rising star in his native France, and is already stealing our hearts. Definitely one to watch, his pieces include elegant twists on vintage styles, like this beautiful twist-knot detail 'Eva' shoe. Elsewhere in his current collection, you'll find elegant Mary Janes, 1920s-inspired t-bar heels and much more to surprise and delight.

In this particular style, I love the flowing, moulded effect on the side of the smooth red suede - and of course the beautiful contrast created by the crackled, snake effect leather trim. This is a designer with a real eye for detail, and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us for A/W 2013!