The Nordic tastemakers are clicking their heels three times – Wizard of Oz style – this holiday season, stepping out in fabulous red party footwear to rival Dorothy's red slippers
The end of 2023 has truly been the season for red. From Gucci's tone-setting ruby stockings to celebrities roaming the red carpets in crimson, the colour has captivated our curiosities – resulting in an onslaught of scarlet fever.
The latest red to ravish our sartorial senses? Shoes, be they tall suede boots or lacquered stilettos. The vast variety of red footwear on offer first appeared in the autumn/winter '23 collection almost a year ago. Across Europe's fashion weeks, ruby slippers dominated the runways: from Ferragamo's shiny two-strap swerved block heels to Prada's classic pumps and Hermès slouchy boots.
The runway trend was quick to take effect on the streets. While celebrities and influencers have their undeniable impact, few individuals sway our favours as fast as royalty – and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden just gave her royal stamp of approval to red shoes.
Stepping out in Toteme's signature coat (which was recently spotted on Jennifer Lawrence), the future Swedish queen matched her Victoria Beckham dress with surprisingly affordable (but sadly out-of-stock) scarlet suede heels by Rizzo and Swedish-designed red leather gloved by Handsome Stockholm.
Red footwear has also been especially favoured among former Vogue Scandinavia cover stars. Elsa Hosk went top-to-toe red in a recent Instagram post, posting in a Simkhai-designed Wolford piece and Magda Butrym coat, grounded with red pumped from an upcoming collection by her own brand Helsa.
Meanwhile, Matilda Djerf – who appeared on Vogue Scandinavia's latest digital cover – and Marianne Theodorse – one of our latest quartet of cover stars – both opted for flat versions of the trend. Djerf, the quintessential Scandi girl, styled hers with a crisp white cotton shirt and a beige denim skirt. Our favourite maximalist and colour-fiend Theodorsen, however, stuffed butter yellow socks in her ruby slippers, sporting washed-out denim and a black bedazzled jacket.
If there's one thing we know for sure when it comes to picking your next party shoe this holiday season, it is that we're not in Kansas anymore.
Patent leather pumps
Slingback ballet pumps
Vara-bow patent leather ballerina shoes
Red wide welt buckle ballerinas
Amalfi salsa nappa strappy heeled sandals
Venus red suede
Leather court shoes
Red strappy block heel sandals
Abella patent leather mules
Punk metal-toecap leather mules
Luke - red patent leather ballet flats
Aline red velvet
Hangisi 90 embellished satin pumps