I have to admit, before I started working at Tuchuzy I'd never heard of Rochas. More to the point, when I was unpacking the Monday delivery a few weeks ago and these shoes came out, I wasn't actually that enthused.
Often it's the case that until you've been given the full history of a designer or a proper understanding of how a piece can actually work, you shrug it off and just say "it's not my style". Which at first, these shoes definitely weren't.
On the Monday afternoon that we received these shoes we had a 'product night', where the buyers take us through each collection and explain their choice to make each piece a part of the Tuchuzy collection.
On this Monday night, amidst the mass of information we were given, our Head Buyer, Angela, asked me to try on the flat gym boots above.
"What do you like about them?" she asked, after I'd zipped them up.
I had them on over my Rag & Bone distressed Heritage jeans and when I looked down at my feet I actually felt, for lack of a better term, pretty boss.
As it turns out, Rochas is a label worth some attention. Headed by Marco Zanini, the man who once assisted Dolce & Gabbana in their Ready-To-Wear line before becoming Donatella Versace's right-hand man, Rochas is a French fashion empire now dictating trends globally.
Ange went on to explain that these shoes were the next step forward for all style-conscious Sydney women. We ALL love our ankle boots (especially me - I appear to have a problem...), and while there's absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to what you love, it's important to move with the times and change up our styles to keep things exciting. Where these shoes are completely scary in how different they are to what we're used to, they make up for it in edge, quality, and dare I say, they are so fucking comfortable. The flats make any glam outfit spunky and the heels make you look like someone I'd be intimidated to talk to. Bottom line - they're daring, and isn't that what creating new looks is all about?
Find them here, or come in and say hi while you try them in the flesh.
To see more of the beautiful designs at Rochas, visit their site here.