This week’s dedication to shoes of brilliance continues with another firm favorite namely LK Bennett. The brand – much coveted by the fashionable Brits – gained international critical acclaim when the Duchess of Cambridge wears them. Arguably the most recognized shoe worn by her is the Sledge Heel (In the flesh color known by LK Bennet as “Trench”) which has now gained iconic status the world over. The sleek stiletto heel includes a modern platform, softened almond toe and made from 100% Leather.
This ultra feminine, extremely sophisticated versatile heel is expertly crafted in Spain in glossy nude leather. The inner soles leather liners allow the feet to breathe.
LK Bennett describes the shoe as:
“Sledge is a sleek, versatile platform in a modern, gloss patent leather. The feminine and sculptural top-lines balance the amount of exposed toe cleavage. The built-in comfort factor ensures you won’t want to take these off, as they take you from desk to dinner effortlessly. Sledge is worn consistently by some of the most stylish women in the world”.
The first LK Bennett Shop was opened in Wimbledon Village in 1990 by Linda Bennett on a truly shoe string budget of £13,000.00. Her goal was to produce something designer footwear which was placed in between what was on offer on the High Street and what you could find at Bond Street. She quickly earned the nickname “Queen of the Kitten heel”.
The Luxury British Brand has since expanded globally with 99 outlets in the UK alone and a global reach of 146 outlets, including in-store concessions in luxury chains such as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, John Lewis, Fenwick, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. Stores can be found in Paris, Spain, Netherlands, United States and the United Arab Emirates.
LK Bennett is a firm favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge who is often seen perfect pinned into a pair of LK Bennetts as is evidenced by some of the photographs pictured below:
In 2004 Bennet wanted to concentrate on her passion which was design and assign the daily management to someone else. BDO Stoy Hayward – a Business Consulting firm was appointed by her to go forth and find strategic investors for the Brand. Phoenix Equity Partners and Sirius Equity (A Retail and Branded Luxury Goods Investment Company) acquired a 70% stake of LK Bennett in 2007 for a reported £70m. Bennet remains a non-executive director and retains 30% of the business.
Linda Bennett is widely considered to be on of the United Kingdom’s most successful Entrepreneurs and has one numerous awards including: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Consumer Product category) in 2002; Best Women’s Footwear Retailer (UK Footwear Award) in 2003; Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year in 2004; Entrepreneurs’ Entrepreneur award in 2009.
Regrettably I only own one pair (so far but trust me I am working on acquiring some more) which I wear to all formal occasions because it is super comfortable and mid heel (simply unable to wear stiletto’s any longer). The LKBennett Alisa Bow Front Kitten Heels are the ones I treasure and they take pride of place in my wardrobe.
These shoes are not readily available in South Africa but luckily with online retail your perfect pair of LK Bennett are a few clicks and a lot of money away from entering your life.
You can even get yours from Amazon today here is a selection that I love from them:
It is easy to see why this brand is so popular amongst Royals (Camilla is also a huge fan) and celebrities to such as Amal Clooney, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Palermo and Laura Bailey to name a few.
There you go, ladies. Here’s to a tough act to follow…