Designer Orla Kiely stepping out with Clarks shoes

Irish designer Orla Kiely has found Clarks is the perfect fit for her just-launched shoe collection.

Designer Orla Kiely stepping out with Clarks shoes

The queen of prints, already known for her combination of colours, patterns, and textures, stepped out with the shoe manufacturer to make her first foray into footwear.

Her capsule, retro-style collection featuring five key styles, includes high platform mary-janes, low sling-backs, and chunky wedges.

The shoes, now available from Clarks and Ms Kiely’s official website, retail between €108.34 and €144.45.

Ms Kiely’s signature pattern is on the soles of the shoes, just like Christian Louboutin’s footwear with their shiny, red-lacquered soles.

After training in textile, Ms Kiely began her career designing hats and then moved on to handbags and clothing and a variety of other items, including kitchenware and cars.

Two years ago, she got the royal seal of approval after Kate Middleton wore one of her creations — a dress-coat.

Minutes after the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted in the garment, there was a shopping frenzy on the London-based designer’s website.

The walnut-coloured, wool Jacquard dress in a “birdie” pattern sold out within minutes.

Last November, Kate was pictured wearing the same dress-coat, bought in a sale for €193.60, down from €387.21.

Her mother, Carole Middleton, also wore a Kiely dress last July when she visited her daughter in hospital to see her first grandchild, Prince George.

Ms Kiely has two shops in London and a large shop in New York. Her designs are widely available in retail outlets in Ireland.

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