Two season ago, David Tlale joined forces with Luella and created a KILLER shoe collection: gladiators, diamante-studded 9 inch heels, cone-shaped heeled booties and peep toes sky-high heels in taupe and Leopard print (with a sharp jagged sole) with an unmistakable pink sole (this was prior Paris Hilton heels which gained popularity a few months ago) - all very "forward" and in-line with the DT aesthetic (sometimes an acquired taste - but lovable nonetheless).
This season, David Tlale opted for a more ready-to-wear, everyday wear type of shoes: pumps with a bit of detail, gladiators and GLADIATORS... I was mildly disappointed by this collection. David, being somewhat of an extremist, opted the easy way out with this collection and went a little too simple, thereby loosing the DT aesthetic that is associated with his brand (you know: daring, bold, sharp, forward thinking and completely nonconformist) AND the "statement shoe" mentality, with the exception of one or two pairs.
Then again: if it's comfort, minimalism and everyday wear that you seek, then this is the collection you'd love.
At the risk of sounding anal: I bought a pair that I think should've carried through in the rest of the collection (fulfilling one of my shoe lusts) so it's not ALL gloom and doom.