What will be the top shoe trends for AW 2012? Here are our top three picks:
1. Ornate Opulence
Next season’s fashion is sumptuous and luxurious; imagine velvet dresses, jewels, intricate embroidery and metallic tones. But how can we nail this trend right down to our choice of accessories, without looking OTT? There are two ways to go. Crank up the luxe factor and accessorize an embellished dress with purple suede shoes with suitably regal ruffles. Or choose a pair of knee-high boots in velvet-soft suede in a subtle tone, accessorizing these with tailored trousers and an on-trend brocade jacket. But this trend isn’t limited to evening wear; use your shoes to create a luxe daytime look by pairing some classic Chelsea boots with decorative trousers and a simple tee.
2. Blue Shoes
For an instant wardrobe update look for vivid blues, such as electric blue and ultramarine. It’s so easy to integrate a bit of colour into your outfit with some vibrant coloured women’s shoes or accessories. Choose a pair of bold blue shoes to give the perfect punch to your favourite LBD or accessorise your classic black or indigo skinnies with some on-trend slipper style flats in deep, royal blue. Another practical style for next season is the ankle boot. Look for boots with military inspired detailing for a rock-chick vibe. For real fashion points, be brave and wear blue from head to toe by pairing simple flat pumps with a pale blue dress.
3. Luxe Leather
For next season, leather has got smarter and more sophisticated. With many trends centered on rich fabrics and intricate detailing it’s no surprise that leather has followed suit. Accessorize chic pencil skirts with luxe leather knee-high boots, or for a more masculine look, pair an androgynous trouser suit with mannish brogues. For something a little more casual pair some flat knee high boots with black skinny jeans and a high-necked leather jacket. If you buy one pair of leather boots next season make them knee high, a versatile style that will smarten up even casual looks.