For the average woman, high fashion runway shows are exuberant points of reference when it comes to revamping wardrobes for a new season. Selecting what shoes to commit to out of all the options can be an anxiety-filled feat (no pun intended).
Ladies usually hoard far fewer pairs of shoes than clothing options, so the shoes that you do end up choosing should preferably complement as many wardrobe styles as possible, right?
The assortment of fashion fancy shoes that scraped along the Fall 2012 runways were just as mystifying as they usually tend to be at such style-intensive galas. But although their style interpretations have a tendency to bewilder the less engaged fashionista, the most successful designers have a knack for clearly asserting major seasonal trends that you may, then, re-imagine for your own fashion path in your oft-busy life.
Prints for the Sole
Practically every Fall 2012 show had some rendition of cleverly matched and molded prints. Restrained yet bold patterning is a seasonal must. Nicholas Kirkwood released a print-inspired, open-toed delight of a strappy and suede high-heeled shoe. Trot to a neighborhood mall to find Mix No. 6′s very affordable “Harper” striped slip-on canvas flat. It’s comfortable and comes in two patterned styles that may possibly wax a tad crafty for some tastes. Then there is Naturalizer’s ”Sherrie” wedge (shown above), which is not as decorative but successfully nails the trend for a more polished appeal.
Stud Things Up
Edginess has been subdued—at least for a season. Valentino went fantastically stud-crazy with its “Rockstudded” creations for Fall. Tabitha Simmons offers a far less literal trend interpretation in a red-hot high-heeled sandal, design-embellished with dainty metallic buttons. BCBG teases the edgy senses by its mini gold round studs that accent the high-heeld ”Forrester” sandal. But if you want to add the effect to a more casual look, check out the “Slipbeads” flat by Stuart Weitzman, who interjects the light taupe color trend as well with its “Cashew” version of the slip-on.
Leather, Leather Everywhere
Go to any department store to see that it’s all about leather—head-to-toe leather, that is. The thigh-high heeled leather boot is back, and Altuzurra pioneered the runway trend with a spectacular tassled, alligator-skinned black boot that looks licorice-coated. Take a peek at the Burberry Ankle chain soft leather boot with a bullet toe. This Italian leather thigh-high boot has a five-inch heel and a noticeably narrow fit. On the other hand, the Nine West “Chriscross” is a four-inch heeled, less pricey version.
Step Into Exotic Skins
The alligator, calf hair and snake skinned designs that slithered up and down the runway may have been overwhelming for a more subdued crowd. But these exotic skins are smartly incorporated into sensible footwear looks for the Fall. Steven Keaton’s rich suede snake-skin slip-on flats are comfortable and come in several vivid colors. Your denims will never look the same when styled with the bootie-ful ”Pizazz” three and three-quarter inch heeled leopardy wonders by Carlos Santana.
Mix n’Match is Back
In the 90s, designers and stylists experimented with a hodgepodge of fabrics to create one of a kind looks. Proenza Schouler
Sizzling Hot Metals
Metallics coated a plethora of accessories and even a few clothing selections on the runway. Alejandro Ingelmo showcased a straightforward metallic-all-over pump, while an Alexandre Birman pump has scaly snake skin cast in gold. The Penny Loves Kenny “Faris” shoe is trending for good reason, as it blends several trends—a studded toe, metallic finish, mix n’match fabrics—in one elegant metallic pump. J. Reneé’s low-heeled and glittery slip-on “Imogen” sequin pump with matching bow accents are a radiant answer to the metallic trend.
So pick one or more creative trends, and dare to saturate your own shoe collection with viable options for the Fall!
Lila Dawson currently works as a writer for a local clothing store and a freelance designer who specializes in orthotic ankle boots and casual wear for men. She also blogs about fashion in her spare time.