Revive last fall’s outfits with this year’s fashion-forward footwear.
“A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman.”—Christian Louboutin
A shoe holds the power to transform an outfit. Trends run the gamut from practical to whimsical, skyscraper high to Hepburn flat, each with the unique ability to make you pledge the universal shoe mantra: “I will wear them with everything!” Yes, you probably will, but whichever shoe you choose, be true to your personal style. Only you walk in them.
Head Over Heals
1. Vince Camuto
2. Cole Haan
4. Via Spiga
Akin to the little black dress and the perfect shade of red lipstick, a classic pair of heels is a must-have for any woman. A heel is not necessarily an everyday shoe, and with that in mind, you can play up the style and embellishment to make a statement. A colorful, attention-grabbing pair of heels is a great way to spice up dresses already in your wardrobe or a foolproof way to keep your outfit edgy. A bright color is best with black or navy sheaths, and a neutral color looks amazing with tan legs and a bright patterned frock.
Style Tip: There is nothing like a stiletto to make your legs look their best. Give them the space they need to shine, and wear a high-waisted pencil skirt or a belted dress to draw attention downwards.
The Fashionable Flat
1. Sam Edelman
2. Via Spiga
3. Steven Alan
4. Kate Spade
Since their major introduction to fashion in the '60s London Mod scene, flats have been a staple of the chic minimalist wardrobe. They’re now a staple in any wardrobe, with styles ranging from ballerina, peep toe, classic and quality leather. Audrey Hepburn would be proud! If flats have been nothing more than a “comfortable” shoe to you, get ready to be pleasantly surprised by the variety of style options now available.
Style Tip: Flats are always a hit with cropped capris. They keep the focus on the length of the top of your foot, elongating your legs while showing off your stylish pants.
1. Tory Burch
2. Rachel Comey
4. Sam Edelman
The bootie is a trendy-chic way to dress up office outfits and weekend jeans. They give minimal height with maximum style and cover all the bases with vintage inspired buttons, on-trend buckles and charming lace up detail. Given their inherent romantic feel, harkening back to the Victorian era, booties work best with the contrast against more stark and minimalist clothing choices.
Pair your booties with this season’s pleated, tapered silk pants, or a harem drop crotch style for a softer touch. They are also great with a pair of super skinny black pants or jeans and an oversized sweater, lending the necessary feminine touch to a boyfriend blazer or cardigan.
Style Tip: Wearing booties with dresses and skirts is a little tricky; they look best with a patterned or textured pair of tights. Avoid looking like an Edith Wharton character or a Stevie Nicks wanna-be and skip the maxi dresses and long skirts. Keep the lines clean and smart and the bootie will be your best friend.
2. Cole Haan
The sneaker is not just for runners, and the collaborative, inventive versions popping up this season make for a casual and comfortable way to add a cool “I-don’t-need-heels-to-feel-beautiful” aura to your wardrobe. Keep it feminine and casually classic by styling a Fishtail Braidwith your kicks.
Style Tip: When wearing sneakers as part of your stylish look, not just your gym routine, make sure the other details are in place. They require added accessories like belts, bangles or a great pair of longer earrings to not only add that ever-important feminine touch, but to refrain from looking too much like you couldn’t find the shoes you really wanted to wear with this outfit. The look must be intentional, and by adding other deliberate accessories, you will look effortlessly pulled together.
A great place to look for shoes is thrift shops. Learn how to thrift store shop on Just Like Molly.