From rich colors like burgundy, dark blue and deep violet; to metallic and monochromatic hues; to a variety of materials, such as suede, satin, reptile skins and patent leather—the myriad of trends for Fall-Winter 2011 will have you walking in the right direction, with the perfect pair.
1 Go for epic proportions with platforms and wedges. They are great alternatives to sky-high heels as they offer more support and comfort. Opt for those that are wooden or textured, such as reptile skins, velvet and suede.
PLATFORM pumps, Dorothy Perkins
2 Stay on point with vertiginous stilettos, a perennial wardrobe staple. Whether peep-toe or closed, nothing can pull off an alluring look more than this pair.
3 Get knotty by lacing up your booties or even your heeled sandals. Lacing, which used to be rather delicate and feminine during summer, has become sexier and more aggressive, even “fetish-istic” when done in black leather.
LACE-UP boots, Michael Antonio
4 Bulk up in chunky heels, which not only give you a sure boost in the height department, but also give your feet more support than spike heels. Try wooden or printed versions, such as the classic leopard or the current winter floral, to keep your ensemble interesting.
5 Put the pedal to the metal with plenty of buckles. The tough hardware not only goes well with equally tough boots, but also, in mini versions, fits perfectly on dainty pumps.
BOOTS with gold buckles, Dorothy Perkins
6 Stock up on socks and wear them underneath strappy platform sandals, lady-like pumps or even a pair of edgy booties. If you’re going for a youthful vibe, opt for preppy argyle or fanciful prints. Just make sure the colors of your socks don’t clash with those of your shoes or you’ll end up with a haphazard look, which is never good.