Wild About Shoes

By Jennifer Jenkins

The fashion trends igniting the Spring/Summer 2018 runways of New York, Paris and Milan may be more eccentric than a minimalist would prefer. 1980s inspiration saturated the Tom Ford SS18 collection, with punchy color palettes and shoulder pads galore. Just a few days ago, the beloved French brand Jacquemus reeled out larger-than-life sunhats, and unsurprisingly, Dolce and Gabbana topped many looks with embellished crowns, fit for royalty.
Many of you may not see yourself walking into your office in a shoulder-padded blazer or strutting to your next formal with a crown on your head. While new fashion trends do not cater to everyone’s taste, I would like to think that we all appreciate a bit of spunk in our wardrobes from time to time. Oftentimes, I find that one area where people are willing to take a fashion risk is in their shoe choice. With that said, here are a few shoe trends that aid a bit more on the “wild” side.

  1. Mules

Whether you gravitate toward an open-toe or a closed toe version, several varieties of this shoe are waiting for someone to pair them with great denim or spunky culottes. This fun silhouette has been sprinkled with gems, frosted with satin flower petals and covered with fringe.
Whether your style more closely resembles Audrey Hepburn or Madonna, the variance in styles of these shoes is broad enough to suit many aesthetics.

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2. From Heel to Toe
Give your basic black ankle booties a rest by swapping them out for a boot with an intriguing heel shape.
Those with an adoration for all things vintage could seek out a pair similar to those on the left to pair with ‘70s flares, while those who tend to gravitate toward clean, head-to-toe black “uniforms” could try out a pair similar to those from Zara, on the right.

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3. Tip Toe into Velvet
Ballet flats have stood the test of time as they have persisted to thrive as go-to shoes for women of all walks of life. Feminine, classic and comfortable, these gems tread across cities from morning to night each day.

Fortunately, labels like Miu Miu and Attico Manu have enriched this shoe with jewel tones and luxe textures, especially velvet. Emulate the delicate style of a ballerina with a pair that has ribbon to wrap around your ankles, or go for a classic Mary-Jane style.

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4. Slingback Heels
A little slingback heel is the perfect companion for an LBD or midi skirt paired with a petite blouse. Maria Grazia Chiuri gave it a charming upgrade when she made her debut as Christian Dior’s first female creative director for its 2017 ready-to-wear collection last fall. White grosgrain ribbon with the words “J’ADORE” and “DIOR” printed on them formed the delicate straps for the sharp black slingbacks that complemented slim black trousers and tulle midi skirts.
The delightful kitten heels clearly charmed the designers at the helms of other labels, making way for ribbon-slingback heel s in multiple textures and prints for all to enjoy.

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5. Cozy Up in Fur Heels

Upset that you can’t wear your slippers outside of your house? Well, now you can! (kind of).

Plush, faux fur court shoes, sandals and block-heel shoes are popping up in several corners of the fashion circuit, from eccentric high-fashion spreads to trendy retailers, like Zara.

While some may run from this trend, for those with a penchant for quirky footwear, why not try it soon before it becomes mainstream?

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6. Get to the Point

Pointed toe boots supply the perfect solution for honing a streamlined look. Whether you prefer a version dipped in gold, like the pair from TopShop below, or a version with buckle-straps climbing up from toe to ankle, like the black pair by Danielle Bernstein, for “The Archive,” this structure exudes a powerful confidence that can sharpen even the sleekest ensembles. Don them with a dramatic pair of black flare pants or a mini skirt/blazer combo to emulate the acute street style of an “it girl.”

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