An absolute extravaganza of shoes paraded down fall runways this year in virtually every imaginable color, material, shape, and height. The prevailing rule is: There are no rules. So if you love it, by all means wear it. Here are affordable options for five of the standout shoe trends this fall to whet your shopping appetite:
Metallics • Burnished, slick, or sparkly. Gold, pewter, or silver. The fall runways were illuminated by the glint of a silver platform, the sheen of a gilt ballerina flat, or the glitter of a gold encrusted stilleto. Whatever style you choose make it metallic this fall.
Heeled Loafers • Kick up the classic loafer a notch by amping up the heel. High heel loafers are perfect for the office, the library, or just lunch with the girls.
RUNWAY: Jill Stuart, Fall 2011
REAL LIFE: Mia Newberry Pump ($49.99)
Mash-Up • This season’s shoes are a collage of materials, mixing leather and canvas, crocodile and suede, inserting a pump into a gladiator flat. It’s all about unexpected combinations and reworking familiar styles.
Chunky Heels • We can all walk a little easier now that chunky heels have made a return. No one looks fabulous teetering on the brink of a stiletto disaster. Chunky heels elongate your legs just as well and they provide a much more solid foundation.
RUNWAY: Casadei, Fall 2011
REAL LIFE: Nine West Devika ($89)
Unexpected Pops of Color & Bursts of Embellishment • Give your LBD an instant boost by stepping into an exquisitely adorned pair of heels. Or let a pair of royal blue oxfords breathe new life into your classic tweed trousers.