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A girl can never own too many pairs of shoes and the colors, styles, shapes and exciting design features in the latest designer creations mean there’s always something new to add to the wardrobe. The slightly retro look continues, with nods to the seventies in bead embellishments along with casual flat shoes, but that’s counterbalanced by vibrantly new and original color, styling and imaginative detail. Hallmarks this year are color, shine and extravagant styling.
Metallic and Sequins
Whether they’re on heels, toes or somewhere on the body of the shoe, shiny metallic highlights lead this year’s trend in shoe styles. Appearing in both gold and silver hues, they’re perfect party wear, teaming up beautifully with sequined dresses or beaded cocktail tops and jackets. Metal toecaps are nothing new, but make them high gloss, pointed and fitted on a pair of quilted flats and you’ve got a look that’s not only eye-catching but also divine. Continuing the shiny theme, expect to also see glitter and glowing gold, silver or rainbow colors in leathers or synthetic shoe materials.
Weaves and Braids
Natural, straw colored braids and weaves adorn sandals and shoes for the spring/summer, updating the hippie look with a new twist on an old favorite. Featuring warm, peach tones and nude beige colors, both casual and more elegant footwear for the warmer weather also has a look of comfort and style. Expect to see woven heels and platforms and either braided or woven sandal tops or fabric tie closures creating a gladiator, ankle boots style pair of sandals.
Colors and Designs
The love affair with using block colors in clothing is echoed in footwear as vibrant colors vie for attention across all styles of shoes. Heels in one color and toes in another, or stripes, floral and animal prints abound. From humble flats to exotic heels, the innovative use of bold color brightens the season, creating an effect that’s uniquely now.
Heels and Toes
Trendy and dressy, heels continue to be slender and high. Mixing bright colors, metallic effects and dramatic embellishments, shoes such as the Prada Flame with their sling-back Hermes-style wings and bejeweled toe decorations embody the playful yet sexy side of fashion. Works of art in their own right, it’s little wonder they’ve caused an excited stir across the fashion world and on major fashion trend blogs.
Wedge heels, either stacked high on platforms or featuring the gentle rise of the sliver wedge, continue to be on trend during the spring and summer months. New takes on the Espadrille favorite see a blending of natural materials with fashionable wedge heel styling and gleaming buckle closures.
Soft and practical, loafers are the classic casual shoe, versatile enough to complement both skirts and trousers. Look for bright toe buckle embellishments or the fringed tie-fronts in moccasin style, as well as the sleek and smooth, foot-hugging traditional loafer shape.
The humble loafer doesn’t escape the season’s color treatment either, so look out for casual shoes in bright greens or blues as well as the more reserved browns, tans, blacks and whites.