“Oh, I really don’t need another pair”, a declaration that has never been uttered out of my lips. I am a self-proclaimed shoeaholic. I will never forget the day back when I was 20 something years old, living in New York City. I decided to treat myself to my first pair of Jimmy Choos. I knew my bank account would suffer, nevertheless I’m still convinced to this day that the magnificent leather and alligator skin pointy toe sling back pumps whispered “you need me.” I answered softly under my breath, “Um, yes I do.” That was the beginning of my shoe addiction that I still have NOT and will NOT rectify. I know you will all agree there is nothing better then pulling out a new pair of shoes as it puts a bounce in your step and a smile on your face.
When asked by Bloomingdales to host a Fall Shoe Trend Fashion Show, I was beyond thrilled and jumped (pun intended) at the opportunity. As a stylist, I strongly believe in not only reporting the trends, but equally important to explain how you can incorporate each trend into your own personal style.
Here are a couple of my favorite fall shoe trends:
Pump with a twist
The classic pointy toe pump, made very famous by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City, made its return in the spring and is continuing into the fall. However, in the fall we see a kicked up version of the pump with designers adding embellishments or beadwork including fabrics like wool tweeds and suede’s. Put your rounded toe pumps away for the season and grab a pointy. These versatile pump elongate your leg and can be worn with everything from day to night and everything in between.
High shaft boot, yes you can!
I know you are all thinking Vivian from Pretty Woman, but I promise these boots, if worn correctly, will make you shine on Rodeo Drive. These high class wonders are making a return from last season. Try shelving your riding boots and dare to be bold with a pair of over the knee boots. A promise you will feel super chic and say why did I not try sooner. Bonus, these boots will keep you extra warm in the very cold weather. To create a long look, pair a boot with same hue skinny jeans or leggings.
A trend started a few years ago is making a larger splash this season. Designers have incorporated many versions into their lines. You will see moto, studded, a hue of colors and peep toes, my motto, “toes unless it snows”. This is the perfect transitional shoe and can be worn causal or dressed. Try kicking your look up a notch with your little black dress or go causal with skinny jeans.
This shoe trend is without a doubt borrowing from the boys. A style associated with British students or your grandpas shoes. However, as of late, bloggers, style editors and street stars traded in their heels to don a pair. You will see them in a stacked heel version or contrasting hue in a lugged sole. Balance is key here, to offset masculinity pair with feminine dress, full skirts, a pencil skirt or bow blouse.
The athletic slip on
Every woman needs a break from their rock’n high heels, your back will thank you for it. This style is also one that moved from Spring into Fall. You don’t need to sport these with just your workout clothes. This season they were featured on the runway with everything including denim, skater skirts and causal LBD’s, aka the little black dress.
As always I hope that I have inspired you to think outside of your “fashion box”. Inspiring you truly makes me happy. xo- CK