Everyone knows that shoes are the finishing touch to any outfit. This season in particular, shoes will be making a bigger statement than ever. Keep reading to find out the trendy shoe styles for fall/winter 2008/09:
It’s not really a question of how high or how low of a heel this season. We definitely have a wide array of choices. Ballet flats are still hot, mid heeled boots are a great choice and sky high strappy sandals are great for evening wear.
Croc is everywhere this season and it looks great on strappy heels and pumps, especially. If it’s patent croc, even better. Leather is a staple, but it’s coming back with a vengeance for boots this season. Also, ankle boots look great in suede.
Booties (also known as ankle boots) are still a hot commodity, so be sure to keep any you bought last season. This season, it’s the open toed bootie that will be seen on the most fashion forward women who aren’t afraid to push the envelope. I actually think this look comes across as a bit more tame when it’s done as a slingback, like the Lahdidah shoes by Nine West. The ideal way to wear open toe booties this season is with a pair of skinny jeans or with a miniskirt and black opaque tights.
Of course, boots with a high shaft are always a must have. Over the past couple of years fashion has gone back and forth between preferring a flat boot and a high heeled boot. Both still work, but a mid heel height is the most trendy choice, and the soles of our feet will be thankful for that! A pair of leather or suede boots with a bit of slouch or a touch of fringe gives your outfit extra points.
A chunky heeled pump is great for any wardrobe; not only are they in style, but they’re totally practical for work or just out and about. Mixing it up with contrasting colors this season is a hot way to make your pumps stand out. Look for a pair with a different colored heel or even better, a strip of mirrored gold or silver right around the base of the heel which can be found throughout Tory Burch’s fall range of shoes. Another way to kick it up a notch is to find a pump with a button right above the toe, which is a super cute and still professional look.
The weather may be getting cooler but chances are you’ll need a strappy high heeled sandal for evening wear. Yves St. Laurent has set off a trend for super high criss cross platform sandals, which can be seen on starlets like Lauren Conrad and Victoria Beckham. If that’s a bit high for your balance, go for high heeled gladiator; Gwen Stefani’s LAMB has several edgy styles out right now, as does Steve Madden, for something more reasonably priced.
Overall, this seasons hot shoe trends are wild, daring and most importantly fun. Be sure to play around with different colors and textures and don’t be afraid to wear a pair of shoes that pop; it’s the best way to dress up a basic outfit.