STYLE SPY: Summer shoes highlight heels
Platforms, wedgies, stilettos, geometic foundations and block styles are all the rage this season, and comfort manages to be a key benefit.
“Get the leggy height you want without sacrificing the stability of your strut,” says Nordstrom warm weather shoe trend outlook, which celebrates block heels and summer booties.
The shoe-focused retailer isn’t the only style authority to have honed in on heels. The trending items at Shoe Carnival, which has a location in East Gate Square in Mount Laurel, include Delicious brand’s “Rebecca,” a nude faux-leather platform with criss-cross straps, and the cork-soled, brown leather “Element” by Madden Girl.
Statement heels pounded the spring runways, as noted by Glamour style blogger Avery Matera. Among the heel-heavy looks were Gucci’s green-and gold studded slingbacks, chenille adorned rainbow-hued boots by Dolce & Gabbanna, a rodeo-inspired workboot by Miu Miu, a dual-pillar heeled suede sandal from Fendi and Tori Burch mules set in guilded foundations resembling a floral burst.
Following are some expert tips for stepping out:
Achieve the perfect balance by pairing hot heels with cool basics. A-line black dresses and black or navy blue suits are “easy canvases for a statement shoe to match,” shoe designer Mary Alice Malone told the Wall Street Journal.
Walk on the edge, but stick to your basic style. “Vibrant, graphic heels can make even your simplest basics look brand new, but you’ll still feel like yourself,” says Vogue’s Emily Farra.
Keep color control. If your flippers feature bold hues, try single-shade outfit, advises Chic Trends, a United Kingdom-based style watchdog. “Wearing a monochromatic look, like all black everything, is the easiest way to pull-off statement heels. Due to the lack of color diversity, the look calls for adding color, print, or texture and statement heels do just that,” says Chic Trends.
Avoid all play and no work by donning fun heels during the daily grind. This advice comes courtesy of the online retailer Soul Mates: "Wear statement heels to the office and turn the same old, same old break-room talk into something interesting. Yep, that’s right, you hard-working ladies, you.”