Taking a cue from the denim evolution, the new fashion trends show that shoes can also come in a variety of styles and that almost anything goes today. For fall and winter, expect a lot of booties and over-the-knee (OTK) style boots as everyday essentials. Heels are morphing into nineties-inspired silhouettes and the menswear-inspired style we saw so much of the last few seasons is still around. Here is the latest trend report:
1. Snakeskin – The snakeskin effect on boots and booties is often seen in python-style, and neutral brown and tan shades. Snakeskin also goes with the seventies vibe that is going strong. Whether you are wearing a bootie with a midi dress or a cropped pair of jeans, you can’t go wrong with this neutral that elevates a basic look to high style.
2. Kitten Heel – This style might seem like a delicate throwback to a more ladylike time, but we are not talking about elegant pumps in candy-colored hues. For the cooler months, it’s about rockin’ the bootie in a lower kitten heel to make a statement. Load them up with buckles and studs and pointy toes. Mix in metallic and animal prints for good measure. Think rock glam kitten heel booties with a puffed sleeve shirt or high-waisted skirt.
3. Mary Jane – All the rage in the nineties in flats and Chinese slippers, the Mary Jane also showed up as a coveted shoe on the show (and movie) Sex and the City. Today, this little darling is going through a metamorphosis. Using a chunky heel and high-gloss or metallic shine, the Mary Jane looks more disco funk than anything else. It pairs well with a mini skirt or skinny jeans. Kick it up a notch with a thinner stiletto style and throw on come classic cigarette pants.
4. Velvet – Luxurious and a true pleasure to wear, velvet is having a moment this F/W 2016-2017. Expect to see a lot of it during the holiday season, but don’t be afraid to step out in it later in the season as well. Look for jewel tones rather than basic black, or use navy velvet as your neutral. Adding a pair of velvet booties adds romance to an outfit, especially when worn with midi-style dresses or skirts.
5. Menswear-Inspired – This trend sticks around for another season, but instead of concentrating on the brogues from years past we are moving on to loafers. Look for tassels, buckles, and chunkier heels with a bit of height to them. Keep it simple with black or silver and gold, or accents in white. When combined with an above the knee hemline, the ootd (outfit of the day) has a feminine slant that works today.