Fancy Footwear

spring statement shoes

text by Nanci Blake   photos courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

If there’s one thing that Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City has taught us, it’s that a great pair of shoes can make everything all right. Countless women can agree that there appears to be some mystical relationship we have with shoes. So put a spring in your step and take note of the season’s newest trends in footwear.

HERE KITTY, KITTY

Measuring two-inches high, the kitten heel has pounced into favor this season. Let’s face it…now and then, we all need a break from stilettos. Feminine and practical, styles range from Aquazzura’s buttery leather sling-back with a pearl-entrusted strap to Prada’s polka dot fabric mule topped with a bow.

LEFT: PRADA

GIANVITO ROSSI

CRYSTAL CLEAR

If everyone starts wearing see-through everything this season, thank Chanel. In addition to Karl Lagerfeld, other designers such as Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Gianvito Rossi and Paul Andrew translated transparency right down to the bottom of your tippy-toes.

ROGER VIVIER

BOOT IT UP

This spring’s novelty boots can do no wrong. Wear them anytime, any way you want. When it’s warm, go bare-legged. On chilly desert nights pair them with tights. Equally at home with jeans or a cocktail dress, fabrications ranged from suede to patterned brocade to the rhinestone-studded stunner by Roger Vivier.

VALENTINO GARAVANI

FENDI

SPORTY STILETTOS

The good old sock-and-sandal debate is one that will always continue. But support of the pairing is both inevitable and welcome this season. Of course you can buy socks to recreate the look, but the cool-girl Valentino rockstud heel with attached ankle sock makes my heart flutter.

SAINT LAURENT

READY TO ROCK

Enhance your look with some added attractions. Feathers, buckles, bows, sequins and jewels give your feet that extra “oomph.”  Saint Laurent’s simple strappy stiletto gets elevated with an unexpected feathery embellishment. Christian Louboutin accents his everyday camel-colored strappy stiletto with a series of gold beads.

ALEXANDRE BIRMAN

COLOR POP

After a dark and drab winter, color is welcoming. And, it’s everywhere from the vibrant jewel tones of lipstick red, peacock blue, emerald green and lemon yellow to the more hushed shades of peach, lavender, pale pinks and subtle blues. Paired with neutral whites and beiges, a color pop adds dimension to any outfit.