Which SHOE TRIBE do you belong to? Style Editor AISLINN COFFEY shares the top three trends of the season and HOW TO WEAR them now …
Kitten heels are divisive. Some see them as ambivalent – neither a heel or not a heel and worn in plain black a semaphore for safe and dull. When on the right feet, especially those of Emmanuelle Alt or Michelle Obama, they speak of elegance and confidence. Audrey Hepburn’s Salvatore Ferragamo kittens started the trend in the 1960s as a revolt against the tyranny of the high heel and we’re sure she would love Mansur Gavriel’s of-the-moment versions. Kittens allow more freedom of movement and are associated with women on the go … Theresa May donned her favourite leopard print Russell and Bromley’s when appointed Prime Minister. This season’s iterations range from the bamboo-heeled leather pumps at Gucci, JW Anderson’s jewelled versions and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s now iconic logo slingbacks. As if to cement kitten’s fashion credentials, Demna Gvasalia’s white Balenciaga bootie version is shoe nirvana. Make sure your slingbacks fit properly otherwise they look careless. Style with jeans or tracksuits and don’t be afraid to wear ankle socks. Yes, really.
Are heels politically incorrect? Part-time actress and temp Nicola Thorp had more than her 15 minutes in the spotlight, when last year she told her bosses that she didn’t want to wear high heels as a corporate receptionist. It fuelled the on-going debate about appropriate office wear. We admit to not wearing stilettos as much but on the right occasions they offer a sleek silhouette. If you hadn’t yet got the memo, retire nudes now. Instead brighten up pastel pieces and a classic LBD with Alexandre Birman’s Lolita sandal or a Paul Andrews court. Rumour has it Salvatore Ferragamo will appoint Andrews its new Creative Director. We approve!
Life’s trajectory can be traced via footwear. Our YSL Tributes were traded in long ago for trainers ever since Phoebe Philo brought them into fashion consciousness in 2012. Since then we’ve worn everything from Stan Smiths to Nike Cortez. Adidas EQT Series will be huge this year as will sateen trainers (at Jil Sander and Zara). Black is the new white as far as colour is concerned. Transcending age and time, the trainer adds a sporty twist to maxi dresses, while gender neutral brogues (Prada please) can be both smart and formal. Forget fantasy slides and flip flops, Neo-geta sandals – a reinterpretation of the Japanese sandal – flatforms (at Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain) and babouche slippers are in, all adding an exclamation point to outfits. Comfort meets chic.
Which trend will you try?
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