For shoe lovers such as moi, the FFANY Shoe Expo is like a style-savvy friend with whom we only chat every few months. When we do get together, however, it’s always a blast. Plus, she’s in the know and shares the inside scoop (but only if she trusts you). This year, many brands were wary of letting people take pictures (thanks to style thieves). However, I thoroughly enjoyed checking out some of my favorite brands’ interpretations of shoe trends for this and upcoming seasons. Here’s what I spied with my shoe-lusting eye (WARNING: Long post ahead):
Demure for Sure
In the coming season, things will stay pretty prim. With their bows, ankle straps and dainty details, ladylike looks balance out the rock-glam and menswear inspired looks that have dominated lately.(Clockwise: C-Label’s Arnie-2 (blue) and Peyton-12 (pink), ankle strap print sandal by Candela, Sandal with sparkly strap by Schutz)
The sparkly shoe trend also seems to be sticking around for a while. You may remember a past post featuring Bordello Teeze pump… Well lately, lots of brands have been offering slightly toned-down and smoothed out alternatives, and glam gals like me can’t get enough. (Left to right: Miss Me Vibe-2 pump, Charles David ankle strap glitter pump)
Stepping it Up
We’ve been walking tall for quite some time in platform peep toes, pumps and other styles. In the last couple of seasons, designers have kicked it up a notch with double platforms and semi-strippertastic styles. Shoe Fairy, I’ll take these, please! (Clockwise: Leopard lace up bootie by N.Y.L.A., Brea T-strap by Francheska, Tara tan tied sandal by Fever Shoes, Green Suede pump by Pour la Victoire, Tasha fuchsia sandal by Fever Shoes.)
Color blocking is HUGE for Summer 2011 and will continue to keep things fun in the coming seasons. (Clockwise: Color block ankle boot and multi-color sandal by Luichiny, Color block pumps, blue/ black platforms, pink/ red platforms from Charles by Charles David, pink/ orange pumps from Kelsi Dagger, blue/ green pumps by Schutz)
The perfect luxe touch for fall, pony hair adds extra personality and texture to some of the upcoming season’s most chic styles. (Clockwise: black ankle boot by Luichiny, lace up booties by Pour la Victoire, splatter-look bootie by Plomo, Leopard print d’orsay pump by Charles David.
Had enough? Want more? (I’ve still got a few waiting in the wings.. Think crazy wedges, snakeskin and ultra brights by brands like Jefferey Campbell, Schutz and Butter shoes.) Have a question about when/ where you can buy a pair you’ve seen here? Let me know!