Often shoes are the last items we purchase when we are putting together an outfit, but for many of us, being well-heeled is always at the forefront of our fashion-conscience. Like the quote from the film “American Hustle,” great style starts and ends “from the feet up.”
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Whether first or last, a great pair of shoes — stilettos, pumps, retro-kicks, ballet flats, espadrilles, boots, booties (the list goes on …) — can make an entire outfit. A bold, eye-catching pair of shades, a fabulous hat or a great handbag can all make a big statement, but it’s the shoes that can often take your ensemble to the next level.
This fall, footwear trends include glittery metallics, statement mules with embossed snakeskin, modern cowboy boots and more. Here are a few great styles, both steals and splurges, that can be found locally.
Building on the embroidered trend, this season cowboy boots are back, but with a more modern, feminine edge. Available at Macy’s (Hamilton Mall, currently on-sale, priced at $62.30), Carlos by Carlos Santana’s Vivian embroidered bootie offers colorful embellishments and whipstitch details that are sure to give your outfit a chic, western edge.
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Pump-up the glitter and gold
Contrary to the more subdued autumn tones and fabrics of seasons past, this fall is all about sparkle and shine — from platforms, to glittery cowboy boots, pumps and kicks. There’s no need to wait till the holidays to rock your silver, gold and metallics — sparkle your way into September with one of these styles by Michael Kors (The Playground at Caesars). The Natalie Flex Glitter Pump ($99, available in silver/sand and black/gold) is RSVP-chic, whether it’s date-night, girls-night or a special event.
Classic mules are always en vogue, but the of-the-moment autumn look includes embossed leather and snakeskin textures. When paired with tailored trousers, a chic mule offers an edgy, sophisticated flare and is sure to slip-on the style (Michael Kors, Darla Snakeskin Mule, $450).
Shoe shine-worthy kicks
Elements like glitter and shine aren’t only reserved for sleek, open-toe stilettos or pointy pumps. Rich suedes, colorful embellishments, floral embroidery, satin and shiny textures and eye-catching metallics are making their way onto our casual kicks. These stunners are sure to turn-heads and take your outfit up a notch. (Express, $59.90).