Fall footwear gets bootylicious 0
A pair of deep crimson red boots (Cat Footwear, $249.99, Style: Celine, catfootwear.com) feature decorative ankle straps and buckles. (Supplied)
Step up to fall in footwear delivering the call of the wild in richly textured materials.
Booties and shoes fashioned from sophisticated zebra, snow tiger, snake and wildcat patterns in soft faux suede or with the added authenticity that textured calf hair and furry trim provides are hot for fall.
"Rich suedes in jewelled colours, textured hair calf, croco, hardware on tailored shoes, and Western-inspired trims such as fringe are in full offering this season," says Delillah Boone, a Toronto-based buyer for Nine West. "Gold materials and trims in heel and platform details continue to be important. Baroque is back!"
Both casual and dress shoes with contrasting trim, colour blocking and contrasting coloured or patterned platforms tell tall tales and are often paired with thick, stacked and colourful heels.
Key footwear colours include wine with neutrals of black and various shades of brown, tan and taupe carrying the torch along with flashpoints of bright red, cobalt blue, orange, mustard, green and teal.
Checked, plaid and tweed fabric shoes also feature eye-popping colour mixes.
Although tall and teetering stilettos make statements in dress shoes, many will be happy to learn that most everyday heels are backing down to more humane levels.
"Stilettos and skyscraper heights are fading for more wearable heights, however adding height to work style boots feminizes this category as it gains momentum," says Kim Page, a Senior Director in Product Development for CAT Footwear, in Rockford, Michigan.
"Fall must- haves include casual flats with colour and sculptural wedges," says LuAnn Via, CEO of Payless ShoeSource.
According to Via, heeled tasseled loafers are another important trend as are shoes adorned with flirty bows and peep toes.
"Forget heel heights, it's all about ankle details . Mary Jane is everyone's favorite girl this season! There's also the return of the pointy toe with versions on every runway and from every designer," says Lauren Applebaum, Schutz Brand Manager for Canada.
"The new pointy toe is less acute than in the past, with more of a hearty piece-of-pie shape," says Boone.
Hardware details such as studs shine brightly on shoes and fashion boots, with boots also likely to sport decorative straps and buckles, O-rings and other metal bits.
Tall equestrian inspired boots keep riding, but ankle boots are gaining momentum.
"Ankle, mid height and mid calf (boots) are key this season. Riding boots are still important but shorter (boot) heights are more versatile," says Page.
Urbanized variations on Western style shoe booties with stacked heels in the 2-2.5 inch range are among fall's must-haves as are ruched and slouchy soft boots, those made of distressed leather and those with fancy fur trim.
"We're seeing a lot of the mixed media trend from designers this fall . and there's a wonderful range of heel heights and toe shapes . I also recommend a pair of flat velvet "smoking slippers" which we're seeing from every designer as another fall shoe wardrobe must-have ," says Lauren Applebaum, a Canadian brand manager for Schutz.