Shoes are currently becoming the top fashion accessory which is made more obvious by the exotic shoe trends anticipated for spring/summer 2009. Designers have created some of the most stylised shoe styles ever that will force fashionistas to max out their credit cards even in the time of the recession. To help you choose the most fashionable shoes and keep you up to date with the Vitoria Beckhams and Paris Hiltons, here is a quick guide to shoe fashion trends for 2009. Read this to find out about the hottest shoes that’ll help you sizzle your way into summer.
EXTREME HIGH HEELS
Models’ legs are becoming even longer as we move further into 2009, not that they need it though, due to the extreme high heels that are dominating the fashion scene. It’s been reported that famous shoe designer, Christian Louboutin is all set to launch heels higher than 7 inches this spring. Stylists warn that fashion-conscious women will really need to have great balance if they wish to keep up with the shoe fashion trends for 2009 summers.
Stilettos to rule – According to stylists, spindly stiletto heels are to hold their prime position in the shoe world, and this time they are armed with a few extra inches on the heel. Women who are a bit hesitant of the trend will find some solace in the fact that a few inches of a platform are being incorporated into the shoe design in the front of the shoe, so that it makes it easier to manage the thin and very high stiletto heels at the back. Designers giving artistic expression to stiletto heel shoes include Balenciaga, Chado Ralph Rucci, Yves Saint Laurent and DSquared2.
Platforms retain their place – Ladies who find it hard to strut in stilettos will be relieved to know that platforms have retained their position as part of the 2009 summer shoe collection. What’s more, designers have displayed platform heel shoes that have a classic appeal and are far from boring. Colorful platform pump shoes adorned with fringes are expected to be hugely popular this coming season.
Exotic feature heels – The most aesthetic part of 2009 spring / summer shoe trends is the arrival of feature heels. Shoes with feature heels are fast becoming popular amongst celebrities. Basically, the heel is not merely a structural support but rather it becomes the most aesthetic and graceful part of the shoe. Some very delicate feature heel shoes have been designed by Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Venetta. According to stylists, it is wise to invest in shoes with feature heels as they are likely to retain their artistic worth for long.
Thick chunky heels and tapered heels – Shoes with thick chunky high heels, wedge heels and tapered heels are also very much a popular choice for spring/summer 2009. Tapered heels start thick at the top and taper down, often with a curve, into a stiletto-esque point at the bottom. Designers promoting these heels include Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, and Chanel.
Peep toe shoes – Open toe or peep toe shoes will be a hot look this summer. Open toed shoes are more popular in pumps and sling back shoes and according to many stylists, peep toe shoes look very seductive as they provide a glimpse of your toe cleavage. Compliment your high heel open toe shoes with a gorgeous skirt or summer dress and really show of those legs of yours.
Pointed toe shoes – Razor sharp pointed toe or peeked toe shoes are also back again in trends. Pointed toe shoes look particularly seductive in pumps and ankle strap sandals. High fashion shoe designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga¸ Chado Ralph Rucci etc displayed razor sharp pointed shoes with spindly stiletto heels on runways recently. A-list celebs like Victoria Beckham and Sara Jessica Parker have already embraced the style.
POPULAR SHOE STYLE
Gladiator Sandals – Both gladiator heels and gladiator sandals are very much in fashion for summer 2009. It is predicted that the heavily strapped and heeled versions of the sandals will be hit amongst girls. For maximum impact, opt for gladiator shoes in knee-high or mid-calf styles in flats or heels and team them with simple outfits like spring shorts or short skirts.
Fringed shoes – The folk inspired fringed shoes that gained entry last winter will still command a strong place in the shoe fashion world. High heel fringe ankle boots with peep toes will be a particularly enticing look this season. Fashionistas recommend a short dress with fringe booties for a seductive bohemian look. Some of the high profile fashion designers who seem to be very much in love with fringes include Gucci, Balmain, and Anna Sui.
Ankle strap shoes – Ankle strap shoes are expected to be a huge hit and in all probability a must have shoe this season. For special occasions opt for ankle strap shoes with sky-high stiletto heels and pointed toes. Some designers are also going for triple ankle strap shoes embellished with buckles. Spikes, chains and studs are further being utilized to enhance the glamour quotient of the shoe. Designers fond of ankle strap shoes include Gucci, Oscar De La Renta and Pucci.
Caged Boots – Caged boots are rated as the most sensational fetish shoes in the current season. Super sexy fashion icons such as Rihanna and Beyoncè have already adorned their feet with a pair of YSL’s metal caged booties. Beyoncè was recently also noticed wearing colorful and very innovative caged boots by Balenciaga.