Guide to Autumn & Winter 2010 Shoe Trends

Check out our guide to this autumn/winter’s footwear trends!

Last week we highlighted some of the key trends that we expect to see on dedicated fashionistas this autumn. This week we thought we’d cover the kind of footwear you may be considering as an ‘on trend’ addition to your autumn/winter wardrobe.

Buckles and laces

Look out for both lace up boots and buckled footwear this autumn/winter. Buckles and laces add interest to boots and shoes and both are going to be a popular look this year. When it comes to buckles it seems that the motto next season is ‘the more the better’. The only down side, as with lace up boots, is that buckles can make removing your footwear quite a lengthy process!

Furry boots

In the colder months there is nothing quite so comforting as (faux) fur, so you’ll be pleased to know that you can wear furry boots with pride throughout the colder months! Designers such as Chanel, Vanessa Bruno, Dolce and Gabbana and Lanvin have all embraced fur this year. Chanel even have even produced furry handbags to match their furry boot designs!

Thigh-high boots

If you took the plunge last year and bought yourself a pair of daring over-the-knee boots then we are glad to report that these bold items will still be en vogue this autumn/winter. Get yours out of the wardrobe and dust them off for another season.

Colour combinations

During the cloudier months brighten up your feet with colourful shoes! We have seen lots of bright coloured footwear throughout the spring and summer and this trend is set to continue with colours combined for added interest. For a good example of how to wear it check out what Balenciaga has on offer.

Flats and low heels

Phew, a break for our tired feet! While high heels are extremely flattering they can also be hard work. Give your feet a rest this autumn/winter with flats and low heels. Whether you choose Doc Marten style boots, brogues or ballerina shoes there are plenty of on trend options for those who wish to put comfort first.

New Season Autumn Trends 2010

Understated Chic

A strict palette of navy, black, camel, grey and white determines the look on this seasons catwalks. Effortless and unfussy, minimalist pieces in deluxe fabrics combine to elegant effect. Accessories are kept to a minimum. Simple pared down chic is the key Autumn/Winter trend.

Colour Explosion

Amongst the muted shades of Autumn there is an explosion of colours, vibrant greens and blues alongside fizzy yellows and rose pink can be found in the collections of Versace, Balenciaga and Jonathan Saunders. Worn in varying tones of the same shade, this flamboyant trend is all about colour and creativity.

Outerwear

A favourite wardrobe staple, the camel coat was evident in every style possible from floor length to trench coat. The shades varied from the lightest buff to the darkest cinder toffee tones. Cosy and comfortable Capes were a surprise addition to most collections. Real and fake fur in shaggy cuts and shrug styles abound. Animal stripes and winter whites were joined by light rose and antique pink shades creating a softer look!

Evening wear

Romance and retro were the key looks for evening wear. 50s inspired smart pencil skirts or circle skirts and prom dresses with featured belts to display ultra feminine tiny waists, full hips and a generous bust line. Teamed with retro framed handbags and elbow length leather gloves. Elegant long evening skirts combined with slouchy knits, as were long floral bohemian dresses in grey, fawn and toffee shades. The collections were over flowing with sheer lace looks. See through gowns and blouses over body suits or stockings and suspenders for a daring sensual look!

Seperates

High Waisted Trousers, beautifully tailored, creased – front, leg lengthening styles are sweeping away the harem pants and jodhpurs. Wear with killer heels and signature belt as seen on the catwalks of Chloe, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. Also predicted for this Autumn is the change of hemline to midi. Either stretchy and tubular or straight and silky, again with your highest heels. Team with a Leopard print coat or jacket as demonstrated by Miu Miu, Emilio Pucci and Lanvin recently.

Reflecting current affairs, the military influence has been evident in Dior’s bomer jacket and pencil skirt combos and Burberry’s aviator jackets, with designers Donna Karan and Prada introducing military influenced pieces into their latest collections. The prevailing colour theme appears to be red this season with all the top houses exploring it in their collections. Socks and shoes were seen across all collections, taking its lead from the summer’s tribal ikat colours and delicate lace offerings,. Hosiery visits new style frontiers this winter, sheer ankle socks add extra style points. Shoes are seductive, adventurous and ladylike. From platform stilettos to grown up kitten heels and knee high sock boots with tractor tyre soles. Gloves are elbow length ( leave them long or scrunch down your forearm). Handbags are classic smart styles in beautiful natural tone leather. Slimline belts are a must this season.