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.

Shoes Trends For Spring-Summer 2009

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.

TOE SHAPES

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.