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Shoe Updates for Spring 2011

Written by Fatima Syed

What to keep in mind when shopping for the latest footwear

Before you know it, it will be time to retire your beloved winter boots and start shopping for springtime footwear in the weeks ahead. It may only be February, and the thought of trading in sweaters for lightweight dresses might seem like an impossible dream, but it’s never too early to start considering the trends in the months ahead.


Feathers: They began appearing on earrings, and then slowly transitioned from jewelry to footwear. This spring, look for funky and unique touches on shoes such as brilliantly coloured feathers on party pumps. While certainly unusual, these have appeared on the catwalk and only time will tell if the trend successfully converts into street fashion and collegiate style.

S - Christian Dior Feather 300x400

Wedges:
Along with their close cousin, the platform, the wedge was hot last year and is back for 2011 as well. Featuring strappy details, chunky heels, and metallic buckles, the wedge is perfect for a comfortable, laidback spring look for times when stilettos aren’t appropriate or comfortable.

S - Lanvin Wedge SS11 300x400

Kitten heels:
For years, the kitten heel was ignored by the fashion industry until its practicality and down-to-earth design came to light and the style re-surfaced again last fall. Many shoe lovers didn’t get a chance to wear kitten heels during autumn, which is why their return for spring 2011 will create opportunities to wear the shoe at work, cocktail parties, and other occasions.

S - Missoni Kitten 300x400

Ultra feminine:
It seems as if fashion can’t make up its mind sometimes- lady or vixen, simple or sophisticated? This season, you can be absolutely anything through your sense of style, but ladylike finishes have become huge when it comes to footwear. Hyper-feminine touches such as bows, sequins, and ribbon appear on sandals and pumps, with styles ranging from precious and preppy to the avant-garde and striking.

S - NC Feminine SS11 300x400

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Before you know it, it will be time to retire your beloved winter boots and start shopping for springtime footwear in the weeks ahead. It may only be February, and the thought of trading in sweaters for lightweight dresses might seem like an impossible dream, but it’s never too early to start considering the trends in the months ahead.


Feathers: They began appearing on earrings, and then slowly transitioned from jewelry to footwear. This spring, look for funky and unique touches on shoes such as brilliantly coloured feathers on party pumps. While certainly unusual, these have appeared on the catwalk and only time will tell if the trend successfully converts into street fashion and collegiate style.

S - Christian Dior Feather 300x400

Wedges:
Along with their close cousin, the platform, the wedge was hot last year and is back for 2011 as well. Featuring strappy details, chunky heels, and metallic buckles, the wedge is perfect for a comfortable, laidback spring look for times when stilettos aren’t appropriate or comfortable.

S - Lanvin Wedge SS11 300x400

Kitten heels:
For years, the kitten heel was ignored by the fashion industry until its practicality and down-to-earth design came to light and the style re-surfaced again last fall. Many shoe lovers didn’t get a chance to wear kitten heels during autumn, which is why their return for spring 2011 will create opportunities to wear the shoe at work, cocktail parties, and other occasions.

S - Missoni Kitten 300x400

Ultra feminine:
It seems as if fashion can’t make up its mind sometimes- lady or vixen, simple or sophisticated? This season, you can be absolutely anything through your sense of style, but ladylike finishes have become huge when it comes to footwear. Hyper-feminine touches such as bows, sequins, and ribbon appear on sandals and pumps, with styles ranging from precious and preppy to the avant-garde and striking.

S - NC Feminine SS11 300x400

Sympatico Image

s_-_ss11_shoe_150x150_0.jpg

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