It’s a jungle out there and we’re not joking! With the weather dropping below 10°C these days you have to armour yourself with enough layers to form a protective shield around your body from the cold much like an Robert Downy Jr. donning an Iron Man suit. Heavy fall coats, scarves, gloves and even – gasp – a toque have magically appeared on our bodies faster than saying “Shoe sale.”
Speaking of shoes, you know with the change of seasons we’ll take any opportunity to adorn our feet with new footwear and with fall in full swing we hear the call of the wild. Here are 10 amazing animal-inspired shoes to wear this season.
On the hunt for affordable footwear that will make your wallet purr? Steve Madden’s Dateme flat is an eye-catching shoe you’ll want to slide on; its pointed D’Orsay silhouette and leopard print outer make a fierce fashion statement wherever you’re the prowl. For cat women who want a little more height, Zara’s ballet-like flat has a raised heel and it retails for just under $100 making us say “Meow.” Pair both styles cropped black trousers and white button-down shirt.
1. Steve Madden Dateme Leopard Flat, $79.95 USD; 2. Zara Printed Leather Ballet Flat, $99.90.
Is leopard print a bit too wild for you? Then gallop into a fashionable fall with classic black and white zebra stripes. Made from leather and calf-hair, this two-tone Cole Hann flat has your name written all over it. However, on the pricier side, California brand Freda Salvador takes a men’s inspired design and turns it around for the ladies with this texture oxford.
3. Cole Hann Amalia Skimmer Flat, $282.82; 4. Freda Salvador Strut Oxford, $395 USD.
For stunning fall footwear brand heavy weight Michael Kors’ Avra pump is a no-brain neutral that will surely become a wardrobe staple. However, if you don’t have designer dollars in your wallet River Island’s court shoe will satisfy budget with its stunning black and white print, and block heel. Wear these two stunning shoes with your favourite LBD and you’ll be charming people’s socks off.
5. River Island Block Heel Court Snake Shoe, $85.28; 6. Michael Kors Avra Snake Skin Pointy Toe Pump, $395
From land and not to sea, the next animal print we adore on is stingray. Yes ladies, this sea creature has made its way from the depth of the ocean and into fashion thanks to its shiny yet subtle spotted textured skin. Those in the mood to splurge can charge Alexander Wang’s sky-high Lovisa pump to their credit cards, or for a lower-priced option French Sole’s Jetty flat is chic alternative to wearing a boring, black ballet flat.
7. Alexander Wang Lovisa Pump, $765 USD; 8. French Sole Jetty Stingray Embossed Flat, $230.05.
Friendly Furry Faces
Designers Charlotte Olympia and Marc Jacobs know our weakness for friendly and furry four-legged animals. Crazy cat lovers will purr like a kitten when you slip your feet into the British designer’s hand-crafted velvet loafers with gold detailing. And dog lovers will bark for joy with Marc by Marc Jacob’s French bulldog inspired loafer.
9. Charlotte Olympia Kitten Slipper, $495 USD; 10. Marc by Marc Jacobs Friends of Mine Shorty Loafer, $228 USD.