Making a statement this spring are architectural shoes that look more like a work of art than a shoe. Made with incredibly high heels and interesting cutouts and shapes, these shoes types are a mix of Lady Gaga and Geisha.
Take a look at some of these daring (or precarious) shoe trends for Spring 2011 and contemplate whether you can pull them off or not.
Wedges are being updated with cut-out shapes and patterns in the heel. These little windows ad a cool geometric element to an otherwise traditional style. Check out these F-Troupe Studden sandals with a triangular cut out (left). Another option? Try these United Nude Buckel Sandals (right) that have the heel completely cut out at the back of the shoe, almost making it look like you’re balancing on air.
Gone are the days of simple spikes or wedges. Now shoes are coming with heels and soles in different shapes and sizes. For example, these black Velvet Angel suede booties (left) have an extra front lip on the balls of the sole. Fendi’s Fantasia shoe collection also has shoes with extra triangular wedges between the heel and the sole, and one pair of platforms even has 3 distinct, cut out wedges (right).
These Loeffler Randall for Suno Erin Platform sandals even have a rounded wedge heel!
Beyond heights this season’s shoes seem to be inspired by the shape of traditional shoes worn by geisha (slanted inwards from the toe in the front and wider and shorter at the back). Take a look at Acne’s platform shoes (left) from their Spring 2011 collection to get a feel for these high platforms. Another alternative are these Camilla Skovgaard Trekking Point Seude Booties (right) which mimic the same shape on the toe but mix it with a contemporary spike heel.
Psssssst. Look for cut-out details, intricate patterns and bright colours as well!