As we speak, we are fluctuating into Summer, which means half of the season is almost over. It also means those thick coats and heavy boots are now under storage (they have been there for a while now, I expect). I dare to assume (always hopeful and thankful if you have taken any of my advice), that your closet is now bursting with colors, blooming with floral prints and filled with lightweight fabrics. But in order to have it S/S ready, you can’t forget that instead of those wintery shoes, you have to fill your wardrobe with sexy, bare it all, calf enhancing heels. So take a good look at what you already have from past seasons that can work and invest on each of this styles (or the ones you like the most). You will be amazed by how most of these will be able to make the S/S to F/W transition. As I always say, apply some investment thinking!
As seen in: Prada
Very popular this days and very resourceful, this style can be found on most of the shoe shops around the globe. Its wide, wooden heel is so high it can reach 6 inches. But the platform is a big support and relief for our feet, they are really comfortable shoes. I just got mine a few days ago, and believe me when I say comfortable. I had to stand through 2 hours of a rugby match and walk really long distances without any kind of physical pain. For some people they may seem a bit heavy, agressive and not very ladylike. My father would probably say, “Why are there bricks on your feet”. But don’t be afraid of their chunkiness, au contraire, this shoe can be really flattering and leg lengthening. I would advice on buying a camel or tan pair, they go with almost everything. If you want a twist, there are also more daring styles. Jeffrey Campbell is the king of the chunk.
- Tan with metallic platform, French Connection, $218
- Leopard t-strap platforms, Jeffrey Campbell, $135
- Black Bitten t-strap sandals, ASOS, $121
- Qupid Saydie black platforms, Lulus.com, $35
As seen in: Giuseppe Zanotti
For several seasons we forgot about this kind of shoe, our attention was fully concentrated on our beloved platforms. But hey, this is fashion. There is room for everyone! And so, the pump is back. Louboutin wowed us last season with those goregous studded ones (hello girlie punk!). I know the day I get to put those perfectly pedicured feet of mine inside those flawlessly made works of art, I may be at risk of having a small stroke. So this season, go bold. Mix the trend with another one. For example, bright colored pumps, or leopard, or the metallic stiletto heel (very Lanvin, thanks for that Alber).
- Hot pink pump, ASOS, $121
- Glitter silver pump, Zara, $99
- Myley leopard pump with spiked heel, Steve Madden, $129.99
- Black cut pump, Zara, $99
As seen in: Alexander Wang
There’s nothing I love more than a pair of boyfriend shorts or cutouts paired with this style. Even though a few years ago, a bootie could only be worn in winter. Nowadays it is absoultely possible and very fashionable to sport them on spring. With a wide range of designs and materials available, the possibilities are endless. Canvas, leather, leopard, woven, crochet, even lace. You can find them with a wooden heel or wedge, with a slingback, with a zipper, and we could go on like this all day long! Pick a garment you would never pair them with, and you’ll see it somehow works. Sundresses, harem pants, cropped jeans, mini skirts, leather skirts, mid-length skirts. Booties are a girl’s best friend.
- Clog tan bootie, Idore, $135
- Annie-L leopard wedge bootie, Steve Madden, $169.95
- Lace up, slingback, bootie, ASOS, $72
- Jeffrey Campbell brown cut out bootie, Lulus.com, $135
As seen in: Christian Louboutin
Oh we all have little girl complex, that Lolita inside us. This kind of shoe can’t help but make us feel flirty, innocent but with a touch of sexy. It makes us wanna wear a polka dot dress and a bright red lipstick with soft retro waves in our hair. This style is particularly flattering to the leg. For example, for fuller legs you should try to stay away from ankle straps, since they cut the length of your leg. But since the strap on a Mary Jane is located in a lower position, it doesn’t give away the illusion of having a chunkier leg. Double straps, triple straps, t-straps, platforms, suede, the Mary Jane has been altered throughout the years, but always maintaining that girlie air we like so much and the gents appreciate even more.
- Mary Jane wedge, ASOS, $72
- Cheetah powder pump, Jessica Simpson, $98
- Suede orange MJ, ASOS, $105
- Purple suede courts, Carvela, $226
As seen in: Emilio Pucci
Heavenly bodies are not the only thing that comes to mind when hearing the word Gladiator. Knots, straps, and leather, lots of leather come together in this style with one purpose, embellish our paws. Although this type of shoe oozes sensualtiy, you have to pay attention when buying your pair. Sometimes the straps are too tight for some feet, even if they are “adjustable”. This will result in pain, discomfort and you will be “suffocating” your feet, not letting blood flow normally. Another problem is that with this shoes, the toes tend to stick out if the fit is not proper. This is a big, big fashion DON’T! And please, don’t wear those gladiator sandal-boots, unless they are those Pucci thigh highs, then it’s ok!
- Magenta rope sandals, Topshop, $129
- Knotted sandals, ASOS, $153
- Hide Away sandals, Chinese Laundry, $89.95
- Black caged sandals, Mea Shadow, $220