Trend spotting: Head over heels

Ankle straps, gladiator sandals and fringe details are all the rage this season


Amber Liaqat February 12, 2017
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LAHORE: It is said, if manners maketh the woman, shoes maketh the outfit. Recently, footwear has become the main focus of creativity in fashion, often eclipsing the clothes and giving bags a run for their money. And by the way, money was just the operative word, a pair of shoes could go up from $1,000 to $2,000 and that really takes some justifying.

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Last season, lace boots paved the way as the ultimate foot/leg accessory and made a daring fashion statement. Ankle straps, gladiator sandals and fringe details teamed with gravity- defying heights have become insanely popular. Shoes this season sprout fur, jewels, lace and pom poms.

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Aside from diamonds, we're pretty sure shoes are a woman's best friend. The right and bold shoe could spike a classic, or even a boring outfit. A statement shoe plays pivotal role in dressing up. If one wears flats one day and heels the next, the entire posture transforms and it can certainly reinvent one’s personality.

Shoes have become much more than a functional form of commute. They connote power, status, fragility and elegance. This season there's less focus on embellishments and the limelight seems to be robbed by sculpted heels and pointed toes. Satin and silk shoes will never lose their appeal for important social events such as weddings, parties and formal dinners.

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Shoes might be the most versatile thing to happen to your spring wardrobe; block heels are back, platforms with floral jacquard motifs are in vogue and ankle strap sandals demonstrate no sign of dropping off the radar. An ankle strap sandal goes with just about anything and lengthens your legs. Sleek ankle boots do the trick when paired with jeans or dresses.

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Even suede is a budding trend this season. With seemingly endless options, it’s hard to amass a collection of shoes. A basic black pump in suede or leather is the ultimate go-to accessory; they pull together any outfit and add instant sophistication.

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This season the luxe loafer appears to be the 'It' shoe. This menswear-inspired shoe has replaced the ballet flat as the quintessential run-around shoe. A basic black or a bright hue will do the trick when it comes to flats. Animal-print heels, snakeskin or leopard heels are popular this season. While they give a sultry style to your look, we also consider this print neutral when mixing with busier prints or paired with any monochrome outfit to add a little drama.

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Flat sandals are a must-have for summertime and meant to be paired with just about everything - from high-waisted cropped pants to full-length jeans. Similarly, casual kicks are extremely easy to dress up or down, depending on the occasion. Short-stacked heels too are making a serious comeback; this 90s style will give you a little height without sacrificing on comfort.

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Also, flat boots are not just specific to winter anymore; one can spot a lot of celebrities wearing them at the airport, as they provide comfort while one's on the go and add refinement to the unfussy t-shirt and jeans look.

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