Best Foot Forward

Move your statement bag aside and make way for the statement shoe - this season’s hottest fashion commodity. Shoes no longer just finish an outfit, they “make it” instead. Shoe design has been turned on its heel and boy, are we loving the results. With studs and spikes, cages and corsetry (yes, all on your feet!) bondage has moved mainstream, while tribal-inspired fringing and finishing effects have seen the jungle reach the city. Even architectural themes have carried over into the realm of footwear with concept heels and peculiar platforms. And if that’s not enough to send you racing to your nearest shoe shop, keep reading to see just how easy it is to work these styles in to your wardrobe.

Think: Studs, spikes and straps, cages and corsetry.
Who’s doing it: Christopher Kane, Mollini, Balmain and YSL
How to wear it: Flaunt this look with a pair of super-skinny jeans or a funky mini to cut a cool rock-chick figure, or team with a soft girly dress for femininity with an edge.

Think: Fringes and feathers, snakeskin and suede, beading and embroidery.
Who’s doing it: Anna Sui, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy and Witchery
How to wear it: Tribal pieces work wonders with denim and are perfect when you want to spice up a casual jeans-and-blazer look. This style also nicely complements the harem-inspired fashion from the latest catwalks.

Think: Geometric shaping, twisted heels and peculiar platforms.
Who’s doing it: Christopher Kane, Marc Jacobs, Victor & Rolf and TopShop
How to wear it: The very concept of this shoe screams ‘look at me’ so whether you’re teaming it with an elegant dress or new-season pants, keep your style simple to avoid an overload of visual stimulation.

Think: Cut-out boots, lace-up peep-toes and a general merging of styles.
Who’s doing it: Sportsgirl, Givenchy, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen
How to wear it: While McQueen’s ballet-points-come-clogs make your toes hurt just looking at them, ‘matrix’ footwear like the shoe-boot, is perfect for bringing a bit of runway (more realistically) your way. An ultra-glam addition to your weekend wardrobe, this style is also a great mid-season transitional shoe.

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