Starring the shoes...

Starring the shoes...

Shoes can make or break an outfit. A good pair of shoes, like Marilyn Monroe said, can help you conquer the world, and fashion charts too for that matter. Stepping into the year with new shoes seems ideal with the range of shoes that have walked on the runways of New York, Paris, Milan and London. They have offered more than just Stan Smiths and Superstars.

Here is a definitive list of the top five trends spotted on the runways, street style stars.
n Mules: They were big last year, and they will be bigger this year. They come in the form of loafers, block-heels, sneaker mules and espadrilles in fabrications like leather, velvet, satin, fur, canvas and embroidery. By the look of it, this trend is here to stay. One loves it for its functionality of being able to slip it on without the hassle of straps and laces. The resurgence of this trend in its modern persona can be worn with anything from cropped trousers and midi-skirt to culottes and frayed hem denims.

n Slide sandals: If you are one for slip-on shoes, then sliders might seem like music to your ears. While traditionally used for the pool and spa, the contemporary slides are anything but basic. Puma did a furry version, which saw street style stars wearing it with gowns even. They are flats with a laidback presentation and updated for the summer with sequins and floral designs. The fantasy luxe slider club included ruffles, embellishments and lots of fur.

n Kitten heels: The not-so-granny granny heel is back with futuristic renditions from Prada, Celine and Miu Miu. Booties with kitten heels have caught the fancy of fashion editors. Your best bet is to keep it as ladylike and feminine as possible. Pointy-toed sleek versions are a hassle-free option for workwear while pastel-hued versions are for brunch. A little bit of embellishment thrown in here and it could help complete an evening dress.

n Flatforms: Flatforms are basically flats with an even height from toe to heel. Thank your stars for shoes that give the added advantage of height without the hassle, it’s a delectable combination. Quirky details make them a statement on their own. We are warming up to of-the-moment updates like ribbon tie-ups, metallic sheen, graphic and oriental motifs. Wooden versions look great with summer dresses while chunky shoes can be walked anywhere, to the club or to the office.

n Details: Details like ribbon tie-ups, eyelet, gingham stripes, ankle-straps, buckles, geometric heels, leather ruffles, oversized bows, mesh details, embroidery patches, fringe, sporty stripes and pointy toes raise the bar up a several notches. Celebrities are being spotted in clean white patent boots. Giving the ankle-strap sandal measurable company is the friendly neighbour — the sheer stocking. Tights, socks and stockings help add interest and dimension along with providing a layering opportunity.

(Contributed  by Farah Magi)

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