Walk the Talk

by Lena Kamarudin

When it comes to footwear, don’t hold back the drama.

This party season is the perfect time to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and go big on your footwear.

Ladies, we’re not talking about mediocre glitter pumps or cute ribbon details. We’re talking pompous, in-your-face shoes decked with over-the-top embellishments and fitted with outré details.

Now, you must be thinking only maximalists can pull off these crazy designs. Fashion is for everyone so don’t feel left out if you prefer minimalist tailored looks. You too can dive into this trend and keep to your everyday uniform made up of monochromes and neutrals. But instead of your go-to classic pumps, elevate your ensemble to power suit status with these statement soles.

And yes, your shoes will be the talking point at every party.

Leave a Trail of Glitter        

Glamour girls, we’re fully aware that a spot of shimmer is much- needed for you to shine in the spotlight. We suggest you level up your glam game and add a spray of neon colours, sequins and bejewelled stones into your shoe repertoire this season. Think Mariah Carey, but way classier.

Product credits: 1. Lolita bow-embellished striped lamé sandals, USD$544.49, by Alexandre Birman from Net-a-porter.com; 2. Concorde crystal-embellished satin pumps, USD$1,107.68, by Aquazzura from Net-a-porter.com; 3. Red Nadira crystal 95 satin pumps S$1,790, by Manolo Blahnik from Farfetch.com; 4. Diamond embellished bootie, by Roger Vivier. Runway credits: Ports 1961 Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Return of the Innocence

Classic bows and fancy frills make the prettiest shoes but what we love about these girly decorative details is this season’s fascination with everything oversized. You got the extra memo – so don’t settle for less.

Product Credits: 1. Pink China 65 bow silk satin mules, S$1,285, Magda Butrym from Farfetch.com; 2. Crystal-embellished tulle and PVC pumps, USD$1,269, by Midnight 00, by Matchesfashion.com; 3. Kelley 100 embellished patent-leather pumps, USD$946, by Jimmy Choo from Net-a-porter.com; 4. Satin and calfkin sandal with oversized bow, S$937, by Maison Margiela from Farfetch.com. Runway credit: Johanna Ortiz Resort 2019

Unleash Your Inner Wild Child

Fur and feathers are an explosive combination in the maximalist’s world. There’s no denying the confidence of a woman bold enough to sashay into a room wearing shoes decked with these decadent details. You go girl!

Product Credits: 1. Candy embellished satin and faux fur mules, USD$1,150, by Gucci from Net-a-porter.com; 2. Feather embellished pumps, S$1,720, by Tabitha Simmons from Farfetch.com; 3. Strappy sandal with feather detail, by Saint Laurent; 4. Stiletto sandals with fur detail, S$910, by Gianvito Rossi from Farfetch.com. Runway credit: Joseph Resort 2019

Art Class

You love fashion and art, and you want it translated into what you wear. Lucky for you these two elements co-exist superbly and designers have taken full advantage of this chemistry. Case-in-point: A classic looking pump or wedge sandal looks ten times more stunning with the simple twist of a not-so-ordinary heel.

Product Credits: 1. Fabric printed sandal, by Dries van Noten; 2. Perspex wedge mules, S$958, by Yeezy from Farfetch.com; 3. Suede Camil pumps, S$567, by Jacquemus from Farfetch.com; 4. Ankle strap wedges, by Lanvin. Runway credit: Balmain Fall/Winter 2018


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