In Fashion: Shopping for Shoes and Boots on a Budget
If you feel like there's only one thing you can work into your shopping budget this fall, it's gotta be a pair of new shoes.
These fashion accessories can instantly transform a wardrobe.
Whether you're a high-powered corporate CEO slipping on a stylish pair of oxblood suede boots or a college-bound freshman sporting funky lace-up Doc Martens, chic footwear is the fastest way to put your best foot forward this fall.
Here's a shopping list of the hottest shoe and boot styles for the season ahead:
--Loafing along. Remember penny loafers? Well, this fall, shoe designers take them to new heights, adding both stacked and skinny heels to these preppy favorites. These back-to-school traditions have grown up with patent trims, lug soles and colorful velvets. Perfect for dressing up that everyday office attire.
--Sweet Mary Janes are not so sweet this fall. Instead, these baby-doll flashbacks rock with vamped-up style. Little-girl style goes glamorous with higher heels, slimmer straps and lots of sexy, suede trims. Wear them with ankle socks and flowing skirts for more of a bohemian look.
--Strapping it on. For evening this fall, the party shoes you are going to want are strappy high heels. Think T-straps and ankle straps. These shoes are anything but plain Jane -- the more bling, the better. They sparkle with glitter and jewels. And there are lots of feathers flying out there, too. How's that for glamming up a little black dress?
--Point those toes, girls. The pointy toe pumps and mules return this fall. These are the perfect complement to the menswear trends ... and they look great with jeans, too.
--Going to Oxford. The flat to have this fall is the classic oxford jazzed up with cap-toes in metallics, studs and snakeskin. Smoking loafers are also showing up in lots of colorful suede. These menswear-inspired shoes are anything but old-school. They're perfect to wear with rolled-up skinny jeans. And they're the ultimate in comfort!
--Getting the boot. When cooler weather rolls around, it's easy to get excited about wearing boots. Although there have been a few reported sightings of die-hard fashion cowgirls roaming around in the summer donning their boots with their Daisy Dukes, most of us wait until the temperature drops to pull the boots out of the closet. This year, there are more boot styles to choose from than ever before. From high-heeled lace-ups and knee-highs to flat motorcycle-inspired ankle boots and riding boots, there's something for everyone.
You may want to start a collection of boots. Years ago, most of us only had one basic pair, but now, boots have taken on a fashion life of their own, accessorizing everything from professional pencil skirts to floaty floral dresses. They lend a whole lot of the "cool" factor to just about anything in your wardrobe. Start your shopping engines now!
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.
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