Women know the importance of having the perfect black dress. What about the perfect shoes to go with it? With the help of In Style magazine’s “Ultimate Shoe Guide” and Charla Krupp, here’s a look at not one, but nine styles of shoes every femme fatale should have.
“The ultimate shoe guide, Fall 2003”: One of fall’s pleasures is buying new shoes. While a woman can never have too many, In Style magazine’s September issue says that the ultimate shoe closet contains nine basic styles, from sneakers to sling backs. Here’s a roundup of the best buys in fall shoes, in all nine categories.
What are the trends?
Every season has its attention-getting body part. This fall, it’s all about hot legs — leggy legs in boots, colored tights, fishnets, seamed and textured stockings. Remember when we were saying, bare legs or bust? The Hosiery Association is much happier now that designers have ditched bare legs for tights of all types.
To go with the sixties mod look, there are over the knee, under the knee and kicky white go-go boots for those who haven’t had the pleasure of wearing them before!
To go with the sophisticated ladylike look, there are elegant leather and suede pumps with pointy toes in vibrant shades of red, blue, yellow, orange, pink and green.
As a nod to the men’s club look, we’re seeing leather wing-tip pumps plus tweed pumps and high heel loafers. These are the trends that will stay in style and not blow your budget.
Your 9-5 work shoes
1. When you really want to look your professional best, it’s a pump. They’re guaranteed to elevate your everyday uniform. Every woman should own a serious pair of high-heeled pumps.
Black leather stiletto pump with a white heel and stripe of white leather across the toe. By Charles David, $170. (To order: 310-659-7110). A black and white shoe will look smart with all the winter white this fall.
2. If you have to go from work to evening without stopping home, a kitten-heeled sling back is your shoe. Sling backs are a flirtier and less formal than a pump. And the fact that you can actually walk in them is a plus!
Banana Republic has a classic leather slingback with kitten heel for $118. (To order, 888-277-8953). Comes in brown and black.
3. Here’s a third choice for work, for you lucky women who are tall enough to wear it. Pointy toe flats are a more sophisticated option than a loafer or a ballerina shoe. They’re very Audrey — gamine chic with jeans, slacks or a slim pencil skirt.
And don’t forget, bright colors are the ticket for accessories this fall. Heat up your wardrobe with coral hotties by Seychelles. Only $65 for so much style! (At Sacco as of 8-20-03, 212-243-2070.)
4. The most practical boot length falls right under the knee. Look for styles loaded with embellishments — buttons, buckles, straps, distressed leathers. Wear these with skirts and colored, opaque tights and you’ll be very Sixties.
Wearable “mod” calf-skin leather boots with buckle by Andrew Stevens ($259, at Nordstrom, or call 800-818-7877). The silver buckle adds flair, but isn’t so trendy that it will go out of style anytime soon. Comes in black and brown with 2 1/2 inch heel.
5. And everyone needs a pair of ankle boots for under pants and jeans.
Check out the leather ruffles on the calf-skin ankle-high boots by N.Y.L.A. Softens a tough look. $150 (800-673-6952). Also comes in brown and taupe.
Walking shoes, sneakers
6. Weekends are for shopping, so you need cool shoes that you can walk miles in. They need to be comfortable. Try a sporty look without breaking a sweat.
In Style’s deal of the day: $40 Keds — new for fall in suede with rubber trim. These come in crimson, camel, black, navy. (At keds.com or 800-680-0966).
Secondly, red Pumas are modeled after a 1960’s track and field training shoe. It’s all about the retro look. Great with jeans, your Juicy Couture sweats or cargo skirt. Also comes in royal blue. $100 (888-565-7862 or puma.com).
7. The most important shoe in your closet for evening is a closed-toe black heel. Every woman should own one. It’s for that little black dress, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boringly basic!
Ladylike bows and ribbons were all over spring runways and they continue into fall. The off-center large bow adds a lot of elegance to The Patty, this satin slingback is from Isaac by Isaac Mizrahi ($180, select Saks Fifth Avenues, 800-347-9177). Up the drama with black seamed stockings or black fishnets.
8. Once you’ve got your basic black covered, turn up the heat with a red satin sandal for evening. And bring it out as much as you can. Think about wearing them out on Saturday with a pair of black pants. Gorgeous!
How can you not have a good time in these? Red satin ankle-strap sandals with rhinestones from Nine West. What style for $69! Three rows of red rhinestones, two-inch, thin heel. These are exclusive to Dillard’s, 800-345-5273.
9. All metallics are in style now, but silver is the sexiest.
In the ninth and final category, the rhinestone stiletto slide from Beverly Feldman’s “I Love Diamonds Collection,” rocks. It makes everything else you’re wearing shine ($225, 212-484-0000). Beverly Feldman actually designed these to wear with jeans. She’s a woman whose approach to fashion is: Too much is not enough!” And with that thought, we end our shoe shopping!
Charla Krupp of In Style magazine has been a beauty and fashion contributor to “Today” going on eight years in a segment that’s followed her from In Style magazine to Glamour (as beauty director) to eve.com (as editor-in-chief and vice president) and back to In Style. She’s an award-winning journalist known for her accessible, “real woman’s” approach to fashion and beauty. For more information you can call 888-689-1643 or visit the In Style Web site at: www.InStyle.com, or pick up the latest issue of In Style magazine on newsstands now.