At a recent party, I found one of my most fashionable friends wearing a stiletto with designer heels! Can you imagine? She had those dazzling white stones embellished on her heels absolutely matching with her off-shoulder, shiny cocktail dress. Seriously! Indian footwear fashion for women has gone far with its unique designs and offerings. Look at your feet and give it a touch of style as you do for your dress. You may wear a thousand bucks priced dress; however, if it is not matched with your shoes, then your efforts are in vain. The overall look of any woman or man is made complete with the right accessories including the shoes. It forms an integral part of your style. You can stand out with the latest pair and flaunt it with confidence. It speaks for you and your personality.
When you buy your pair of footwear, you must be looking for the trendiest one or something which matches the colour of your dress or is comfortable. Some are also bothered about the brands and quality while making their purchase. Nevertheless, the recent collections in India give you a blend of all. You get an array of collection from brands, designers, local shops and street shops. The fetish for shoes is an addiction for some. They have a closet with various types, colours, designs, brands and materials. Some may not have a full wardrobe, but surely own more that seven to ten pairs. Whatever it is, a flat sandal, high heel, gladiator, pump or boot can make you look sexy!
Latest Types of Shoes in Trend
The latest trend is presenting a mesmerizing, stylish and elegant choice of footwear before us to complement our attire in tune. Whether you want to hit a party or want to wear it as a casual, formal, sporty or festive pair, you have every option to choose from.
# Stilettos and High Heels – Be it a party or a casual occasion, stilettos carried with grace add length to your height and enhance your personality. It gives you a chic and smart look! High heel stilettos are available in various colour, shapes, sizes, cuts and styles. Bright colours are dominant in the scene with red, yellow, green, blush pink and blue. Trend watchers must know that black, brown and white are a little morose this season, whereas shiny biege and grey will do add a glaze to your feet. Try some new designs with bows, flowers, buckles or tussels to add an instant glamour. You can wear them with western dresses like skirts, backless gowns, halters, cocktails, sheath or off shoulder dresses. A chiffon or silk saree and fashionable churidaars will look exemplary with stilettos.
# Kitten Heels – If you are not comfortable wearing high heels, but wish to be a little tall, then go for kitten heels. These are a cool pair with varied styles in party, casual and formal wear. It has short heels to your comfort with curve from the heel towards the edge of the shoe. You can wear them with any kind of dresses; however, avoid them with ethnic clothing.
# Gladiators – This is also very common, specially among the youth. It has high straps or laces. They are even accessorized with buckles, bows, stud and zippers. They come in the form of sandals or heels (short, mid and high). It looks good with short dresses, minis, short/medium length skirts, skinny denims or cuffed shorts. Teens love to own atleast one piece of a gladiator. Black, blue and white are extremely cool to carry. Braided styles with bold colours will bound to steal the eyes around you.
# Platforms – This has recently become very popular with ladies. The Bollywood and Hollywood influences have led the ladies to possess a pair of platforms though it is a bit uncomfortable and heavy to carry. Thick soles in sandals, shoes, heels or boots have been in the trend. The flat ones are not recommended! Platforms suit a lady with a good figure and are available in various shades. Glittering platforms with straps, buckles and bows are hot this season. This again goes well with western and indo- western dresses. Traditional or ethnic outfit look awful with platforms.
# Peep Toes – This is also known as peek-a-boo shoes because of the fact that a little part of your toes are visible at the front. The back of this shoe is open and gives an extremely smart look with high heels or flats in solid colours. Peep toes gel well with formal suits, short dresses, knee length dresses, straight cut salwaar with churidaars, etc. Transparent peep toes are quite famous among the youth.
# Sandals – Very commonly used in India, sandals are comfortable to wear. This is one footwear which is paired up with traditional outfits. Sarees, salwaars, chudidaars, anarkalis or kurti with a jeans combo can be teamed up with a sleek and trendy sandal. You may choose a flat, mid-heel or high heel sandal according to your choice and comfort. For traditional dressing, pick up something which has a jazzy and glittering effect in its design with embellished stones, beads or embroidery work. Funky sandals can be worn with a jeans and kurti, which will give a cool look, whereas flip-flops are perfect as casuals.
# Boots – Indulge in one of the most stylish looks with a sleek pair of boots. Covered from all sides, boots cover the ankle and go up to your legs till the thigh or knee. The latest trend asks you to pick up high heeled boots to suit your personality. Flat or wedges are also in demand for the comfort and stylish centric people. Look cool and wear it over your denims at parties. You can also wear it with short/knee length dresses or skirts. It has zippers, chains and laces to add glamour to the footwear.
# Pumps – Unleash your style with a pair of trendy pumps! It is a popular and classy piece to wear as heels or flats. However, the trend directs you to pick up a heeled pump without straps or buckles clubbed with peeped, round or pointed toes. Squared toe pumps are also spreading its own charm. Bright colours are preferred. Recently, pumps with floral, animal and polka dot prints are back in trend.
# Wedges – A gorgeous pair of wedges can grab anyone’s attention with its hot look. It has wide heels without any space and gap in between the front tip of the shoe and end of the heel. It is one of the most comfortable pieces, and you can wear it with all types of clothing.
# Sneakers – A kind of sporty pair, sneakers have added a new trend in the run. They too come in wedges to add a few inches to your height giving a completely new look to it. Nevertheless, most of us prefer to wear sneakers as an athletic or a casual shoe with denims, track pants, shorts and skirts. Sneaker with a saree is a new trend and has become quite popular. We have seen it in fashion shows and even the famous singer Usha Uthup always wears a sneaker with her saree. Hence, style is never restricted. It may go beyond our imagination.
The shoe material comes in various forms being leather, fibre, cloth, rexin, satin, velvet or suede. The cuts given to each shoe differ according to the style it has. It may take a round, square, almond, pointed or curved shape at the tip of the footwear. The upper part has shapes of all types depending on the type of shoe. It may be round closed, oval, angular, etc. The soles are made of wood, rubber, leather, latex, PVC, molded, etc.
Shoe accessories have become a popular part of each pair. Today, shoe clips that come in embellishments or simple designs are in the trend. They give a new look to casual, bridal and party wear shoes. Crystal brooches, bows, flowers, shells, etc., are some type of clips that are detachable and can be used according to your suitability. On the other hand, some shoes have these items set on the top of the shoes itself. Traditional footwear has work of zardosi, sequin, beads, stones and so on. Heels also have embellishments on them, giving a cool and trendy look.
Choose your footwear with care, as it will convey a statement for you. Try to follow different looks and don’t stick to one pair for the entire week. Mix and match according to the occasions and events and grab the attention of the on-lookers. Spice up your collection today and make every step look the way you are – stylish and sexy!