Put Your Best Foot Forward

FOR WOMEN
It’s no secret that women adore shoes. When you are blue, buying a new pair is an instant mood lifter. When you feel great, you make a trip to the shoe store in celebration. And on special occasions, you must have something special to wear. We give you good excuses to add to your shoe closet. 

Casual Wear
Life is short and casual shoes make it sunnier. Every woman needs a pair of shoes that makes her friends do a double-take.

Personally, Flats are the most versatile pair of shoes you can own. They’re great for the weekend, travelling, shopping, hanging out and just about anywhere you go, they can go too. Since flats usually aren’t as dynamic as heels, look for flats in colours, lush materials and rich textures to help jazz up your look without resorting to higher heels. Accents like buckles, straps, embellishments, gems or bows can also add a lot of interest to a pair of flats, although it’s best not to go overboard with embellishments. 

There are so many different styles when it comes to flat shoes; you’d be amazed. Rounded toe flat shoes are a great look and a comfortable one at that. It’s usually looked at as a more casual look. Pointy flat shoes really dress up a look, especially when accented with details. But as they say, “You can never have too many flats”, if wearing flats with skirts, shoot for a hemline that is above the knee, to regain a look of length to your leg. Wearing flats with longer skirts can give you a dowdy appearance.

Whether you’re exploring or wandering the ramble in the park, Sneakerswill have you sauntering in style. Even though sneakers are often for the gym or weekends, but we particularly love them with boyfriend jeans and cut-offs, but you can throw them on with almost any denim, as long as it fits nicely. 

For a feminine look, we suggest rocking a pair of polka dot sneakers with a dress or, if florals are more your thing, pair your large print floral dress with a sneaker with a small flower print. Just make sure both prints share a similar colour; that’s the key to be chic. The sneakers’ casualness pair well with cotton and can add an unexpected pop to a flowy skirt. For easier pairing, choose sleek, clean (as in, not soiled) sneakers with uncomplicated designs. Hide your socks though, or wear none at all, else risk killing the cuteness.

The New Chic 
Whether your office is casual and creative or buttoned-up and sophisticated, get inspired and shop high style, work-appropriate shoes.

The classics are always in style and always appropriate for the office. You may want to keep a pair of polished leather or soft Suede Loafers in your closet to wear with dress pants and suits around the office. Their traditional design pairs perfectly with a comfortable fit that’s ideal for work environments. 

A slip-on shoe or mules is another type of shoe that can be paired with nearly all your clothing. A pair of mules can give a modern twist to any ensemble or a definitively polished approach to a skirt-and-cardigan combination. Pair up wide-legged trousers with high heeled loafers and show off the trendy flat. 

Patent leather Oxfords work well with pants, skirts, or dresses. Worn mostly with solid-coloured bottoms, ankle strap shoes add personality to the lower half of your body. Select a pair in a pretty spring pastel colour like yellow, lilac, mint or beige.

Every woman needs a pair of comfortable, reasonable Kitten-Heeled black shoes. These shoes are great for interviews, work affairs and generally, when you just need a comfortable heel that’s not a stiletto or higher than 2 inches. Also, considered the classic pump, you really can’t go wrong with these in your shoe wardrobe. These heels are good with dresses and tights combined with jackets.

The right pair of Boots will work in even the most traditional offices. Whether you’re choosing an ankle or a pair with a subtle heel, keep your boots dressy by picking leather styles in traditional colours. Yes, boots are a favourite choice for fall and winter since they keep your feet comfortable and warm in cool weather, but ankle boots and booties are becoming popular office style choices year-round.

You can’t wear heels every day, but that doesn’t mean you should show up to work in flip flops, flats or crocs. So when you shop, make sure you select a pair of Wedges for your workplace. When looking at how to wear wedges to work, look for a mid-heel shoe with an enclosed almond-toe. A black leather wedge shoe is a great versatile option. Patent finishes are also ideal for creating a polished, sophisticated finish. Wedges will look great with nearly any length skirt and dresses.

All that glitters
Kick up those heels, ladies, because it’s high time to get down! With the party season in full swing, we dug deep for a few shoe picks that will knock your socks off. Embellished, patent, colourful or go-to black, these shoes are perfect for the party season. 

If all roads lead to Rome, then all casual shoe trends lead to the Gladiators. In a flat or with a stiletto heel, the new gladiators look most flattering if they hit just below the knee. If you like to take a fashion risk, make a statement with runway-worthy gladiators. Look for styles in neutral shades – think black, tan, gold or nude tones. For a sexier look, go for a heel. To tone things down, check out flats. This is a look that definitely works better on thinner legs and is best juxtaposed against a ladylike dress or pencil skirt.

For a less in-your-face but still sexy and trendy vibe, opt for gladiator styles that rise to the ankle. Since you’re not going for a knee-high look, you can rock details – think printed leathers, grommets, buckles and different colours into the look. We like a stacked heel, but you’ll find stilettos and wedges, too. This shoe can be paired with anything from an LBD to a business suit to boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt.

Ease into the trend with a cut-out gladiator style. They pair nicely with a maxi dress, shorts, rolled-up jeans, skirts – you name it. We like a python-style print or a fun, bright colour to bring a little style to your summer basics. 

Simply put, High Heels are eye candy for shoe lovers, ranging from intriguing architectural heels, simple black pumps to exotic textures and prints. But, this season, it’s all about the sparkle and shine. Glitter shoes seem to be the hottest trend gracing the sidewalks, and it’s all about styling these shoes to be the star of the show. Whether you prefer studded pumps, stilettos, peep-toes or platform heels, there are glitter options to suit all of your preferences. 

Opt for a simple silver or gold sparkle for maximum versatility, or go all out in all metallic heels. A glossy metallic sheen lends even the most basic footwear, from office-appropriate slingbacks to street chic sneakers, a touch of razzle-dazzle polish. They’ll add intrigue to your daily mix, and, stick to similar tones for starters. Think shades of silver, blue, black, or white.

If you’re wearing a dress that’s covered in sequins, fringe, or other eye-grabbing details, then nothing will set it off more than a pair of simply dynamic shoes. But a pair of shimmery, glistening, over the top evening shoes will really add punch to a basic evening dress. 

FOR MEN
Tied-up, tasselled or burnished and buckled, these classic shoes will be sure to lead you through the maze of eveningwear with a spring in your step...

The gentlemen’s club

Every man should own a pair of black leather cap toe lace-up shoes; they’re a staple in any businessman’s wardrobe. Shiny black five-eyelet lace-ups, bal wingtips and straight tip blucher shoes — with or without perforated detailing on toes — are also sure bets. On more formal occasions, wear a pair of evening shoes, plain-toe shoes, or Albany shoes with suits. 

For the typical businessman look, if you are bored with the usual oxfords, wear your dress pants with a pair of tassel loafers. Or, spice up your look by wearing a pair of bit loafers with half-rubber soles and gunmetal ornaments. Match your shoes to your belt. This rule is an oldie but goldie. Even better is the camel shoes plus camel belt combo. 

Better basics

Moccasins are more semi-formal, if not completely formal, in style when compared to loafers. They are great alternatives for sneakers and are best teamed with formal trousers and chinos for a classic Friday office look. They can even act as a smart alternative to your black leather shoes when heading out to a party or evening dinner. Go for a colour that suits your personality (blue, brown and maroon are instant hits) and rest assured to have a lot of heads turn your way.           - Anisha and Pics: IANS