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  • Shoes can make or break
    an outfit. To help you to
    avoid any fashion missteps
    this season, we’ve pulled
    together a guide to the
    best footwear styles of Autumn/Winter 2013
  • The Heel: Summer’s ornamental
    heels have had an industrial
    makeover for winter and are perfect
    for standing out and walking tall
    when the temperatures drop.
    A cold, shiny steel aesthetic is the
    benchmark, but regal gold is even
    better, with Charlotte Olympia and
    Fendi using metallic heels to add
    edge to chic, feminine silhouettes.
    Even with the simplest of styles,
    metal details add a flash of
    decadence to every step.
  • The Inspiration: Taking its cues
    from the decade that gave us
    platforms, Autumn/Winter 2013 is
    offering up a party on the feet with
    vertiginous heels and cartoonish
    shapes straight from the Seventies. Fortunately, the garish colour
    schemes of that decade have been
    left in the past, with designers
    such as Robert Clergerie and
    Stella McCartney reinventing these
    retro styles in tasteful burgundy
    and monochrome.
  • The Shape: Summer may have
    been all about Blurred Lines, but
    it’s sharp edges we’re turning to
    now with the triumphant return of
    the pointed toe. Feminine but with
    an edge, it’s the shape that
    screams sophistication. Most
    designers, Lanvin and Givenchy
    included, are enamoured with a
    dark, gothic style, but using your
    footwear to inject a pop of colour to
    your outfit via Gianvito Rossi’s acid
    yellow offering is equally impactful.
  • The Finish: Fashion’s never-ending
    infatuation with metallic has
    evolved: for Autumn/Winter 2013
    the buzzword is glossy. Gold, silver
    and bronze are, of course, still very
    much in vogue and the quick route
    to party feet, but the likes of
    Valentino Garavani and 3.1 Phillip
    Lim are putting forward a serious
    case for lustrous oyster, pewter and
    jet black as arresting winter
    options. The real test of chic here
    is whether you can see your
    reflection in your shoes.
  • The Colour: Elvis loved his blue
    suede shoes and this season is all
    about The King’s favourite colour.
    It’s more democratic than you
    might imagine. Style classicists
    reluctant to move away from black
    will love Alexander McQueen’s navy
    ankle boots, while fashion
    mavericks will gravitate towards
    SWEAR’s playful sky blue lace-ups.
    Blue may not be the warmest hue
    but it’s a pleasingly versatile choice
    for a wardrobe update.
  • The Texture: This season’s footwear
    gets a tactile upgrade, using
    ponyskin, with its fuzzy warmth and
    mane-like sheen, as an alternative to
    leather or croc. Black boots are the
    fail-safe option – essentially a classic
    with a twist – but the truly bold will
    appreciate how Marni and Tabitha
    Simmons have mixed things up using
    animal prints on their ponyskin
    finishes. As an extra bonus it’s a great
    incentive for flexibility – we’ve never
    wanted to touch our toes so much!

    Check out our Pinterest board for
    endless inspiration.

Best Foot Forward

By Hollie Moat
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