By Jenny Tran – Fly Clothing, Business Development Consultant
For many, shoes are the final touch to an outfit – it can make or break it. For the devout few, shoes are the outfit – it tells a story and deserves to be recognised in its own right. For women, like handbags, shoes are collected; unfortunately shoes don’t get the same level of care and attention as do a handbag.
This article will be a brief snapshot of the current trends in Australia with regard to women’s shoes and my picks of the crop and what I think are the duds – of course every girl has a different opinion – so don't take this as gospel.
This is a trend referring to a combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. This isn’t a new trend – but has become quite prominent in the shoe department. Namely in the likes of the lace ups, oxfords, loafers and man tailored shoes. I can’t say that these shoes suit all women, as it is often worn without socks and paired with slim fit tailored pants cropped to the ankle. I have yet to see them successfully paired with a skirt – however with the revival of pencil skirts this trend would look perfect paired with the high heeled loafers for an understated yet slightly naughty look.
Loafers (high heels)
Colour blocking is all about bright colours worn together. Don’t be afraid to be daring and place two unlikely colours together! This is definitely something I look forward to after a cold winter season of the Melbourne staple – black! Bring on the burst of summer through colours: think blues, this seasons IT colour RED, purples, melons, gold, turquoise, greens, yellows and all that lies in between!
Tony Bianco taking colour blocking to new heights with these sky-high “Cooper” heels
Hot hot hot satin pink with an extra sparkle – Mollini’s “Queen” will definitely turn some heads on the dance floor with these gorgeous open-toe heels
Tan, chestnut browns match with this season’s crisp white outfits
Espadrille and orange – two trends in one!
So I hope you have enjoyed this as much as I have – I must say reviewing all these shoes are making my feet itch to add to my collection of 60+ shoes! I definitely look forward to the colours of spring and summer and my only wish is for Australia to stock shoes in smaller sizes! Keep your eyes and ears peeled of course for my new venture – Zibroni – watch this space!