If you’re looking for a new pair of heels this season then they’ve got to make a statement. Trust me, it’s no good buying a standard pair of classic black courts this winter, you need to make an impact and stand out – and you can do this with your heels.
But not just any statement!
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking at the moment. “Brilliant, I’ve got a few pairs of colored heels. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve even got a pair with tassels on them somewhere.”
But this isn’t quite what I mean when I’m talking about statement heels. I mean the actual heel… as in the part of the shoe. When they debuted their autumn/winter 2012-13 catwalk collections earlier this year, designers went crazy for eye-catching heels that meant the shoes were just as important for the outfit and the clothes themselves.
What to look for
So what should you be looking out for when you’re buying yourself a new pair of heels this winter? Well, for a start you need to forget about stilettos and go for something a bit chunkier if you want to really show off a statement pattern.
For me, one of the easiest ways to embrace the look is to go for chunky wooden heels. This look is all about creating contrast with the rest of the shoe, so select a pale colored pair with a wooden heel. Missoni took the look one step further and extended the wooden effect on the heel up to the back of the shoe and on to the ankle strap of their dark gold heels. Team with a black dress for the perfect winter party look.
Although these are statement heels, they were definitely one of the more conservative looks on the catwalk and there were plenty of patterned creations for those of you who really want to embrace the trend.
Geometric, 70s-inspired shapes and patterns were particularly popular. Once again, Missoni were all over this look, covering heels in an updated version of their signature zig-zag print. Rodarte came up with what were, in my opinion, one of the stand-out shoes of the autumn/winter 2012-13 collections. Striped Perspex heels in black, beige and white complemented a powerful-looking shoe with Aztec-style beading in black and white.
Perspex was a bit of a recurring theme, as it was a look that Chanel also jumped on with their designs. Classic T-bar dancing shoes were finished off with a clear column of Perspex as a heel. While some had a cluster of diamonds at the top where the heel joined the shoe, others were tinged purple – a beautifully frosty-looking finish to a winter shoe.
Go for Glamour
If you’re looking for real glamour, then take inspiration from the statement heels on the Ralph Lauren catwalk. Their classic smart black shoes were finished with beautiful sculptural heels in stunning – and intricate – gold and silver designs that screamed decadence and sophistication. If you have any kind of special event coming up over winter these are the kind of show-stopping shoes you need and teamed with a classic little black dress, they would really make a statement.
Beautiful, sculptural heels are definitely the way forward this winter, so invest now and you’ll be turning heads every time you step outside.
This guest post was contributed by Janice Saunders a freelance blogger who is tent on helping you find the best footwear, from statement shoes to Nike trainers.