Ah, the stiletto heel— ladies, there is nothing sexier you could place on your feet. When we slip on a pair of these “bad-boys”, we experience a little spring in our step and something magical happens. We feel that womanly rush. A lady can only imagine the smoke sizzling beneath her stiletto heels as she struts along. Seriously, there is no accessory more empowering! So, whether you are a free-spirited flirt or a mysterious sophisticate, the diversity of this season’s stiletto shoes speaks to all women.
Here are the 7 stiletto trends from this Fall’s RTW shows that will awaken your inner alpha- fem
The T-Strap stiletto gained its roots during the Jazz Age and has been known for its uber-feminine appeal. This Fall, designers show a revival of the classic patent leather T-Strap as clearly shown on Gucci’s RTW runway. However, we are also seeing playful interpretations of this style with added embellishments and patterns. This trend is brilliantly shown by Robert Cavalli’s cheetah print stilettos with chunky neon jewels, giving a sassy spin on the classic T-Strap.
Animal Print Stilettos
Stilettos are making a fierce statement, invoking the entire animal kingdom. We are seeing cheetah, zebra, snake and crocodile patterns. These prints are scorching hot on all styles of stilettos from booties to pointy-toe sling backs. So, women, you are encouraged to embrace your inner feline—just make sure you remove your stiletto shoes before the cat fight… Rarrr!
The pointy toe heel oozes elegance and polish. This season, the capped-toe in leather or metallic textures is especially chic. Ives Saint Laurent reveals an exquisite stiletto in patent black leather with a cherry-red capped toe. Other major fashion houses such as Chimmy Choo are following suit, but we are also seeing decorative varieties like Alexander McQueen’s metallic gold stilettos with peal accents.
Textured and Embellished Stilettos
Stilettos of all kinds with brilliant textures and trimmings are all part of this season’s theme of decadence. Think of lace, sheer mesh and metallic add-ons. This trend is brilliantly shown by Dolce & Gabanna’s Victorian-inspired stilettos with rich golds and gems, displaying a royal elegance. You can also try feistier versions like the BCBG Opia heel, revealing a black lace exterior and a metallic silver stiletto.
Over-the-Knee Stiletto Boots
Over-the-knee boots are making a hot come-back this season. Emilio Pucci showcases a folk-inspired version in brown suede and sex-kitten version in raspberry red. You can also opt for plainer versions in black leather or suede, or embrace more adventurous styles like Rihanna in her spicy Anaconda skin stiletto boots by Tom Ford.
Stiletto Ankle Booties
Ankle boot stilettos are returning for this Fall and are foxier than ever. We are looking at rock-inspired themes with gold accents and silver chains. The peep-toe and lace-up styles are equally chic. Colorful options are also trending in this Fall’s hottest colors: plum, chestnut and green. So, do not hesitate to try something a little flashier. Mix it up.
Gladiator & Cut-out Stilettos
The strappy bold look of the Gladiator stiletto carries the perfect balance of sexy and powerful, and they have been making appearances on many Fall RTW runways. Designers are exhibiting many steamy takes on this trend such as strappy cage versions, the criss-cross style, and cut-out booties. Prabal Gurung’s cut-out bootie beautifully calls upon this trend. With a gold stiletto and buckle, these puppies really kick-up this modern spin on a roman-inspired staple.