If the shoe fits
BY Terra Cooney | For Sun-Times Media
Shoe-wear this spring and summer is getting hot, hot, hot. Check out the trends, and step into this season’s styles.
Sport-inspired shoes ruled spring runways, according to Erica Russo, Bloomingdale’s OVP and fashion director for accessories. Athleticism will come into play, even in sexier styles. While bold colors still reign in sneakers, neutrals and whites are key in slip-on styles because they match spring denim. Caged sandals and booties are also trendy this season. Warriors can also get ready to go gladiator again. These styles will be heavily infused with extensive lacing and detailed cutouts.
“The hint of skin peeking through a strappy gladiator around the ankle or up the leg creates a sexy, feminine element,” Russo said.
On flatbed sandals, accents such as studs in silver or gold will make an appearance, which will sit just right among pink as a popular hue in ready-to-wear fashion this spring and summer.
Comfort is always trendy, and you don’t have to sacrifice it for a more elegant evening shoe. Carolinna Espinosa’s summer 2014 collection incorporates stretch elastic in many styles for comfort in a unique look.
The material, used in ankle straps and crisscross patterns atop the foot, molds to the shape of the wearer, which adds a playful, casual element to an otherwise formal shoe.
“We are definitely seeing a casualization of fashion,” said Francesca Bonaiuto, the operations manager for Carolinna Espinosa.
In this line, exotic prints balance with neutral colors such as black, white, nude and soft brown. Prints in a blend of these colors will pervade as neutral colors create a staple shoe.
“Exotic prints don’t have to be in your face to make a statement,” Bonaiuto said.
Subtle metallic and chain detailing around wedge bottoms will be seen this season. Expect to see a mix of simple gold plating set against muted color palettes as well.
“Everyone has seen pumps and daytime wedges before so we wanted to add an unexpected element,” Bonaiuto said.
Stripes stand out as a statement of minimalism this spring and summer, and this trend may carry into fall. We see this in Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP Collection. She teamed up with Manolo Blahnik’s CEO George Malkemus to release the line exclusively for Nordstrom. Using grosgrain ribbon detailing in her 25-pair line is a throwback to her childhood. The actress brought the influence of her girlhood hair ribbons into the feminine design of her collection as well as other influences from her life and career.
The SJP Collection brings color, which Parker calls “the new neutral,” in shades from spring coral, mint, teal and pink to classic purple, red and navy.
Bridal goes bold
According to the team at Doris Bridal Boutique in Highwood, brides will be showing up in more than just white.
“People are having more fun with their footwear instead of playing it safe,” said Annette Hebel, owner.
A bold shoe can be a fun accessory to the dress and can really pop in photos. Pastel shades win over strong jewel-tones this season, but that doesn’t mean brides aren’t adding edge by going to the other end of the spectrum.
“Metallic done in a snake skin are having a moment,” said Bridgid Sekel, bridal consultant at Doris Bridal.
Spring and summer’s prettiest pairs will be peep-toed. Keeping with the trend of comfy, especially for the big day, shorter pumps and flats will be all the rage, said Jill Nowell, office manager at Doris Bridal.