BLUES AND SHOES NEWS: Summer 2011 Shoe Styles!


This Summer’s shoes are not the least bit shy. The brighter, taller, funkier the better. The Spring runways were vibrant with shoes in all sorts of colors, designs and heights. We saw new hybrids like the platform wedge with its running shoe sole and the bootie turned sandal with modern cut-outs as well as a whole new shoe altogether; the flatform, flats with the added boost of a platform. Whatever your style and shoe preference, you’re sure to find a trendy Summer shoe!

Platforms are back in a major way this season. Natural materials like wood, raffia, cork and canvas are used to give these shoes texture and contrast against the color blocking trend. Dolce & Gabbana and Donna Karan showed animal prints and safari-themed platforms while Viktor & Rolf impressed with mile-high mint cut-out loafers. Wear this trend with just about anything, they compliment skirts, shorts and pants. With their 70′s attitude they’ll add funky flare to boho style or mix up a modern minimalist outfit.

Cut-outs, lace-ups and and wrap-arounds are making stiletto booties all the rage. Miu Miu, Christian Dior and Camilla Skovgaard paired the bootie with a sky-high stiletto heel in bright colors that are sure to stand out in a crowd. Show off tan legs in these fluorescent shoes worn with a mini or fun Summer dress. Combine them with different prints and patterns, as seen on the Prada runway to complete the Summer trend.

Quite possibly the most influential shoe for Spring and Summer is the platform wedge. They come in every color and style imaginable but the one thing they have in common is their towering height. Flattering for every stature and perfect for warm weather, these wedges are sure to compliment that Summer pedicure. Braided leather, crochet, and woven trellis are all hot trends for Summer. Wear the Jimmy Choo safari wedge with this season’s neutral palette, sport the Fendi color-block platform with flowy 70′s-inspired dresses and rock Prada’s bright running shoe-inspired wedge with an equally bright outfit in stripes.

The Summer shoe trend is all about pairing sharp contrasts- flats with platforms, neutrals with pops of neon, feminine details with tough hardware, a sharp stiletto with a covered boot. Whatever shoe you favor, wear it with confidence!


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