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Spats Are An Emerging Footwear Trend For 2009

Yet another trend taken from the 18th century is set to gain momentum in 2009; this being spats.  The beauty of the spat is the leather can be attached to any current ankle boot or pump you already have, which instantly makes it into a shiny new piece of footwear with an entirely different look.

I’m not too fond of the gladiator style “Posso the Spat” look; many of these are far too Roman-esque for my tastes and not at all elegant.  The product shots below are from Hi Bandit; much more military like and traditional looking.

For those still wondering WTH is up with spats, a number of designers have been incorporating the spat concept into their footwear designs already, one being Gwen Stefani with her L.A.M.B. “Rosebury” ankle boot.  In reality, any side ankle boot has taken influence from the original spat design.

Try something new…you’ll likely be one of the only people on the block brave enough to pull these off!

Spats Are An Emerging Footwear Trend For 2009

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Awesome Motorcycle-esque Boots Ahoy

Awesome Motorcycle-esque Boots Ahoy

Let’s face facts, here: winter is not the time for heeled boots. In the spirit of not dressing like you’re about to hit the slopes, may I suggest the delightfully buckle and zipper laden Virgie boot by Aldo.

Think of it this way; these boots will go swimmingly with all the buffalo check you’ve purchased in the last month (or perhaps it’s just me?)



You Should Own At Least One Pair Of Snow Boots

Sure, it may only snow two weeks out of the year in Vancouver (thankfully), but for times like these it’s paramount to have a pair of good looking season less snow boots in the closet.

I say season less because you don’t want the fad of the moment in boot form; you need wearing longevity, not to be a the biggest ski bunny (the horror).  I would suggest investing in a solid pair of thick snow boots; something solid in color; possibly with a fur accent (this is the time for real fur; fake will not give you the years of service and will wear into an ugly blob) and a thin, streamlined design.

Avoid clunky boots that look like you’re about to take to the hills, those have no place in the city.  Try a hybrid of a snow-rain boot like Dolce & Gabbana’s design pictured below.  A taller design is also ideal, depending on how much white stuff you’re going to have to battle with.

The main concern is to keep warm and dry, so make those your top priorities.  For a boot that will likely last you many seasons, I would encourage buying a well constructed piece of footwear.  This may be more expensive, but it will last!

You Should Own At Least One Pair Of Snow Boots

From left to right: Dolce & Gabbana charcoal nylon buckle snow boots ($656; Bluefly), Marni lambskin knit lined riding boots ($844; Bluefly),  Sorel Caribou boot ($110; Zappos)



The Question Of The Sandal Boot
December 12, 2008, 10:07 am
Filed under: 2008, Footwear, Women's Fashion | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Sandal boots seem like an elaborate pump.  To me, having a “boot” with less material covering the foot than a traditional ankle boot design makes them pumps, or flats; definitely not boots.  Because of the simple add ons and the new naming convention, I suspect this is just a new way to get people interested in a design that has already been done for decades under the label of a pump.

I have nothing against these designs whatsoever, I simply think this is a borderline hilarious marketing ploy to sell shoes to people who just can’t be without the newest fad.  Call a pump a pump, people.  That is all.

The Question Of The Sandal Boot

From left to right: Rex sandal boot ($145; Topshop), Jessica Bennett Jilt platform sandal ($144; Endless), Davis By Ruthie Davis pixel boot ($785; Endless)



demiCouture’s Top Heels Of 2008

I’ve broken down my list of top five into 5 categories to keep things interesting. Since there isn’t a great amount of variance in the different styles of shoes (aside from the “Big Three” previously discussed), there will be one revered mention within each category.

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BEST OVERALL PUMP

“Alti” Pumps by Christian Louboutin

The Top 5 Heels Of 2008

Why we covet this shoe: Without the risk of sounding completely silly, I can confidently say that these are the most perfectly designed pumps I have seen in my life; they are simple, classic and bold. Plain, yes, but that only gives them a closet life that will far exceed the average pump. The 6 inch heel is powerful, yet the 1 1/2 inch double platform does its best to take away some of the wearer’s pain without subtracting from its appearance.

Having the shoe strapless adds to its classic appearance; I could imagine daring women from any recent generation wearing this pump with absolute pride and confidence. The $825 price tag is as intimidating as you will look while wearing these babies, though quality craftsmanship demands a price (them being Louboutins can’t hurt, either).

Where to find them: Net-A-Porter, Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew.

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BEST BLOCK HEEL

“Outta The Frying Pan” Pump by Seychelles

The Top 5 Heels Of 2008

Why we covet this shoe: I can’t get enough of tapered block heels for both their comfort and long wearability. The block heel has seen quite a comeback in 2008 (though while I was in London in the summer of ’07 these were already on all the shelves).

These shoes are comfortable with a 3 1/2 inch block heel, and are classically designed to be [admittedly] slightly on the plain side, but the heel speaks volumes when embellishments do not. The shaping cut along the outside of the shoe keeps the design up to date and out of your grandma’s closet; and the teal coloring only clinches its place on a modern woman’s foot. You won’t be looking “church lady” in these heels, I promise you.

Where to find them: Endless Shoes, Urban Outfitters, or Nordstrom.

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BEST STILETTO

Glossy “Gem” Pumps by Jimmy Choo

The Top 5 Heels Of 2008

Why we covet this shoe: There are many things to love about this shoe other than its Choo family name; one being the Gem does its best to make up for the hardship of walking in a thin heel with a hidden platform; effectively cutting the wearer’s arch by ¾ of an inch.

Black is always a best bet for expensive footwear when we can’t necessarily afford multiple pairs; and patent leather assures you still have the “wow” factor, versatility and longevity at the same time. The double strap Mary Jane design is not only practical but a hot look for this year, and the two studs give a subtle glam rock star-like look that is still low key enough to allow these pumps to be worn with any outfit without risking visual overkill.

Where to find them: Anywhere luxury shoes can be found; Bluefly, Holt Renfrew or Neiman Marcus are the most likely.

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BEST IN COLOR

Color Block Pumps by Sergio Rossi

demiCouture's Top Heels Of 2008

Why we covet this shoe: These pumps manage to combine six fairly bold colors (including that blazing magenta!) without having you looking like you just stepped out of a clown car.  These color block pumps are a splendid and easy way to add a jolt of color to what may have been an otherwise lifeless visual.

The thin block heel gives you a stable heel to walk in, and the nude coloring of the shoe base sets it apart from the rest of the shoe’s striping without looking garish.  The only down point for shoes like these are that they demand a more subtle rest of an outfit since they are so loud; if you want to bring attention to any other pieces then these are definitely not the shoes to be working with.

Where to find them: Net-A-Porter, Zappos

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BEST EMBELLISHED

Mirror Embellished Ankle Boots by Giuseppe Zanotti

demiCouture's Top Heels Of 2008

Why: These ankle boots are the quintessential party shoes; they bring the disco on your heels! If one is to pay luxury footwear’s pricing (that being $990 for this pair), you expect some killer detailing. These boots deliver; aside from the disco-esque mosaic design on the heel, there are rainbow crystals carefully attached to the very bottom of the heel.

The patent leather works in away that it does not take away from the effect of the heel embellishments; but enhances it. The black leather body is aggressive enough to be taken seriously, and the heel balances this effect well. This boot is well designed, and holds its own; a true treasure for anyone who can actually afford it.

Where to find them: Net-A-Porter

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BEST WEDGE

“Wallis” Patent Leather Wedge by Christian Louboutin

demiCouture's Top Heels Of 2008

Why: The are precious few wedges that I am willing to endorse, but the wood wedge in combination with the dark teal patent leather is very likable.  Not only that, but the shaping of the wedge narrows as it gets farther to the back of the shoe, mimicking the look of a real heel. The blue patent leather’s shade bodes well visually with the wood block color, and gives a grounded effect to anything creative one may wear with these wedges.

Wedges are comfortable and more stable to wear, though they are lessening in popularity.  I personally think we have seen the last of the latest resurgence of wedges on the runways for a good while.

Where to find them: Bluefly



The Most Creative Heels Of 2008

Though the Chanel light bulb shoes are technically for SS09, I figure since they were released in 2008 that they still count.

One must commend these designers for keeping things creative and interesting (though perhaps not economically profitable) on the runways; I’m sure if we didn’t have these tid bits thrown at us to confuse every now and again the fashion world would become quite dull.

Though I can’t say I would ever wear Prada or Marc’s designs, I have to admit a soft spot for Chanel’s light bulb and gun shoe model.  Though they are intensely ridiculous and overpriced, they are just sassy enough and still within the realm of possible to wear with an outfit.

What do you think of the shoe runway world’s “Big Three”?

The Most Creative Heels Of 2008

From left to right: Prada SS08 Runway flower heels ($790), Chanel SS09 runway gun heels ($2,200), Marc Jacobs runway misplaced heel ($545)



Finally, The Block Heel Begings To Re-Emerge

The stiletto is awesome and all, but I like to be able to walk more than five feet while in heels.  The block heel allows you do so so, and with a bit more comfort and stability as well as wearing longevity.  Be careful not to select an unshapely block heel shoe; those will age your look and add the ‘frump’ factor (and nobody wants that).

Go for a tapered heel shape to keep your heels looking up to date, and try patent leather to spunk things up.

Finally, The Block Heel Begings To Re-Emerge

From left to right: Show block t-bar shoe ($70; Topshop), Marc by Marc Jacobs Block heel pumps ($201; Net-A-Porter), Ras pump ($328; Endless), Karapinar heel ($50; Aldo)