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Footwear of the XXI Century: Innovative Fashions

Thursday, 21 April 2011

footwear of the XXI centuryFlimsy sling back heels or high boots, footwear can be a trendy accessory, a fetish or an object of continuous experiments with fashion and style. Every year designers bring the latest fad in for us, and proudly present the results of their experimenting with shapes, styles, hues, patterns and ideas, which is reflected in the footwear of the XXI century.

Famous fashion designers have always had difficulty resisting the urge to idealize and transform the reality, but it was not until a couple of years ago that their passion for finding new ways of expression reached new levels. No matter how shocked we might be by the weird fancy-shaped sandals or boots, they made a quick transition from catwalk to high street. And even the hardened skeptics have to admit that this is the footwear of the future.

When the Basics are Discarded

The most striking example showing what happens when the basics are discarded can be seen in Nina Ricci 2009 collection. Heelless platform shoes caused quite a stir. Could anyone think of the footwear that looked as if its heels had been yanked off, whether by accident or deliberately? Now this wonder product of the alliance of advanced technologies and fashion is being adapted for everyday wear.

There's another "loss", even more significant, since it is totally unreasonable. Autumn and winter footwear gradually loses the upper part, which was previously intended to protect from the cold. With each new season, the footwear loses some inches. It all looked innocuous in the beginning - first, the booties lost their heels, then boots followed suit. Increasingly, we can see high boots that reach to the hips, while the foot area would look more appropriate on flip-flops or sandals. However, this footwear has one definite advantage - you can wear it around the year, if the weather is fine. Besides, boots and booties are not only comfortable but also look chic and stylish. Moreover, they are available in different versions ranging from fancy, retro, trendy, and sleek. They would go with anything you wear, be it skirt, pants, jeans to dresses and would up the style quotient by high measures. You could go for suede booties, booties with bows, with open toes, strapped booties, with platform, with ties, cutout booties, ruffled ones, velvet lace ups, cage booties, and even with feathers and glitters. The best buy of booties would be from Chloe, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Pucci, Marni and Calvin Klein, and Nina Ricci.

Seasonal Changes

In recent footwear fashions, winter often meets summer, and summer heels by Miuccia Prada are suddenly graced with a fur trim. Though highly original, these shoes are hardly suited for rainy weather as they would be totally ruined by the slightest humidity.

Spring and summer shoes have practically rejected the concept of leather, which luckily still holds its ground with autumn and winter footwear, though with some major modifications like using reptile skins instead of traditional leather. Knee-high, over-knee or thigh-high boots in leather, suede, shearling, drap, lace or silk with round or tapering toes in olive green, maroons, brown, black, grey, and even gold color would be in rage for a "stand out" look. You could pair them with short dresses, minis, skinny jeans, tights, or even long socks. Look for them in collections by Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Hermes, Giuseppe Zanotti, Lacoste, Alexander McQueen, and Mark Jacobs.

Two-in-One

Along with incredibly weird combinations of footwear detail, there are quite sensible trends that signal the revolutionization of footwear fashion. The major trend is to combine one or two styles or several totally different types of footwear in one piece. In 2009, booties have undergone a miraculous transformation (toes are now open, heel is higher, and length is shorter) to make a seamless transition from the autumn-winter wardrobe to summer wear.

Modified sports footwear, like ankle-high sneakers, is obviously a part of our everyway wear, while many other sport-inspired shoes like those with the heel can be a rather shocking development for some of us.

Rubber Around the Year

Recently, leather as the basic material for autumn and winter footwear has somehow faded away, as many designers chose to substitute it with textiles, and later switched to thick rubber. A couple of seasons ago, rubber rain boots enjoyed a huge comeback, but today they refuse to be kept solely for "walking in the rain" purposes. Rubber does its best to become a trendy replacement for leather, and sometimes it's so well done that it's hardly noticeable.

And the last, but not the least. If you are the one who digs bohemian style, here is good news for you. The 70's look of fringes is back and that too with a bang. In all the fashion weeks of autumn/winter and spring/summer, fringed footwear has offered their attendance. Be it pumps, booties, boots, everything is flaunting fringed look. The best colors for fringed footwear would be olive green, brown, black, petrol green, russet, auburn, cocoa etc.

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