Nothing cheers up a woman like new footwear. With new pair of
old outfits are transformed, new outfits seem to gel together
better, and maybe even legs appear slimmer! Suddenly that new
footwear is a must-have buy. In autumn 2009,
women's shoe fashion has put its best
foot forward with new ankle boots, thigh boots, biker boots,
flat brogues and alarmingly high court shoes. At some catwalk
shows there were even heelless shoes, a modern miracle of
This year update your look with the latest footwear, and that
means either over-the-knee boots or fierce strappy ankle boots.
Whilst killer heels are great for occasions where it's car to
club, the new ankle boots are the most realistic option for the
majority of us, and heels on ankle boots range from sturdy and low, to high and
We've seen biker looks for sometime, but this year the latest
trend is over-the-knee boots.
These ladies boots
from Faith Footwear, and shown above right, hit several micro
trends - they are over-the-knee, and have
fashionable stud and tassel trims. The flat sole ensures they are suitable for everywoman.
Right - Faith Footwear Autumn 2009 Winter 2010 Mienna Boot
- £140/175. Suede flat round toe boot with studding detail and
back tassel and available in store early November 2009.
Near Right - Realistic heel on a Clarks ankle boot.
Baton Twirl Boots - Grey £69.99 Clarks.
Above Top Left - Dune Autumn Winter 2009 - Dune Gloves (Zorset)
- £25/35, Dune Shoe Boots (Space) - £95/130.
Shoes are often works of art, and most women who love
shoes can sit and look at their new shoes with great joy in
their hearts. Ok I am one of them, but if you are reading this I
am sure you are too.
Left - Red Stiletto Shoe by Jerome Rousseau from Harvey Nichols.
Now just look at this beautiful red stiletto shoe by Jerome
Rousseau left, and from Harvey Nichols, without doubt its the sort of shoe
that Carrie from SATC would buy whilst paying her apartment rent that
month just slips her mind - again! Imagine sitting and admiring these
red shoes all night.
Walking in a heel above 5 inches has become an exercise not
unlike walking the plank! Most women can manage 3 or 4 inch
especially if the heel is not as fine and spindly as a needle. But after that
height, women are much more prone to toppling over in their
heels - sober or otherwise.
Right - Red Herring Hot Off the Catwalk Caged Platform Shuboot £35/54 - Autumn/Winter 2009 Women's Accessories at Debenhams.
Near Right - Steve Madden Marvel Ankle Boot in Black - John Lewis
High shoes give extra room for stud decoration. These women's shoe
boots, near right, are high, but not as high as some, and the
sturdier heel means women will be able to wear them more
easily than shoes with finer needle slim stilettos.
Gladiator style shoe variations, and criss-cross or cage strappy
effects remain fashionable. Laser cutting
offers continued innovation for novel shoes design enabling many
more micro shoe trends to emerge.
Right - Timeless Metallic Laser Cut Boots Price £40 Oli Autumn 2009.
Ankle boot shoes are ideal for wear with
trousers and coloured or patterned tights are very welcome.
As heels have become higher, so
extra support has been added in the form of additional high ankle straps,
almost turn the shoe into a supportive boot form. This extra
support, and lack of possible open gaping areas at the front
sides of a court shoe, shores up the shoe, helping it to stay
on the foot.
Ankle boots, shoe boots, Shboots, booties, call them what you
will are a hit with women everywhere this autumn 2009.
Near Right - Tan Ankle Boots - Hobbs Autumn 2009.
- Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter 2009 Accessories - Heeled
Boot Shoes Fur Cuff, £39.50.
Left - Catwalk Women's Shoes 2009.
Near Right - George at ASDA - AW09 - George Women Purple Bow
Ankle Boot £15.
Far Right - Faith Footwear Autumn Winter Court shoes 2009 -
Clower - £80. Due in Beg Oct 09. Leather Platform Peeptoe Court
Shoe With Flower Detail - Also in black.
Studded mid heel court shoe £17.00 due in store mid September
from the Primark Autumn 2009 Collection. Primark Autumn 2009
Boots lavishly trimmed with bows, buckles, ruching, beading, chain ribbon
straps, eyelets and zips all scream 2009 footwear. These smart
heeled boots below feature most of the 2009 trims. The prices of
these women's boots range from £120 to £160.
Above Left -
Leather platform calf boot with stud detail Style name - Ressey.
Price £120/150. Available in store early October. Faith Footwear
Autumn Winter 2009-10.
Centre Left - Bertie Rathbone Knee High Boot - £150 - John Lewis
Centre Right - Black Studded Platform Boot Rocx £160 - Moda in
Pelle Autumn/Winter 2009. Available Mid-September.
Far Right - Chain Detail Suede Boot Taney (Beige) £160 - Due in
September - Moda in Pelle Autumn/Winter 2009.
The latest covetable fashion look is the over-the-knee boots that
rise part way up the thigh. Over-the-knee boots can be
flat or heeled, and can be worn with pretty prints or floral
dresses which add an unexpected more urban touch.
All the high street stores have a version of the
over-the-knee boot. Here is a selection for Autumn 2009 and the prices
range from £25 at Primark to £349 for the softest nappa leather
boots at Hobbs.
Extreme Far Left - Hobbs - Fitzhead Limited Edition Over The
Knee Soft Leather Boot - £349. Hobbs Autumn Winter 2009.
Next Far Left - Hobbs - Darcey Over The Knee Boot - £299 - Soft
Brown Nappa Leather - Hobbs Autumn Winter 2009.
Centre Left -
Over The Knee Boots T02 0856, £45 - Marks &
Spencer Autumn Winter 09 - In October 2009.
Centre Right - Primark Autumn 2009 Ladieswear - Over The Knee
Tassel Boot £25.00. Due in store end of September from the
Primark Autumn 2009 Collection.
Next Far Right - Red Herring Knee High Tassel Boot £60/93 -
Autumn/Winter 2009 Women's Accessories Debenhams.
Extreme Far Right - Moda in Pelle Autumn/Winter 2009 - Harlow
Brown Tan Boots £180 - Due in September. This boot is
an over-the-knee leather boot with elasticated back.
If you have nerves of steel and the legs of a racehorse, then boots
like thigh-high river waders can look interesting,
especially when teamed with
leather or wool winter shorts. This look is not for the
fainthearted, or women over a certain age. The boots must be
super skinny and give the effect of slim leg skinny trousers.
The best thigh boots were at Rodarte and are shown on the
2009 Winter 2010 Fashion Trends New Looks page.
If this over-the-knee style is
too OTT for your physique then buy slim peg-top trousers or treggings to create a slimmer look on your lower half. Extremely high heeled versions of over-knee
boots are often associated with the famous Pretty Woman role,
but of course it does depend what other clothing you choose to
wear with such boots!
These heeled boots that come over-the-knee are all from the high
street and range in price from £140 to £175.
Far Left - Moda in Pelle Autumn/Winter 2009
Ruched Distressed Suede Boot - Silva in Red £150 Available Mid
If you seek noticeable contrasts in your footwear then some of
this season's top boots are the riding and biker boots, which
with multiple hardware buckles, zips and studs.
Firmer flatter biker boots may suit your lifestyle and
personality more. Biker boots with buckles, studs, straps and
chains range from flat ankle boots to equestrian knee boots. Heeled
versions add a more menacing air.
Far Right - Hobbs Hutton Riding Boot - £249 Leather -
Hobbs Autumn Winter 2009.
Centre Right - Debenhams - Red Herring Biker Boot £35/54,
Debenhams Autumn/Winter 2009 Women's Accessories.
Top Centre - French Connection AW2009 Ladies Footwear - Rae Studded Strap Ankle
Bottom Centre -
Next AW09 Womenswear Mink Biker Boots £80/105 Next Autumn
Winter 2009 - Womenswear.
Top right - Red Herring Biker Boot £35/54 - Autumn/Winter 2009
Women's Accessories - Debenhams.
Bottom Right - Brown Buckle Boot £35. T02 0804 - Marks & Spencer
Autumn Winter 2009 Accessories.
Bondage shoe boots, ankle boots and court shoes have very high
heels this year. Hence the reaction of a new flat shoe in vogue
- the ladies laced brogue.
Flat laced brogues or heeled brogues are an instant way to
toughen up ladylike looks, and certainly offer comfort from foot
pain! They maybe a future footwear trend and a more robust
alternative to a ballerina pump. They will surely develop into
the next decade's flat footwear like the
or trainer or other flat fashion footwear of yesteryear.
Right - French Connection AW09 Ladies Footwear Diamond Brogue
Town Shoe £85.
Right - Purple Brogue Shoe.
Purple Shoe Boot, £30 Marisota Autumn Winter 2009
Heeled brogues are simply laced brogue styles but with heels.
This is a style that comes in and out of fashion with
Yet somehow I can't see women easily parting with ballerina
flats which are so easy to put into a large handbag when the
time to kick off the heels has arrived. Ballerina flats also
look good with all sorts of attire whatever the age group.
Examples of ballerina flats are featured on other trends pages.
Animal print shoes are now something of a classic because the
multi colouration of animal prints enables them to team with so
many clothes in the same way that metallic shoes blend with an
outfit so easily.
Left - Clarks - Leopard Print Ankle Boot 'Kencot Album' - £54.99.
Centre left - Dune Clutch (Lunar) - £75/100, Boots (Jump) -
£110/155 Autumn Winter 2009.
Centre Right - Office Cerise Style Knee Boot in Leopard Print
£110 - Office Autumn Winter 2009 Ladies Collection.
Far Right - Marisota Animal Print Wellington Boot, £20. Marisota
Autumn Winter 2009.
Above Left - Carvela Augusta Leopard Print Shoe - £120 - At John
Lewis Stores AW2009-10.
Above Centre - Leopard Print Court Shoe £35/50 Dorothy Perkins
Autumn Winter 2009.
Above Right - Christian Louboutin - Lady Claude Heeled Animal
Court Shoe - At Harvey Nichols Autumn 2009.
Above Left - Schuh Autumn Winter 2009 Collection Sparkle Back
Zip Platform Sandal In Black/White £74.99/100.
Above Centre - Schuh Autumn Winter 2009 Collection - Calvin Panel Lace-up ShoeBoot £69.99/90 in Black/White
Leather. Also in purple and black.
Above Right - Boden Zebra Print Shoes - Boden Autumn 2009.
Mary Jane looks with dainty dolly straps and buttons. The latter
offer welcome support to keeping a high shoe on the foot.
Right - Marks and Spencer Leopard Print Shoe £45 - Autumn 2009. Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter
Accessorise with Hardware Elements -
Studs, Buckles, Zips
For the best on-trend updates in footwear add aggressive hardware
as studs, buckles, straps or
superfluous zipper tape appliquι pieces. See the zipper page for
Studs can be small or large, but they are seen in excess
everywhere in keeping with
applied chunky crystal decoration and oversized jewellery.
Glam warrior woman loves to wear studs, taping,
and belt buckling.
Opponents of the high heeled stilettos shoe don't seem to
realise that the average girl and woman is already fully aware that killer heels are suitable mostly for car to club
and taxi to table
They are special occasion wear and anyone who lives
in 5 inch heels for most of their waking hours is well aware
experience extreme back pain and leg cramps sometime later. But
opponents should take note that we women wear high heels because
quite simply, we like them, fancy footwear makes us feel good.
When I put on a pair of heels I am wearing them totally
because they make me feel good about myself. I am not making some feminine or
anti feminine statement. I just like fancy shoes in the same way
I like divine
jewellery. Heel opponents should just
get over it. When my body tells me don't wear heels
today then I listen to it and don't wear them. But a little bit of what you fancy
is good for you.
So again reader be advised - Killer heels are suitable mostly for car to club, taxi to table,
driven diva to red carpet style
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Hobbs, Faith footwear, Dune, Schuh, Primark, Moda in Pelle,
NEXT, Clarks, Swarovski,
Dorothy Perkins, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols, Marisota,
John Lewis, Boden,
Wallis, French Connection,
River Island, Accessorize, Matalan, George at Asda.
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