Caged Animals – Gladiator Shoes

Act out your best warrior, bondage, bohemian and dominatrix fantasies. Take a walk on the wild side. Very few shoes have the power to transform the wearer and “blow-the-mind” of the observer to the extent, of the the “Caged Animal” gladiators for 2015. This badass shoe trend proves it’s good to be bad!

Gladiator sandals are white-hot for 2015.

Gladiator sandals are white-hot for 2015.

Sexy caged sandals, pumps and wedges come in a variety of leathers, suedes and metallics. Look for powerful details like studding, zippers, tassels, ties and athletic bottoms. Radical fashion trends like knee-high gladiators, are burning white-hot and will give birth to tamer versions for the masses in 2016. Wear them with shorts, skirts and culottes.

These shoes are scene stealers. Keep everything else minimal for maximum impact.

Some of the best are from Chanel, Ancient Greek Sandals, Stuart Weitzman, Valentino, Christian Louboutin, Sam Edelman, Free People, Michael Kors, BCBG, Joie, many others including the athle-chic, innovative Lunarsandiator Sky Hi from Nike!

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Hot Shoe Trend-It’s Good To Be Bad

“When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better,” so goes the famous quote from May West.

A red-hot holiday 2013 shoe trend is take-no-prisoners, bad-girl shoes. This badass footwear includes moto and over the knee boots , ultra pointy flats and towering pumps decorated with metal studs. Live dangerously and watch them fall into line. Men will swoon. These power shoes mean business, I’m talking monkey business!

It's good to be bad. Badass shoes are red-hot for 2013!

It’s good to be bad. Badass shoes are red-hot for 2013!

Some of the best are from Frye, Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Valentino, Christian Louboutin, Sam Edelman, Burberry, etc. Wear with caution as these shoes could get you arrested for disturbing the peace!

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In Step – Colorful Shoes

For several years, shoe and handbag sales have been far more robust than women’s apparel. In an economic downturn, women turn to accessories for a wardrobe update. A strong new silhouette, pattern, status brand or colorful accessory can refresh existing apparel basics. It is not surprising that women have also turned to exciting and unusual colors and finishes in nail polish recently. Nail color is one of the fastest growing areas in beauty, as it gives a woman an inexpensive way to make a daring fashion statement. Beauty companies like the shoe and accessory manufacturers have continued to “up-the-ante” and offer color where no woman (or many manufacturers) dared to go in the past. They have created some of the most showstopping footwear lately and are getting paid for their risk taking. I expect this emotionally driven shoe trend to continue in seasons to come.

Colorful shoes are a huge footwear trend for 2012.

Shoes and bags have taken center stage over apparel sales in the past few years. Very colorful statement shoes and bags are a dominant accessory trend for 2012.

Who needs another basic black pant; but who can resist a pair of hot pink “life changing” sandals?

The hottest trend in shoes (and handbags) this year is strong, unabashed color and pattern. Bright, neon, pastel colors and prints are on sandals, wedges, espadrilles, pumps, platforms, two-tone oxfords, flats and athletic shoes. Personally, I couldn’t pass up orange patent wedges from J. Crew and was mesmerized by a yellow patent Ted Baker bag. Banana yellow? I have never owned a yellow accessory in my life.

Some of the best colorful shoes this season are from unexpected sources…Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan and Nike. Great color and patterns can be found from J Crew, Tom’s, Sperry Topsider, Kate Spade, Fendi, Giuseppe Zanotti, Brian Atwood, Prada and many more.

Did you buy a colorful shoe this season?

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Accessories Update: Graphic Art

Designers are getting graphic this spring with dramatic, scene-stealing black and white accessories. These mighty shoes and handbags are going to command the attention of classic style icons and fashion-loving city slickers alike.

Dynamic black and white houndstooths, checks, stripes, dots, geometrics and florals are adorning wedges, espadrilles, pumps, sling backs, platforms, sneakers, flip-flops, totes, shoppers and more. These high-contrast patterns make a huge statement and generally prevail over an entire outfit. They are emotionally driven items and highly useful in a woman wardrobe, so are sure to fly out of the stores.

Graphic black and white accessories are seen on all levels of the market, but the some of the best shoes and bags are from Salvatore Ferragamo, Ann Klein, Sam Edelman, Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman, Christian Dior, Alice and Olivia, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Charles David, Pour La Victoire and Converse.

Scene-stealing graphic accessories for spring 2012.

Scene-stealing graphic accessories for spring 2012.

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