Fall Shoe Trend: Heavy Metal

October 03, 2012

On and off the runway, metal accents on shoes are one of the hottest trends for this fall and winter. Studs, rivets, and the like have made their way onto every type of shoe. Heavy enough to add an edge, yet small enough not to overwhelm a whole shoe, this look translates seamlessly to any occasion. Find your inner rock star with these ‘riveting’ looks. [caption id="attachment_1649" align="aligncenter" width="554"] Top Left Heels: Alexander McQueen, Top Left Boots: Ash, Top Middle Pumps: Miu Miu, Smoking Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Top Right Heels: Gucci, Middle Pumps: Alexander McQueen, Bottom Left Wedges: Paloma Barcelo Menorca, Bottom Right Boots: FREEBIRD by Steven Haley[/caption] For the office or for a sophisticated dinner, any of the heels featured above would work. If you are more hesitant to try this look in the office, opt for pumps that have simple stud details just on the heel. That way you will remain conservative, yet fashion-forward. Another great option for more conservative atmospheres is a uniform all-over pattern like the Brian Atwood pumps below. When choosing and styling your studded footwear, keep in mind that the shoe’s look is determined largely by its actual style, not by the studs. Based on the range of shoes above it is easy to picture how far-reaching and universally appealing this fall/winter footwear trend really is. Wedges are a great way to soften the hard look that studs can sometimes give shoes. When paired with brighter colors, summer dresses can work wonderfully with studs. The smoking shoes that are so popular right now are a more comfortable way to work studs into your daily wardrobe. Black studded smoking shoes can work in more casual office environments or with jeans and a t-shirt. [caption id="attachment_1653" align="aligncenter" width="326"] Wanted Stud Loafer[/caption] Once you have gotten your feet wet in the studded footwear pool, try going all out with some eye-catching studded boots! [caption id="attachment_1655" align="aligncenter" width="356"] Jeffrey Campbell Studded Boots[/caption]

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