After months of scouring Fall ’10 collections, you can bet that the Footwear Plus editors each have a shortlist of styles we’ll be snapping up once the shoes hit retail. Here’s a select few we’ll be waiting in line for when summertime wanes.
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“I am in love with Abel Muñoz’s Florentine Tassel pump,” says Melissa, noting the sky-high suede platform heel would give her (almost) 5-foot-2-inch stature a significant boost. “The dusty rose hue almost acts as a neutral, and I’d wear it with bare legs and a navy wrap dress, denim trousers and a lace blouse, or black patterned tights and a romper.” Not only is the style versatile in terms of apparel and seasons, she adds, the soft shade blended with loafer-inspired details is perfect middle ground for fashion designers’ ever-divergent feminine/masculine slant.
~ Melissa Knific, features editor
Always putting a unique twist on au courant apparel trends, Angela’s ensembles are frequently the talk of the Footwear Plus office. Yet the savvy sartorialist confesses her shoe collection is an ocean of black flats. Luckily, designers never tire of those two ingredients, and there’s a fabulous new option season after season—like this Cynthia Vincent style. “Just as I was starting to O.D. on studs, this boot saved the day,” Angela says. “The leather-covered pyramid studs are subtle enough to keep the classic silhouette, well, a classic, and put an uptown spin on the ‘punk-y’ trend.”
~ Angela Velasquez, assistant editor
When an editor comes home from a European show, the rest of the staff doesn’t wait for the jet lag to wear off before clamoring around for a recap. Scouring through the hundreds of snaps Melissa took at GDS, “This boot stopped me in my tracks,” Leslie says. “It has so much going for it for next season: wood heels in a clog-esque silhouette, a hint of menswear treatment across the vamp, restrained use of a ornamental brass tacks and—my weakness—a dash of plaid. Dear Tentoes: Please put my name on the waitlist.”