The hottest summer shoe trends for women in 2011, like almost all fashion trends, started on the runway and trickled down to the style-savvy consumer in boutiques around the globe. While trends are never designed to meet the tastes of every shopper, awareness of fresh new looks for the upcoming season can help you keep your wardrobe updated while providing a new way to brighten an ordinary ensemble. Shoes from the 2011 collection of the world’s top designers began with a tribute to color and vintage style. Create a signature look this spring by adding some of the top shoes of the season to your current collection.
Platform wedges are constantly reinvented in fresh new trends. However, summer 2011 is not necessarily all about the style of the shoe as much as it is about color. In 2011, nude is the color option of choice with masses of platforms available in all shades of tan leather. Tan is an attractive accent for most women as shoes in nude help to lengthen their legs. Michael KORS and Dolce Vita are forerunners of the season with a host of nude wedges available in a range of styles.
Perforated shoes and those with geometric cut-outs are a great option this season. Seen often in the fall with socks and tights, the cut out shoe is haute due to its functionality and edgy style. If your feet are prone to sweating in the sweltering summer heat, opt for a bootie with cut out designs throughout without succumbing to the temptations of flip-flops. The shoe trend allows you to sport cool weather textiles like as suede with breathing room near the bottom of the sandal. Miss Sixty and Nicole Miller offer an array of chic cut out wedges and booties for the summer season.
Block heels are perfect for teens looking for a way to remain fashionable during a summer full of soirees. Commonly paired with plaid miniskirts, the block heel is also suitable for high fashion cargo pants after hours such as those in silk or satin. Though a fun trend for summer 2011, avoid block heels during the day when the sun is at its height unless you can endure sweating heels at towering heights.
The summer is the season of beautiful color palettes. Summer 2011 pays tribute to color with the emergence of color block heels. In 2011, the brighter and funkier the color palette on each shoe, the better. Bright shoes are a great option for the little black dress when enjoying a cocktail with friends or to enliven an outfit of basic neutrals. However, avoid downplaying your color block heels by accessorizing in full color. Colorful sunglasses, handbags, bangles, earrings and necklaces help your shoes to pop. If you are running low on accessories, a brightly-colored head or neck scarf can help your shoes stand out.
In all seasons there showstoppers that are sure to turn heads due to their artistic use of color, design and the current fashion trends. In summer 2011, the picks from the runway include an array of shoes from all trends.
Tabitha Simmons striped “Dusty” heel is featured across fashion blogs all over the internet. The sophistication of the design matched with its unique use of cut out makes for shoe that appeals to the trendy and conservative shopper alike. The shoes are perfect for showing off with short trouser pants or partially covered by a pair of long jeans. There are few wrong ways to wear this attractive sandal. To stay in the safe zone, opt for the neutral black and white combination with this red, black and white shoe.
Harper’s Bazaar picks the Asos Color Block heel in teal and blue suede for its 2011 showstoppers list. The shoe features a series of straps resembling the classic gladiator styles of 2010. However, the bright shoes are no replica and can add a color burst to any outfit. However, stick to solids with this colorful shoe to avoid a clash.
Diane Von Furstenburg is known for her strategic use of color. The bright citron suede mules, also known as Eva Suede, are complete showstoppers in their neon hue. Available from high end retailers like Net-a-porter.com, the strappy feminine sandal feature the cut-out trend of the season. Diane von Furstenberg's versatile citron suede mules can be paired with shorts, skirts and dresses to show off the sleek design of the shoe. Net-a-porter.com recommends styling with the satin ankle wrap or on their own for a polished finish to an all-black outfit.