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story Maureen Scott 

Runway models and beauty pageant contestants know the secret of making legs look long, lean and oh so sexy…

High Heels!

Nothing is sexier than higher-than-the-CN Tower stiletto pumps or boots for making gams look their leggiest. According to shoe experts, the “single sole” pointy-toe pump continues to be the must-have shoe of 2013. Boots and booties of all descriptions, whether they are ballet flats or the new slipper-inspired “smoking shoe,” also share the spotlight.

“Geox is showing a wide array of stacked designs in super-sexy colourful suede boots and booties,” says Deborah Marques, from the PR Department and a spokesperson for Geox.

“We will definitely be seeing booties into spring! It is okay to wear suede boots into spring and they act as great transitional pieces with their on-trend colouring. We have suede material and supple leather in colours ranging from natural tones to vibrant solids with great metallic details.”

Boots and booties are now considered multi-seasonal fashion accessories. Riding boots, stud-detailed, embellished and colourful are definite statement pieces.

“Western-inspired boots, with and without fringe details and leather braiding and stitching are trending,” says Rebecca Glazerman, marketing director for Nine West.

“The new silhouette is the smoking shoe,” says Rebecca. It gets added to the list of sexy shoes perhaps because of its image of being worn in the bedroom! “We are seeing richly coloured suedes in footwear right now—red, purple, cobalt blue and all-over colour and colour-blocked styles. Bright colours are still important moving into spring, but fun and happy colours with an injection of citrus. Green is very important with yellow as a secondary colour. Our “Island Fever” has a tropical feeling of mixing prints as the extension of the brights, with bird of paradise floral detail on footwear and in handbags.”

Meanwhile ‘60s fever is not over yet. “The Mod Squad theme is the ode to the Sixties with bold combinations, Pucci-inspired prints and retro-inspired combos in untraditional colours and material combinations with Lucite details, “says Rebecca.

Moving into spring, the jewel tones we are seeing in stores right now will soften into luscious pastels, reminiscent of Easter eggs, according to Crissi Giamos, director of public relations for Town Shoes and The Shoe Company.

“Key colours for spring footwear include mint green, coral, white, nude pale pink and many black and white combinations,” says Chrissi. “We will see plenty of colour-blocking, laser cutouts and metallics for day and night. Studs are a huge trend continuing into spring. We will also be seeing a lot of rope and cork bottom shoes as we get into warmer spring weather, and sport-influenced styles.”

Chanel-inspired contrasting colour toe-caps are also prevalent, as are feminine details like peep toes, bow details, round and pointy and easy-to-wear-all-day wedges.

So what happens when your killer heels are killing your feet? According to the book InStyle Secrets of Style, “High heel shoes can put seven times your body weight onto the ball of the feet.” Despite the possibility that our smokin’ hot shoes may cause blisters, bunions, backaches and maybe even a twisted ankle, many of us wouldn’t dream of giving them up!

Instead, we secretly carry a pair of fold-up ballet-slippers-in-a-pouch in our purses to slip on when the stiletto battle gets too tough! Many shoe manufacturers recognize this, and are now designing footwear that looks sexy, yet comfortable enough to wear for more than an hour or two!

“Our stacking design is not just about looks,” says Deborah for Geox. “We all love our high heels, but we also know that the higher we go the more force we put on the ball of the foot,” she says. “Having a platform to support the ball of the foot makes a huge difference on balance and comfort. It lessens the impact of the heels with no compromises to their great looks.”

Cinderella found out magic happens when you wear the right shoe! GL

ABOVE Ankle strap pumps - Kamil from Geox

David Dixon pointy pump
Single sole pointy-toe pump by David Dixon for Town Shoes

Kamil from Geox
Solid black knee-high boot with strap and ankle.
Mahogany boot with zipper on the back.
Kamil from Geox


Laurence High suede boots
Blue suede boots and red suede boots.
Laurence High from Geox



3 pumps
 
Red pump - Kate & Mel at Town Shoes Pointy pink pump - Barbie by Town       Pony hair materials (short hair fur) - animal prints
or trims on pumps - from Nine West
pumps
 
Aminal print in blue - Kate & Mel at Town Shoes Ankle strap wedge - Zigi Girl at The Shoe Company       Suede t-strap (suede or glossy leather).
Cleopatra from Geox
pumps 3
 
Women’s evening pump with lace overlay.
Betseyville at The Shoe Company
Chelsea boot with metal studs - Dolce Vita at Town Shoes    Metallic gold boot from Town Shoes   
 





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Rich coloured suedes in red, purple, cobalt blue.
From Nine West.

Over-the-knee, patterned
boot from Town Shoes.

Suede boot with rhinestone skull. Zigi Girl at Town Shoes.
boots