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For over a decade, Pantone (the self-professed world-renowned authority on color) chooses a single color that they predict will be influential in the coming year. In case you missed it last year, their pick was 15-5519 Turquoise, because, as the official press release declared, “Turquoise transports us to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times.” For 2011, Pantone selected 18-2120 Honeysuckle – a medium reddish pink, and¬† released this statement: “Energizing honeysuckle lifts spirits and imparts confidence to meet life’s ongoing challenges.” Pretty heavy stuff. But if that isn’t a great reason to go shopping for a new pair of shoes, I don’t know what is ūüėČ

So, the official color is Honeysuckle, but I think any pink or coral colored shoe will be in the spirit of things. And designers are knocking out tons of pink shoes for resort and spring collections, so finding a pair right now is easy. If you’re looking for something to start you off early and keep you cozy as the winter slowly ends, I recommend the Koolaburra ugg boots in a soft pink below or an enclosed pink suede pump like the pair pictured by Kelsi Dagger (with the cutest removable elastic bow!).

Pantone says that you can easily pair Honeysuckle with basic colors like black, navy, charcoal or light to mid gray. But, for something more exciting, they suggest mixing in complementary bronze greens or a pinkish Apricot Brandy brown hues into your wardrobe with it. I vote pairing these with a maxi dress or with jeans and a drapey cream-colored blouse. Just remember these shoes are made to be the focal point of a basic outfit.

For the start of warm weather, Manolo Blahnik flip flop sandals are actually an almost-affordable way to enjoy the brand. You should also take a look at jumping on two trends at once by going for a platform style (or a “flatform” – an essentially flat shoe as far as feel goes, with equal or near equally tall platforms front and back) or an espadrille (always a summer favorite). And of course, since I have a special place in my heart for Melissa shoes, I was happy to see they’re also making a few pink shoes this season so that I could feature one here.

You know, maybe there is something to what Pantone said; I already feel my spirits lifting just by imagining walking out of the house with these shoes. I’m sure we can rationalize a pair of two now, especially if our mental health is at stake ūüėČ

Jeffrey Campbell The Turino Shoe

Koolaburra Savanitty

Kelsi Dagger Tiffany

Manolo Blahnik Suede-Flower Thong Sandal

Dolce Vita Strappy Platform Wedge

Prada Cutout Espadrille Wedge

Stella McCartney Raffia Crossover Sandals

Lanvin Ankle-Wrap Platform Wedge

seychelles harlow

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Anglomania

I’ve noticed these shoes popping up here and there and I believe they’ll become a full fledged trend pretty soon. Recessed platforms or island platforms look like a chunk of platform was glued onto the bottom of an otherwise complete shoe at the last minute. That’s not the case, of course, as anyone with a broken heel who thought, “hey, maybe these can be flats”, will attest; the pitch of the heel must incorporate the extra height of the platform front. But that trick of the eye, especially when paired with a platform that is made in a totally contrasting color or material from the rest of the shoe, makes this style really stand out (and makes it my new favorite). Note: a true recessed platform will not reach all the way to the toe of the shoe and will stop abruptly in the back without any continuation beyond the area at the ball of the foot.

As I mentioned above, recessed platforms elevate (ha) platform styles into the double-take realm (just wear and watch!). And what‚Äôs even better is that this style can be found in stores now by new ‚Äúit‚ÄĚ designers like Charlotte Olympia for $895 all the way down to department store brands for $39.99!

Whether they have a sliver or a serious chunk of platform, these shoes clearly look best with ridiculously high heels. But if your feet scream in anything over 3 inches, don‚Äôt count these out ‚Äď with the platform height added in, often the height the shoes feel like stays in that manageable 3 inch range (although you‚Äôll look like you‚Äôre wearing closer to 4).

A few of my favorites in every price range are below, and as always, happy shopping!

L.A.M.B Charon

Elizabeth and James Mason

Isabel Toledo for Payless

Pour La Victoire Atman

Charlotte Olympia Dolly

Camilla Skovgaard

Olsen Haus Freedom

Worthington Atessa

Opening Ceremony Chantal

Jessica Simpson Colie

avatar If the New Kids on the Block can get back together, anything is possible. But since I’ve also noticed some influences from the 1980s in runway collections already (neon colors! even some shoulder pads!), it seems even more likely…¬† Could the fashionable masses take a giant step backwards in time and go seriously 80s? Well, better safe than sorry.¬† Just like you should have a few gallons of water in your house and band-aids just in case, here’s what you should stash in your closet in case of¬†a world gone crazy. And don’t worry, with my picks, you can wear them now and even years in the future without hating yourself later (let’s not talk about that side ponytail thing I did once upon a time ).

Even if you weren’t alive in the 80s, I’m sure you know that¬†legwarmers were big (I think they’re still around some even¬†now). Well, the younger¬†of us paired them with sneakers, but the stylish teenagers matched them with some thin-heeled pumps, also a throwback to the dress-to-climb-the-corporate ladder/power suit era for women. I like the basic black leather pair below by Guess which would blend equally well with¬†tailored pants¬†today¬†as they would with a poofy-sleeved prom dress back in the day.¬† And on that strain, do you remember the Guess brand itself? The jeans, the tops, the shoes, the purses – they were all huge in the 80s and Guess is still around. So, because in addition to neon (love those Lacoste sneakers),¬†checkerboard patterned prints were uber popular¬†during the decade, I’ve added a second pair of Guess heels- this time platforms for some “now” power and black and white checks for the vintage quality.

Last, who could forget Michael Jackson and his plethora of sparkle (the single glove, most famously).¬†So for¬†instant 80s, it’s¬†easy to¬†take a cue from The King of Pop¬†and pour some glitter on your shoes. I am diggin’ these red Marc by Marc Jacobs ¬†jellies (below right).¬†Just match them with a red leather jacket and you’re ready to have a dance-off with some zombies (YouTube the Thriller video if you didn’t laugh; I’m not saying it’ll make me funnier but at least you’ll be entertained).¬† See, I told you I was going to make the 80s less scary! – and yet your feet would¬†totally blend in if you warped back there in a time machine.¬†Now pull out some of those old¬†John Cusack movies and a little Bill & Ted for the weekend…¬† if it does mature into a full-blown trend, maybe it wouldn’t be so “bogus” after all.

Guess Kinsey Lacoste Mystere
Guess Jolie Marc by Marc

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avatarI know you’ve been hearing a lot about bright, bold color being one of the biggest trends for Spring 08 (you have from me anyway !).¬† Colors are blossoming all over clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags from designers everywhere.¬† One of the easiest ways¬†to incorporate color into your wardrobe (and longest lasting way without being repetitive – you can’t wear the same great shirt every single day;¬†even if you wanted to, can you really do laundry that often?)¬†is with a shocking orange bag¬†(or any other color). Once¬†you have the trendy bag down, ¬†as Marie Claire’s March 2008 issue suggests (on page 74), pair it with some nude colored heels.

Natural Comfort SW5 buff Kenzie Crazy Cat buff
Via Spiga Vista buff Style and Co buff

Left to Right: Natural Comfort SW5 wedges, Kenzie Crazy Cat heels, Via Spiga Vista pumps and Style & Co Jolie peep-toe heels.

avatarNatalie Portman has collaborated with Te Casan to design a collection of limited edition vegan heels and flats.¬† Since only 100 will be sold in each style and color and they’re pretty well priced¬†for being limited edition ($185 to $275) and the website’s¬†allowing a pre-order… well, ¬†my size was already sold out.¬† So, to make myself feel better, I searched for some man-made shoe alternatives (I’m not vegan, but I totally support the lifestyle).¬† Save the leather supplying cows! Ok, all the cows. I mean, all animals everywhere!

Rampage Juicy Style and Co Eliza
Steve Madden Pleatt Calivin Klein Ella

Left to Right: Rampage metallic brown Juicy pumps, Style&Co teal Eliza satin heels, Steve Madden bone white Pleatt flat boots, Calvin Klein silver Ella espadrilles.

avatarMagazines and runways alike have been displaying exotic skins pretty significantly for 2008’s shoes. The February issue of InStyle¬†Magazine says you should jump on snakeskin and snake embossed¬†shoes right now! Think pump or sandal styles with skinny jeans. And if you want to go an InStyle-ish step further, opt for studs or a fierce shiny color for a bit of rockstar vibe.

DKNY Candy Carlos Santana snake
Farylrobin Fasha Enzo Angiolini Maylie

Above (left to right) we have: DKNY, Carlos by Carlos Santana, Farylrobin, and Enzo Angiolini

avatarAlthough I have been hearing from all over about the return of pointy toes for coming seasons, Lucky Magazine remembers that many of us still have a bunch of winter trends to¬†wear out (and I don’t think round-toes will be pushed out the door too quickly).¬† They suggest pairing round-toe pumps with wide-leg pants or tights and a snug skirt (I’d imagine a mini or pencil skirt would look equally appealing, especially with tights).¬†And, if you want to snag two trends at once in order to carry your shoes gracefully into the Spring, opt for a punchy color. Checkout these great picks below.

Carlos Santana Sugar gold round toe Miss Sixty Paint white pumps Marc Fisher Mandisa 2 red round toe

 

Remember your lesson from last year: you can wear peep-toe shoes in the winter with your tights peeking out. Just make sure the tights are in good condition please.

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