“The eyes can mislead, a smile can lie, but the shoes always tell the truth,” is what Greg House of the hit drama-series, House MD said. So, before you give away your truth it won’t be a bad idea to start with some shoe basics, what say? Our shoe style guide will help you to stand tall in all your glory.
These no-nonsense shoes were first seen in Scotland and Ireland. Named after the Oxford University, this style was initially crafted from pure leather and designed for formal wear. These shoes are known for their closed lacing and its smaller than foot cut. The good news is, they haven’t yet been affected by Brexit. For now, they are seen in funky avatars in calf leather, patent leather, suede and canvas.
The term ‘sneakers’ came from the phrase ‘sneak around’. It’s assumed that rubber soles used in making the sneakers did not make any noise on the floor, and hence the term. Today, sneakers are not just known for the comfort they offer during fitness training but are also seen as a fashion statement. Here are few popular types, which can’t be missed:
Tonal — These are the popular single shades. Largely available in red and yellow.
Mid and low tops — They are defined by their length from the heel to ankles. So, anything that hits the ankles are mids, and anything below are low tops.
Heels don’t just make you look taller, but also create an illusion of slender legs. Take a quick look at the wide variety of heeled shoes:
Stiletto — These shoes have thin long heels and are named after the stiletto dagger. The length of these heels may vary from 1 inch to 10 inches with a diameter of less than half an inch. Piercing sharp! eh?
Pumps (court shoe) – These shoes come with a low front cut, vamp, and have no fastening. They are usually made of leather and considered perfect for formal wear such as suits or uniforms. However, if your neighbourhood is the only courtroom that you ever visit, do not fret, as pumps can easily go with informal dresses, skirts, trousers, and jeans.
Mary Janes — For an old world charm, try Mary Janes, which are basically pumps with a strap, a buckle or button at the end. They have broad and rounded toe boxes and low heels. Wear these with a dress or skirt and transport yourself to school days.
Kitten heels — Kitten heels are short and slim heels with a height of 1-2 inches. These came into being for teenage girls to avoid discomfort and the sexual connotation associated with high heels. They are often termed as trainer heels as they are worn by girls for practice before they get comfortable with high heels.
Wedges — — Dating back to ancient Greece, these heels have a sole in the form of a wedge, which is thicker at the back. The sole is made entirely of one piece of material. For greater support, stability and height, platforms are the best bet!
Clogs — They are funkier than thou! Traditionally, made from wood they all have open toes and closed backs. Today, made in a variety of materials, clogs are thick platform heels.
D’orsay pumps — Pronounced as door-say, these shoes were originally worn by men. But, over the years they have transitioned into the world of women’s fashion. These heels have the inside or both sides cut out to reveal the arch of the foot. A popular style statement that can be worn with almost any outfit.
As the name suggests, these sassy shoes show off a couple of toes in the front and are perfect for getting a long, lean silhouette. Coupled with platform heels or flats, they can make you feel on top of the world.
Derived from French, mules are perfect for those who like to keep their toes covered, without having to go through the hassles of lacing up. These shoes have their backs open and toes closed. Available in both heels and flats, mules can be chunky or elegant to suit your mood.