How to find the perfect pair of heels

How to find the perfect pair of heels

Author: Canadian Living


How to find the perfect pair of heels

A great pair of heels is often what we need to add a splash of colour to our wardrobe, transform business wear to evening wear or simply revamp an outfit from last year. "The right pair of pumps can act as a statement piece. Over the past season we've seen lots of statement bags and jewelry, this year it's time for the shoe to shine," says Julia McEwen, fashion and beauty assistant editor at Canadian Living magazine. "Just remember, shoes can make or break an outfit, so it's important to choose just the right pair to complement your ensemble."

Luckily, finding the perfect pair of heels this season is not going to be a problem. McEwen recommends opting for a pair of colourful heels in a lively print or exotic texture, as seen on all the runways.

As for heel height? "This year you're going to notice towering heels, but done in a chunky or stacked heel with the addition of a platform bottom. This allows you to go higher but still be comfortable ... well as comfortable as four inch heels can be!," McEwen says. However, she reassures that for those who would rather stay closer to the ground, there are fabulous shoes with a lower heel available too.

If you're only going to splurge on one pair of shoes, McEwen suggests a classic almond toe pump with a wearable heel and hidden platform (see The perfect pump, below) in classic black or charcoal gray. "This is the one must-have shoe that every woman should have in her closet - it will take you all around town and works with any outfit," she says.

Here are more stylish picks from Canadian Living fashion insiders.

Ray of sunshine
Nothing is more eye-catching than a pair of superstrappy sun-kissed yellow sandals.

Tip: If wearing an entire outfit in yellow is a frightful thought, opt for a more subdued look by using a great pair of pumps, a handbag or a belt to incorporate a splash of vibrant colour.

Sandals: Michael Michael Kors, $178.

Marigold yellow jacket, $255; red, brown and yellow sheer floral blouse, $125; brown cotton/polyester straight-leg pants, $125. All Anne Klein.
Vintage red glass four-strand necklace, Jewellery by Karen. Pewter, wood and red glass bracelets, Anne-Marie Chagnon.

Strapping new heights
Black and white lend themselves very well to the two-tone trend. Be on the lookout for sandals with numerous wide bands; skimpy straps are simply not welcome this season.

Aldo, $125.

Black-and-white silk sleeveless blouse, $85; black-and-white cotton geometric-print skirt, $85. Both Banana Republic.
Black leather art deco clutch, Jenny Bird.

The perfect pump
This chunky green suede heel will give added height, but won't compromise comfort.

Nine West, $130.

Silk floral tunic dress, Banana Republic, $124.
Green glass bracelet, Jewellery by Karen.

Fierce footwear
Glamorous gladiator sandals have returned this season and are the perfect shoes for almost any occasion. Pair them with a flowing silk dress or your favourite jeans.

Dolce Vita, $210.

Grey cotton cropped jacket, $160; dove grey silk sleeveless dress with a tonal floral print, $185. Both Banana Republic.
Large silver cuff, A Gift for You.

T-strap trend
Give your footwear a retro look with this lilac T-strap sandal.

Nine West, $110.

Purple plaid cotton dress, $129; lilac cotton/silk cardigan, $179. Both Mexx.
Wooden bangle, NYC Accessories.

You can find the full slideshow with larger images and many more styles here!


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