Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Guest Blog Article by Shoe Tribe

My first official Guest Blog article is by upcoming shoe blogger Linda Dulani (@linda_dulani) of the Harare-based shoe blog called Shoe Tribe (formally Curls and Heels blog). So Linda is your shoe-loving fanatic and of course i asked her to whip up some of her shoe knowledge to share on the blog. Now I've done shoe posts before, but this time i wanted a different take on it. So here you have it, Linda breaks down her top shoe trends for the summer, 


Summer is upon us yet again! With a new season comes new shoe trends.
Here is the low down on what you should be wearing this Summer and
where to get it.

Slipper Flats. 
This trend is in full force and that great news as we
have been wearing them since Spring. The stores are bursting with
Summer footwear that will suit just about every woman's style. The
only differences are the designs.

They are characterized by floral, bold and wildly embellished strappy
flats. Stores like Shoe Shack have already started stocking ankle
strap and t-bar sandals that have studs and a lot of jewels which were
made popular by a certain designer (cough, Valentino).
Pointy Toes. I'm talking pointy
toes on all types of shoes. Ballet
flats, booties, shooties, heels,
oxfords, closed toe sandals — you
name it.

Metal Toe Caps. 
Either in silver,
pewter or gold on footwear styles
like slipper flats, courts, oxfords and pumps.

Ballerina flats 
will continue to twirl, but with texture and tribal designs.
Jet has the coolest ballet flats with sequins, studs and toe caps
ranging from $10.00-21.00. The bigger the embellishments the better.

Colored metallic, not to mention silver and gold sandals or
silver footwear in general, is without a shadow of a doubt a big
summer trend. If you are not a fan of an all metallic shoe go for
minor gold details like gold trimming on a black sandal.

Ankle Straps: 
Think both broad
and narrow ankle straps on shoes
like pointy toe pumps, flats,
sandals and shooties.

Low Heels. 
This year's trends are for just about every girl. Dainty
kitten heels, low block heels, and low wedge heels are ideal for
comfort as well as style.

Wedge sandals. 
Extremely high
platforms, are on their way out, making room for lower platforms and
wedges with no platform at all. The cork and espadrille wedges also
rank high this summer.

This year has also seen the popularity of the over sized buckles on
the international scene. The added character makes the shoe stand out.
Some shoes hit all the right fashion notes like this cork wedge with
metallic details and a big buckle from Sapatos located in the Joina
City Mall.

Chunky open toe heels and block heels are also taking centre stage
this Summer. They are kinder to your feet than stilettos but look just
as good. Head over to Edgars for a neutral colored pair for $65.00 or
Truworths for a pair of purple suede mary janes with a black block

Last but certainly not least, Summer wouldn't be summer without color,
right?! The colors of the season are already coming out to play.

According to the folks at the fashion colors of 2014
are Freesia (bright yellow), Dazzling Blue (royal blue), Cayenne (deep
red), Placcid Blue (sky blue) to mention a few.

Sapatos has got this chunky tonal heel in three of the colors of the season.

There you have it. Now all you have to do is put your best foot forward.

What is, in your opinion, the hottest trend of the season?

Contacting Shoe Tribe;

Twitter; @Shoetribe OR @LindaDulani_

Yours in Glamour,


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