Take Note: Menswear-Inspired Footwear
Oxfords, lace-ups, tassles, loafers, perforated leather, wing tips -- once considered the backbone detailing of men's dress shoes -- have crossed into female territory this season with feminine additions such as high heels, funky, bright colors, and a much more tailored shape. Our favorite style inspired by menswear is the one that resembles an upturned men's oxford shoe, with a stacked or smooth heel. Some of these styles definitely have a granny vibe, mixed in with a dose of updated modern chic. Get the look without shelling out a ton of money wth these Guess by Marciano 'Nitty' Slingback Oxfords or the BCBGirls 'Cherie' Booties, (both $85, Nordstrom). Report 'Ellis' Oxfords ($189, Zappos.com) -- we're really into the subtle peep toe detail!
You can still get the patent leather look for less with these Franco Sarto "Deer" Black Oxford Pumps ($79, Bloomingdale's). On the contrary, if you don't want to make that much of an investment in the trend, check out these decidedly retro Patent Oxford T-Strap Heels ($20, Amazon.com), and the Unlisted Sugar Cookie Oxfords ($52, Zappos.com) with cut-out detailing higher on the foot which also lends itself to the gradient color trend. The Opening Ceremony Lace Up Oxford Platform Pumps ($109, Shopbop.com) are almost an exact replica of Buster Brown oxfords with of course the addition of a platform and a high heel! The natural, cream color these shoes come in gives the whole trend a fresh feel, acknowledging that it can work in more than just a basic black color. Pair them with some textured or brightly-colored leggings to get more of an accurate "runway" look. If instead you'd like to wear pants with this style, we'd recommend either an extremely skinny leg, or a wide one – nothing in between, such as bootleg or a shorter capri length.
We hope you've found a few styles to indulge in, and stay tuned for our next three footwear trends!
-- Julia DiNardo
Note: there may be a way to make the items mentioned above an even better bang for your buck -- remember to search stylenotes for special promotions and coupon codes that may be applied to your order.