There are so many shoes with all sort of different heels to choose from–these are very interesting choices…you decide which trend to follow.
As simplicity, practicality and restraint become the new buzz words of fashion, WGSN investigates the new heel shapes for this coming season and beyond.
The kitten heel
Following our trend analysis marking the return of the kitten heel, WGSN predicts that its reign is set to continue, as fashion puts practicality at the forefront of the new restraint. For autumn/winter, simple shapes and luxe materials are combined, resulting in a pared-down chic.
The block heel
For those still craving height, the block replaces the spike-heeled stiletto of past seasons, with many designers featuring examples of this heel in their collections, resulting in a wearable, practical solution.
Arched and flared heels
Arched or flared shapes give a simple but directional aesthetic without the achingly complicated shapes of recent seasons.
The wedge has long been the most practical leg-lengthener. This season sees the wedge take on a geometric shape, resulting in a more directional aesthetic. As predicted in our super-stacked footwear report, the trend for the tall wedge is set to continue into spring/summer 2011.
Marni, as seen at jakandjil.com
The new stiletto
Slightly lower in height and much more sturdy in appearance, the stiletto has been rehashed to conform with the new restrained style of dressing.
Last throws of decadence
For those of us who still seek drama and excess, surreal heel shapes are to hand. Unusual shapes in unexpected materials, combined with heavy embellishment, create a theatrical but somewhat dated aesthetic.
Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte autumn/winter 2010/11,
as seen at jakandjil.com
The decadence and excess of past seasons are looking somewhat dated, as designers such as Céline and MaxMara usher in a new era of sophisticated restraint. Emerging footwear silhouettes – tall blocks or kitten heels – have an elegant sense of practicality and comfort, both of which are important to the consumer, whose desire to show off has lessened.