The current trends for 2013 are an eclectic mix of colour, print and fashion fusion. For many, there is almost too much to choose from! Ethnic prints dominate the catwalk, with leather and lace forming the basis of many other designs. Must-buys this season include a leather jacket of any colour, oversized accessories such as clutch purses and anything featuring a monochrome design. With such a range of styles on offer, it can be tricky to decide on what shoes are best to wear with an outfit.
The humble court shoe, which has its origins in the Regency period, is a shoe to complement all current trends. A sleek shape and mid to high heel make this shoe suit all types of feet, naturally flattering the wearer. Whilst you may know what a court shoe is, you may not be aware either of its enduring appeal, or the range of shoes out there to choose from.
Court shoes are a timeless collection to any wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion, as they go equally well with either casual or more dressed-up outfits. Wear them to work, out on a date or to take your children to school. Coming in a range of heel heights, there is a type of court shoes to appeal to every taste. Classier than ballet pumps, but not as out-and-out glamorous as stilettos, these shoes show the world that you have both good taste and good judgement.
At work, team your shoes with a pencil skirt and coloured tights to create an ultra-glam, on-trend look. At home, your court shoes work well with skinny jeans and a loose shirt, making you look ultra-chic, yet casual. For nights out, pair up a pair of lacy court shoes with a short black dress to vamp it up, without coming across as trashy. In the summer, sling back or peep toe court shoes will help you to keep your cool, whilst in the winter months you can protect your feet with a warmer style such as the shoe boot.
Choose pointed toes for a more glamorous effect. Cut-out, peep toe court shoes add a fun twist to any summer outfit. The range of heels to choose from include wedges, platforms and mid heels. Match the shoe to your outfit or choose an opposing look – for example team a lace skirt with a demure pair of peep toes heels, or a simple pair of three quarter length trousers with studded, T-bar court shoes.
By choosing to wear court shoes this season, you will be ensuring that you look classy whilst still feeling comfortable, whether you are on your feet all day or going out for the evening.
Sam Wainwright is an artist who loves to browse through court shoe designs in order to find a pair just right for her! She currently has three pairs of court shoes and is planning to stock up on more before the summer!
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