Step into height of footwear fashions for the party season

COLOUR MATCH: Ladakh folded floral dress in blueness ($99.95) from 3Style Clothing in Goondoon St and Instep “Angels” mint patent heels from Williams in Stockland Gladstone ($29.99, reduced from $39.99). Shoes can help bring out colours in a dress – pastels are in trend for spring, while brighter shades suit summer frivolity.
COLOUR MATCH: Ladakh folded floral dress in blueness ($99.95) from 3Style Clothing in Goondoon St and Instep “Angels” mint patent heels from Williams in Stockland Gladstone ($29.99, reduced from $39.99). Shoes can help bring out colours in a dress – pastels are in trend for spring, while brighter shades suit summer frivolity. Brenda Strong

THE end of the year brings with it events aplenty, and nothing puts you in the party mood quite like a fabulous pair of shoes.

Luckily, this spring and summer there are enticing shoe trends for women of every age, in every heel height and for every budget.

To provide inspiration for your next purchase I have pieced together easily attainable footwear in current trends - photo gallery here.

PEEP THROUGH: Free Fusion frisky peep toe ballet flats in pink from Target Australia. These shoes feature a loop bow detail, transparent side panels and cushioned foot bed. ($21, previously $30).
PEEP THROUGH: Free Fusion frisky peep toe ballet flats in pink from Target Australia. These shoes feature a loop bow detail, transparent side panels and cushioned foot bed. ($21, previously $30). Brenda Strong

One of the hottest looks for spring and summer isn't even visible. Blame it on the childhood fantasy of Cinderella-like glass slippers, but transparent wear is proving popular, recently featuring in the collections of Gucci, Givenchy, Fendi and Chanel.

CRYSTAL CLEAR: Singer Katy Perry poses, wearing shoes with transparent detail, as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS
CRYSTAL CLEAR: Singer Katy Perry poses, wearing shoes with transparent detail, as she arrives to attend the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS JOHN THYS

The post-Derby Day perennial is also turning up in clothes, shoes and accessories.

CLASSIC: Russian editor and writer Miroslava Duma poses before the Chanel 2014 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 1, 2013 at the Grand Palais in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA
CLASSIC: Russian editor and writer Miroslava Duma poses before the Chanel 2014 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 1, 2013 at the Grand Palais in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA MIGUEL MEDINA

In footwear, this year's offerings go beyond the traditional pump to just about any shape or style in black and white.

CONTRAST: Zola Collection Kutsey heels ($129.95), available from 3Style Clothing on Goondoon St, Gladstone. This flexible style can take you from day-time corporate to night on the town.
CONTRAST: Zola Collection Kutsey heels ($129.95), available from 3Style Clothing on Goondoon St, Gladstone. This flexible style can take you from day-time corporate to night on the town. Brenda Strong

Tap into the ladylike trend of block heels with a set of medium-height heels you can dash about in all day and night.

Chunky heels can also be found in new materials such as wood and clear plastic.

NEUTRAL TONES: Wild Rose Lateisha heels ($119.95) , available from 3Style Clothing on Goondoon St, Gladstone. The advantage of neutral shoes is that they are versatile, and choosing a colour similar to your skin tone can extend your silhouette. A pop of colour and block heel exemplify the season's hot styles.
NEUTRAL TONES: Wild Rose Lateisha heels ($119.95) , available from 3Style Clothing on Goondoon St, Gladstone. The advantage of neutral shoes is that they are versatile, and choosing a colour similar to your skin tone can extend your silhouette. A pop of colour and block heel exemplify the season's hot styles. Brenda Strong

Other hot footwear options include shoes with solid metalics or metallic decorations, architectural styles and colour blocking.

DAINTY SHIMMER: C'est bon Maree heels ($69.95), available at Williams in Stockland Gladstone. Precious metal shades can add elegance to an outfit. The bow detail on these heels provide a playful twist.
DAINTY SHIMMER: C'est bon Maree heels ($69.95), available at Williams in Stockland Gladstone. Precious metal shades can add elegance to an outfit. The bow detail on these heels provide a playful twist. Brenda Strong

This weekend shoe-lovers have the chance to score a bargain at Williams in Stockland Gladstone, with a 40% off store-wide offer for Fusion family and friends, ending on Sunday.

Store manager Lisa Wale said lots of people had already been in looking for party shoes.

"This summer and spring it's all about the colours," Ms Wale said.

STRUCTURED: Wildfire Hollywood wedges in ice ($49.94), available from Spend-Less Shoes in Stockland Gladstone. Wedges have made a reappearance on store shelves everywhere, with local store owners stating they are a popular choice at the moment. With wedges, you still get the height of heels but the weight of your body is supported by the entire shoe. The risk of tripping is less and durability is generally greater overall.
STRUCTURED: Wildfire Hollywood wedges in ice ($49.94), available from Spend-Less Shoes in Stockland Gladstone. Wedges have made a reappearance on store shelves everywhere, with local store owners stating they are a popular choice at the moment. With wedges, you still get the height of heels but the weight of your body is supported by the entire shoe. The risk of tripping is less and durability is generally greater overall. Brenda Strong

On the other end of the colour spectrum, nude leather, suede and fabric options are popping up at the moment.

Wedges have been really popular, as have sandals.

Retail associate Rebecca Wilke from 3Style Clothing said beige tones and open-toed styles had been rushing off the shelves.

"Everyone is doing bright-coloured clothing," Ms Wilke said, of the prevalence of neutral footwear.

"Wedges have been really popular, as have sandals."

Spend-less Gladstone store manager Renee Donovan agreed wedges were a popular style, although she said most customers came in for a variation of a black heel.

Footwear on offer at 3Style Clothing, Williams and Spend-less Shoes

Tips

  • Take a short road test and make sure your heel doesn't slip out, the sides don't gape and your toes aren't pinched.
  • Remember your arch, the wrong arch can turn them heels into pure torture.
  • Never buy shoes because you think they will feel good after breaking them in as this can lead foot maladies.
Williams in Stockland Gladstone.
Williams in Stockland Gladstone has a 40% off storewide offer for Fusion family and friends this weekend. Brenda Strong

 

What is your favourite shoe trend?

This poll ended on 27 December 2013.

Current Results

Block heels

100%

Transparent

0%

Metallic

0%

Black and White

0%

Bright colours

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.