Step into height of footwear fashions for the party season
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.
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.
The post-Derby Day perennial is also turning up in clothes, shoes and accessories.
In footwear, this year's offerings go beyond the traditional pump to just about any shape or style in black and white.
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.
Other hot footwear options include shoes with solid metalics or metallic decorations, architectural styles and colour blocking.
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.
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.
- 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.
What is your favourite shoe trend?
This poll ended on 27 December 2013.
Black and White
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.