There's a running joke among my friends that I have a soft spot for little old grandma style. Now granted if you've ever read Advanced Style by Ari Cohen, there are pretty sassy grannies out there who can give any high fashion model a run for their money. Case and point, while block heels have been trendy for a few seasons now I am so thrilled to see the low pump version making its way through almost every single fashion brand because let's face it, even if you're a chunky heel I really can't be bothered with hopping Westcoast puddles in 4" shoes.
Let's take Bitsie by Jeffery Campbell which comes in a variety of candy colours but I love the forest green for this season. Done up in suede, the effect is lush and cozy while the round toe looks sweet and not too serious. It's an easy shape to dress up or down and would be a great pairing with tights and a corduroy mini skirt.
Alternative: Zara | Heeled Ballerina
THE ALMOST CHANEL
Style: Contrast toe pump
I've always believed that dressing well doesn't have to break the bank. If these look oddly familiar it's because the luxurious Chanel version of the cap toe pump has been splashing all over Instagram in the last season.
While it still retains the low profile block heel for stability, you do get the a peep of colour blocking in front plus might I add that the pointed style is a great mix between modern and vintage.
If you're still not convinced that a low heel can be trendy, may I present to you the very lady like option from Kate Spade. The brand has always done fun and feminine styles but this version of Madelaine in particular with full black lace (its lined inside, don't worry) topped with a bow is perfect date night or holiday party material. In fact, I won't even judge you if you want to wear this every single day.
Style: Paloma Loafer Pump
I did a literal wow out-loud when I saw these Paloma loafers from UKIES for the first time. While all the singular elements are not particularly interesting, the combination of smokey velvety teal, the leather pointed toe, loafer front tab and the decorative bow pulled together into a truly stunning shoe. The combination of masculine and feminine details plays together to make this shoe versatile with jeans, a special dress or my personal favourite, cigarette trousers.
I own a very similar silhouette shoe in leopard calf hair and I've always gotten complements whenever I wear it out. It's a statement shoe without screaming from the top of your lungs.
So here's to the new classic; in bright colours, beautiful textures and fanciful details that's certainly to entice even the most practical shoe girl to adding these to their daily wardrobe. If you own a pair (or three), I'd love to hear your take on this trend.