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Let your shoes do the talking!

This season is all about colour and this is the best places to start when looking to refresh your image.

Published on April 6th 2006.


Let your shoes do the talking!

This season is all about colour and this is the best places to start when looking to refresh your image.

Many of my clients come to me when they have been stuck in a rut style wise and this usually revolves around a wardrobe full of black. Rather than do a 'what not to wear' and ruthlessly cut up every scrap of black I opt for a more pro active approach and show my clients how to wear their black garments differently by inject colour into their outfits.

The easiest and most cost effective way to do this is through accessories, be it broaches, bags or shoes, make a statement with these and your black bits will take on a life of their own, making you really stand out from the crowd!

This season, if all the bold prints and colourful fabrics are a bit too much for you- why not try upping the style stakes in some seriously stylish shoes. The great thing is that they don't cost a fortune and believe it or not- coloured shoes go with more than you think. From flats to stilettos, wedges to flip flops, bright footwear is big news this spring, so why not put your best foot forward and treat you toes in my selection of the high streets hottest styles.

Bold prints are all over the place at the moment, but if the all over bold look is all a bit much for you why not take its influence and use it on your shoes. This pair is from Sacha at Debenhams and looks a lot more expensive than their £45 price tag. A wedge is a great alternative for those who prefer flats to heels, providing a more supportive stance with a funky twist. Try teaming these with a plain black dress, pick out one of the many colours in the print- maybe green or red to accessorise with (bag, necklace and bangle) and voila, a seriously sassy ensemble!

Platform soles are still around for the spring and can be dressed up or down thanks to their medium scale. This pair is from Marks and Spencers' Limited Collection (£35), who have some fabulously bright styles this season. They come in black too but why not go for this soft green suede with gold detail- it's far more practical than you think. Why not team them with jeans, white t-shirt and green accessories for a trendy vintage look.

The ballet pump is still knocking around and to me is the most comfortable style of the season. Rather than thinking of this as a 'frumpy' look, why not jazz it up with a splash of colour and some alternative materials. This paintent red pair is from www.asos.com and is an absolute bargain at £18. They will go with just about anything but why not try perfecting the nautical look by teaming them with white linen cropped trousers and a navy top- add a red bag and you're ready to go!

The Mary Jane style is a timeless classic and an elegant shoe suitable for any occasion, whether worn casually with jeans or glammed up with a dress it provides a versatile style with a modern twist. This pair from L'Autra Chose (£45) from www.vivaladiva.com, is a great take on this classic style, adding a splash of colour with chocolate brown and turquoise. Twin them with turquoise accessories and you're hot to trot.

So there you have it, four funky fresh styles that are affordable and versatile. So don't despair if you wardrobe leaves a lot to be desired in the colour stakes- just let your shoes do the talking!

Kathryn Whittaker

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