Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.
Three unique trends were recently identified in FASHION Magazine’s spring accessories report: see-through plastic inserts, bright python prints, and woven natural fibres in a range of colours. While clutches are cool and bangles a bold way to add bite to an outfit, let’s face it, shoes are where it’s at. Herewith, our take on these three trends — and where you can step into some of this style right here in Ottawa.
Clear panels: We’ll pass on this whacky look. FASHION calls it a way to “lend lightness to polished metallics and patent leathers” but it seems clunky and confusing to us. Plus it reminds us of the coveted pair from the infamous “Shoes” vid. Or maybe we are biased because there is still so much grit on O-town streets to even consider such slick kicks. But there’s no denying that the Stella McCartney wedge featured is a winner.
In town: Stuart Weitzman has a similar style, and in nude this shoe would be both versatile and trendy, so a wise choice for the savvy shoe-aholic. $195, Holt Renfrew.
Python prints: Now here is a fun way to add colour and texture in one on-trend item. We love the details and unique lines on the Aperlai heels. Studs, two-tone … this shoes says a lot. Then again, the Manolo Blahniks prove that one can go too far. Love all the colours, but not digging the points that look like shark’s teeth. Is it going to attack?
In town: you can dip your tows into the python + colour trend without going overboard (and risk that shark attack). This Jessica Simpson sandal features a sneaky-sexy line of turquoise, and a nice neutral brown strap. $120, Hudson’s Bay – Bayshore.
Natural fibres: We love the updates on this well-established summer style. Of course, everyone is gaga for boho right now, what with Coachella mandating crop tops and cutoffs, but Canadians have always liked their au naturel looks. So perfect for drinks on the deck. We’re not loving the chunky heel that Vince Camuto is sporting, and the different colour fibres make it look a bit cheap. But that Marvin K wedge is a classic.
In town: The patent peeptoe LK Bennett Estela wedge hits all the right notes: feminine, modern, and versatile. $325, Holt Renfrew.