Our Essential Footwear Guide to Winter 2011

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With winter just around the corner we can’t wait to hit the stores for a spot of winter shoe shopping! We’ve taken a look at the latest style sheets, lookbooks and catwalk shows to bring you our guide to the essential footwear trends for this autumn/winter. And if you’re looking for more winter style ideas, check out the newly unveiled winter boots collection at House of Fraser, which covers all of the major trends.

Luscious Luxe
With clothing becoming more and more affordable in recent years, a craze for fast fashion has developed. Instead of investing in quality clothing, we’ve all been guilty of shopping for cheap and cheerful throwaway clothes that are out of style by the end of the week. For winter 2011 designers are bucking this trend, with more of an emphasis on luxurious, quality clothing that is designed to last for decades not days. The same is true of footwear this season too – but that doesn’t mean you need to splash out at Manolo Blahnik. Look out for footwear that utilises luxury fabrics like suede, velvet, and faux fur, and turn to vintage stores as a way to get your hands on meticulously crafted footwear without having to spend a fortune.

Step Out in Suede
The must-have footwear fabric of the season, suede ties in with the trend for all things luxurious. It’s a fabric that’s synonymous with the 60’s and 70’s too, so it’s easy to incorporate into your vintage-inspired wardrobe. Suede now comes in all the colours of the rainbow, so look out for this season’s hottest colours – muted pastels and greys – or go for eye-popping brights like red and blue to incorporate the colour blocking trend. To keep things even more current, look for winter shoes and boots that contrast suede against another material like leather or patent leather.

Colour Block Crazy
This is a major trend for clothing as well as footwear this winter. Colour blocking means combining more than one block of colour in your outfit and is a great way to brighten up your winter wardrobe. Colour block heels were all over the Fashion Week runways, from NY to Milan. So if you’re shopping for heels this season, look out for heels in contrasting colours that stand out boldly from the rest of the shoe. You don’t just have to stick to contrasting colours this year either. Contrasting textiles were also big on the catwalks, and you’ll see plenty of shoes and boots in the stores that combine leather and suede, patent leather and matte leather, and leather and animal print too.

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