Who says heels can only go high or low, wide or narrow? This fall, it’s open season on shoe design, and the results are turning traditional stems into eye-catching works of art. “The trend right now is dressing from the feet up,” says Jackie Kim, Associate Fashion Director at Barneys New York. “Unique heels are an unexpected way to elevate any look.” Leading the charge for this fall’s hottest look, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Caged-Heel Satin Sandals feature a bold, architectural silhouette inspired by an archival house design. Other brands work the angles, as seen with the logo support on Saint Laurent’s Opyum Leather Pumps.
You can easily pair statement styles like these with jeans and a white T-shirt, and let your shoes do the talking. Or take the evening-out approach with a streamlined dress that complements, rather than competes with, the strong curves supporting your soles. Consider it jewelry for your feet, or decadence for your digits. Whatever you call it, here’s how to take your style bigger, brighter, and bolder with these provocative heel designs.