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Trendspotting: Thorny (Spiked) Footwear

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What do you think of when I say “studs?” Wait, I mean, in terms of fashion. No, wearable fashion. If a classicist, you might envision the decoration of leather quilting on a handbag; if a country girl, western wear; if contemporary, biker jackets or goth regalia. This season, studs stand erect, points in the air, not flattened as in years past. Maybe it’s a vampire fang thing. Jewelry, bags, some apparel and especially shoes reflect the trend.

Sam Edelman Lorissa

Walk tall, cool, and stylish. Just enough of the trend to show you’re in the know, but not so much you seem aggressive. A good looking, modestly priced interpretation in a roster of colors-three here. If you don’t teeter, these are great for day or evening. More graceful than many in vogue today. Snakeskin embossed leather peep toe pump. Featuring an embellished stud design in a gunmetal finish to the heel, a low cut vamp, slim concealed platform sole and a high stiletto heel. Upper part: 100% Real leather Sole: 100% Plastic 5.25” heel. Black and White $200.00Blue and Tawny $243.53

Vince Camuto Jamma2 Stud Bow Platform Pump

Very retro looking-except for the studs. Imagine what Joan Crawford could’ve done in these with a swift kick here and there. Great with period suits and dresses, pencil skirts, peplums. Strength in femininity. Girlish bow toughened up with spiked gold-tone studs. Calf hair upper, synthetic lining, synthetic sole. Spike studding also along 5” heel. 1.5” hidden platform. $149.00

Giuseppe Zanotti Spike

Toe Flat-Hot pink and kicky. Glorious if you’re prone to all black. Perfect for color blocking with a bright belt or blouse and bag. Pencil or the wider pants we’re seeing in current collections. Wear’em all day comfort. Suede upper, leather lining, lightly padded insole, leather sole. Metal hardware cap spikes. Heel height ½”


Left: Casadei High-Heeled Boots-Wowza. Sex and power on the hoof. Still, nothing trashy here. Sophisticated and elegant interpretation. Whether with leggings or a slit skirt, these will inspire envy in women, curiosity in men. Investment footwear. Narrow, pointed toe with lots and lots of small studs. Leather sole, spiked 4. 3” heel. $995.00

Right: Lola Cruz Ankle Boots- With a nod rather than immersion in trend, these boots hold their own. Eminently useful autumnal color, sleek, graceful silhouette. Pick up the spikes on a cuff or earrings to keep it subtle. Touches of metal look well with tweeds, plaids, dark printed patterns. Narrow toeline, looks burgundy-ish. Contrasting studs. Covered, spiked 3.5” heel., rubber sole, inner zipper closure. Soft suede upper. Also available in black and slate gray. $168.00

The Pump

Left: Steve Madden Obstic S Black Stud- Another seriously period pair for those who secretly aspire to be thought of as “dames.” Consider buying a snood for your hair or a cocktail hat to complete the effect. A strong statement and iconoclastically bronze, not gold or silver. Painted toes please. Bronze patent and black satin covered upper with spikes at the vamp. Ankle strap, peep-toe, 5 ½” stiletto heel. $150.00

Right: Mandie by Vince Camuto- Whether you’re 5’ tall and hoping to look into his eyes or 5’9” and already there, this give you a womanly walk and great crossed leg. I wouldn’t try strolling home in it, however. Great for leather chicks. Super with jeans. Sky high 5.1” heel, 1.2” platform. Covered in metal studs. Black-but available in other colors. $198.00

Nelly Trend Spike Loafers

For those who know the novelty will pass and want to just put a toe in-as it were. Knock around flats with character. Round toe. 8 colors (check site) Pink faux suede, yellow patent, all others in leather look finish. Black, blue, pink and yellow with silver studs. White, taupe, apricot and orange with gold studs. Black/black with black studs. Textiles and synthetics. Outer sole rubber. $82.00

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