Without going into clichés, Italian women really do do shoes quite well. From the dramatic (feathered heeled sandals) to the understated (chic ankle boots), they can effortlessly dress from the foot up, and here are some street style pics to prove it.
Oh and if you want to emulate their style, I’ve managed to find either the exact shoes or similar, for you to shop…
The animal print boots
There will always be room in an Italian woman’s wardrobe for some leopard print shoes – this is the land of Dolce & Gabbana after all. However, this season, they’re staying firmly in the closet, to make room for some snake print or faux croc boots.
Wear them a la Italiana, with a bold printed dress.
The designer trainers
You might think that Italian women are too chic to wear trainers, but think again. It’s all about getting that Hi-Lo balance right. Pair your box-fresh trainers with leopard print palazzo pants or a floaty midi dress.
The party shoes
Don’t bother choosing between sequins, feathers, pom poms or jewels, because when it comes to party shoes, more is more – and it works, as evidenced by the above Prada beauties. Tone them down with jeans and a white men’s shirt, or up with a silk slip dress.
The Victoria sock boots
Despite what you think, there is such a thing as understated shoes in Milan, and this season they come in the form of Victoria-style boots, paired with shirt dress in tonal shades.
The chic court shoes
Now over to Paris Fashion Week where the French ladies will no doubt give us a classic style lesson or two.
A très bientôt.