By GARY ANDRICH
Spring and summer are all about new colors, new materials and having your girlfriends say, ”You look terrific in those shoes!”
You’re talking about and planning trips to the beach, the lake, family reunions and high school/college reunions. You’re going to be wearing fun skirts, shorts, tops and the perfect pair of shoes can complete the look that you want and give your entire outfit the “pop and personality” that will make you look terrific.
In today’s world everyone is busy with everything, so rather than provide more clutter for the fashion section of your brain, I wanted to focus on four things to look for this season.
Coral. This is the color for spring/summer 2012. A shoe, sandal or wedge in coral is the perfect complement to a neutral color theme designers are showing in clothes. Remember Gary’s fashion rule #1: big, bright colors are fantastic in smaller doses, like shoes, sandals and wedges.
Cork. You’re going to be seeing this material in all types of footwear. Cork is the new “neutral.” Instead of buying or pairing your outfit with a camel or tan shoe, use some type of cork. Cork is an easy and fun look for this season.
Fashion flops. Love her or hate her, you cannot dismiss Tory Burch. Tory has been on the “sky rocket to stardom” for the past few years, and this season is no different. Under the category of “go big or go home,” Tory always chooses her flip-flops for big, bold colors, patterns and designs.
Your big night out. Put on heels from this season like B-Brian Atwood, and you’ll “own” the restaurant, club or bar when you walk in. Platform peep-toes starting at four inches are the rage for this spring and summer. They come in all styles, shapes and sizes—strappy, closed-heel, sling-back, etc. We’re seeing lots of nudes, neutrals, cork plus some big and bold colors like eggplant/purple and neon-pink.
Gary’s tips. After working in ladies shoes for more than ten years, I’ve learned these suggestions. Number one, don’t over think it. Try shoes, sandals and wedges that are different than what you’ve bought before. Remember in many, many cases a shoe looks much different on your foot than it does on display. Number two, all size 7s are not the same. A size 7 or whatever size your normally wear in a Tory Burch is going to fit differently than a size 7 in Prada, a size 7 Jimmy Choo, etc. It’s very rare that I see someone who is a size 7 in every designer. The designers are different, the factories are different. Unless you’re 10 minutes late for your private jet to the French Riviera, try the shoes on to make sure they fit you correctly.
Gary Andrich has been working in the shoe department at Saks Fifth Avenue at The Summit since 2001.