By Allison Hata
Footwear has always played a starring role in pop culture, from Dorothy’s ruby slippers in “The Wizard of Oz” to Carrie Bradshaw’s royal blue Manolos in “Sex and the City.” These iconic designs may have a permanent place in any closet, but fall runways showed the hottest styles perfect for cooler weather.
Oversized embellishments and delicate details like fringe, crystals and ribbons dress up a simple pump this season. Lace-up shoes also take cues from the intricate straps of gladiator sandals. Those with more traditional tastes, however, may opt for block heels, colorful high-heeled Mary Janes or dressed-up loafers. Finally, the Chelsea boot—an ankle-high, uncomplicated silhouette with a lug sole—throws back to the days of London and the Beatles.
The fashion-forward may even want to buck trends and blaze their own paths: The Shoes of Prey studio at Nordstrom Fashion Island (located on the second floor) opened in February and allows customers to design custom footwear that marries popular details from the runway with personal style. Start by choosing a type of shoe—there are 12 options that include flats, sandals and oxfords—then customize everything from material, color and print to heel height and trim.
Whether you opt for a bespoke bootie or a designer pump, the right shoe can take an outfit from frumpy to fashionable in the blink of an eye.