Kick up your heels in red shoes

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The tim­ing couldn’t have been bet­ter. While at the hair sa­lon re­cently, I no­ticed that the wo­man sit­ting in the chair next to me was look­ing at a page in Peo­ple magazine filled with pho­to­graphs of red boots – and sev­eral celebri­ties wear­ing them.

Just then, a wo­man walked around a cor­ner of the sa­lon wear­ing a pair of rain boots. Knee-high, shiny and very much red.

Of course the cus­tomer in the chair was quick to point out how the wo­man was very much in step with fall trends.

In­deed, red shoes and boots are get­ting lots of at­ten­tion this fall.

Peo­ names bold, bright red the must-have hue for shoes this fall.

And its Oct. 16 is­sue calls red boots an easy up­date: “Whether you go for slouchy or stud­ded, this trendy ac­ces­sory will in­stantly upgrade your fall

In­deed, red look.”

shoes and On its web­site, Footwear News boots are re­minds us that get­ting lots the trend goes of at­ten­tion beyond siz­zling

this fall. red: “Don’t think all reds are cre­ated equal. In­stead, they run the gamut from tomato red that’s yel­low-based and berry red that’s blue-based.” Fea­tured in its gallery sec­tion: A photo of singer/new “Amer­i­can Idol” judge Katy Perry ar­riv­ing at “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” on Oct. 4 wear­ing red patent leather pumps from her own shoe line cus­tom­ized with mi­cro­phone-shaped heels.

Not all red shoes make quite that strong a state­ment, of course. But they can be a fun ad­di­tion to the fall wardrobe.

As Sue Marfino of ShoeFly on Elm­wood Av­enue told me: “Peo­ple aren’t as afraid of color; they even em­brace it. There can also be a lot of ver­sions of red – from bur­gundy to bright red.”

Red is a very easy color to wear, she said.

“It goes with black. It goes with brown, tan and white. So even if you wear all black, you can pop on a red shoe. If you have a leop­ard-print dress, you can pop on a red shoe,” she said.

And, of course, red can look great with denim.

Dur­ing the Fall 2017 ready-towear col­lec­tions ear­lier this year, red shoes or boots ac­ces­sorized out­fits on the run­ways at Max Mara, Fendi and Tod’s. Now that fall has ar­rived, depart­ment stores and spe­cialty re­tail­ers of­fer red shoes and boots in stores or on their web­sites in a va­ri­ety of styles – from ca­sual to dressy.


Peep-toe booties. Moc­casins. Loafers. Block-heel pumps. Tall suede boots. Strappy evening styles. And, of course, rain boots. All of th­ese come in shades of red.

In its Fall 2017 Look Book, for ex­am­ple, Tal­bots pairs red suede an­kle-strap flats with dark denim five-pocket jeg­gings, an in­digoand-ivory striped turtle­neck and a red cardi­gan trimmed in black. On its web­site, An­thro­polo­gie shows Franco Sarto red vel­vet heels with plaid pants. Love red? This is your sea­son. As for other trends peo­ple may be talk­ing about this fall, just be sure to keep your eyes and ears open at the hair sa­lon.

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