My opinion is that shoes are not accessories, and I take offence when retailers list footwear under that category. Shoes are just as important as the rest of the outfit. Footwear can be accessorised however, and helped to take centre stage.
There is a growing trend for shoe accessories of various types. From shoe clips, to ribbon laces, adding bits and pieces to your favourite pair is a great way to update them, without forking out on a whole new pair of shoes.
According to Blingbacks, your footwear deserves to wear jewellery as much as your neck, wrists or ears. What better time of year is there to purchase a little bling to pop on to your work shoes and let you sashay seamlessly into a Christmas party?
These are my favourites from Blingbacks’ AW13 collection:
Flowers in Chains
This style adds glam by the bucket-load to your shoes: the diamante chains swish when you walk, and shimmy when you dance.
These will add a pretty hint of red to a pair of black shoes for Christmas. They’re also cute for Valentine’s day.
Like several necklaces worn together, these tiered diamanté chains with tear-drops add sparkle to the simplest shoes. I would wear them on my favourite black suede courts.
Whether you pick the gold or silver version, adding these bows to your heels gives a cute 1950s look. If you are too shy to wear the blingier Blingbacks, this is a more subtle option.
Skulls in Chains
For lovers of leather/motorbikes/rock music, this is the edgiest option. Try these with block-heeled platforms and a biker jacket.
Are you planning to dress up as an angel for your Christmas party? Perhaps you just love to look sweet, innocent, and down-right angelic. Why not add two pairs of sparkly wings to your shoes?
Not only do Blingbacks add sparkle to your footwear, but the small silicon cushion helps to prevent blisters on your heels. Oh and they’re removable, so you can swap them between different pairs of shoes.