Rosemary Mac Cabe

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The holy grail of fashion: the little black shoe

Yesterday I was styling a shoot for Xposé with New Look and realised, while I was putting looks together, that the most versatile item in fashion isn’t the little black dress, as always believed – but it is, in fact, …

Tue, Nov 8, 2011, 08:30

   

Yesterday I was styling a shoot for Xposé with New Look and realised, while I was putting looks together, that the most versatile item in fashion isn’t the little black dress, as always believed – but it is, in fact, the little black shoe. There are very few outfits that can’t be improved by the addition of a black shoe, in some shape or form. Today’s selection proved to me, as well, that we have such a huge range available to us – ours truly is the luckiest generation!

From chunky heeled platform sandals to courts (with a glitter heel twist) or patent strappy shoes, the words “black shoe” don’t need to mean just one thing, either. We’ve moved from a place of uniform colours and styes to where you can, quite literally, have 1,000 variations on a theme – and the good thing about black shoes is, no matter what the design, they will go with a good three-quarters of your existing wardrobe. Don’t believe me? Have a look at these babies, via Jak & Jil.

I think what this realisation has taught me is that I need to stop thinking of black shoes as being boring and accept the fact that my wardrobe is in dire need of some more black footwear – and that there’s nothing boring about the choices out there. Seriously, sometimes my wisdom scares me. Are you scared? Bisous!