A Guide to Women's Shoe Trends for Fall Winter 2010/2011

Fall winter 2010 footwear trends see statement shoes as the order of the day with party shoes, peep-toe pumps, brogues, clogs, loafers, hiking-style footwear and shoe boots adorned with look-at-me detailing.

Studs, bows and fur are the biggest embellishments of the season and velvet, lace, suede and shearling are the biggest fabric stories. Heels see a ’70s revival with boho-style wedges, and the demure kitten heel provides a lower, more comfortable (but still ladylike) alternative to the sky-high stiletto.


Fur-trimmed Shoes and Shearling

Love it or hate it, you cannot escape the fact that fur is having a fashion moment. Footwear sees fur trims and all-over finishes (from faux to real rabbit and fox) adorning everything from 2010’s winter boots to evening sandals and pumps.

Shearling trim on shoes and boots gives a nod to the aviatrix trend. Pair this cozy footwear with tailored pants and a leather jacket.

Wedge Heels

Wedges may seem very retro but the season’s new urban wedge has been given a very 2010 feel. Wedge heels can be found on everything from bold print shoe boots, peep-toe pumps, Chelsea boots to evening sandals and are one of the winter’s biggest footwear trends.

Kitten Heels

Dubbed the “petite stiletto,” the cute kitten heel is back. Still sexy and ladylike, but more wearable than pain-inducing sky-scraper stilettos. These heels provide the ideal Christmas or New Year party shoe, allowing you to dance the night away in comfort.

Studs and Zips

Studs and zips toughen up the most ladylike of shoes but are used more for decoration and trims than fastenings. Rounded and hard-edged studs in gold, silver and black give footwear some attitude that any age woman can embrace. Studs are prevalent on this season’s clog styles as well as used in unexpected ways as decoration on party pumps.

Buckles and Straps

Single and multi-straps are prominent on everything from winter boots to evening sandals.


No winter trend would be complete without velvet and 2010/2011 sees this rich and luxurious fabric as an all-over finished on footwear. Whether it’s crushed velvet or smooth and silky, jewelled colors of purple and midnight blue add a touch of class.


Lace is one of the runways latest obsessions for 2010 adding elegance to a pair of skinny jeans or a simple shift dress. Find all-over lace shoes or simply just some lace detailing in black, blue and fairy-tale white. Either way this elegant fabric adds a touch of finesse to footwear.


Delicate bows are the feminine shoe detailing of the moment with bow motifs that go well with prissy pencil skirts and girlie prom dresses. A pair of bow-bedecked pointy pumps nails 2 trends in 1.

Pattern and Print

Tartan is having a fashion footwear moment along with fierce animal prints of zebra, snakeskin and leopard, florals and stripes. All-over prints add a touch of fun but as these make a statement in their own right, keep the rest of your outfit simple.


Camel is a key look for the season on clothing and accessories. These sandy, desert tones filter down to footwear too in soft leather and leopard print. Whether its lace-up shoe boots, clogs or sandals, camel is a chic alternative to black and goes with anything.

Key footwear styles for fall winter 2010 have embraced the mannish brogue, embellished a classic loafer and given the humble clog a modern makeover. Opulent party shoes covered in mirrors, bows, lace and braiding represent the best of the season’s designer trends.