Posts Written On October 01, 2012

Tis the season to be chunky — chunky sandals, that is!

Sandal lovers, rejoice! You’re going to love this fall’s shoe trend – chunky sandals. Chunky shoes of all types are in this season and, with plenty of warm weather still to come, you’ll be getting lots of opportunities to wear the thick-soled, substantial looking sandals with your favorite autumn fashions.

Why?

Many of this falls clothing trends add bulk or visual weight to the top half of the body. Layered necklaces, blouson blouses, A-line dresses and dramatic over-sized collars need to be balanced with a shoe that provides some visual weight too. A roomy blouson top plus skinny jeans plus spiked six-inch heels may equal legs that look a mile-long, but it also equals a body that looks out of proportion. A modern chunky shoe keeps you from looking like you might topple over and keeps you on trend.

Who?

Everybody can rock a chunky sandal. They’re comfortable and provide great stability, making them appropriate for work, school and running errands. Chunky sandals are great because they give you a little height without having to worry about falling from stiletto heels. But don’t worry fashionistas, there are plenty of ultra-glam styles for you too.  Many styles aren’t the flat, straight-across shapes from the 1990s. Now, chunky sandals echo the shapes of heels and wedges. Many even come with glamorous details like gold zippers, gladiator heel wraps and unexpected colors. For the more feminine, try a delicate floral pattern or a pink patent leather to add some girly chic to your wardrobe.

How?

Pair chunky shoes with skirts and dresses and slim-fitting pants or skinny jeans. Not only do you want everyone to see them, but wearing thick shoes with a wide-legged pant may create too much visual weight at the bottom and make you look shorter than you are. For work, wear a gorgeous pair of suede gladiator-style chunky sandals with slim fitting suit pants and a banded blouse with an ornate collar. On the weekend, try a pair of faux snakeskin sandals, skinny jeans and a thick, nubby sweater. For a hot evening look, don your most flattering pair of black skinny jeans, a scoop-neck silk blouse with an artful arrangement of layered necklaces and a pair of black patent-leather platform chunky sandals. You’re in!

Chunky shoes remind us that there’s a reason accessories change with the seasons – besides the practical need to be warmer or cooler. When skirts get shorter, shoes get flatter, when dresses become less structured, geometric-inspired jewelry becomes more popular. Fashion is all about proportion and balance. This fall chunky sandals will help you stay in proportion and look fashionable doing it.

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