Strap up and head out ready to flaunt your feet.

A girl's best friend

The popular belief that ‘diamonds are a girl's best friend' has done a complete about turn; their best bud has gone from their fingers right down to their feet! Shoes are definitely the millennium woman's essential trend check today. It's time to make these men look at us feet up! The Indian shoe shelf stocks every possible style to slip our pretty soles into. Heels, of all shapes and sizes, continue to remain all-time favourites for that ‘oomph' they add to the figure.

Peep-toed pumps are every closet must-stocks, reason being they suit every woman irrespective of size and age; pick up these ‘sensible' pairs for office hours and after. Stilettos were a genius creation for the elite; strappier, a more delicate version of the pumps meant especially for those night outs when you want to draw attention to your feet, be careful not to mistake them for pencil heels though as anything more than a 4 inch heel could do serious damage to the back. Skip the basic blacks and beiges and own some in prints and abstracts to accentuate those feet.

On campus

Collegians and those with a walkathon schedule must bid adieu to heels on an everyday basis, but there are plenty other alternatives. Slip-ons make a great day-wear option, as do cutsie floaters and thread bare keds; teens can go wild with bright colours, bold patterns and in-your-face designs.

Boots are a hot favourite with youngsters to pull on below those teeny skirts for a ravishing ensemble. Ballet slippers are another comfy choice; but should be worn only when there is not too much walking involved due to their fragile soles, like maybe to a play or a brunch, these are incidentally great for women going the mommy way too! Strappies are casual chaps with satin cords or leather strings that you can tie up anywhere from the ankle to the knee and look best when worn with above the knee-length girly frocks; you can purchase one with heels for the night outings.

Going desi

The ones with a predominantly Indian style can easily accommodate any of the above shoe style but to make that look completely traditional we have our mojurisand kolhapuristhat are a rage even internationally today. Essentially flat chappalsspruced up with beads, thread and stones, these pair very well with sarees and salwar kameez'sand are perfect for any wedding, engagement or puja you have to attend. These also look pretty cool with jeans or harem pants by the way.

Nine to five

With women going corporate, it was only a matter of time before we were spoilt for choice with some work-appropriate yet pretty pairs. Unwilling to let got of our heels, designers just modified that heel paving the way for kittens (tiny heels), platforms (broader, more cushioned) and wedges (square or blocked) taking care of both looks as well as much needed comfort to get through the day, the best thing about them though is that you don't need a shoe change if you're stepping out after work. Matching is so passé; team up your shoes to contrast your outfit like a pair of red pumps to brighten that black suit or a pair of snow white platforms on your jeans.

Be shoe smart while on your retails therapy, and choose carefully to suit your individual sense of style, stressing on comfort first (those blisters wont look too pretty) although do try to pick up a variety of radical styles and learn to experiment with colour — after all variety is the spice of life! Tread confidently anywhere you want, just make sure to keep in stylish!!

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