Footwear is part of fashion going with trends and requirement
Most of us tend to fall for shoes on display on the shelves in showrooms. But a pair of shoes on exhibit may not look as glamorous on our feet. Dressing up your feet is part of fashion.“It’s like wearing sneakers worth Rs.5,000 with a sherwani for a marriage,” quips On Kwong Jao of one of the shoe shops. “If you want your feet to look as good as the shoes, you must find styles that flatter your feet,” he adds.
The attire is not complete without matching footwear, says Dilip another store owner. Ethnic and Indo-western designs seem to be the hot favourites of women.
Coming to the trends, flats with narrow straps are in. “Women from the corporate sector prefer them for comfort and easy movement,”says Dilip.
The ‘garba’ season is setting in, and flats, especially with an ethnic touch, are selling like hot cakes. The demand is for bright colours, embellished with stonework or Swarovski crystals. “Flats go well with any outfit but it is stunning with saris and ghagras. For this ‘garba’ season, I picked up flats and a ‘jhuti’ made of jute with a lot of embroidery on it,” says Rani who plans to celebrate her navaratri in style.Apart from flats, stilettos and platforms still rule. For men, flat racing shoes are a hot pick. Multi-coloured shoes with thin synthetic soles go well with any outfit. Experts say traditional formals are on their way out. “Today, the trend is for semi-formals and casuals.They are a great favourite among office-goers and students. Comfort is the mantra,” says one of them. Though plush soled casuals are still in vogue thanks to the action heroes, sneakers have not lost their place in the rat race.
Branded sneakers are still the most sought after. “Fashion is a cycle and the traditional canvas with rubber soles are back again in a big way among generation-X,” points out On Kwong. On the formal front, the trend has shifted from the heavy soled blunt models to the sleek shoes with narrow finish.SUMIT BHATTACHARJEE