The devil is in the shoe details
Posted by on April 25, 2012 | 2:51 pm EST

Standing out in style this season—where color excess speaks volume—can be a tough challenge to tackle. For some women, stepping into spring wearing a screaming shade of neon yellow is as off-putting as a pair of tacky hot pants, a terrible dye job or an over-tanned skin. Although this season is all about blinding onlookers and leaving them drooling on the floor, towering over them style-wise need not be a battle of punchy colors.

Fashion Glamour remembered the age-old adage “the devil is in the details”, as we share five high-heeled wonders that keep up with the spring aesthetics without getting involved in a colorful bloodbath. From ornate embellishments to geometrically gorgeous pairs, it’s a royal rumble of details from here on in.

Prada | Beaded snake cork sandal | $990

There are two things that make these Prada cork sandals every bit covetable. First is the too-perfect-for-spring turquoise beading adorning the T-strap upper, which stood out even more thanks to the golden studs surrounding them. The 5-inch cork platform takes the cake as well for it gave off the right rustic appeal to tie the bohemian-like aesthetic of this pair.

Charlotte Olympia | Origami platform pump | $1,195

 These Charlotte Olympia platform pumps may be far from nailing the prettiness of pastels, but we adore the architectural slant beaming through the sharp angles decorating this pair. The lines on the platform are just as edgy, lending a touch of engineered genius to this origami-inspired design. With such strength in aesthetics alone, these pumps are the ones to wear for a superbly stylish soiree.

Yves Saint Laurent | Stingray-platform T-strap sandal | $995

 The T-strap detail on this Yves Saint Laurent pair may not be a style rarity, but the stingray-covered and beveled front platform is. A spin-off of YSL’s popular Tribute sandal, we’re zooming in on the label’s clever call to keep the color muted and tame to allow the fine platform details to hog all the attention. The simplicity of it all make these sandals worthy of any spring outing—a sophisticated evening affair or a casual lunch out.

Brian Atwood | Aliyza embroidered platform slingback | $1,186

Brian Atwood dives head first into a pool of colors, painting these platform slingbacks with a multitude of spring colors. Although orange pumps are dime a dozen this season, the lovely geometric patterns on the platform and heel truly differentiates this pair from the pack. The gorgeous crisscross of colors draws the attention away from the vivid orange upper to the exquisite leather embroidery.

Tory Burch | Joelle platform linen pump | $350

Although there’s a harshness that comes to mind—one that begs an end to the nonstop clunks resonating in the hollows of our minds—at the thought of a pair of wooden-heeled shoes, these Tory Burch linen pumps still boast an allure we cannot ignore. The bold red-and-brown stripes complement the earthy feel of the heel and platform, a combination you don’t always stumble upon in the season’s sea of chic ballet flats and luxurious designer sneakers.

Images from Bergdorf Goodman

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