Shoes are one of the pieces that most define a woman’s fashion style, while also being one of the items that can really make a certain outfit stand out when used appropriately. The latest fashion trends are without a doubt varied, addressing a wide variety of tastes and personalities.

If some of the latest trends are merely a reinterpretation of last summer’s main trends, offering you the chance to make the most of your investments for this year, others offer you the opportunity to perk up your style and try out a variety of different styles you might not be used to. Here are a few fashion trends that you might want to consider for updating your wardrobe:

If we are to analyze some of the most important runways when it comes to shoes, a common tendency can be noticed when it comes to details. In spring summer 2011 we will most likely see a lot of strappy shoes in a variety of forms. An interesting and highly creative idea can be found in the collections of some of the most famous designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang or Christian Dior. In these collections straps are a little more creative than usual. Instead of the traditional straps, shoe laces are used for a more interesting and original effect.

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If the idea of replacing traditional straps with shoe laces for an alternative pair of ankle shoes seems a little too drastic and unconventional for your taste, you can opt for an equally interesting and flattering alternative. Fabric straps can also take the place of traditional shoe laces to create a feminine and flirty look.

These types of shoes can be extremely versatile allowing you to get a variety of different designs depending on your own sense of creativity. While using bows is perhaps one of the easiest ways to add a feminine touch, other alternative can contribute to an equally chick effect. If you want a chic alternative that will balance these two looks, the shoes seen on the Aquilano e Rimondi are a good choice.

Another interesting style suggestion is an unusual type of shoe: flatforms. A smart combination between wedges and flats can be the ultimate style solution for those who want to look stylish at all times but not lose their comfort in the process, which is often the case with many stylish shoes.

By creating an overall uniform height comfort automatically increases while giving you the overall height you aim for. For more ideas on how to wear this type of trend checking out collections like Michael Kors, Phillip Lim or Band of Outsiders is definitely a wise idea.

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Considering the fact that warmer seasons are generally synonym with fun and colorful prints it is only natural to see extensions of this trend also in footwear. Printed shoes are generally a good idea if we want to add a pop of color to our outfits yet we are not willing to opt for something extremely dramatic. From already classic prints such as exotic skin prints like the ones on Altuzarra runway to more eclectic types of prints, these types of shoes can be a great addition to your wardrobe.

When it comes to shoes for formal events, feminine details are a classic and refined choice. Lace details or flirty feminine bows and sequins are a wonderful choice as they give a more elegant touch to any outfit emphasizing femininity. With the great variety of styles available, looking fashionable and stylish at all times becomes easier than ever.

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