Poor little shoes! I only had enough room in Thursday's column in the print addition of the Sun-Times to include boot trends. But several other shoe trends -- including the T-strap Mary Jane, my favorite -- are out in full force this fall. Nordstrom fashion guru Gregg Andrews says to keep an eye out for these five retro-inspired looks:
1. T-strap Mary Janes (shown below). The extra strip down the middle makes the Mary Jane look a little less "Catholic school girl" and a little more fashion-forward and fun.
2. Covered platforms. The shoes' material continues all the way to the ground, and no wooden or other kind of heel shows.
3. Flats with big embellishments. It will be hard for you to find a flat at a store that doesn't have a gemstone or buckle or medallion. Also, designers seemed to have ignored the ballet slipper this fall. Flats are made out of tougher fabrics, like patent leather and wool.
4. Colored patent leather. Look for patent in navy blue, berry shades, chocolate brown and gun metal or grey.
5. Exotic skins. Shoe designers love their reptile -- leather that's been pressed like crocodile or alligator.
T-TIME: Chie Mihara is the king of T-strap Mary Janes this fall. It's almost not fair for me to show you these, since they're pretty darn expensive, but every once in awhile I like to treat myself to a pair of Chie Miharas (they're incredibly comfortable and last forever). At left, these leather Mary Janes are $338. At right, these suede beauties are $408. Both are handmade in Spain and available at Niche, 1566 N. Damen, 2001 W. North and 3432 N. Southport.