Fashion

TREND ALERT: Red Hot Shoes

Let fiery footwear heat up your look for winter

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Let’s be honest, it’s been years since scarlet shoes felt fresh. But this season, the made-you-look red shoe is experiencing a fiery resurgence. We spotted a crimson cult on runways in shades varying from deep blood red to vixenish maraschino cherry hues. The legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland’s striking signature, red is a powerful colour that can easily turn garish. The key to getting this look right is to treat the red shoe with nonchalance. Try slipping on a pair with easy, layered ensembles instead of obvious sex-kitten frocks. To pull off red with aplomb, look for footwear styles that feature updated proportions. For example, red boots by Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and John Galliano have a chunky shape which swings them more grunge than glam. Or wear pointy toe pumps – like those from Isabel Marant, Valentino and Prada – with cuffed cigarette jeans, swing skirts and wool melange socks for a 50’s-inspired look in a flash. And for red-or-dead types, may we suggest bold shoes like those from Marni, Versus and Ann Demeulemeester worn with head-to-toe scarlet separates? Just be prepared to be the queen of style hearts.