When cage heels appeared on the runways in fall 2008, they took off, launching a now-ubiquitous style that doesn't show any signs of going away soon. With strong, sexy lines, the cage does for the foot what a bandage dress does for the body, and the newest generation adds interest with more cutouts, pastel colors and peep toes.
"Cage heels represent a return to modernist architectural lines, which, positioned in the right way, make a shoe incredibly sexy," says Faryl Robin Morse, founder and creative director of Farylrobin Footwear. Those bold straps and grid-like patterns that encase the top and sides of the foot are intensely graphic, a perfect fit for the woman who wants to channel her inner dominatrix.
Step out making a huge statement in Bianca from Pour La Victoire. The open-toe pump features geometric cutouts throughout the upper, while the platform and stacked heel promise to boost your silhouette--not to mention your confidence. Dress it up with sleek suiting, or dress it down with designer denim--either way, you won't lose! It's available in black and grey. The heel measures approximately 4 ½" and the platform measure approximately 1 ¼". ($280 at Bloomingdale's)
Sparkle need not be relegated to evening! Stop saving the skintight bedazzled dress for New Year's Eve and this fall dare to wear comfy layers over sequined skirts and dresses or a pair of phenomenal sequined shoes. The low-key yet subtly glamourous look works all year and at any time of the day or night. Don't be afraid to try some of the dazzling sequined options this fall!
Phillip Lim's Fall 2009 Ready to Wear collection in New York is girly and relaxed at the same time, with quirks like sequins and crystals, adorning his latest confections. It just may not be possible to be anxious about the state of the world while wearing a Phillip Lim sequined minidress topped with marabou and black velvet.
Adam sequin bermuda shorts: The new way to wear tailoring is sequin-sprayed like Adam's shimmering monochrome shorts. They're the ultimate cool-girl alternative to your failsafe party dress, simply team them with a neutral tank, a blazer and heels. ($475 on sale for $266 at net-a-porter)
These Dolce & Gabbana sandals ($536 at Luisaviaroma) are over-the-top sequins!