If fairy tale braids and silvery tops don’t satisfy your craving for glitz and glamor, it’s time you tried the crystal embellished shoe. Oh yes. That famous decadent adornment popularized by the incomparable Carrie Bradshaw is back bolder than ever. It’s also spreading like wildfire, permeating both haute couture runways and trendy street style with its uncommonly edgy sparkle. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised. When those good old Noughties started showing up in high-end collections at last fall’s shows, it was a given that Carrie would reappear somewhere to tout her famous New York chic once again. Now the time has come for you to experience those famous crystal embellished shoes our Sex in the City queen was always raving about. Here are some of the season’s best offerings to help you get your feet wet.
Let’s start simple. Dozens of shoes feature decorative patterns when it comes to jewels, but there’s nothing quite like footwear simply covered in sparkling crystals. An encrusted pair of heels might just be the best footwear choice you make this summer.
DYE THOSE CRYSTALS
If plain clear crystals don’t do it for you, try working in some color. This faded rainbow look is very contemporary, too trendy to refer to as a 90s throwback. Think of the gradual journey from raspberry red to light gold as an extremely high-end version of this year’s unicorn obsession.
BLACK AS YOUR BACKDROP
When you’re wearing embellished shoes to show off, people need to notice. Crystal embellished shoes, though they shimmer in the sun, don’t always scream decadence. Want to make a definite mark on the competition are this year’s gala? Brave some noisy footwear bling.
VARY YOUR SHINY BLING
Shiny objects come in all shapes and sizes. A more inventive way to wear crystal embellished shoes is to acknowledge the diversity in decorative adornments and create a pattern based on pieces with unique shapes. Use a black backdrop to emphasize the variety of glam.
GLAM FOR THE GUYS
It’s a common misconception that glittery embellishments only work on women’s footwear. Turns out, men can pull off this Noughties trend too. Don’t wear this much glitter with a traditional tux, but if the occasion calls for a rambunctious outfit, here’s how you go all in.
SPARKLE ON YOUR TOES
Glitz doesn’t have to completely encrust your favorite princess shoes. Sometimes, crystal embellished shoes benefit from a focused touch. Let them crowd the toe of your shoe, leaving the rest of your footwear clean and uninhibited.
WHEN CRYSTALS BECOME CASUAL
There’s nothing leisurely about this pink sneaker from Dior. Covered in floral clusters of jewels all around, it’s the antithesis of fashion’s recent athleisure upheaval. Maybe we are headed for a new era steeped in decadence once again.
The most convincing case for crystal embellished shoes has always been the studded stiletto. It may be because this shoe was the first piece of bejeweled footwear Bradshaw wore back in the Noughties. Whatever the case, if you wear only one shoe off this list, please make it this one.
Crystal embellished shoes are no longer a thing of the recent past. In 2017, they are a hot ticket item for formal events of all sorts. If you want to look your best as the summer draws to a close, it’s time to consider how to add some epic sparkle to your wardrobe of shoes.
— Julie Grossman