Step out of those black, brown and gray boots and into some footwear with color. Bold hues such as red, blue, green, mustard, pink and purple can give your feet an opportunity to make a statement when you walk.
“Every woman has black and brown boots, because those are colors that we wear in fall and winter,” says Barbara Gambotto, owner of Primadonna Collection shoe stores in Shadyside and South Hills Village. A third location is set to open this month at Ross Park Mall.
“When you wear boots that are in fun colors, people will notice and will compliment you,” Gambotto says. “Put on a pair of green boots, and people will definitely notice. It is so much fun to add color to your wardrobe, especially in Pittsburgh during the fall and winter, when the weather is usually drab and dreary.”
Erin Donald, footwear buyer at Long Tall Sally, says some of the best hues this season come from rich fall colors such as wine — think port, cabernet and merlot. She says it’s a gorgeous autumnal color and works well as another option for a neutral, but something such as a deep red is a bit more sharp than basic black.
“When wearing a bold color boot, think of the rest of your outfit as a palette to show off the footwear,” Donald says. “Pair neutrals on top, so that boot really shows and adds a pop of color, and think of adding in accessories that highlight that bold color, such as a coordinating belt, necklace or earring. Dark denim or black skinnies are a great way to really show off a bold-colored boot and make it stand out.”
“The best part about starting off with a bold boot is that everything else is super simple from there,” says Adam Moon, women’s fashion director at JCPenney. Moon urges women to stick with simplified colors and patterns. “This highlights the shoes while making sure not to overpower your total look.”
The fall 2014 runways were full of color in footwear, says Melissa Lum, accessories editor for Lucky magazine, including baby blue and pink.
“A pop of color is fun, and something like a pair of hot-pink glitter booties goes with everything,” says Lum, who doesn’t think you have to keep the rest of the outfit neutral.
“It’s OK to mix denim and camel and plum,” she says. “A bright red might be the one color where the rest of what you wear should be basic, and I definitely wouldn’t go overboard with red over-the-knee boots if you work in a more conservative office.”
Lum says women don’t buy coats like they do shoes, which means they usually have more shoes than coats, but tend to own only black or gray boots.
A dark red or bright blue would be the personal choice of Regina Gardiner, senior accessories editor for People StyleWatch, because they are “just bright enough without being too loud.” She suggests starting with a bootie — it’s a much smaller scale than a knee-high or thigh-high boot.
“But if you are riskier with fashion, I say go for it and opt for a knee-high,” she says.
Color is fun, and women want fun when it comes to shoes, says Justin Sigal, who, with his father, Joel, owns Littles Shoes in Squirrel Hill. Colors in boots have been around for some time, but there are more manufacturers and designers incorporating colors into their lines, Justin Sigal says.
“Color in footwear is a perfect way for a woman to express her style,” he says. “You most likely aren’t going to wear an orange dress. But a pair of orange boots — they will give you a pop of color that is more subtle than wearing that hue in an entire outfit.”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at [email protected] or 412-320-7889.