Saturday, November 16, 2013
Wing Tip: Gender Bender: The new sensible shoe
The pendulum swing has swung away from the super-high heels andfashionable women are now clambering for sensible wing tips (brogue). Retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York are selling scores of men’s dress shoe styles redesigned for women . Retailing at prices commensurate with high-fashion stilettos the wing tip fad is helping chains boost sales in an area where growth was flagging. Fashion houses have rendered the traditional men’s styles more feminine with pointed toes or higher heels and the ladies range come in a wide variety of animal skins as well as embellishments like embroidery and studs. The trend is thought to have originated as a street look that designers latched onto. Among the discerning fashionista seen wearing unisex wing tips include: Taylor Swift, Kate Moss, and Diane Kruger .