One of the last frontiers for well-seasoned fashion enthusiasts appears to be fur footwear. With a myriad of fur accessories –anything from vests, scarves, earmuffs, to fur trimmed everything and anything– dominating retail sales floors for fall, it only seems fitting that shoe departments, too, would be awash in bold, sexy and luxurious fur trims!
Of course, for snow, fur boots are and will always be de rigueur and a must for those awful snow storms; or for prancing around in that après-ski look –from Jackson Hole to Chamonix. From the traditional goat hair Jet-set type to the more discreet fur-lined versions, fur footwear need not be limited.
Designers are recently flexing their creative muscles when it comes to applying fur to shoes; the past 3 collection seasons are showing fur footwear in greater numbers on the runways from New York to Milan to Paris. Is this trend going to continue or evolve into something else?
Such hesitation for shod feet really isn’t about the fur per se; fur and leather are essentially the same material –one is simply more advanced on the capillary front. Is it about proportions? Or, is it because it is truly a new trend… or is it…
Elsa Schiaparelli titillated her clients back in the 1930′s with this version [Schiaparelli Fur Shoes below]. Today’s designers seem to have taken notice. Heck! Cinderella even wore squirrel fur slippers, and not glass as later translated… when was that story recorded? So, take the plunge and try it sometime… only YOU know what works for you!
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