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Via Spiga Elouise lace-up bootie from Betsy King. A Shoe Boutique.
Shutz Juliana python pearl caged sandal from Betsy King. A Shoe Boutique.
Vince Camuto red suede Bodelle lace-up pump from Dillard’s.
Jimmy Choo Lang silver metallic strappy sandal from Balliets.
Jimmy Choo Leondra champagne glitter lame sandals from Balliets.
Kate Spade Isa bronze lame glitter ankle-strap sandal from Balliets.
Gianni Bini Sianna gold jeweled sandal from Dillard’s.
Via Spiga Tolsa sandal with gold chain fringe from Betsy King. A Shoe Boutique in Paseo.

Holiday shoes worth a second look

By Linda Miller

Oh, the power of a great pair of shoes.

They can pump up any outfit and take it from special to spectacular. Sure, every woman needs a pair of basic black heels, but there’s no better time than the holidays to wiggle your toes into something drop-dead gorgeous or outrageously fun. Let it be the style or color that stands out. Maybe the detail.

“Shoes for the holiday season are typically embellished and textural. Think elegant beading, crystals and sequins on velvets, silks and suedes,” said Betsy King, owner of Betsy King. A Shoe Boutique in Paseo. “I suggest keeping it simple with that little black dress and jazz it up with a crystal sandal and fabulous accessories.”

Plenty of stylish offerings grab attention this holiday season. Fringe adds a sexy and flirty feel. Metallic always shines. Embellishments? Yes, please. And texture makes anything more interesting.

“The red carpet has influenced this season’s holiday dressing as we continue to see the simple, two-strap sandal on nearly every celebrity,” said Barbara Jansen, shoe and clothing buyer for Balliets. “Every designer has offered this style for holiday.  It’s simple and versatile for dressing and has become an essential closet staple.

“Of course, we are still seeing the statement shoe.  We can’t forget high heeled, strappy sandals. This season’s fabrics are better than ever: glitter lame fabric and shiny metallic. Silver has really resurged on the market and is a nice change from gold.”

When it comes to holiday footwear, indulge in something that’ll be the envy of the party. It’ll make you and your feet happy.

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