OK, this season's must-have shoes just got a lot sexier, and we're looking to the Fall 2012 runways for a little further explanation. Two words: lace-ups. We're not referring to the more modest Victorian-inspired lace-up styles, but to all-out lattice detailing and open-front lacing iterations that beg for a double take. Tory Burch turned out a ladylike iteration by way of lace-up oxford heels, Rodarte showed off a rugged aviator-inspired rendition, and Balenciaga toyed with the idea of a spicier kind of athletic sensibility. It was when we laid eyes on Salvatore Ferragamo's sexy, velvet-infused flamenco pair, pictured here, that we knew. You don't need to bare it all to take on Fall's subtler brand of sex appeal — all you really need to do is subscribe to the laced-up look. Thus, we've scouted out the best 13 pairs to get the job done — just keep clicking.
Not only did I adore the wide patent piped belts in Gucci's Spring collection, I also went ga-ga for these Gucci Corset Patent Heels ($740). They have a bit of the lace-up motif that's popular right now, but at the same time they're super slick. But that price is far from super . . .
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I'm really into lace-up heels lately, and I've been drooling over these Givenchy Lace-Up Heels ($639) since they came out last Fall. The price illustrates why they're not sitting in my closet by now, but picture this: I found the perfect pair of lookalikes for much less.
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Basketball fans have March Madness, and Fab fans have March Shopping Madness!
It's all about getting your Spring wardrobe going this month and we're going to start from the bottom up with shoes. First up? Lace-up heels. If you don't yet have a pair, it's the prime time. For a feminine look, opt for open-toe, lace-up sandals. For a dash of androgyny, oxford lace-ups. So walk this way by lacing yourself up.