October 22nd, 2009
The star of Yves Saint Laurent’s Fall 2008 show was the cage heel, a dramatic architectural shoe that was half bootie, half strappy sandal. Ever since, the cage heel (or cage boot, as it were) has made its way from runway to reality, appearing in various incarnations at bridge level price points - and now even more affordable options. But how do you wear the cage heel without looking like a dominatrix? The key to wearing the cage heel in style is simplicity. Pair the architectural shoe with simple silhouettes in mostly solid colors. That way, you make the cage heel the star of your outfit. Here’s how to wear cage heels:
1. Start with a simple, somewhat demure base: a fitted pencil skirt and a drapey sweater. The sweater isn’t solid colored, but the navy and black oversized horizontal stripes are still recessive enough.
2. Slip on your cage heels to spice up the simple, sophisticated look. Notice how the structure of the cage heels is echoed in the double row of buttons on the skirt.
3. Finish off the look with a clutch in a bright color, which will give some life to the somber blues and blacks.
How would you wear cage heels? Share your style with us in the comments!