Pretty soles for balmy weather
There’s always room to spare in every woman’s closet for some cool new footwear. And with grey and rainy days behind us, we asked Indonesia’s prominent shoes designer, Niluh Djelantik, to show us how to step forward with her hottest Spring / Summer 2012 collection.
For most women, shoes serve a noble purpose of making the wearer appear stunning and full of confidence. Nevertheless, Niluh wisely reminds us that durability and comfort are the two golden rules every modern woman should keep in mind. In other words, great shoes should complement your whole look and match your entire outfit without sacrificing comfort.
“Although women may have different comfort levels with high heels, for formal daily activities, the maximum comfortable height to walk around in our shoes all day is 9 centimeters,” explains Niluh.
Green goddess. Beautify your sleek professional look with a pair of high heels in a bright spring color, such as Niluh Djelantik Sita Woven 138 skinny heels in forest green suede. With a striking, elegant color and woven detail, this statement office shoe works best with an all-black ensemble and a simple bracelet or necklace.
The pair is also versatile enough for weekend duty. Show them off with a white shirt, rolled-up khaki boyfriend pants and a beige or nude color tote bag.
Neutral charm. Niluh points out that it’s essential to own a few pair of dress or formal shoes in basic colors to pair up with our daily work wear, such as Niluh Djelantik Dewi Peeptoe 138 heels in mocca leather with bronze leather lining and piping. These shoes blend gorgeously with almost all soft colors as well as strong-hue dresses.
For morning meetings, tone down these lovely Dewi Peeptoes with a monochrome outfit in a matching shade, such as a nude pencil dress, a minimal necklace or bracelet and office tote bag in a deep hue, such as burgundy, rich brown or burnt orange. For an after-office evening out, revamp your look by adding a pair of earrings, a bejeweled necklace, and a clutch in bright, bold color.
Evening /party shoes
Dazzling stunner. We all must agree with Niluh that you can never fail to impress with a pair of hot red shoes, such as Niluh Djelantik Kumala 138 heels in deep red and gold leather. This showstopper pair is the ticket for a fabulous night out with the girls. Flaunt them with your favorite little black dress (LBD) and some gold accessories — though make sure not to overdo it. If you’re heading to a more formal evening such as corporate parties, switch the accessories with a simple oversized gold clutch. Or for a romantic date with your loved one, a pair of grey jeans with a white oversized shirt and matching deep red handbag will give you total comfort without being overdressed.
Bold with gold. Need a hefty dose of glamour tonight? Then a pair of gold stilettos is the perfect partner for you, such as Niluh Djelantik Woven 138 skinny heels in gold with black piping. For an intimate evening with your man, opt for a super sexy black bondage dress with minimal jewelry, such as hoop gold earrings or a chunky bangle, and a gold clutch. Or go Rock and Roll chic with skinny black pants, an oversized sleeveless black t-shirt, and a layer of long gold necklaces.
Every day/casual sandals
Chic simple. Every woman should invest on an exquisite pair of everyday sandals that can be worn to almost anywhere, such as Niluh Djelantik Romance 35 Wedges in cobalt blue and gold leather piping. Either you’re cruising the city, attending a friend’s afternoon garden party or strolling on a white sandy beach, these elegant sandals always look awesome with a pair of blue jeans and a plain white t-shirt. Or if you want to experiment with bright colors, a yellow baby doll dress will definitely get you some attention amongst the crowd.
Versatile player. This summer holiday, you need a pair of sandals that are gorgeous by day and yet still elegant enough for a laid-back evening event, such as Niluh Djelantik Agra 35 Wedges in black suede and silver studs. For daywear, this pair looks lovely with a plain white mini jumpsuit, while a black or white maxi-kaftan dress makes a beautiful companion at night.