Volume 94, Issue 9

Thursday, September 14, 2000


A sneak peak at Fall Fashions 2000

Sleeker shoes make the outfit

Accessorize your style

Practical hairstyles are gaining popularity

Putting fashion through a spin cycle

Sleeker shoes make the outfit

By Leena Kamat

Gazette Staff

She walks into her class, wearing the newest DKNY outfit with the funkiest jewelry and... uh oh! Old running shoes? What a way to ruin a stylin' back-to-school outfit. How can the rest of Western students avoid this faux pas?

Neil Narayan, manager of Aldo Shoes at Masonville Place, said women's styles are moving away from the chunky heels of boots and shoes, to the more feminine, stiletto heels. Burgundy and a deep rich tan colour are popular women's colours, he added.

Another change occuring in the shoe industry is the material used for shoes, Narayan said. More shoes and boots are made from a mix of denim and leather, which is a reflection of the clothing industry. "Footwear has to complement the clothing," he explained.

Snake skin shoes are popular styles for women this fall, said Brad Lister, sales associate at The Shoe Company on Fanshawe Park Road. He said students are buying boots and pumps made from genuine snake skin leather in fall colours, such as red, brown, black, and orange.

The best advice Narayan could give women is to mix and match colours. "If a woman is wearing beige pants, a beige top and beige shoes, it's just too much," he said, adding contrast is much better.

For men's shoes, the colour is important, Narayan said. "Previously, it was just black." He added more colours are being introduced to men's shoes. "Tan, burgundy and light baby blue shoes are being seen in the big cities."

While these colours are not too common in London stores yet, Narayan said he's ordering a few to test here.

As well, men are looking for sleeker shoes than previous years, with square toes, Narayan said. "They are going for the more refined look," he said.

If this does not appeal to some men, there are other options. Chunky and big sole shoes are in, according to Lister. He added the style is "very young, very casual."

Western students seem to like the idea of simpler styles of shoes. "For casual wear and for people on the run, Airwalks are the way to go," said Neel Welling, a second year health sciences student.

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