This season, fall shoewear is taking a serious vacation. From what, you might ask? A vacation from the norm. In consignment, there are some years where everyone is on the hunt for classics. Customers might ask, “Can you put me on the Wish List for a good riding boot? No frills.” Other years, it might be all about a simple, minimalist ankle boot in solid black or camel. But this year? Things are getting a little crazier…and we’re definitely okay with it.
Of course, we will always carry the classics in our stores ( and we’ll wear them, too). But the real fun of consignment is not only the thrill of the chase, but the ability to expand your wardrobe. And when we say expand, we don’t just mean in volume. By expand, we also mean in personality. Every trip to our stores is just another chance to discover your alter ego, or find that really fun side of yourself that you didn’t know was there. And with the wild shoes we’re seeing on the runways, in the magazines, and on our shelves, Portland’s sidewalks are about to get a lot more playful.
Victorian with a Twist: Quirky Heels
One thing the runways were packed with this season were some seriously unique heels. While spiked or stacked heels will always have a place in our closets, the flood gates have opened up in favor of something more. The 1970s are back in platform form, and there’s even a little room for gothic Victorian, too.
Alternatives: Two-Fer Footwear
Another thing we’re seeing more and more of lately is the idea that you can get a two-fer when it comes to your shoewear. We’re seeing convertible boots, removable straps, and more. In favor of versatility, these boots convert from a taller calf to a fold-down ankle style. And while we’d definitely agree that such options are a very practical choice, the rich color pretty much guarantees that you’ll be 0% boring when choosing it.
Double Trouble: Twice the Zippers
Functionality and fierceness have joined forces this season, too. We’re seeing more zippers, ties, straps and laces than ever. We couldn’t really explain why, but there’s something about buckles and zippers that just adds a little bit more edge to your everyday boot.
It’s All in the Details
If our stores’ shoes were classified as a whole, we’d have to call them one serious bunch of overachievers. They not only have playful heels, luxe leathers, bunches of buckles, but a cute lining or sole to boot. Going from ordinary to extraordinary invites the element of surprise to the table. So in the words of this wise pair of boots, exceed your own expectations and come see what surprises we have in store for you!