Trend Alert: Cutouts

Cutouts Trend

Position yourself squarely on the side of trendy with a pair of cutouts — a sassy new style that puts holes in your shoes just where you want them. Cutouts feature interesting glimpses of socks, mesh and bare skin in places where the shoe is carved into shapes or punched full of perfectly placed holes. Cutout shoe sections update your favorite classic shoe style into a fashion-forward and fun accessory for working, playing or just rocking a hot trend with your friends.

Trend Alert: Cutouts

Boots and Booties

Adding cutouts to ankle boots and booties turns them into city street-worthy fashion statements that might not take you safely through the rain and snow but will see you stylishly through lunch or an afternoon of shopping. Wear them with a knee-length body-con dress or your favorite shorts or mini for a touch of edginess. A gleaming brocade or satin short boot with a punched design bares tantalizing glimpses of skin beneath a long skirt or a dressy shorts-and-jacket ensemble.

Sandals and Flats

Cutout detailing on sandals, boat shoes and ballerina flats ramps up a classic look into trendy. Metallic flats with punched-out flower or leaf patterns on the leather upper, like the Carlos by Carlos Santana Skylar, dress up or down with ease. Try them with narrow black jeans or a feminine business suit for an extra jolt of personal style.

Gladiator sandals are natural cutouts — the spaces between bands of leather make them the ultimate flexible foot coverings. We love Circus by Sam Edelman Morgan gladiators because they also feature cutouts on the straps and come in versatile neutrals like white and tan.

Dress Shoes

Fancy footwear is a natural for the cutout look that can turn dress shoes into scissored and slashed works of art for your feet. Feel the breeze along your insteps, heels and toes as you window-shop on your lunch hour or mingle for cocktails on the terrace. Pumps-with-less feature cutout designs as subtle as teardrop openings around the top edge of the shoe to big leather butterflies with perforated wings perched on your heels and hugging your ankles. Chunky heels with cutout insteps work well under slacks or on full display with a short swingy dress.

About the author:

Benna Crawford has been a journalist and New York-based writer since 1997. Her work has appeared in major print periodicals, on CBS, CNN, ABC and in professional journals, trade publications and blogs. Crawford is a certified Prana Yoga instructor, and has designed and constructed sets and costumes for live theater and photo shoots.. Follow him on Twitter / Facebook.