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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you Ian Michael Crumm, our resident men's fashion expert, here to share style pointers and tips for tackling the latest trends in menswear. Straighten those neckerchiefs—Ian is on the go!
The moment you get an email from a designer or store stating there's a sale or new stock, you probably want to click the link; I know I do! This week, Alexander McQueen won my heart with these woven geometric loafers. What a statement shoe! I clicked the link (swooooon) and immediately thought about wearing them to a dinner party. A statement shoe can turn an all-black outfit into a show stopper look and can make an already graphic/patterned/printed outfit even more fun! After the jump, check out my statement shoe picks from Blue Sole Shoes, learn why I love them and how you can pull them off!
Beaded loafer by Donald J. Pliner, $598
Why I love them: Simple pattern and a pop of gold? Sold!
How you can pull them off: In all black. Let the gold beads do the talking.
Jo Ghost snakeskin ankle boot, $292 (originally $365
Why I love them: The hint of purple and a simple shape.
How you can pull them off: With dark jeans and a white tee.
Jo Ghost strappy sandal, $295
Why I love them: Check the animal print detail! Plus, gladiator-inspired footwear is trending (did you see my column on Wednesday?)
How you can pull them off: With black or tan shorts and a graphic tee.
Donald J. Pliner leather on leather lace-up, $220 (originally $440)
Why I love them: The two shades of leather, one stitched atop the other.
How you can pull them off: With a well-fitted suit, like Indochino's linen and wool summer suit ($429).
Have you been posting pictures of your shoes all week, too? Tweet @IanMCrumm your photos! Let me know your style secrets in the comments!
· Shoe Week 2013 [Racked Philly]
· I.M. Crumm, Style Concierge [Racked Philly]