Fall's Oxford Heel: the one thing you'll buy
However, if there's one article from the list of 2007 fall trends that you probably don't have, that you might be purchasing, it is the oxford heel/ lace-up heeled ankle bootie. Chances are you don't have a pair (at least I don't! and I hardly see anyone wearing them), but with magazines and runways having been run full of them, they may just work their way into your fall closet.
I have thought high-heeled platform oxfords (& lace-up booties) can look, quite honestly, a bit...funky, and maybe not in the best way. But I admit they're growing on me... Of course, I prefer a thicker, lower stacked heel to a high oxford stiletto heel (which to me, looks like you're trying a little too hard...and for me, seems a bit impractical)
I also realized that in my post a few weeks ago on the effects of leather (which I hope you guys thoroughly read!), I should have included some non-leather, cruelty-free shoes. I just didn't want to make that post too long. So this post should cover answer that question as well: How do we get on this trend but be cruelty-free at the same time? Because, granted, this style is a bit unusual...not something you'll find too easily in a store. And if you do, it probably does contain leather/suede and over $150.
So yours truly has gone digging for some affordable (and animal-free) oxford heels. I think the most classic bet is the Charles Albert "Maggie" one.
And here are just some leather-free shoes in general that I've been digging recently (see? tons of options!) maybe one day I'll even post my shoe collection on here...
As always, a quick search on ebay with key words, "vintage" & "oxford" can bring up a choice amount of unique (& environmentally friendly) oxford heels-- if you must need leather.
mmm...I can already imagine how well it'll go with skirts and some shady opaque tights!