Naturalizer Fall 2011 Footwear Collection Hits On Major Style Trends AND Check Out Our Giveaway!
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to preview the Naturalizer Fall 2011 collection and meet Angelique Joseph, the company’s Director of Product Development, as she explained some of the straight-from-the-runway trends that inspired her footwear designs. Historically, the Naturalizer brand has been synonymous with comfort rather than chicness, but Joseph is hoping to change the style discerning public’s perception of the brand — all without sacrificing the wearability and ease yielded by the brand’s trademark N5 Comfort elements: extra cushioning at the insole and under the ball of the foot, breathable linings on the sock cover and interior, balanced heel to toe shapes, flexible soles, and lightweight materials.
One of the main sources of inspiration: the Fall 2011 “Remote Lands” trend, which materialized on the runway via dramatic fur coats, shearling-trimmed handbags and footwear, embroidered floral elements providing a Bohemian flair, wool and leather coats with exaggerated fur-trimmed collars and sleeves, suede fringe handbags, and more. The Naturalizer Trinity Boots ($110 at Naturalizer.com), shown second from top, speak to this trend via microfiber faux suede uppers in an earthy tan, along with cream-colored faux fur trim along the sides of the shaft and at the wide cuff. The knee-high boots feature a 3/4″ platform and a sturdy 2 3/4″ heel for a reasonable total heel height of 3 1/2 inches. Another example of the trend: the Naturalizer Tyla Boots ($119 at Naturalizer.com), a lace-up bootie style with faux leather uppers, an adjustable velcro strap running across the vamp for a biker chic twist, and a fold-over faux fur-trimmed collar. The Tyla boots, shown above at top, easily topped the list of editor/blogger favorites (including my list, I might add), with their fashion-forward silhouette and the urban-meets-rural elements of their design. Another popular style within this category was the Kailtyn Oxford Brown Suede Wedge ($80 at Naturalizer.com), shown fourth from top, a lace-up suede wedge with folkloric-feeling contrast-stitching in diamond-like shapes along the side panels and a 3-inch heel.
The fascination with Mad Men-ish, ’60s-inspired, retro prim looks also served as inspiration for the Fall 2011 Naturalizer collection. This trend was interpreted via tiny details such as rounded toes, vintage-looking brooch buckles, understated ruching, and bow details. Perhaps the Naturalizer Dinka Boots ($150 at Naturalizer.com) function as the best example of this trend. The knee-high Dinka Boots, shown third from top, feature leather uppers, a 2 1/2″ heel, a rounded toe, and a lace-up detail with a dainty bow along the back of the shoe, at the base of the shaft.
Last, the androgynous aesthetic we saw on the Fall 2011 runways was infused into such designs as the Naturalizer Kendall Wedge ($69.99 at Naturalizer.com), a slip-on suede wedge style with fringed details and a stitched leather strap at the toe that lend the shoe a loafer-like effect.
And now for the fun part: one lucky reader will have the chance to win a pair of Naturalizer shoes from the Fall 2011 collection. Yes, gals: free shoes!
The giveaway starts today, October 25th, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on November 4th. You must be 18 years or older to enter, and all contestants must reside in the continental U.S.
Now, to enter our Naturalizer giveaway, simply follow these steps:
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3. Visit Naturalizer.com, pick out your favorite style and, in the comments section below, list your favorite shoe style (make sure to mention the specific name) and your shoe size.
4. Make sure to leave an e-mail address at which you can be contacted should you win the giveaway.
That’s all, folks! The winner of the giveaway will be announced on November 5th here, in our comments section, as well as on our Facebook page.