Fall 2011 Trend: Color Block Shoes

Attention monochromatic dressers, it's time to brighten up. But if a fuchsia-orange-and-green ensemble is not your thing, may we suggest dipping your toes in the multi-hue trend, literally?
The Fall 2011 (and Spring 2012) runways were rife with color blocked shoes—from vibrant and bold to darker, less statement-making shades.
And best of all, the footwear is being done in one of our favorite fabrics: suede.
We rounded up a variety of chic options, so all you have to do is shop.
You're welcome.

Brian Atwood
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B Brian Atwood

Did someone say color? There's nothing these pink, blue (two shades!) and yellow pumps won't go with. Jazz up an all-black ensemble or make a statement by wearing with color. Anything goes.

Suede Colorblock Pump, $350; at NeimanMarcus.com.

Photo courtesy of DKNY

Not everyone wants to wear more color than a bag of Skittles. Luckily, minimal and color blocking are not mutually exclusive. DKNY pairs grey and black with metallic piping for an understated yet modern result. Plus, we just love a high-heeled oxford.

Mary Oxford Bootie, $250; at DKNY.com.

Photo courtesy of Net-a-porter.com

A subtle splash of vivid color can go a long way. Case in point: These Versace platform pumps, which blend cobalt blue with white and black for a chic take on the shoe trend.
Pair with a studded minidress—may we suggest a little Versace for H&M?—for a night
out or wear with a black pencil skirt and cream blouse for a more sophisticated look.

Color Block Suede and Leather Pumps, $775; at Net-a-Porter.com.

Vionnet by Zanotti
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Vionnet by Zanotti

This teal and blue-violet suede ankle strap pump wins the sexiest shoe award, hands down. The high stiletto heel and arch-baring sides will no doubt have all eyes on your feet. We feel a sudden urge to dance, don't you?

Color Block Stiletto Pump, $728; at Farfetch.com.

Pierre Hardy
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Pierre Hardy

Hasn't every girl always wanted a pair of blue suede shoes? Hint: There's only one correct answer to that. These Pierre Hardy cobalt, green and black gems are a fabulous alternative to plain old blue, and we love the above-the-ankle style. Of course, the idea of wearing the fashion equivalent of a Mondrian painting thrills us to no end.

Color Block Suede Ankle Boots, $1,200; at Net-a-Porter.com.

steve madden
Photo courtesy of Endless.com
Steven by Steve Madden

Color blocking isn't all or nothing; neutrals and their counterparts from the other end of
the spectrum are being combined for a more versatile outcome. These wedges, for example, can effortlessly go from day to night; work to dinner to after-party. That's our kind of shoe!

Cathi Wedge Pump, $179.95; available at Endless.com.