Cage shoes are everywhere and on everyone at the moment. The YSL cage boots (left) have been highly publicised, making the cage look (and the mesh too), the shoe of the season. It’s a dramatic architectural shoe that’s half bootie, half strappy sandal.
There’s quite a lot of dominatrix in this look, and there’s definitely a good dollop of sex appeal in the lines and cut out detail of the shoe. Revealing bits of skin also make the leg look longer, where the solid ankle boot (or bootie) can shorten legs dramatically.
I personally prefer the cage heel with a gladiator edge – peep-toe ankle booties with sleek, sliced leather cutouts running up the foot, creating a gladiator look. I find these little beauties easier to wear.
But how do you wear the cage heel without looking like a dominatrix? The key to wearing the cage heel in style is to keep it simple.
Pair the architectural shoe with uncomplicated silhouettes in mostly solid colors, making the shoe the focal point of your outfit.
Stick to styles that flatter your curves, like pencil skirts and fitted blazers or drapey knits. Add the cage heel to spice up your demure, sophisticated outfit and add a little colour with a bright clutch or cuff.
Another tip is t0 (of course), make sure your toes and feet are in tip-top condition. A vampish shade of black or maroon on the nails would be a perfect addition to the look!