The cage is all the rage

Yves saint Laurent 2009Cage 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.cage shoe 1

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.

cage shoe 3

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.

Leighton Meester cage

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!

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Jenny Russell is the founder of Friends with Jenny a fashion store that imports high street finds, but also stays proudly South African with a complement of some of South Africa’s best local talent. To find out more visit her website

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