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A visual decoding of all types of on-trend shoes

Here’s a visual decoding of all types of on-trend shoes to save you from style dilemmas. Now you know how to pair your footwear like a pro!

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 25, 2014 18:15 IST
Snigdha Ahuja

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world," said late legendary beauty Marilyn Monroe. So, get your best magnifying-glass mode on so you can be on top of you shoe game. From conventional slingbacks and your college-favourite Osho chappals to elegant D’orsay pumps and oxford flats – know what your shoe rack has, and what it needs. We also tell you how to pair your shoe stoppers so that you rule the path you tread, in style. Guys, there’s some for you too!

Here we go:

OPERA FLATS Slip-ons and rounded-toed. For men, theyfre characterised by the use of patent leather. Style it: Pair with smart, straight-fit trousers, a pinstriped shirt and a blazer with wide lapels.

OSHO SLIPPERS Originally believed to be created by the residents of Osho ashram in Pune, these have a straw look or jute-look texture with flip-flop style straps Style it: With a tie-dye midi skirt and a boho-chic tunic with a beaded collar.

CHELSEA BOOTS An ankle-length boot with an elastic strip on one side as the primary differentiator. Style it: With ombre stockings, a cute kilt-look skirt and a leather jacket to add a tough edge.

BROGUES Country-style look styled with tiny laser-cut small openings or perforations. Style it: Men, with their Jodhpuri pants and waistcoat, and women, with khakhi pants and a loose-fit pastel shirt.

LOAFERS A wider term for slip-on shoes that are sans laces and heels. Style it: With a pair of loose-fit bright coloured pants and a fun, sleeveless ombre top.

JODHPUR BOOTS Ankle-length leather boots, characterised by a buckled strap across it. Style it: With bright-hued Jodhpuri pants, a basic white ganji and a boyfriend jacket.

KOLHAPURI CHAPPALS Originated in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, where they are hand-made. Typically T-strapped with a fastening band for the big toe. Style it: With snug-fit leggings for a casual brunch.

MONKSTRAP SHOES The footwear for men is characterised by two buckled straps on one side. Style it: With a smart kurta-pyjama topped with a bright-hued bandhgala jacket

MULES Have a chunky toe box that might be pointed or square-shaped and is open-backed. Style it: Wear with jeggings and a loose-fit breezy top.

PUMPS Wider term for high-heeled stilettos, typically characterised by platform soles and pointy heels. Style it: With a crop top and a tea-length pencil skirt.

WEDGES Characterised by chunky, wedge-shaped heels. Similar to platforms, but with varying height across the sole. Style it: With straight fit denims and a cap-sleeved, button-down top.

STILETTOS Have a slender, curved body and typically slim towering heels. Style it: With a sequined sexy knee-length dress cinched at the waist with a thin belt.

CLOGS Traditionally made entirely of wood, usually found with wooden or wood-look chunky heels. Style it: With cigarette jeans and a Peter Pan-collared shirt.

FLATFORMS Characterised by their all-across heels and uniform-height platform soles. Style it: With powder-pastel culottes and a comfy-look top with a boat neck.

CREEPERS Platform soles that run under and across laced up shoes. Style it: Make a statement by pairing them with stockings, a cute skater skirt and a top with cut-out shoulders.

D'ORSAY PUMPS Sandals with a closed back, closed toe box or a peep-toe, and cut-out sides. Style it: With a spring-perfect shift dress.

MARY JANES The name is taken from Mary Jane, a character from the Buster Brown comic strip. A rounded toe-box and a strap across the shoe, fastened with a buckle. Style it: With tattooed leggings, a full bodied knee-length skirt and a top in a pop colour for a quirk-perfect look.

SLINGBACK Shoes that are fastened with a stylised sling that circumferences the back. Style it: With a sexy jewelled-hued sheath and statement chandelier earrings.

BOOTIES Primarily ankle-length boots that are typically made of leather or suede and are high-heeled Style it: With snug-fit leggings for a casual brunch

UGGS Traditionally, these ankle-length boots are made of sheepskin and fleece, and sometimes styled with leather trims. Style it: With coloured stockings and a dress, topped with a trench coat.

MOCCASINS The slip-ons are usually found in earthy colours with a single lace knot placed in the centre. Style it: With daily denims and a floral top.

DERBY SHOES For men. They are set apart with the placement of their laces that come together with the two front flaps (or eyelets). Style it: With a pair of denims and an elbow-length, button-down shirt.

OXFORDS Low-heeled shoes or sans heels, with embedded laces that can be worn by both men and women. Style it: Guys, with your best pair of denims, and girls, with a pinafore-style dress.

WELLINGTON BOOTS The essential water-proof, rain-ready shoe usually made of tough rubber. Style it: Not with your rainsuit, but with your leggings, a comfy tunic and an umbrella to match the hue of your Wellies.

COMBAT BOOTS Laced-up boots that can go up to knee-height and might have pointed or platform-style heels. Style it: With a camouflage print slim-fit pants and a monochrome top.

SMOKING SLIPPERS Glossier versions of ballet flats that are designed for both men and women, with an uplifted shoe-tongue at the front. Style it: With ankle-length, slim-fit leggings and a bright, sleeveless tunic.

THONG SLIPPERS T-strapped with an ankle strap running at the back for fastening. Style it: With a floor-length monochrome striped skirt and a tucked-in shirt with signature power shoulders.