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Fashion ABC

A like ankle sandal

Typical of the ankle sandal, as the name suggests, is the ankle-high shaft, which delicately encompasses the ankle and leaves your leg looking breathtakingly long. The sandals look fantastic with 3/4 or 7/8 trousers and are perfect for the office. Brightly painted toe nails create a striking contrast.

B like babouche

A trend from 1001 Nights - The Babouche is a mule with closed toe and open heel. The oriental-looking slippers were originally made in Morocco, but their name is derived from the Persian "papush", which means "cover the foot". In the souks of Marrakech, the traditional babouches can be found at every corner and are worn by men and women alike. New materials, buckles and applications helped the mule to new fame on the runways.

b like bridal shoes

For the perfect wedding, you need the right partner at your side, your dream dress and the right pair of shoes to dance the night away. Whether simple court shoes or extravagantly embellished sandals, bridal shoes are designed to match the wedding dress with high-quality uppers such as satin and are available in shades such as cream or natural white. The custom was for girls to save their pennies to buy their wedding shoes. This taught them to how to be thrifty, so they had more money for their favourite shoes because women, as we all know, can never have enough shoes!

e like espadrilles

They carry a label that says “made by nature” – espadrilles are made from pure natural fabrics. The upper is usually robust canvas, the sole the knotted plant fibres that give these light-as-a-feather jute shoes their name. In the past, Spanish farmers made their work shoes from a linen cloth and a sole of esparto grass (prairie grass), which is where the word “espadrilles” comes from. Today, the Spanish cult shoe reminds us more of holidays than work. The real straw shoe feeling remains, but lace-up and leather versions with wedge soles or raffia plateaus have turned the beach classic into a real collectors’ item!

f like flatforms

Flatforms are flat shoes such as sneakers, lace-ups or sandals that show of their true greatness by means of a thick platform sole. Fostering a feeling of freedom, they bring the wearer to new heights – no need for high heels here. A great way for non-high heel fans to gain added stature.

g like ghillie

The high front lacing typical of gladiator sandals is also called “ghillie”. The name refers to a lacing technique in which the laces are laced not through eyelets but through loops. The criss-cross of the long shoe straps creates an artistic zig-zag pattern on the foot.

l like lasercuts

Laser cuts or perforations are geometric, oriental or floral patterns that are cut out of the upper material of the shoe by means of a laser beam. The perforated pattern gives the shoe a special sense of airiness, making them the perfect spring companion. Fashionistas can pair the shoes with coloured socks to showcase the perforations to perfection.

L LIKE LOAFER

Characteristic are loafers without lacing or other closures, which still give the foot support and tightly enclose it. With their flat heel and extra lightness, loafers are guaranteed to make you feel good and are the perfect alternative to sneakers. They can be combined perfectly for a classic look in the office or casually in leisure time while strolling around town.

M LIKE MULES

Comfortable has never been so sexy. Be it high or flat, any height goes with mules. Even in the 1990s, the character Carrie Bradshaw in the cult series Sex and the City was showing us how sexy heels can be. The term “mule” comes from the French and means “slipper” – the name itself shows just how easy it is to slip into these shoes. On hot summer days in particular, their open toes and heels provide a stylish alternative to sandals or pumps. The usually wide straps over the instep provide comfort and hold.

O LIKE OVERKNEE

Here the legs go into extension! Overknees captivate by their long shaft, which reaches over the knee and ends directly above the knee or in the middle of the thigh. Starting as a popular men's riding boot, overknees with flat or high heels make a statement for every winter outfit and turn the sidewalk into a catwalk!

P JAKO PADDING

Upholstered and packed with cotton wool, padding creates fashionable special effects. In this textile technique, familiar from leather jackets, foam is laid between the lining and the leather. The padding is then stitched at regular intervals. Step by step, this creates three-dimensional details that provide an exciting change in perspective in Fashion.

P LIKE PATCHWORK

Originally, patches were only used to repair clothes, but now they are a stylish addition to the collections of all the big designers. To get the patchwork look, pieces of fabric in different textures and patterns are artistically combined.

S FOR SQUARE TOE

Different last shapes are sought-after in different seasons. In autumn, square toes return to the fashion scene. Shoes with a square-toe shape are classic models whose square tips slightly lengthen the foot. Boots and loafers receive a fashionable update with a retro touch!

s like sabot

Sabots are the more moderate alternative to the babouche. Pointed toe and backless, the two shoe types differ only in the height of their heel. Thanks to its small heel, this casual slip-on makes the leg look longer, making it the perfect styling partner for culottes or mom jeans.

S LIKE SLINGBACKS

Although strictly speaking this shoe is not backless, the slingback is one of the most up-and-coming fashion items of the season. Typical for this shoe is the heel strap that gives the foot more stability. Slingbacks are available in a range of alternative styles: Whether pumps, ballerinas or sandals –thanks to their classic form, they are ideal for fashion newbies looking for something special, because slingbacks now offer surprising visual highlights like metallics and block heels, which go perfectly with flared or cropped Jeans.

S LIKE SLIPPERS

Slippers and sandals are skilfully combined to create summer mules. Unlike slippers, mules are a much more glamorous street shoe for the summer, they have a heel and are backless. Mules look great teamed with long or short dresses and skinny jeans. All summer shoes demand well-manicured feet and nails.

S LIKE SNOWBOOT

For the cold seasons the snow boot is an absolute must-have. Water-repellent materials and warm lining offer perfect comfort and sufficient protection against snow, rain and cold feet. The thick outsole with a pronounced profile ensures a secure grip even on smooth ice layers. Christmas market visits and winter walks become the highlight of the year with fashionable fur and rivets!

S LIKE SOCKBOOT

Sockboots are the perfect combination of socks and boots. They are similar in shape to ankle boots, but differ in their material: the use of textile and stretch on the upper offers pleasant wearing comfort and optimum support. A shoe trend that inspires every woman and can be put in scene both chic to the dress and casual to Jeans!

S LIKE STILETTOS

Stilettos are a special form of pumps, which are characterised by their pencil-shaped, pointed heel. The name is also derived from the Italian word "stilett", which means "stabbing weapon" - just as sharp as the heel of the pumps. With a minimum heel height of 9.5 cm, stilettos optically extend the leg perfectly and, in combination with an elegant or casual outfit, all eyes are fixed on you.

V LIKE VOLANTS

All the rage during the Baroque period, French ruffles are one of the oldest style elements still used in today's world of fashion. They are inset, pleated surpluses of fabric, flowing around the fashion piece in a playful way to lend a feminine, romantic touch.

Z LIKE ZOCCOLI

“Zoccoli” is an Italian word that means wooden shoe or sandal. Zoccoli are characterised by wooden or hard plastic soles with an upper similar to sandalettes or mules. This is attached to the sole with nails. This summer, zoccoli are leading a hippy comeback with back-to-nature flair thanks to their wooden plateau soles and high heels.