Ankle-strap pumps and strappy platform sandals – as risque as it sounds, there’s something about ties and straps that exudes sexiness and confidence without verging on trashy. Now, the strappy sandal is getting an upgrade with the help of metal details – namely chains. I know, the thought sounds a little too “Fifty Shades of Grey” to be considered sophisticated, but when done right, the effect is bold and edgy without looking like something a dominatrix should be wearing. For example, Alexander McQueen’s metallic sandal may look soft and delicate, but its gold chain hardware and skull charm gives it just the right dash of bad-girl attitude! And these DSQUARED2 Kimberly Vitello platform sandals take advantage of the black-and-white colorblocking trend with some tassels and chains for added flair. Looking to splurge? These Manolo Blahnik Taislo pointy-toe pumps are a sexy alternative to the classic black pump, while these chain-detailed Jean-Michel Cazabat ‘Eternity’ pumps are more modestly priced but just as chic!
– Alexandra Gambardella