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Nancy's Trend Report

With all of the commotion going on at our offices over the last 8 weeks with our new software and web site just about ready to launch, I have not been in glamour mode. I went to NYC in early June to preview the Spring 2010 footwear offerings and I can only say that Carrie Bradshaw would be proud. By the time you read this I will be in Las Vegas at the World Shoe Association show viewing the Spring 09 lines and confirming our Fall orders. But, before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you a little about what Fall is going to look like.

Everywhere I go and everyone I have talked to has said that "Red is the new black". Truth be told, I am not a big fan of red shoes, but I must tell you that I have seen some fabulous red patent leather baby doll toe platform pumps that are going to bring a little zing to that dull black or gray suit. If you can't see yourself going to the office in red patent, you might want to consider a fabulous over sized handbag in red. The right color red will act as a neutral when paired with browns, black, gray and navy. Make sure that when choosing a red, to look for a true red and not one that has orange or yellow undertones.

Metallics are still so hot going into Fall and actually they will continue right on into Spring 10. Silver has transitioned itself to be the most popular of the metallics going into Fall pushing bronze and gold just slightly into second place. Use metallics as accent pieces or neutrals. So many people try to match outfits and shoes but when push comes to shove and you can't find that perfect shade of mauve, try a pewter or a soft gold.

Heel heights are all over the board this season as in any season. I am always asked what heels and what toe shapes are in for a specific season and I always give the same answer, "What do you like?". Designers include pointy, square and round in their collections with an emphasis on one specific trend but sprinkle the others in as well. For Fall, it's definitely rounded toes.