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The Look at FN Platform: Shake It Off

Just when you think there is nothing else to say about fringe, which jumped on the Western boot bandwagon in Fall ’14, shimmied its way into the gypsy trend of Spring ’13 and played a major role in the last ’70s revival back in Spring ’11, designers take fringe to a new, elevated level with dress shoes.

From fringe cascading down the back of deliciously pink pumps by Ouigal to ankle straps swathed in extra long layers à la Carrano, the embellishment brings drama and movement to the season’s otherwise sturdy block heels and platform silhouettes. On stiletto peep-toe boots by Schutz, fringe details are trimmed down to subtle side tassels, while fringe-friendly brands like Koolaburra use the trimming to jazz up purple wedge heels. Other brands, like Bettye Muller blur the line between fringe and prep school cool with exaggerated kiltie details.

Of course, fringe is most at ease on the season’s collection of ’70s-inspired footwear spanning wood heels to tall suede boots. Buyamba plays up the trend’s ethnic roots with whipstitch details, beading and buttery soft leathers. Minnetonka takes a more playful approach with its girls’ range, stamping layers of fringe with metallic gold and silver stars. For women, the brand added new fashion colors, pine and raisin, to the fringe mix.

For the ultimate mash-up of Fall ’15 trends, short layers of the tuft trim the edges of zip-up hi-top sneakers by the newly revamped line, Naya. And surf brand Sanuk tries the fad on for size with neon accented fringe trim on its new range of pointed toe sneakers.