Interesting New Fall/Winter Trend: Metal Plates on Shoes’ Toes and Heels

Here’s an interesting new trend we’re tracking the rise of this fall/winter season: metal plates on shoes’ toes and/or heels.

The “O.G.” of this trend is of course none other than Fendi with their luxe shoe styles emblazoned with the now iconic double F logo plates.

‘Fendista’ shearling booties, $995 at Nordstrom

A stacked heel and platform lift a chic suede bootie accented with a cuff of tactile shearling. A signature goldtone logo gleams at the front.

A stacked heel and platform lift a chic suede bootie accented with a cuff of tactile shearling. A signature goldtone logo gleams at the front.

‘Fendista’ open toe platform pumps, $715.00 at Nordstrom

Bright colors saturate the back of a lofty satin pump. A logo ornament is embedded in the platform of the open-toe style.

Bright colors saturate the back of a lofty satin pump. A logo ornament is embedded in the platform of the open-toe style.

Then along came Alexander McQueen with his Fall 2011 collection which included metal plate-inserted shoes such as this grey suede platform pump:

Metal toe and heel platform pumps, $985.00

Alexander McQueen metal toe and heel platform pumps

Then Brian Atwood introduced gorgeous boots for his new B Brian Atwood line which had metal plates covering both the toes and the heels:

‘Taurasa’ leather lug sole ankle boots, $550.00

B Brian Atwood 'Taurasa' leather lug sole ankle boots

Now this metal plate trend is slowly starting to trickle down to other shoe labels. BCBG Max Azria and Donald J. Pliner both have boots with metal plate-covered heels:

BCBG Max Azria ‘Rachel’ wedge boots, $395.00

BCBG Max Azria Rachel wedge boots

Donald J Pliner ‘Berlyn’ leather boots, $395.00

Donald J Pliner Berlyn leather boots

Nicole Richie‘s House of Harlow 1960 has high heel oxfords with metal plate-covered platforms:

Nelly Kitty platform booties, $295.00

House of Harlow 1960 Nelly Kitty platform booties

And we could even include affordable brand favorite Naughty Monkey on this list because they have this metal-toed high heel loafer which is basically two hot fall trends rolled into one:

‘Retro Glam’ loafer pumps, $99.99

Naughty Monkey Retro Glam loafer pumps

Metal plates provide a nice cold contrast to all the warm and cozy shoe styles for this fall/winter. They also completely redefine the shoe term “steel toe”!

How are you liking this metal plate shoe trend for this fall/winter 2011?

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