available in our stores sometime
"We always look for unusual
and different types of
accessories," she said.
Stan Zerman of Sandilar
Shoes in Southfield, also sells
belts. He says he's showing "a lot
of belts with western flair— also a
lot with jewel treatments on the
straps, and / or buckles, which
are still glitzy in accessories," he
Lea Beurer, co-owner of
Begadim in West Bloomfield,
says "Better belts are in soft
colors, and the basic shades are
still in. The belts are in wide, soft
leather, and either have a buckle,
or are tied to the side in a casual
knot, and are worn at the waist, or
low on the hip.
"Belts are also being shown in
the standard two-inch-size," she
ALIVE AND KICKIN': Colorful,
kicky new styles in shoes are due
for spring and summer. Hot
shades this season are: yellow,
fuschia, pink, blue, and some
orange. Pastels make a fashion
statement in various shades of
pink and yellow.
Black patent leather, black and
white leathers, individually, or
combined in variations of the
spectator-look, are still very big,
as are the basic beige and bone.
A new fashion basic is red.
Textures are also as important
as color this season.
Zerman says that "we're
selling lots of prints and metallics,
primarily in gold and silver; as
well as a lot of color. Most of our
high-fashion customers like
bright, trendy colors.
"We're also showing a lot of
snakeskin, which is very
important," he said. "Women like
it because it's very rich looking."
Dyed snakeskin is also a big
seller at Greg Shoes in
Southfield, says manager Randy
Sandilar also carries
hand-painted in muted
water-color splashes by Stuart
On the heels of winter
come these high fashion
shoes for stepping out:
clockwise, from top:
Granny boot by Mia,
Clao boot, snake
loafer by Marc Alpert,
skimmer by Outrage and
jeweled top moccasin
from B. Mev.
The luxurious quilted
look inspired by Coco
Chanel is back. At right
is an evening bag with
small quilting by Bally.
The suit or sport bag at
left is quilted with
pockets on both sides,
zippered closure and
shoulder chain woven
Weissman. Whip-snake is a
larger, scalier grain.
Also available at Sandilar
(which specializes in designer
shoes). are printed leathers in
floral and floral patent in the latest
Sandilar Too carries a more
casual, trendy, younger look, in a
more moderate price range than
its parent store, says Zerman.
Available are mid-heel pumps
trimmed with clear vinyl inserts
in patent or colored leather; and
"snakes" in flats, penny loafers
Kreif says that the best seller at
Greg Shoes is "our 9 West pump
available in eight colors. It is a
shoe that'll carry you from the
office to dinner."
For cruisewear and summer,
lots of sandals in exciting new
looks and old favorites, are
stomping out the door.
"The biggest thing for day wear
right now are jeweled or
rhinestone skimmers and
sandals; as well as some beaded
looks," says Kreif.
Straps are back, but not the
thin ones shown in past seasons.
The new look is wide one-inch
toe bands with jewels on sandals,
or, straps wrapped around ankles
and fastened with Velcro. On
pumps, look for ankle straps tied
in a bow.
The fun look is in. Big at Greg
Shoes are the high-top, or
wrestling-boot look. It's available
in perforated leather in white,
pink, black and a muted yellow.
Granny boots with speed laces
are also an exciting fun look, says
Kreif, and are available in white,
black, and ice — in either
perforated or patterned leather.
Men's shoes are helping to
stamp out the old humdrum look
this season. While the basic
styles and shades are always
fashion-right, men have broken
away from the tradition of owning
only one or two basic pairs of
shoes. Now, they are realizing
the fashion plus that shoes can
add to a wardrobe.
Alan Bishop, owner of Mr.