Lady-like shoes are great, but when you want to turn up the attitude, nothing does it better than a few good ol’ studs or spikes. Contrary to the weaponry connotation of spikes, studded shoes look less like killer contraptions and more like chic badass footwear. Hardware is a great way to get shine without looking like too much like a princess (unless you’re into that) and it adds a modern and youthful wedge to a pair of shoes. A studded heel or loafer has started to become a staple of celebrity fashion and you shouldn’t be afraid to go a little stud crazy.
Rihanna and Steve Madden Sparkle Loafer
Creating your own style is part of embracing yourself. Rihanna isn’t afraid to push the limits of sartorial schooling. Comfortable and chic when she’s around town, a pair of Christian Louboutin studded loafers keeps a little attitude in her otherwise pretty standard outfit. While these loafers are of the red-soled variety, Steve Madden has made a pretty powerful series of studded flats. The Sparkle Loafer is the perfect balance of graceful and powerful. The black-on-black is classic but the studs and sparkles are the new peanut butter and jelly.
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara has swoon-worthy curves and a comedic knack to match. Her style ranges from laid-back chica to ruling the red carpet. Even running errands or picking up her family, she is able to speak worlds with her outfit. A pair of studded shoes shows that she thought about her clothing and that is something to admire. The scalloped edges and vintage studding of Stuart Weitzman’s Stud Clog is a gentle balance of lady-like charm and kick-ass rustic hardware. Stuart Weitzman may be the go-to for a perfect pump, but these clogs are miles out of that box.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Jeffrey Campbell Foxy Spike Platform
Jada Pinkett Smith is a strong, independent woman and her style reflects that consciousness. Bold and unafraid of color and shape, Jada’s ability to make a heel completely covered in studs seem lady-like and natural. Now, this style is definitely not for the tame at heart, it’s the lioness of shoes. Jeffery Campbell is the brand that takes more cajones than your average woman might have when it comes to fashion. The Foxy Spike Platform Sandal will take any timid caterpillar and change them into a badass butterfly. It’s a huge step from your average studded heel, but we warned you.