So here are the cliffs on what I took away from this visit besides boxes of heels I can only pray I will not break my foot in again: most notably I saw a lot of white shoes which totally threw me off – le duh that white can in fact be worn after Labor Day but I must admit that I haven’t seen white shoes as being fashionable in I dont even know how long and frankly I can’t even recall a pair of white shoes EVER that I have seen and deemed wearable. That is until this fateful day. It seemed as if all designers from one spectrum to the other had a meeting of the minds and decided that white is the new black, well sort of. From what looked like white Doc Marten combat boots made by The Row to the classic Chanel ballerina flat these white shoes scattered nearly every table in the place. Heeled mules (another trend) to platform sneaker-like slip ons dauned with metallic tips on the toes (metallic being another trend) it was impossible to ignore this obvious trend. As I walked briskly by every table and took in all of the pairs of what seemed to be foreign styles I came to the quick conclusion that this season is ALL about making a statement and doing it with total confidence. From all white shoes to glitter, sparkle, metallics and embellishment overload the range of subtle to in-your-face shoe options were readily available and ready for purchase. The embellishment craze took over entire shoes from the sole to the heel and shoe in its entirety, in some cases with pearl and studded additions, while other styles remained subtle with the amount of bedazzling leaving only the heel of a bootie, for example, covered in pearls. Another trend that plastered every style of shoe from flats to heels and boots was embroidery as well as fabrics and textures. From silk, yes silk, ankle boots to embroidered thigh high, actually higher than thigh high, boots the concept of being a little too ‘extra’ is clearly NOT even a thought as we galavant our ways through Fall/Winter 2017. Another trend that became quickly apparent is the new take on classic oldies: the reinvented cowboy boot for example. From laced up the side Alexander McQueen boots to Calvin Klein mid shin height cowboy boots made with two toned crocodile and a steel toe the classic cowboy boot while a classic is clearly a thing of the past. I will say that a few styles from the past did reappear – the slouchy boot, the red shoe of any style and the whole combat trend were among the most tame and reminiscent of prior seasons. That beng said just wait until you see the whole fad of beyond artful heels – from stilettos that actually could be mistaken as chess pieces to lucite chunky heels and gold sculptures with cutouts the “artful heel” of this season does bring one thing to mind: forget comfort, how about safety? Just saying. All in all, I admit that my admiration for art and for all shoes was intensified tremendously after this fabulous visit to Saks as it offered inspiration, excitement and brought a whole new vision of my next wardrobe era.