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BN Trend Alert : Ankle Strap Shoes



BN-Red-Carpet-Fab-Ebony-Life-TV-Launch-BN-Exclusive-July-2013-BellaNaija-034-400x600Hey everyone and welcome to another edition of the BN Trend Alert – the stylish page where we share what fashion items are ‘in’ right now so you can get jump on it too.

Today we are looking down at our feet for one of the sexiest trends to hit the red carpet; ankle shoes. Yes ladies, get those foot creams ready because ankle shoes are ‘in’ and from the looks of it, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Ankle shoes are sweet & feminine and this year the big thing about it is the detail. The more unique the detail is on the strap or the body of the shoe, the better.  The most popular ankle shoe this season is the gold chain detail ankle strap shoe that has got everyone from Dolapo Oni to Isio Wanogho rocking the trend fiercely.

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Dolapo Oni

Isio Wanogho

Isio Wanogho

So how can you add this trend to your fabulous wardrobe? Here are some tips to help you along.

If you are tall like Eku Edewor, try something with a low heel and an oval shaped strap. The oval shape takes a few inches off your long legs making you look more sizable and not too tall.

When wearing ankle strap shoes with a dress or skirt, always show some leg (The question of how much leg is up to you). The shoes make your legs look longer and what’s the point if you cant flaunt them.

Go for a burst of colour. There is something about wearing one colour from head to knee, then decorating your feet with a pop of colour that really gets the outfit to pop. Like Lilian Unachukwu here, orange might work wonders for you too.

Lilian Unachukwu

Lilian Unachukwu

Vary the location of your straps. Just because it is called an ankle strap doesn’t mean it is limited to your ankle alone. Mix it up a bit like Veronica Ebie-Odeka with some straps reaching from the heel of her foot.

If you have thick legs, go for straps that are really thin. Wearing a thick strapped ankle shoe makes the overall look of your legs bulky.

Veronica Ebie-Odeka

Veronica Ebie-Odeka

If you have on a stunning but busy dress like Tracy Nwapa, go minimal with the embellishments on the ankle strap. Wear a nice ankle strap shoe with small studs and tiny straps to still be on trend and not take too much away from your outfit.

Tracy Nwapa

Tracy Nwapa

Always work your ankle strap heel into your outfit. With Bridget Awosika‘s outfit, she went for a thin strapped ankle shoe in black and gold. This is perfect if you are going for that edgy – classic look. From the front, the shoes look pretty basic, but when you get to the back you see the metallic gold detail covering the heel.

Bridget Awosika

Bridget Awosika

For the gals who rock different styles and still want to wear the ankle strap shoe trend, don’t worry BN Style has got your back. Here are some style inspirations on how you can incorporate the trend into your personal style.

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Check out Joy Adaeze of JoyLovesFashion blog in her cool jumpsuit outfit.

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Do you like the shoe trend? Want to get yours? Well, here is some BN Style inspiration to help you out.

Check out Shirley B Eniang of the Meek-n-Mild style and beauty blog looking as cute as a button in her lemon Zara ankle strap shoes.

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Here is how to get her look.

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Use a structured blazer like this one from Topshop to determine the frame of your look and still suit weather conditions instead of a leather jacket.

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The long tank top like the Topshop Step Back Hem Tank will elongate your body and add a fun look to your outfit.

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Black tights like the Topshop Ribbed High-waisted Riding Pants are a nice plane background before people get to see your shoes. They also streamline the body adding to the illusion of length by the ankle strap shoes.

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A grey clutch like the Topshop Flip Lock Clutch compliments the outfit as a mix between black and white.

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Finally you have your ankle shoes. I decided to place this River Island Chain Ankle Strap Sandals in black instead of the lemon worn by Shirley, just in case the colour is too loud for you. You can always alternate them.

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Like we always say, the key to rocking a great trend to the full is making it your own. Add your own personal flare to it and before you know it, you will be on your way to wearing one of the hottest trends the right way. Have any ankle strap shoe advice? Don’t forget to share them.

Photo Credit: Awedbymonica.blogspot . BeautyandSugar .


  1. Bey

    July 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I Love shirley B! She’s a fashionista bin following her blog forever..I love ankle strap shoeS

  2. Berry Dakara

    July 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I like the shoes, but I’ve read a lot of times that if you’re short and have short legs (like moi), ankle straps only make you look shorter.

  3. uhmm

    July 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    OK….This has been the trend for over 8 months now, Bella……. old news

    • Hian!

      July 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      as in!

  4. Dora the explorer

    July 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    that oufit is so rightttttt!!!

  5. Eve

    July 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I don’t think these shoes ever went out of fashion. It has always been there.

  6. mp

    July 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    @uhmm: you just spoke my mind. bella, i’ve had this kind of shoes for about 8months now.

  7. mimi

    July 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Love the yellow shoe…….niceeee

  8. missseeninaction

    July 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    uhmm so true, this shoes are fading out, now Bella is carrying it…..

  9. Abiola

    July 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    ASOS of LIFE….

  10. moving on swiftly

    July 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    haha Isio Wanogho’s shoes are from I almost got a pair but didn’t like the look when they were delivered to me. They actually look fab on her feet!

  11. Bella

    July 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    There is nothign sexier than a woman in strap high heels, have y’ll seen Riri Lately, yes the trend is about a min old but it has also never GONE out of fashion, especially if its summer any where. i love strappy high sandals, but lest we forget, a good pedicure and manicure feet also have to follow and if your toes are long and falling over abeg, this shoe is not for you o!

  12. Oaken

    July 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    NAija women and ugly feet syndrome

  13. Nollywood REinvented

    July 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I think it looks great with the short dresses, not so much for the long dresses

  14. cathy

    July 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    shirley lovely

  15. Soraya

    July 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Ankle shoes are so last year- I wore them from 2009 to 2012 until I noticed more women started wearing them, so I moved on!

    • bea

      July 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      and are we meant to give you an award or something?

  16. [email protected]

    July 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Oaken,u took d words right outta my mouth….what the heck!!!..such ugly unkept feet!! all of’em, how these girls spend money on expensive shoes to wear on horribly kept feet eewwwh. You can’t play that here in the States, thats d 1st thing d guy looks at.
    And seriously Bella (Comment above)…”a good manicure and pedicure feet”?????…what the heck!!!! for real! you manicure and pedicure ur feet!

  17. @soraya

    July 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Meaning, u are so special to be caught wearing the same shoe type with other women? I would hope that is the least of your problems seeing that you can also fall off them and die. Mtcheew park wel jare…

  18. Mma

    July 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    They have been in style.

  19. Aby

    July 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Can’t wait to buy mine

  20. jessbuurman

    July 17, 2013 at 5:11 am


  21. jessica

    October 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

    nice collection…………………

  22. jessica

    March 31, 2015 at 6:17 am

    just perfect

  23. jessbuurman

    May 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    nice post..

  24. jessbuurman

    September 25, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    nice brief description regarding high heels..
    thanks for sharing

  25. jessbuurman

    September 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    beautiful high heels

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