Studs, no matter how you look at them on a pair of shoes, they always give an overall rockstar appeal. They exude a certain power to them as soon as you slip them on your feet that makes you instantaneously feel more confident and dominant. Studs aren’t just found in skater clothing stores anymore, but are now spotted in high end department stores such as our beloved Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.
This emerging trend is being seen in the collections of Chloe, Manolo Blahnik, and Burberry, as they give their classic silhouettes a modern day, edgy spin. Some brands have been featuring studs alone, while others are taking it to a whole new level by missing the studs with grommets, spikes, snakeskin, and even cut-outs. Have designers taken things too far? We think no!
Studs are an actual metal embellishment, typically seen in gold or silver tones. They are literally pierced into the material of the shoes to create everything from a simple embellishment to an extraordinary design. They are raised higher than the base material, leaving the shoe filled with texture that you can see and touch.
In the past, studs were associated with a skater or gothic look, but in current day, these are trends that well established designers have been pulling their inspiration from and applying it to their world renowned collections. Studs are an easy way to effortlessly draw in an edgy appeal to an accessory without losing the softness of the overall design.
This wonderful embellishment is now being found on sandals, boots, flats, etc…basically, every pair of shoe that a woman could want or need in her wardrobe. Investing in some studded shoes for the upcoming season can flawlessly take your look to the next level, simply by adding a few of these fun pieces to your wardrobe.
10 B Brian Atwood, Studded Suede Strappy Sandals: $495
The Brian Atwood brand is known for producing some of the most innovate shoes each season that draw attention from everywhere imaginable. This specific sandal is all that and more as the brand brings together studs, grommets, and truly transports the cut out trend to life. This suede covered, sky high, 4 inch heel supports a shaft attached with many elastic straps and a back zip for extra detail. The shaft contains genuine snake skin details, finished with silver metal studs and geometrical grommets.
9 Sophia Webster, Leandra Studded Suede Ankle-Strap Pumps: $695
Designer Sophia Webster truly puts a modern day spin on embellishment with their Leandra Studded Suede Ankle-Strap Pumps. Made in Brazil, these studded pumps are first built emulating the classic pump silhouette, then feeds into an ankle strap, drawing attention to lustrous geometric metal studs perfectly arranged on the leather trimmed suede. For further ornamentation, the shoe features a back zip that brings the whole design together. Through this uniquely shaped shoe, you will accurately experience the art of design.
8 Alexander McQueen, Studded Suede Smoking Slippers: $780
For a much more relaxed studded look that still adds the perfect embellishment to your wardrobe, going with a classic silhouette, like this Studded Suede Smoking Slipper from Alexander McQueen is truly the way to go. Each ornate stud, arranged in beautiful circular patterns, gives this classic, tailored slipper a lasting “pop.” Bound to soft Italian suede, and made complete with a comfortable padded insoles, these slippers offer the perfect marriage of comfort and edge. Each stud gives the word drama a whole new meaning.
7 Manolo Blahnik, Rocco Studded Leather Sandals: $825
Manolo Blahnik has coined themselves in the market as a classy brand, with high end shoes that women (and men) lust over. Over the years, they have delved into exotics, but more recently, we have seen them establish some classy shoes with an edgy twist. The Rocco Studded Leather Sandals are exactly that. These open toed pumps with a 3.5 inch heel offers a beautiful white canvas for the striking metal studs laid upon it. The adjustable ankle strap is also adorned in the stud pattern, enveloping the ankle in the edgiest hardware money can buy. Going for a princess turned punk look? Thank Mr. Blahnik for creating your new signature shoe!
6 Saint Laurent, Paris Studded Leather d'Orsay Pumps: $995
Polished sophistication is displayed at its finest, as Saint Laurent transforms the classic d'Orsay Pump by adding mini silver studs all over. The rose color of these Pair Studded Leather d’Orsay adds an additional pop and is the perfect color to add to your wardrobe for spring. Comfort is a factor in these heels, as they contain a padded insole for long hours of wearing. The four inch heel, traditional pointed toe, and smooth studs are all components of what makes the Saint Laurent brand so renowned.
5 Prada, Studded Leather Sandals: $990
What woman doesn’t love a Prada sandal? Their new Studded Leather Sandals mix together a wonderful array of studs, grommets, and high shine jewels to create an embellishment that gives sophistication a true edge. Constructed of distressed leather, an adjustable sling back strap, and a padded insole, these sandals aren’t only pretty to look at, but comfortable as well. They offer a four inch heel with a half inch covered platform, officially putting these into the “sky high” category. Now, all you need to complete this look is the perfect pedicure.
4 Junya Watanabe, Studded Snakeskin Mules: $995
If you are looking for a super edgy look, incorporating these Studded Snakeskin Mules by Junya Watanabe into your wardrobe is a one stop shop kind of situation. These are one of those pairs of shoes that takes multiple popular embellishments and merges them together to create a look that is like none other. This designer used snakeskin, studs, and spikes so produce a fierce mule on a stacked 2 inch heel, which is ready to take on the world. If looks could kill, this shoe would be deadly.
3 Gucci, Studded Monk Strap Ankle Boots: $1,150
Gucci is a wonderful Italian brand, producing perfectly curated collections season after season. Originally known for crafting the finest leather products, this leather boot screams perfection. This black leather Studded Monk Strap Ankle Boot is beautifully constructed with a pointed toe, four and a half inch heel, and gold tone studding on the smooth leather upper section. The boot is further embellished with the double buckle with golden hardware. Just the kind of modern day stud you would expect from Gucci.
2 Chloé, Suzanna Studded Suede Ankle Boots: $1,345
Over the years, the Triple Stacked suede ankle boot has become iconic for this brand. This season, they have added an extra edge to their classic design by embellishing them with a beautiful arrangement of gold tones, studs. This is a total city approved look, since the heel is only 1.5 inches, making it an essential for city dwellers to wear from dawn till dusk. Made in Italy, these boots are embellished with more than just studs, but have gold hardwareadhered to the adjustable buckle and back heel.
1 Burberry, Athol Studded Leather Moto Boots: $1,495
Being a world renowned British brand, it only made sense for Burberry to design their own take on the notorious Moto Boot. The Moto Boot is known as the sort of unofficial symbol for grunge, being black leather, slouchy in their overall design, and hits at the mid-calf. These Athol Studded Leather Moto Boots are the perfect studded up grunge boot you will ever lay your eyes on! The silver metal studs fill the whole shaft of the boot, and then meet at the foot, where the adjustable buckle is properly placed. If you are trying to channel the 90's, these will certainly take you back in time.