Style Advice of the Week

Some things are just better when spiked. Many 21-year-olds would tell you they prefer a spiked apple cider, a spiked punch or maybe even a spiked coffee. I prefer my shoes spiked.

Studded and spiked garments and accessories have been popping up all around campus this season, giving fall some needed edge. While spikes and studs were a staple in the ‘70s punk movement and were originally worn as a reaction against the status quo, studded garments today are much more mainstream and popular. With designers like Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Louboutin and Alexander Wang frequently using studs and being inspired by punk fashion, its no wonder studs and spikes have become so much more accessible in recent years.

This Fashionisto centered his look on his studded shoes. As his black, gold and silver studded and spiked sneakers were such a bold statement, he kept the rest of his outfit simple to balance out the wild streak on his feet. Sporting a V-neck sweater with dark wash jeans, this Fashionisto put together a look that was both practical for heading to class, comfortable for sitting in lecture and full of impact.

A range of designers have used spiked and studded footwear in recent years. While Louboutin has been recently crafting spiked heels and sneakers, Valentino has rockstudded a number of classic looks, giving rise to shoes that are both classic and edgy. Jeffrey Campbell has studded everything from sneakers to his Litas, and Vince Camuto uses studs to create modern, cute looks that likewise say, “Don’t mess with me.” For a studded shoe with a more traditional punk look, try these studded Dr. Martens.

While studded shoes tend to be expensive today for the amount of time, labor and material that goes into studding thick materials like leather, they certainly can be worn by everyone. In the spirit of the original punk movement and in an effort to save money, try studding a pair of shoes as your next DIY project. While time consuming, the outcome will be one for fellow Fashionistas to stud-y.


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