5 Reasons Why You Need To Own Black Lace-Up Sandals

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At Giambattista Valli’s show today in Paris, one of our favorite accessories strutted down the runway: Daring knee-high lace-up heels. The inherent edginess of this provocative style paired seamlessly with the elegant, feminine pieces that Giambattista is known for—making it work for the girl that has a penchant for all things rock’n’roll. Successfully nailing this look can be challenging, so use these styling tips and take the plunge—you’ll thank us when black lace-ups become your go-to.

Fall 2015 Giambattista Valli

Yes, ruffles and lace can be edgy. Photos: Getty Images

Styling tip: Try wearing retro floral prints with black lace-up heels. This choice will make a vintage dress—especially ones with a high neck that are hard to pull off—modern and cool.

Styling tip: Don't be afraid to juxtapose this tough style with feminine lace or crochet. As long as the shoes feel elegant (and not bulky) it will be a seamless match.

Styling tip: Breathe new life into wardrobe staples by pairing daring knee-high heels with tried and true favorites like a white collar shirt, overcoat or LBD.

Styling tip: Winter whites are a huge trend for Fall 2015. To break up the look, you want to steer clear of white shoes and instead, opt for high contrast with sleek black.

Styling tip: The '70s trend is here to stay, which means shearling jackets and coats will still be relevant next season. Although a stacked heel and natural leather is gorgeous with shearling, going for unexpected black will elevate the look and make it more glam.

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