Thought embroidery was relegated to your neo-boho ensembles? Not so in these stitched-up beauties by S. Adelman($135, Labiri Shoes, 531 Danforth, 416-778-6826).
Merging Indo-bedazzlement with a traditional rope-soled espadrille, these olive green lacers ($49.95, Le Chateau, 336 Queen West, 416-971-9314, www.lechateau.com) are a solid choice for the trendster on a budget.
Verging on intergalactic, this metallic fuchsia number by Sigerson Morrison ($695, Zola Shoes, 1726 Avenue, 416-783-8688) is a nice shoe rack addition for the gal who already has everything else.
Positively Pucci-esque, these woven-soled wedgies ($110, Town Shoes, 220 Yonge, 416-979-9914, www.townshoes.com) by Guess make even the colour-blind see green.
Here's a bit of fashion history: the cork-soled shoe - like this sassy pink pair by Fornarina ($148, Heel Boy, 682 Queen West, 416-362-4335) - was invented by legendary shoe god Salvatore Ferragamo in response to rubber, leather and steel rationing during the second world war. (High heels depended on a metal shank.)