Learn this word: Ombre

I like to think of myself as a person well-versed in the nuances of vocabulary. Heck, I go to Powell’s City of Books just to peruse their dictionaries and thesauruses. But last week, Katie introduced me to a word that I hadn’t come across, so my first thought upon hearing it was to make it into a blog.

Do you know what ombre (or umbrae) means? It literally is a type of shadow, but alludes to a sunspot–a shadow cast on the sun by a planet. When applied to shoes, you’ve got something absolutely heavenly: a detail (or entire shoe) that starts with one color and ends up being another!

To illustrate this concept, check out my new video. Here, you’ll get a 360-view of the new Enzo Angiolini Legs in White Patent.

While this shoe illustrates ombre in the sexy stacked heel, you can also find other examples of this trend at J. Pliner Cell  Just take a look at the Donald J. Pliner Cell (left). This vampy heel starts with a cool metallic reptile-textured upper that goes from light to dark with a silvery heel that fades to a deep plum-purple toe.So, fashionistas (or fashionistos), practice your French, and impress your friends with your new vocab word. They’ll be jealous you heard of this fantastic new trend first!

– Danielle

UPDATE AUGUST 2008: Solevoice’s “Word of the Week” feature has morphed into a special section called “Shoestruction“.  All previous and future posts can be found in this category.

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