Young and Stylish
Tue, 12/15/2009 - 11:33 AM
What's the hottest trend on campuses? Where can you get the best deals on the latest accessories? How can you stand out in the crowd? Stay with us as we keep you up-to-date with the hippest trends, products and shopping destinations - all from a college-goer's point of view.

Hot Steppers
Your shoes say a lot more about you than you know. So make sure you’re always well-heeled, no matter what. Here are three styles that are hot, hot, hot right now.

Sneakers: Gone are the boring black and white colours. Green, yellow, blue and red are the hot new favourites for our generation. If you have the confidence, wear a different coloured shoe on each foot – I’ve seen a black shoe on one foot and a yellow one on the other. True, it’s a little ‘taxi’ but if you can carry it off, why not? Cross-match your laces (black laces on yellow and vice-versa) if you really want to funk it up. Best of all, the laces are available at any mochi and they are super affordable.

Gladiators: True, they have been on the ramp for a while, but glads are too sexy to ignore. Now you get ankle-high, calf-high and knee-high ones. But stick to basic colours with this style; think black, different shades of brown and a lovely, deep green. Glads don’t need much accessorising but teaming them with the right outfit is critical. Boys and girls can pair them with a great pair of dhoti pants or jodhpuris. Girls, steam up your outfit by wearing glads with shorts or a mini-skirt.

Flip-flops (aka thongs): Casual and pretty, a good pair of flip-flops can be customised to look uber trendy. Girls can stick on tiny ladybugs, butterflies and more – I’ve even seen an army green pair with a tiny grenade and pistol stuck on the strap between the toe. Very cute. And there are macho stick-ons available too. Te key is to keep the add-ons minimal. Anything flashy looks tacky. Avoid clashing colours and always balance the size of your decorations on the strap.

Where to buy: Most of the footwear in this article can be found on Colaba Causeway and Linking Road, for reasonable prices. Each type of shoe is available within Rs 1,000. The sneakers are the most expensive, ranging from Rs 800 to Rs 1,000. Bandra’s Linking Road also has the more expensive type of flip-flops, upward of Rs 600. Gladiators are available at Fashion Street for under Rs 400.

- Neville Bhandara