Exotic skins take a neutral position for pre-fall ’12, with grey and nude shades in the season’s top styles, including classic pointy-toe pumps and ankle boots. Kate Spade took a toned down direction with gold-flecked embossed leather on a single-soled pump, while B Brian Atwood opted for all-over metallic in platinum on the same silhouette. Charles David and Jean-Michel Cazabat also embraced the trend with nude-hued pointy-toe pumps featuring feminine details like an ankle strap and sweetheart-cut vamp. Menswear-inspired styles in snakeskin prints were shown at Lucky Brand and Rebecca Minkoff. And ankle boots emerged as one of pre-fall’s most popular looks, with natural-colored snakeskin on short boots at Sam Edelman and Daniblack.