Designer Shoes: Alexander McQueen

New York, London, Milan….over one hundred shows, countless outfits, and an incredible amount of shoes later, we’re finally in the crème de la crème of fashion week: Paris. The City of Lights and Enviable Fashion! Grab a croissant and a café au lait‎, because we’re going to show you the hottest soles to walk the runway from Paris Fashion Week.

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Anthony Vaccarello is a brand designed around the idea of a confident and sensual woman who knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. The line is characterized by microscopic minis, excessive leather, and lots of cleavage. For all of Vaccarello’s verve and sass, the shoes are fairly classic and definitely the apparel’s subtle counterpart. Black, cherry red, and shining silver – the double strap pointed-toe pumps will assuredly show off your legs and complement any mini-hemline you rock.

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If we were to describe the Fall 2014 line in a nutshell, it’d be Technicolor pirate meets Velvet Goldmine. From color blocked suede to luscious booties in metallic-laced snakeskin topped with a golden mirrored heel, just when you think that Dries Van Noten has reached the peak of gorgeous designs, he outdoes himself again. We’re in love with the ankle booties, but the t-strap thick heeled pump is also utterly jaw dropping. Who would have thought that silver-toned calf hair could look so futuristic and lux?

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Rochas’ vibe in recent years has been ‘50s and ‘60s housewives with a sassy, outspoken twist – usually involving ornate embroidery and punchy colors. The heels (with straps or without, because variety is the spice of life) are incredibly embellished and not in a subtle kinda way. Literally dripping with bead and rhinestone embellishments, the pumps offer a not-so-classic-take on a traditional and practical silhouette. We love the way they’re styled with slightly conservative neo-conservative clothing, as it allows the bejeweled shoes to really shine.

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It’s been a rocky road bringing the iconic brand Vionnet into the modern day, but designer Goga Ashkenazi has been tirelessly reinventing the bias cut to bring Vionnet back into the limelight. The result? Vibrant color combinations and stunning draping. However, things get a little more muddled where the footwear is concerned. While the calf hair booties are unique and the calf hair pump with geometric heel is phenomenally inventive, the furry multi-colored sandals are definitely too bizarre for everyday use.

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Oliver Rousteing’s latest Balmain offering is a blend of worldly streetstyle, voluptuous silhouettes, and Masai-inspired embroidery – without ever leaving that sensation of Parisian cool. It isn’t surprising that we’re seeing such bold footwear from Balmain; in recent memory, the brand has been devoted to making a high sartorial impact in the coolest way possible (Rihanna’s had a wonderful effect on the young Balmain designer in that way). Rousteing complemented the “safari chic” collection with olive, black, and gold intricately woven footwear that we’ll all be channeling come cooler weather. Those knotted leather sandal booties might actually be what our dreams are made of!

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Alber Elbaz’s Lanvin is all about making a woman feel like the most beautiful and the most enticing creature in the world, leading his line to be one of the most decadent season after season. Slipping on one of his designs transports you to a fantasy of Old Hollywood glamour with modern day power; this time around, the shoes did not escape that exquisite treatment. Thickly heeled, satin-covered, and exotically skinned (we spy with our little eyes alligator, snake, and stingray – oh my!), they’re over the top in a way that would make Marlene Dietrich keel over in ecstasy.

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The ankle booties that stole Isabel Marant’s show were typical Parisian cool. Strappy and fitted in neutral-to-military colors, just looking at them filled you with a sense of sass and empowerment. While we love the combination of olive green and grey, the show stoppers were the designs that were primarily designed in fur with leather cross straps binding everything together. They were sheer excess in a way that is right up the alley of Beyonce or Rihanna – in fact, we’re sure both the bombastic icons will be snapped wearing them.

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Christian Dior, much like other Parisian designers, are having a ‘90s influence. No, we’re not talking about Spice Girls’ level platform heels – Raf’s ‘90s inspiration revolves around colorful sneakers and molded rubber. Where his sneaker interpretation deviates from the literal (we’re looking at you, Chanel), is that he still includes a pointed toe pump in the design. High-contrast and unique, these shoes will be editorial hits and Anna Dello Russo favorites.

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If Céline’s line is any indication, flatforms are going to have a moment in fall. While we’re not completely sold on the clunky silhouette, the gorgeous use of patent leather and neutrally colored ombre fade make us warm up to the designs more than we thought possible. Besides, who doesn’t love comfort? A flat shoe on a platform provides the additional height without the ankle strain.

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As per usual, Chloé’s line of shoes are clean, sleek, modernist goodness wrapped in stunning suede, supple leather, and intriguing fur. We love the mixture of different textures on every design, if only because she takes simple ideas (black and navy, quilted leather) and elevates them to a plateau of high fashion. The complementary palette of eggplant, sage, navy, and cream make the designs stand out even more; the neutrality means that you will be able to wear these shoes practically anywhere, all winter long. When the heeled boots look this amazing, who could blame you?

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The shoes are simply sensational in their open-toed and strappy sandaled goodness. From the exquisite color palette (burnished reds and oranges, stark whites, hints of mint, and streaks of snakeskin) to the perfectly unique silhouette that is edgy without being bizarre, Givenchy’s shoes are firmly cemented as some of the most covetable heels of the season. If this is Tisci’s glamour, we can’t be more thankful for the lack of sweatshirts.

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We watch Stella McCartney’s shows for her neo-prep sensibilities, the kind that make you quirk your head to the side and think “wow, I never thought of styling a blazer like that.” Similarly daring, Stella’s shoes for this season are not for the faint of heart – the multi-tone flatforms are one part loafer and three parts gutsy. Ranging from neutral to star printed, they match her aesthetic of modernist with an attitude.

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When Elie Saab presents his collections, we’re always expected stunning gowns and perfect, modern opulence. This time around, the footwear is strappy and dramatic, perfectly inter-weaving leather and suede. What has our heart pounding is the luscious color palette; the gorgeous purple perfectly balances the vibrant teal, further tied together with hints of black and beige. Swoon. If these shoes don’t scream sensual sophistication, we don’t know what heels do! We predict that these shoes will be mainstays on the red carpet and we can’t wait to see who rocks them.

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If there’s one thing that’s certain about Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent, it’s that the collections are made for partying. Miniskirts, sequins, and enough fur to make an Old Hollywood starlet blush, they practically drip with Los Angeles essence; they scream “I’m a cool girl.” Why would the shoes be any different? Coming in primarily three styles, the strappy Mary Janes, London-style ankle bootie, and the sleek knee-high boots are knock-your-socks-off fabulous. Sure, you could go for the black patent leather or sleek chestnut suede variety, but we can’t stop looking at the glitter infused, rhinestone studded, and striped variations. Silver leather knee-high boots that walked straight out of a 1960s science fiction movie? Uh, yesPlease and thank you.

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It wouldn’t be a Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel collection without a heaping helping of absurdity and Chanel’s supermarket chic collection is filled with just that. How absurd is absurd? Well, let’s just say we haven’t seen so many gym-ready Chanel shoes in…well, ever. That’s right: the Chanel shoes of the season are exclusively sneakers, taking a cue from the last haute couture collection where kneepads and fannypacks were standard fare. The collection was rife with multi-tweed sneakers that came in ankle and knee-high variety, perfect for those who like their style to have a dose of novelty.

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It’s no surprise that Valentino’s FW14 footwear offerings are sensational – their shoes have been ruling the streetstyle blogs for a few seasons now. This collection, they’ve embraced Italian Pop art by use of rich red hues, mod shapes, moody blues, and a stunning mosaic print. Alternating the styles between knee-high boots, a stellar ankle bootie, and a lovely strappy pump, we predict that these shoes will be everywhere come September.

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This is the first collection from Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen that we’re seeing large undertones of dark and gothic romanticism that truly feel like they were taken out of Alexander McQueen’s diary. Keeping with the brand’s London roots (nevermind that it shows in Paris), the footwear collection was comprised entirely of hiking boots with a stuffy Victorian twist. Imbued with ruffles, and embellished with fur, the booties were on the masculine side of decadent but decadent nonetheless. Some of the most intriguing? The knee-high eyelet lace ups; only the most courageous would rock those.

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Nicolas Ghesquière’s premier collection for Louis Vuitton was a smash hit and filled with pieces you want to buy and wear to shreds. The footwear did not escape the lush treatment, designed in combinations of black, beige, and cognac leather – a select few were even adorned with a gold LV medallion. We love the curved heel that pervaded the shoes, but our hearts are set on the two-tone mid-calf boot with superfluous straps.

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Miu Miu’s collection was all about girlish, stick-to-your-teeth sugary charm. Pastels were rampant, the bags were perfect, and the shoes? Well, the shoes were just charming. Candy colored satin booties and metallic paisley brocade pumps were all fitted with a playful screw-like pin heel. If the hardware motif is not up your alley, the transparent waterproof boots are sure to make the impact you’re looking for.

Written by Shannon Weston

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Alexander McQueen two-tone sandal | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Alexander McQueen US & Alexander McQueen UK  for $635.00

I love these cute sandals from Alexander McQueen’s Pre-Spring 2014 collection. They feature a nude leather front and insole, thin toe strap, flamingo pink leather heel, super thin adjustable ankle-strap and small silver-tone buckle.

This style is only available in whole sizes. You can also find it in black suede and metallic gold leather with a slightly higher 4.5″ heel at Zappos.

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Naomie Harris wore Alexander McQueen platform sandals to the Royal Film Performance of ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ in London. These heels are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black leather straps, red & black marbled platforms and curved stiletto. This collection hasn’t hit retail yet but you can find Fall ’13 and Pre-Spring ’14 styles at FarfetchNeiman Marcus and Alexander McQueen.

She’s been on a long promo tour for this biographical film and arrived wearing her best look yet. Naomie looked fabulous wearing an Alexander McQueen black viscose crepe strapless dress with a floor-length skirt and ornate gold leaf embroidered peplum from the Pre-Spring 2014 collection.

She also finished her look with jewelry by Jessica McCormack including cone drop diamond earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Naomie.

When warmer climates arrive, the boots get stored away and cheery sandals (strappier the better) come out to play. I love a classic court shoe but the brighter & more playful spring shoes are always my favorites.

Style.com’s Spring 2014 Accessories Index was just released and market director Marina Larroudé reveals the news on shoes spotlighting 10 standout styles. Her selections focus on several upcoming footwear trends including mules, sporty sandals and kitten-heel pumps.

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Notes:
I’ve named Isabel Marant’s latest creation the moccanstock since they’re a hybrid of a moccasin combined with a Birkenstock-style footbed. Gianvito Rossi solidified the spotlight again this season with his super sexy mules – which he also designed for Altuzarra.

Sporty shoes covered the runways at Milan Fashion Week and the most obvious example of this trend is Prada’s athletic-inspired heels featuring thick rubber bumpers. My favorite choice from Larroudé’s list is Tabitha Simmons super strappy pump in white leather; I imagine these look amazing on the foot.

My top picks:
As usual, my selections are all about the heels and this season they’re especially different from the editor’s picks. I can never pass up a hot shoe! There were so many styles pulling at my heartstrings, it was difficult narrowing this down to 10.

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Gianvito Rossi is the “master of the mule” and I love the mirrored leather combined with black python. Fendi’s silicone sandals are architecturally amazing and check out the industrial caged “double heels”. I adore Charlotte Olympia’s “Overboard” sea-inspired collection and yes, those are upside down mermaid heels! Diego Dolcini’s strappy sandal is a signature style redesigned in a trendy violet tulip neoprene and captivating shade of indigo.

Many more top shoes:
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Elizabeth Banks wore Alexander McQueen platform sandals to the ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Paris premiere. We were able to see the shoes thanks to her stylists’ (yes she has two, Wendi and Nicole Ferreira) Instagram photo. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black leather, two large gold-tone buckles, marbled green detailing and blue leather heel. This style is not yet online but you can shop current styles at Farfetch, Neiman Marcus & Alexander McQueen.

To round out the European tour, she went out with a bang in the City of Lights wearing an Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 black silk crepe dress with a square neck, column floor-length skirt, intricate Masai-inspired bead embroidery and ostrich feather peplum inspired by Zulu warriors.

The dress itself was clearly a statement piece but then Elizabeth added gorgeous crystal Baccarat jewelry including a Médicis black mordore ringSo Insomnight blue mordore ringPsydélic blue scarabee ring and Cristal Rubis red mirror earrings. She also carried an Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 embroidered clutch.

Check out more shoes spotted on Elizabeth.

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Jennifer Aniston wore Alexander McQueen platform pumps to the German premiere of ‘We’re the Millers’ in Berlin. These shoes are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black suede, tapered 1″ platform, almond-toe and curved 4.75″ heel. They’re available online at Zappos.

After a quick break from her red carpet go-to color, Jennifer’s back in a LBD. I adore this Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2013 silk blend cap sleeve number with a flared skirt which she wore with the corset bridle belt backwards.

Similarly to yesterday’s London premiere, her hair was still flipped to the side but not as tousled. She also carried a Burberry black crocodile clutch.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jennifer.

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Zoe Saldana wore Alexander McQueen lace-up pumps to the Palmarina Bodrum opening night after-party in Turkey. These shoes are from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection featuring black leather, suede side panels, gold-tone metal cap-toe and long leather laces. They’re available online at Alexander McQueen.

She wore McQueen head-to-toe including a floral printed wool knit cap sleeve dress and heart waist black leather belt. Her hair was lightly curled at the ends and she also added a  pretty cerise lip.

Check out more shoes spotted on Zoe.

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Alexander McQueen pump | 5″ heel & 1″ platform | buy online at Zappos for $825.00

Yes, you can find a shoe from this Spring 2013 honeybee-inspired collection without spending $4k! This pump features black honeycomb-embossed 3D patent leather, peep-toe and bow-shaped sculpted heel. The honeycomb pattern is also on the insole with a lightly padded nude leather panel. Half sizes are available.

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Beyoncé is featured in the March 2013 issue of Vogue wearing Alexander McQueen platform sandals. These shoes are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring red satin, crystal-embellished straps and sculpted lucite heel filled with red crystals. There’s only one shoe available online from this collection right now with a glitter-filled platform at Neiman Marcus.

She looked ever so regal wearing a floral printed satin coat and two piece outfit by Rochas from the Spring 2013 RTW collection. Beyoncé has a busy year planned and starts the (4 month!) Mrs. Carter Show World Tour later this spring.

Check out a behind-the-scenes video from her shoot and more shoes spotted on Beyoncé.

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alexander-mcqueen-peep-toe-platform-pump-december-shop Alexander McQueen peep-toe platform pump |  5 .25″ heel & 1″ platform | buy online at Zappos for $907 and Neiman Marcus for $870

This two-tone shoe is from the Pre-Spring 2013 collection. It features nude & black leather, tubular straps, t-strap, wavy sides, bowed heel and ankle-strap which wraps behind the heel counter. Half sizes are available.

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