From Chloé to Dolce & Gabbana, and even Manolo Blahnik – the Beetlejuice-esque monochromatic stripes taking over footwear this season are hard to miss. These classic bands blend the perfect mix of versatility (you can wear this with everything) and personality.
My personal favorite are these d’Orsay sandals by Givenchy. They feature smooth black & white leather, piped black leather trim, signature silver ‘shark lock’ twist lock ankle-strap and sleek stiletto heel. Half sizes are available.
This season many footwear designers and brands, from Nicholas Kirkwood to Valentino, retired the celeb-favorite pin thin stiletto opting for the return of a chunky, block heel. This trendy shape is 70s infused with a hint of modern bohemian glamour that would make Bianca Jagger proud.
We pulled 10 fabulous examples of this trend now at retail…I guess the question is: will you be swapping your skinny summer-ready stilettos for this blocky silhouette?
Nicholas Kirkwood psychedelic printed satin platform sandals; available at Net-A-Porter
Givenchy lace-up d’Orsay black & white leather sandal; available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Proenza Schouler black leather fringe banded mule; available at Neiman Marcus
Pierre HardyMonolite natural beige linen pointed-toe pumps; available at Forward
Valentino multi-colored Rockstud strappy sandals with gold-tone pyramid studs; available at Tessabit
J.W.Anderson blue suede lace-up bootie with a mother-of-pearl heel; available at Farfetch
Giama Aztec printed cotton platform ankle-strap sandals; available at Farfetch
Christian LouboutinBella braided leather houndstooth printed platform sandal; available at Nordstrom
Saint LaurentCandy crystal studded black leather sandals; available at Forward
Giuseppe Zanotti black suede strappy sandal with antique gold studded heel; available at Neiman Marcus
Cate Blanchett wore GivenchyClara platform sandals to the ‘Cinderella’ premiere held during the 2015 Berlinale International Film Festival. These heels feature black suede, open-toe, shark-lock fastening, a 50mm platform and 130mm stiletto heel. Clara is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and on sale at Farfetch.
Outfit Details: Custom made Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 sequin embellished gown, shimmery gold eyes and apricot glossy lip plus Repossi diamond rings.
Cate Blanchett wore GivenchyMatilda sandals during the Cinderella photo call held during the 2015 Berlinale International Film Festival. These heels feature black velvet, black lizard heel & trim and 115mm gold pin heel. Matilda is available on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue, Forward by Elyse Walker and L’inde Le Palais.
Outfit Details: Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 off white sheer blouse and black ruffled skirt, pink berry glossy lip and Repossi diamond ear cuff.
These Spring 2015 heels feature a soft magnolia flower & moth design painted on soft black leather, a polished silver tone shark tooth turn-lock closure and covered stiletto heel. Make it a perfect look for the office with these heels paired with a soft peach blouse & black pencil skirt or with cropped denim jeans & sheer delicate top for a more casual look.
Zoe Saldana wore GivenchyMarzia sandals to the 2014 Audi Celebration of Emmys Week held at Cecconi’s Restaurant in LA. These heels are from the Fall 2014 collection featuring red & orange velvet, two adjustable ankle-straps plus a 115mm gold pin hybrid heel. Marzia is available in brown suede & mint green leather at LuisaViaRoma.
Amanda Seyfried wore GivenchyMatilda ankle-strap sandals to the premiere of ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ held at the Regency Westwood Village Theatre in LA. They’re from the Fall 2014 collection featuring black velvet, black lizard heel & trim and 115mm gold pin heel. Matilda is available for pre-order at L’inde Le Palais.
She’s the newest face of Givenchy’s Very Irrésistible fragrance, so I wasn’t surprised to see her wear a black spaghetti strap dress by the brand with a pleated short skirt, sheer chiffon overlay, Chantilly lace split sleeves and butterfly appliqué around the neckline from the Fall 2014 collection.
Amanda must have been uncomfortably hot wearing those black stockings since temperatures here have been reaching 90+ degrees! She finished her look with a bright red lip and diamond stud earrings by Tiffany & Co.
Beyoncé wore Givenchy sandals to the 2014 Met Gala celebrating “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in NYC. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. These classic sandals feature black suede with a shark tooth lock ankle-strap, 130mm heel and 25mm platform. They’re available in ruse suede at Marissa Colletions, black/ivory suede at LuisaViaRoma & Stylebop and in several styles at FarFetch.
We were all waiting for that jaw-dropping Beyoncé arrival but this year she opted to show her more demure side. She wore a custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown created by Riccardo Tisci with a draped tunic top, long sheer flared skirt completely embroidered with crystals and beads throughout. It may not have that shocking wow factor at first glance, but look at this intricate detail!
Beyoncé put the finishing touches on this red carpet look with her hair swept back in a sleek side-parted chignon accented with a Swarovski crystal covered fishnet veil by Philip Treacy. She also accessorized with over 200 carats of Lorraine Schwartz black diamond jewelry, a beautiful vampy lip plus red nails.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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, yes. Please and thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.