Yes baby, it’s cold outside. But big-name designers have definitely turned up the temp with the sizzling hot shoes that hit their runways. From braided booties to strappy pumps, here are the shoes that stole the show (and our hearts).
Altuzarra Some croc, Madame? Only Joseph Altuzarra can convince us on how over-the-knee boots with croc-effect leather, can artistically exhibit how aesthetics and practicality can really exist in footwear. With low block heels and neutral shades in black, navy or gray, we can see (and hopefully wear) these cropped and pony hair tall boots as one of fall 2016’s staples. And taking a detour from the reptile route, paisley-printed boots and ladder-strap pumps also graced the catwalk.
Derek Lam Modern classicism ruled the Derek Lam runway. Low-heeled, lace-up stiletto booties redefine how fall footwear can be worn from day to night –maybe even forever? Our favorite –the high stacked heels cinched with a thin strap that wraps around the ankles –it’s badass and dainty at the same time. Other key, boot details include contrast piping and mesh cut-outs that complemented Lam’s luxe-minimalist sensibility.
Jason Wu The Wu woman for Fall/Winter 2016 is refined, sexy, sophisticated and…comfortable! Velvet court shoes and kitten heels were paired elegantly with long leather coats and ultra-feminine black lace dresses. Classic slingbacks were updated with a chunky bow detail that wraps around the foot and heel–the perfect mix of strength and seduction. We think we’ve found our new work-to-play shoes!
Alexander Wang It’s glam-goth in footwear. If punk princesses headed to the Upper East Side, these are the shoes they’ll be sporting. Wang complemented his marijuana leaf-decorated dresses with cap-toe-embellished combat boots, high-top sneakers, studded booties and creeper-soled Wallabees –all very stomp-worthy.
Prabal Gurung If a woman’s power was measured by the sharpness of her shoe, then the Prabal Gurung woman would be a superhero. Pointy ankle boots adorned with metallic silver toe caps were sleek and fierce. One of the shoe stand-outs was a pair of on-point (pun intended) below-the-knee leather boots in a stunning, midnight blue hue. However, the other strappy sandals with stiletto heels and sexy side cut-outs in laminated leather, are just as competent enough to stylishly save the day and rescue us from any sartorial rut.
Christian Siriano Siriano shoes for Fall/Winter 2016 are a vibrant mix of texture, color and structure. Statement-making red and yellow, snake-stamped over-the-knee boots were given a playful touch with a thick plait that slithered from the top until the arches of the foot. It was a braid invasion –even stiletto heels and sandals were madeover with the feminine and flirty ropes.
We’ll post more updates soon as the shows continue!
About the author: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more).
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
After New York and London fashion week, you can start feeling a bit burned out. So many beautiful collections, so little time! You could spend your afternoon flipping through Style.com slideshows to keep caught up or you could come to Shoerazzi, where we offer a comprehensive look at the strongest collections of the fashion month with our eyes directed to the enviable footwear. This time around, we’re reviewing the always seductive, always gorgeous shoes of Milan fashion week.
Stella Jean is an up-and-coming designer that has been curating a lot of buzz since her launch last season. So much buzz that she managed to pull major Milan fashion power hitters into the crowd! The pattern-on-pattern-on-pattern feel of the line is both earthy and fashion forward, bohemian while still being body-conscious. The footwear mimicked the phenomenal patterning throughout the collection, making the ankle booties and stilettos alike a feast for the eyes. Those amazing colorful tweeds and African wax prints were transformed into shoes that beg to be worn everywhere, regardless of season. It’s hard to say where a brand this young is going, but one thing is certain: if they keep having clever footwear collaborations – Christian Louboutin is no slouch – and enviable apparel, the future is bright.
Like so many before it, Gucci’s Fall 2014 collection revisited the archives. Specifically? The sixties, emphasizing clean lines, precision, and snug tailoring done in a myriad of baby blues, mustard yellows, sage greens, dusty roses, and spliced with edge by animal print. The Mod appeal was complemented by the fabulous knee-high boots that pervaded the collection. The silhouette of the boots is classic, modernized by blending their iconic horsebit loafer with a Chelsea boot. In keeping with the palette of the apparel, the boots are pastel perfect.
Fausto Puglisi’s mini-skirt obsessed line is always fantastically fabulous. This season, he punched up the collection with vibrant graphic prints and leather paneling. Now, where there’s an enviable leg-baring dress, there are killer shoes to follow. The pumps were as geometrically-themed as the collection, combining supple leather and smooth suede into intriguing color combinations that would make compiling an outfit a cinch. We love the contrasting hues of the color blocked pumps, however our hearts are set on the inexplicable Lady Liberty pump that gives The Statue of Liberty a very fashionable makeover!
After last season’s spectacular collection, we were wondering how Karl Lagerfeld’s Fendi would hold up to the extremely high expectations he’s been setting these past couple years. The verdict? Karl Lagerfeld Voodoo Doll aside, it was a masterful collection inspired by continental travel and the morose romanticism of the thirties. Though the fur apparel is always the main attraction of a Fendi show, the footwear designed by Nicholas Kirkwood held its own. The mid-calf booties are the perfect blend of sophistication combining supple leather and silky hair calf variants propped up by a coordinated stacked heel. Although we don’t think they’re the edgiest boots of the season, they’re a great mix of attitude and practicality
Just Cavalli, the younger sister of Roberto Cavalli, is a brand addicted to sass and vibrant colors. The collection was eclectic and funky, the shoes matching the theme to a T with their colorful, fringy goodness. Heeled, open-toe sandals were color blocked and tasseled, while the ankle boots took on a fierce life of their own. We love the plethora of on-trend colors and our heart is set firmly on a pair of those gorgeous green tassel suede booties. Seriously. Apologies in advance to our bank accounts.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s designs for No° 21 always have the appeal of a tomboy schoolgirl gone sassy; this season that wayward bourgeois appeal was in full force with floral sequins, slouching blazers, and sheer one-shouldered dresses. The shoes themselves drifted between modest 50s-inspired flats, clunky boots, and shoes that carry a very peculiar arts and crafts appeal. The pumps have everything from fleece bows to glitter covered heels embellished on top of calf hair, making them an intriguing statement piece that we can all expect to see on Anna Dello Russo before long.
After last season’s cacophony of colors, Prada’s latest offering seems almost dower by comparison. It was definitely as extravagant as we always expect (multi-colored shearling coats, layered sheer dresses that are the perfect kind of delicate), though at times felt disjointed. Luckily, the strangely bizarre and always modern shoes we await season after season reappeared with sky-high mechanical wedges embellished with industrial-looking rivets. Without a doubt, the footwear will appear on fashion It girls everywhere the millisecond they’re stocked on the shelves.
Jeremy Scott’s premiere at Moschino was just as bizarre and weird as we all expected. Taking a cue from “fast fashion,” nods to candy wrappers, Spongebob Squarepants, Budweiser, and Ronald McDonald were standard. Colorful, kooky, and just shy of completely unwearable, it was one of the more memorable collections of the season. Luckily, the footwear felt more realistic for every day wear. Would we rock the riff on the McDonald’s M? We’re not so sure, but we do love the emblem-embellished Moschino ankle strap pumps.
This season, Versace was decidedly more conservative than we’re used to seeing in recent years, shelving blatant sexuality for satin, asymmetrical hems, and military buttons. The footwear was just as vivacious as usual, however, and practically screamed “red carpet ready.” Suede over-the-knee boots were embellished with gold chain and ankle booties featured a dangerously pointed toe that would make the Wicked Witch of the West excited for fall shopping. That said, the stand-out shoe was easily the woven suede mule, where the military inspiration met seamlessly with sartorial sophistication.
Close your eyes and think of Roberto Cavalli, what do you picture? If we were to guess, you saw an explosion of fur, metallics, and snakeskin. You would be spot on! Cavalli is known for opulence and he very rarely disappoints. This season is no exception, especially where the phenomenal shoes are concerned. The ankle-strap sandals feature a classic silhouette drenched in luxuries such as beige python trimmed in metallic silver leather and a regal mirrored gold covered heel breast.
Jil Sander’s label is currently in freefall after the namesake designer resigned from the position last year, leaving the remaining design team to pick up the design books and curate a collection that stuck to Jil Sander’s DNA – even if Jil Sander wasn’t there to oversee the designs herself. So. How’d they do? Well, where the apparel stayed to a relatively neutral palette that hinted at colors instead of embracing them, the footwear (wedge brogues and platform loafers) were punchy in their vibrancy. Electric yellow snake skin, deep green laces, and merlot wedges were all part of the strong footwear offering.
Prints, studs, and fox fur – oh my! This latest collection from Peter Dundas for Emilio Pucci is one of the strongest he’s created for the legendary Italian house and that goes double for the footwear. Strappy, sexy & studded is our perfect recipe for a killer sandal. The braided leather and classic palette of the sandals make it infinitely wearable and ultimately racy. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fall line without boots and Pucci’s selection is decidedly crazier than his sandals. The cow-printed hair calf, sleek red leather, and burnished golden medallions boots are flamboyant enough to even make Tom Ford grin in appraisal.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2014 collection offered up classic looks that did not feel stuffy and dated; supple tartans piped with black leather, needle-punched jacquard, and metallic wool blends made the collection covetable. For the footwear, the brand offered exotic skin strappy sandals and heeled loafers embellished with grommets as well as over-the-knee leather boots done in a similar motif.
Dean and Dan Catan are known for keeping kitsch and wackiness at the forefront of the Milanese runways, served with a massive helping of sass and panache. Sleek alligator leather paired with colorful jacquard in a Mod-style ensemble? Not every brand would show such a combination with a straight face, but we love DSquared2 for that reason. The footwear channeled the sixties vibe and then added the crazy. Embellished sandals walked the runway covered in elaborate gem stone vines and ankle straps were fastened with padlocks- bizarrely perfect in the DSquared2 way.
Chloë Moretz was spotted wearing Versace python platform loafers while leaving the BBC Children in Need Designer Pudsey auction held in London. These heels are from the Fall 2012 collection and available online in black patent leather (pictured above) at Farfetch.
I love Chloë’s fun yellow Versace Typeface cocktail dress. You can find a similar one online at Versace’s EU online shop. She wore very light makeup and stayed warm under her camel colored coat.
Sergio Rossi’s resort 2011 collection is a perfect balance of color, substance and detail necessary for the summer season. The collection features many styles such as pumps, wedges, platforms, sandals, and even a loafer. One of my favorite pieces from the fall collection was the cutout gladiator sandal and there is a similar cousin to it in this collection except in a wedge form. This collection is candy for the feet and full of embellishments such as buckles, straps, gems and rivets.