The Haute Couture shows have come and gone, leaving in their wake a handful of breathtaking trends that we can’t wait to start incorporating into our wardrobes. But underneath the extraordinary garments, there’s a key piece that we have the tendency to gloss over when ooh-ing and ahh-ing over a delicately embroidered gown: the shoes that go along with it.
And yet, the footwear from this past season has been nothing short of inspiring, from Viktor & Rolf’s ruffled flats that look like you’re walking on a marshmallow cloud to Rodarte’s embellished cowboy boots that actually don’t make you look like you’re hoeing down in a Jessica Simpson music video. After all, what better place is there to look for #shoeinspo than the most aspirational shows of the year?
Check out the 4 shoe trends from Haute Couture Fashion Week that we've fallen head over heels for:
In line with the more romantic, princess-in-ball-gown spirit of haute couture, many designers embraced the femininity of the strappy heel. From the daintiness of Rodarte’s ballerina-inspired iteration, to Giambattista Valli’s sky-high femme fatales design (with an extra platform in the front to boot), this style will add a final touch of elegance to many an outfit. Of course, if you’re Elie Saab and dressing your models in regal gowns, you go all out with a sexy three-tiered strap.
1) Elie Saab (image: Vogue.com) 2) Giambattista Valli (image: Vogue.com) 3) Rodarte (image: Vogue.com)
For designers looking to add more polish and sleekness to their collections, the ankle boot was their shoe of choice. After all, this structured design lends itself to numerous possibilities, ranging from Valentino’s minimalist, asymmetrical, white number with a delicate sliver of the foot’s arch peeking through to Armani’s shimmery, cosmopolitan-chic booties. Chanel added a decidedly modern touch to its black leather button-ups: a transparent heel.
1) Armani (image: Vogue.com) 2) Valentino (image: Vogue.com) 3) Chanel (image: Vogue.com)
The combination of cowboy boots and couture may seem unlikely or even absurd, but fashion has long courted this Wild West trend, if only to re-appropriate it on its own terms. There’s just an innate sense of dramatic flair in this high – and highly embellished – boot that makes it perfect for a lavish ensemble, whether you're admiring Rodarte’s sleek, elven-princess version, Alexandre Vauthier’s in-your-face design or Maison Margiela’s classical-meets-futurist metallics.
1) Alexandre Vauthier (image: Vogue.fr) 2) Maison Margiela (image: Vogue.com) 3) Rodarte (image: Vogue.com)
Like a piece of statement jewelry, a pair of conceptual shoes can be the focal point that brings an entire ensemble together. This season, it was this 3D detailing that (literally) stood out: from Jean Paul Gaultier’s fuzzy boot mufflers and claw-like strap details to Viktor & Rolf’s quilted ruffled flats. But it was Proenza Schouler who topped them all, designing dynamic flats with structured ruffles as well as others with pointy, stalactite-like bars.
1) Proenza Schouler (image: Vogue.com) 2) Viktor & Rolf (image: Vogue.com) 3) Jean Paul Gaultier (image: Vogue.com)
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