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Catwalk footwear trends

Curved shapes and strapped details in super-skinny or block heels stepped onto the catwalks for spring 08.

Chunky heels in curved shapes were one of the strongest footwear trends on the spring 08 catwalks, with buyers giving the commercial trend their seal of approval. “Curved is the new heel shape for next season,” says Pied ࠔerre buyer Sam Jones.

Alberta Ferretti wedges had scooped-out heels, Prada gave platforms an hourglass shape, and John Galliano offered a cut-out version in his collection for Christian Dior.

Super-skinny heels, often no more than half an inch in diameter, were everywhere. Gareth Pugh put jewelled heels on a hard-wearing black leather shoe boot – a style set to stick around for next season – while Versace used the heel on orange patent peep toes. The style took a pretty turn at Alexander McQueen in pink satin with lace edging.

According to Jones the killer heel is also set to continue ringing tills. “Super-skinny heels are Pied ࠔerre’s staple product and customers love them,” he says.

Multi-strapped styles were another common sight on the catwalks. The most extravagant was Givenchy’s reworked gladiator sandal with leather straps snaking up to the knee.

Bright colours were popular, with primary blues and yellows at Paul Smith. Phillip Lim offered thinner straps on a pillar-box red criss-cross style wedge with double buckle, while John Galliano’s ultra-slim heels came in sunshine yellow with looped straps.

Lace-up boots were big among the edgier collections. Christopher Kane paired snakeskin with steel toe caps and a slim heel, with Dolce & Gabbana favouring a grey shoe boot with berry-coloured laces. Manish Arora preferred lace-up biker boots, while Chanel offered thigh-high space-age silver boots.

Although not as commercial as the wedge or platform, block heels are staying put for spring. Two-tone colours styles stood out, with a striking apple green and wine combination at Marc Jacobs and a more subtle ivory and caramel combination at Margaret Howell. Peter Jensen opted for a lilac patent style on a wooden block, while the Chanel heel had a three-tiered building block effect.

Black patents were strong again this season, on glossy shoe boots at Gucci and Rodnik, while Chlo頭oved the patent look on with its new inverted pyramid heel shape. Jones says: “I’ve invested in plenty of patents – black is the most obvious, but I think brights will be successful too.”

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