Designers showed off some fancy footwork on the autumn catwalks. Here are the looks we think will set the pace…
From Giambattista Valli’s lace-up Victoriana boots to Christian Dior’s slick, thigh-high PVC pair, bondage-inspired footwear is set to be a key trend. Although over-the-knee boots may be too risqué for some shoppers, they have filtered down onto the high street before and nods to the trend are sure to feature heavily in autumn 15 collections.
Sumptuous velvet was all over the autumn 15 catwalks, so it was no surprise to see a number of designers use it on shoes as well as clothing. The lustrous fabric is both wearable and versatile – it added an elegant finish to boots at Dries Van Noten, wedges at Mary Katrantzou and simple pumps at Dolce & Gabbana.
Mannish shoes are nothing new, to either the catwalk or the high street, but this season saw the monk strap stand out as a specific manifestation of the trend. While it was paired with sporty jogging trousers at Rag & Bone, the monk strap works well as part of autumn’s wider heritage theme, as demonstrated at Michael Kors and Hermès.
Trainers – especially white ones – have been a big street style trend for the past few seasons, but it is still unusual to see them on the runway. French label Céline is always a huge source of inspiration for the high street, so expect to see versions of its chunky hi-tops popping up in stores soon.
Spotted on the runways of designers including Marc Jacobs, Rochas and Prada, the ladylike Mary Jane has cemented its place as one of autumn 15’s key footwear styles. With its subtle 1960s influence, it offers an easy way for buyers to tap into the trend for all things retro.
One of the more outlandish trends to emerge from the autumn 15 show season was the use of fur on footwear. While Fendi’s fluffy booties are surely too directional for most women, Balenciaga’s smart stilettos, embellished with a subtle strip of fur, are a good model for how this look could translate to the high street.