CPHFW: The Best Street Style Shoes

16th August 2020


The Scandi crowd gathered for a fashion week like no other, highlighting colour and comfort with chic, tailored wardrobes.


Copenhagen Fashion week gave us exactly what we wished for – colourful, comfortable and wearable fashion presenting in a local and relaxed feel, a fresh take on what the future of fashion week might look like. While the official show schedule is finding it’s new hybrid format, street style continues to inspire in it’s personalised glory. The season that gathered a notably smaller and more local crowd had guest reaching for the dad sandals and cobble-stone friendly mid-heels, but in true Scandi fashion, there was no lack of colours and playfulness when it came to the shoes. An appreciation for less known and indie brands dominated the streets this season, as well as practical, bike-friendly sandals that complimented the guest tailored wardrobes.


Chanel’s Dad Sandals- There is no way around this, chunky ‘dad sandals’ were everywhere. Flat, rubber soled, Velcro straps, with an overwhelming majority of the quilted Chanel version. In a country where comfort is key and bikes are the preferred form of transport, this practical trend took centre stage when it came to trending shoes. The Chanel it-sandals of SS20 aren’t available in store anymore, so turn to re-seller sites like Vestiaire Collective if you are set on owing this particular pair.



Ankle Chains – It’s certainly not the first time we mention ankle chained shoes here on 5 inch and up, but this decorative trend seems to still be going strong as it’s undoubtedly a flattering way to make the most of those summer skirts and dresses. Should the hyped Bottega Veneta mesh sandals already be part of your closet or if you are still looking, opt for these pictured Kalda mules that are perfect in their retro-like simplicity.



Lace-up Sandals – Minimal, strappy sandals are a timeless classic, but this season the lace-up kind was a street style favourite. Styled either around the ankle or all the way up for a full effect, this cult classic looks modern in a minimal design and a mid-heel. Look to brands like A.W.A.K.E Mode, Elleme or Porte & Pair with an effortless feel that allows room for bolder styling.


The Chic Flipflop – This classy beach sandal trend was undoubtedly been led by The Row’s Ginza sandals this season, we can’t help but love a trend that praises comfort. The sandal in question sold out at the beginning of season, but the trend continued to grow. Look for a slightly padded sole for a modern, laid-back look. Swedish ATP Atelier specialises in minimal sandals and By Far just introduced their noteworthy version.


Loza Maléombho SHOES

Unapologetic Platforms – In between the minimal sandals and comfortable slides, we were happy to see some fun, colourful, mood-boosting platforms. Amina Muaddi’s rainbow coloured styles were the expected choice, but we were also thrilled to add new names to the street style scene. Pictured to the right Loza Maléombho, who was highlighted in our black-owned shoe designer post. The Scandi take on attention-grabbing shoes? Keep the rest on the styling minimal.



Cecilie Bahnsen sandals – While Bahnsen’s presentation was absent from Copenhagen’s show schedule, her signature white dresses and decorative sandals, were not. The designer’s Suicoke collaboration quickly became an industry favourite that we saw all over town. Arizona Love is another designer who specialises in similar, foam soled sandals.



Flat Mules – Sophisticated flat mules comes in many forms, in everything from Ganni to Chanel. This style is probably your best bet if you can’t see yourself in chic flip-flops or dad sandals. There is not a foot that this style could not compliment, it’s our go to style when those poor feet need a breather from the SS sandal wardrobe.



Cowboy boots – The warm weather meant mostly sandals for the week, but the trending boot was the cowboy kind. This late-summer favourite is perfect for that in-between weather and looks amazing with shorter hems. Look to designers like Ganni and Isabel Marant, who has made western boots their signature style. 



Back to School – This one being more of a styling thing rather than trending shoe, but we loved the creative use of socks during fashion week. While we aren’t opposed the idea of pairing socks with sandals, sturdy brogues with some preppy socks has a certain ‘back to school’ feel that always looks fresh, come August. Look for brogues and sturdy shoes and play with the contrast of white, girly socks.


Young designers – This trend deserves it’s own category, because never has the streets been filled with so many young and up-and-coming shoe designers. Manu Atelier, Elleme, Wandler and Brother Vellies all master the minimal, summer sandal, which was a style we spotted all over town. 



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