TEXT BY FLORENCE TROTT | Photography bY MOEEZ ALI
Off-beat chic and bursts of colour defined the fashion calendar’s most experimental week.
Last week, the fashion pack landed in London for four days of shows, shameless selfies, and of course, shoes. The UK capital is known for its eccentric style and off-beat chic – despite the typically wet British weather, there was an abundance of creativity and colour from the feet up. The street style rivalled anything coming down the runway, as show-goers defiantly upped the fashion ante in spite of the rain. London Fashion Week is a place where maximalists reign and you never know what you might find beneath the protective layer of that oh-so-necessary Burberry trench. From the cloud-dispelling burst of an orange pump, to the flirtatious toe cleavage of a peep-toe boot, here are the best footwear trends spotted on the pavements of London.
Open toe boots – It might have been raining, but that didn’t stop the fashion elite from baring their feet in style. Expose some skin with Victoria Beckham’s Jasmin knitted sock boots. Who knew toes could be so tantalising?
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Animal kingdom – It might have been raining cats and dogs, but zebra, leopard and ponies were the kings of the urban jungle last weekend. Look to Khaite for sophisticated knee-highs, or home-grown UK label Dear Frances for muted pony skin boots.
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Lace up boots – These boots were made for walking. Think chunky soles, platform heels, and enough laces to put a punk to shame. Black leather is the calling card of this catch-all genre of practical footwear. Anne Demeulemeester’s lace-ups command the attention of boot fetishists with a penchant for butter-soft calfskin and buckles, whilst Gianvito Rossi takes a more refined approach to the sturdy style.
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Think pink – Sweet without being saccharine, hot-house shades and candy tones give any outfit a dose of unapologetic femininity. We’ve fallen in love with our favourite childhood colour all over again, thanks to grown-up designs from fashion favourite Amina Muaddi and Netherlands-based label Wandler.
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Thong heels – Of course we’re above making infantile jokes about thongs. *Giggles behind hand. At this stage, Bottega Veneta’s wrap-around kitten heels need to introduction. Hitting the spot of London’s unconventional mood, they were seen worn snaking over wide-leg trousers and under midi dresses. Meanwhile, Gianvito Rossi’s heels are akin to an adult-inspired flip-flop and have been making waves since last summer.
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Pastel mules – Stop the press. From Parma Violet lilac to cornflower blue, pastel mules made the fashion week headlines this season. Bottega is dominating the mule market at the moment – but we’ve hand-picked a few alternatives especially for you.
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Orange is the new black – A re-occurring theme on the fashion circuit, orange lit up the grey streets of LFW. Amina Muaddi’s playful and glamorous designs captured the hearts of every fashion editor from The Strand to Bond Street. Try the designer’s signature Perspex and crystal-studded glitter mules. A tangerine dream.
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White mules – A more of the sophisticated kind, but an understated favourite that we’ve spotted in all city edits is the white shoe. The white mule to be precise. Open toe, closed toe, pointy or padded – the white mule comes in so many different forms that we bet you’ll be able to incorporate this permanent classic into your style.
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Cabaret shoes – Shoes that look like they belong on a stage in Soho tends to get the street style attention they deserve and is hence something we love seeing during fashion week. Crystal covered shoes are an on-going favourite but this season we saw a record amount of feathers, tulle and couture-like details to brighten up the rainy days.
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