Milan Fashion Week: The Best Street Style Shoes

29th February 2020


Show-stopping scenes from MFW featuring gilded boots, PVC frills and a heavy dose of Milanese style.

The joy of Milan Fashion Week can be attributed to three things: immaculately dressed front rows, complex carbohydrates, and shoes. Between the linguine, the Aperols, and the shows, we were out spotting the best footwear trends on the Milanese streets. The Italians love their shoes, and they know better than most how to wear them. The fashion set has to up the footwear ante when they touch down in Milan, just to keep up with the locals. From a Watsapp voicenote invitation to the Gucci runway, to Armani showing behind closed doors amidst Coronavirus fears, the week was full of dramatic surprises. Outside, the shoes were characteristically decadent – riotous colour, luxurious materials and opulent flourishes were the order of the day. Read on for our edit of the best trends emerging from Milan.

The frill of it all – A truly thrilling trend – frills, ruffles and tulle were seen flouncing around on the feet of fashion’s finest at MFW. Midnight 00 have laid claim to this area of the footwear market, giving polka-dot tulle an edge with PVC wraps and exaggerated Louis XVI silhouettes inspired by Marie Antoinette. As the last queen of France once famously said, ‘let them wear mules’ (or something like that . . . ) 


The Attico – Cash in the attic-o? Probably not, (all we’ve got up there is old shoe boxes), but there were some heavyweight appearances from The Attico in Milan. Their delicate ankle ties, candy-coloured satins and modern-vintage silhouettes fill us with unshakeable shoe lust. 


Paciotti – It’s a chain reaction. The fashion set are having a love affair with mesh, chains and square toes this season. Enter: Paciotti. Originally founded in 1980, stylist Ada Kokosar recently revived the brand with the a collaboration that eventuality led her to start Midnight 00. You won’t find chunky crystal-encrusted chains of this calibre anywhere else, it’s a brand to watch.


Riding boots – Whether or not you’re the horsey type, equine-inspired boots continue to prove their credentials on the fashion circuit. Elegant with a chunkier silhouette, this season’s styles have evolved – they’re more like a tall, refined version of our favourite combat boots than straight-up riding boots.  Get off your high horse and into a casual pair of Ann Demeulemeesters or Alexander Wangs. 


Do the twist – The ‘It’ shoes of the season, will we ever tire of Bottega’s woven mules? (Possibly, but that’s a topic that we’ve recently covered here). The new, chunkier, twisted style of plaited leather puts a fresh spin on the brand’s signature intrecciato technique. Shoe comes in three different variations and numerous colour choices – all with a cashmere padded sole for extra comfort (!) Yes, so pre-order, await delivery, wear, post and wait for it to go viral. 


Acid green- Turn heads in verdant shades of lime, chartreuse and apple. From the cutting-edge shape of Balenciaga’s knife point pumps, to The Attico’s strappy sandals, this trend’s acid test will be whether you can pull it off. An appropriate colour for modern times, when everyone is trying to be a little bit greener. 


Call me Crystal – We love to predict trends here at 5 inch and up, and looking into fashion’s crystal ball tells us that sparkling embellishments are big for SS. This season’s crystal-studded sandals have a nostalgic, ‘90s vibe. Think: the kind of shoes you would have dreamed of as a child. Bring on the bling (tastefully, of course.)


Strappy white heels – An MFW staple this year, A.W.A.K.E. MODE’s chic, minimalist designs are inspired by Japanese art and culture. You’d think this would inspire peace and tranquility in us, but really it’s just ignited a frenzied desire for white, strappy, square toe sandals. Strap in. 


The gold standard – Ever dreamed of dressing up like gold bullion? Nor have we, to be honest. Nevertheless, it was one of fashion week’s most daring street style trends. Go for gold in a pair of statement knee-high boots – paired with an ultra mini, decadent blazer or ‘70s sheepskin-trimmed overcoat. Wandler’s pointed gold leather pair will make you feel (and look) like a million dollars. 


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