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NYFW Fall 2020: The Best Shoes

18th February 2020

TEXT BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI

From Marc Jacobs, to Rodarte and The Row, we round up all the catwalk shoes worth paying attention too. 

Rodarte. Image courtesy of Shutterstock
Proenza Schouler. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

New York Fashion Week is gaining its groove back with new kids on the block, like Khaite or Eckhaus Latta, adding a dose of fresh energy to the city. In the meantime, blockbuster names from Marc Jacobs to Oscar de la Renta are still lining up the supermodels and putting on spectacles to remember. 

We had our eyes focused from the waist down to spot the best shoes on the runways, from the exuberant, over-embellished creations at Rodarte to the cool-girl sandals at Khaite and The Rows sandals and socks combination. 

The verdict? There will be no shortage of boots come next fall, as designers presented them in all different shapes and forms. Here we round up our favorite styles from across the board: 

Marc Jacobs. Image courtesy of Shutterstock
Khaite. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

For over a decade Marc Jacobs has been the most anticipated ticket of New York Fashion Week and this season he reminded everyone why, with a collection that played with the notions of refinement and old-school glamour in the form of clean lines, elegant pea coats and shift dresses in candy hues. The shoes channeled the same sense of “dramatic classicism” as he called it, particularly the patent leather Mary Janes that where paired with socks or white tights to create a charming, nostalgic look. But it was his thigh-high sock boots that stole the show, adding a hefty dose of attitude and modernity to the collection. 

Another New York golden ticket is The Row, whose flair for minimalism and craftsmanship has won them a loyal legion of customers. For fall, they stayed true to their ethos and delivered tailoring galore, paired with square-toe boots, moccasins and more interestingly lace-up sandals with socks – a styling trick previously frowned upon. But could next season be the time we embrace it and wear our sandals in the thick of winter? Leave it to the Row to set a trend. 

Another major tend setter in New York is Khaite, perhaps the most buzzy new name in the fashion scene right now. This season the label upped the ante when it came to its footwear, with an array of statement winter boots: There were cowboy styles in lush autumnal suedes, sexy thigh-high boots in metallic gold leather to match the animal print skirts, as well as kitten heel mules made out of bright fuchsia satin straps wrapped around the foot. It was the kind of statement pieces that are bound to feature heavily on the street style scene next season. 

Proenza Schouler. Images courtesy of Shutterstock

When we talk about of-the-moment labels, Proenza Schouler is high up on the list too, with its modernist silhouettes and flair for all things monochrome. When it came to shoes, like many of their peers, they put the focus on boots. Theirs came slouchy, with defined square toes, luxurious neutral leather shades or more trendy pale blue satins. For the more daring among us, there were also padded thong sandals paired with tights, echoing The Row’s styling tricks.

Tory Burch. Image courtesy of Shutterstock
Rodarte. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

New York also had plenty to offer for the romantics, be it Zimmermans velvet pink boots featuring lace-up side panels; Tory Burch’s knee-high leather boots printed with wallpaper-like floral patterns; or Rodarte’s elaborate creations. Inspired by vampires, the Rodarte sisters created a visual feast of tulle, embroidery and vampy colors that were all translated into the shoes too: Think silver pumps embellished with large crystal brooches and 3D flowers or a pair of black satin boots featuring pearl tassels, that’s still making the rounds on Instagram. 

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