WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT | Photography bY MOEEZ ALI
The home of sophistication – from minimal boots to Parisian glamour, we captured the best shoes of the streets of the fashion capital.
And breathe. Fashion month is over, and while we won’t miss the hectic schedules and frantic late-night packing, we will miss the shoes. Or, des chausseurs, as they say in France. Paris Fashion Week is the crown in the jewel of the fashion calendar, the grande dame of haute style, and very haute heels. From Balenciaga heralding the apocalypse with a front row submerged in water, to Jill Kortleve starring as the first plus-sized model on the Chanel runway, the City of Lights was as dazzling as ever. Out on the Parisian streets, the fashion elite stepped out in shoes that captured the spirit of a city that has style at the core of its DNA. Here are some of our favourite footwear trends spotted at PFW.
Camel boots – Completely unrelated to the hump-backed desert natives, Loewe’s cream-coloured, leather, over-knee boots were the talk of Paris. New for SS, the loafer-like toe box and butter-soft stretch leather have already garnered cult status among the fashion cognoscenti.
SHOP BEIGE BOOTS
Net boots – There’s something so sexily suggestive about a woman in a pair of fish net tights. In theory her legs are concealed, but there’s so much flesh on show. Dior have taken this concept and applied it to boots – the chunky exaggeration of the D-Trap puts a satisfyingly masculine spin on a very feminine look. Back of the net.
SHOP NET BOOTS
Zebra print – Nothing is ever black and white, except for our new-found love of zebra print. Bottega Veneta’s new-season pumps are also pretty black and white, too. The house-of-the-season is hitting the mood in fashion just right at the moment. Take a walk on the wild side in similar styles by Wandler, Jimmy Choo or Paris Texas.
SHOP ZEBRA PRINT SHOES
Patent points – A pointed toe gives high-gloss boots a seductive edge. Combined with Chanel’s iconic double Cs, and we’re going weak at the knees for a trend we’d quite like to get patented and keep all to ourselves. Make a point while you pound pavements in sharp-edged silhouettes in shiny patent boots, or get the Chanel two-toned look from Guiseppe Zanotti or Casadei.
SHOP PATENT POINTS
Everyday OTK boots – Whether or not you suffer from unusually cold knees, take note. Warm patellas are a by-product of this thigh-high trend, rather than its purpose. Elegant and sexy, opt for a lower or block heel for that everyday versatility. Look to Louboutin, Bottega Veneta or Stella McCartney for over-the-knee boots in glossy patent, PVC and leather.
SHOP OTK BOOTS
Black jewelled pumps – Gild your feet in black, gold-tipped heels and shoes with details that are more reminiscent of jewellery than footwear. Saint Laurent’s gilded pumps and Jimmy Choo’s crystal-studded stilettos come replete with bows, delicate chains and diamanté straps. French cool-girl style with a hint of glamour.
SHOP BLACK JEWELLED PUMPS
White pumps – A running theme, pointed pumps are dominating the shoe trends list this season (along with square toes, of course). For SS, the crisp, clean appeal of white leather is perfect for summer in the city. Wear with caution, and avoid mud at all costs.
SHOP WHITE PUMPS
Everybody dance – Disco-era platforms are having an over-due renaissance. Think sky-high heels, chunky soles, metallic leather, and a heavy dose of shine. Glitter stacked soles welcome, halter neck Halston optional, party attitude compulsory. See you under the mirror ball.
SHOP GOLDEN BOOTS
Woven sandals – Bob and weave your way to sandal victory with basket-inspired woven styles by Cult Gaia and Souliers Martinez. The holiday-ready shoe’s je ne sais quoi proved a hit on the street style circuit, as the fashion pack started dreaming of holiday season just on the horizon.
SHOP WOVEN SANDALS
Minimal black boots – If the street style was anything to go by in Paris, chunky, ‘I-mean-business’, pared-back boots are the shoe du jour. Look for styles with little to no details, a wide calf, matt black leather, and a sturdy sole.
SHOP MINIMAL BLACK BOOTS
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