WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANYA SANDUL
See-through shoes for women who like their heels plastic and fantastic.
In this picture: Amina Muaddi ‘Lupita’ PVC mules
Prepare to bear some toe cleavage. Fashion is having a rubbery love affair with PVC shoes in every colour of the rainbow. Like a grown-up version of the ‘90s jelly shoes you wore as a tween, PVC heels are unapologetically plastic and fantastic. Mood-boosting and statement-making, they’re surprisingly easy to wear with everything from frayed jeans to slip dresses. Plexi shoes often divide opinion, but now isn’t the time to be shy. Have some well-deserved fun in seductive and sophisticated see-through shoes that give the illusion of a longer leg. Like all hot trends, it can get steamy in there, so make sure you’ve got your fog lights on (by which we mean giant crystals, courtesy of Amina Muaddi). Here’s how to look totally plastic with the best transparent shoes of summer from Louboutin, MIISTA and Gianvito Rossi.
Amina Muaddi’s glitter-charged plexi heels come in synthetic pop shades of pink, blue and neon green. The cult shoe of SS20, they’re bit like fancy dress for adult women and resemble something ‘Sophisticated Barbie’ might pick out at the mall. From acrylic-heeled, sparkly mules to rhinestone-trimmed toe thongs with see-through straps, as they say in Mean Girls, this is cold, hard, shiny plastic (at its most fabulous).
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Before everyone else, there was Christian Louboutin. A pioneer of Cinderella-style shoes in clear PVC with all the added embellishments, his see-through heels are an A-list favourite and come in a huge range of silhouettes and finishes. The Degestrass is sprinkled with confetti-like crystals, and the pliable vinyl warms up with your feet so they’re far more comfortable than they look. If you’re new to the trend, try the understated Decidela mule with a perspex trim. Subtle.
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Designed in East London and highly sought-after by women with alternative, design-driven style, contemporary label MIISTA hit the fashion headlines this season with their chic collection of modern vinyl shoes. In holiday-ready shades of peach, lime and sandy neutrals with low acrylic heels, they’re comfortable enough to walk around in all day long. Stroll along the seafront, anyone?
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Another iconic shoe designer responsible for popularising perspex, Gianvito Rossi’s Plexi pump is a cult favourite. Speaking to Tatler, he said “the idea of transparency, like glass, is a key part of modern architecture and also conveys sexiness; to be able to see through to the skin.” Feeling sexy? Dip a toe in iridescent PVC pumps and frill-trimmed heels with sleek silhouettes for a glamorous evening look.
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THE BEST OF THE REST
With PVC being one of the dominating trends, many designers have been incorporating see-through plastic in their recent collections. Remember Chanel’s now iconic plastic knee-high boots from a few years back? While those might go down in Vestiaire Collective history, check out our picks from designers like Yeezy, Midnight 00, Neous and Le Silla who are all avid users of PVC.
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