TEXT BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
From Kim Jones’ F-shaped wedge heels for Fendi, to Prada’s new platform boots and Ferragamo’s sci-fi heels, see the best AW21 shoes from Milan.
Fendi AW21 showed a range of neural tones and shoes we can’t wait to wear next fall. Images courtesy of the brand.
This season Milan Fashion Week unfolded across our screens. The buzz of front row chats and street style photographers stopping traffic might have died down, but designers still delivered feel-good fashion; an optimistic outlook for a more open, new world come fall 2021 – and plenty of great shoes.
It started with Fendi, where new creative director Kim Jones made a much-anticipated ready-to-wear debut. His approach was rather minimal, with a series of heeled and flat knee-high boots taking precedence on the catwalk. They came in an array of colors and patterns, from neutral tones that you can wear time and time again; to snake-effect patterns; or white satin featuring subtle logo embroidery all over.
But amidst the luxe classics, some edgier sandal styles stood out, including a pair of fur-trimmed open-toe heels that were worn with Fendi-logo tights – a real photogenic combination. Leather wedge sandals featuring an upside down gold ‘F’ in place of a heel, were the other show-stealer.
Valentino also delivered in the footwear department, with a series of chunky, knee high boots, assuming us that the trend of think soled boots will continue. Some of Valentino’s boots were given a more romantic touch by way of engraved rubber flowers.
Valentino AW21 proves that chunky boots will continue to dominate 2021. Images courtesy of Imaxtree.
But the biggest highlight of the week had to be Prada, where a new sense of optimism, a longing for dress-up and decadence all came out to play. In the shoes, this translated into an array of bold, chunky platforms – perhaps the footwear style that symbolizes freedom of expression and a rebellious attitude more than any other. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simmons offered platform boots in everything from bright green sequins to some of the label’s signature graphic patterns in bold red or purple shades.
“Inspired by digital skins, Prada fall 2021 applies classic [brand] patterns to new silhouettes,” said the label. “The collection flips patterns and expectations upside down.”
Prada brought some colour and excitement to the next seasons shoe trends. Images courtesy of @Prada.
Boots were the focus for most Milanese designers, who reimagined them in an array of new materials and silhouettes for fall 2021.
Young shoe label Giannico for one, offered metallic pink and orange heeled boots – ready for the parties and the dress-up that’s bound to resume when the world reopens next fall.
As for shoe veteran Giuseppe Zanotti, he offered a series of futuristic boots made of a glossy bright red or blue material, that fits around the leg like a second skin.
“It’s something between a space biker and a combat boot. We’re in Milan but I’m thinking about Mars, and with these boots you would be able to float around Mars,” said Zanotti, talking from his sunny terrace in Milan.
Flamboyance was present throughout his fall 2021 range, from the rhinestone-embellished loafers to his new wedge sandals done in metallic hues.
Paul Andrew at Ferragamo was also in a futuristic mood, looking at sci-fi movies like ‘The Matrix’ for inspiration and translating them into unisex sneakers with modernist curve lines or curved-heel pumps, reworked in shiny, silver hues that added to the “space-age” theme.
Clearly, the Italian shoe industry is ready to look ahead to the future and to a brand new world – complete with party heels, statement-making platforms and all things sparkle.
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