WORDS BY SANDRA HAGELSTAM | Photography bY DARREL HUNTER
From princess-like pumps and candy coloured mules to fashion wellies – What the most stylish crowd wore to the sunny streets of Milan.
Pandemic or not, the show must go on. That’s is of course with social distancing in small crowds and masks to match your outfit, I other words MFW looked very different this season. However, one thing remained unchanged – and that is the abundance of great shoes on the streets of the footwear capital. Bottega Veneta continued as a crowd favourite while it was a tie between comfort and seeing the opportunity to finally wear some fabulous heels. Here is our report of the biggest trends spotted.
Rouched boots – a fall favourite made a well deserved comeback to the streets of Milan. As predicted as one leading trends for AW, this seasons boots are roomy and slouchy, perfect for tucking in even the coziest sweatpants. You’ll find plenty of version by Paris Texas, Saint Laurent if you are looking for a taller boot. But if you want something more special, try Paul Andrew’s customisable boots.
SHOP SLOUCHY BOOTS
Anklets and chain-embellished shoes have been a street style favourite for the past year, but this season the chains get chunky. Forget delicate decor, Burberry and JW Anderson as among the designers who master this noteworthy trend, while Simone Rocha will give you both pearls and chains.
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Since ‘the chunkier the better’ boots trend took over, the appreciation for pretty, princess like heels has never been greater. While there might not be as many places to currently wear satin, diamante-embellished pumps, Milan’s street style showed us that they go just as well with your joggers. Invest in Manolo Blahnik & Amina Muaddi and don’t miss Malone Souliers latest crystal drop.
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A topic we’ve visited before, not even the chic Italian streets could dodge the biggest trend of the season; Wellies. Or ‘fashion wellies’ as we like to call them, because all the biggest fashion houses have issued their own version lately. Finally a shoe that can stand the British weather, but if you aren’t English, think of it as the style that is guaranteed to give you more wear than rhinestone sandals.
SHOP FASHION WELLIES
Bottega Veneta’s woven mules
The #Newbottega hype ruled the streets once again, but what’s really newsworthy is that last seasons ‘Lido’ mules does not seem to date. The woven mules are still considered as one of the hottest shoes to own, but should the interracio sandals be too chunky for your taste (or already in your closet), check out the newest edition ‘BV Rubber Lido’ that Bottega Veneta just launched in numerous colours, including flats.
SHOP BOTTEGA VENETA ‘LIDO’ MULES
Another shoe in the ‘feelgood’ category is definitely platforms. High, chunky and loud platforms were also a CPHFW favourite and keeps making a strong case on behalf of shoes that are more beautiful than practical. Giuseppe Zanotti and Gianvito Rossi knows a thing or two about platforms, although this Philosophy was a MFW favourite.
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Comfort presented itself in surprising ways, in this case through felt and knitted boots. This featured Fendi pair was part of our ‘Best shoes from MFW AW20’ recap, so it’s no surprise that the boots were a fashion week favourite. Fendi and Balenciaga is your go to brands if you need a break from leather or suede boots, JW Anderson’s hit sliders also comes in a cozy felt.
SHOP KNITTED SHOES
This isn’t a new comer, but a instant outfit upgrade that we will not grow tired of seeing. Bottega Veneta leather mules are a guaranteed buy, but other designers have followed suit. We are especially fond of Malone Souliers ‘Lucia’ and Nicholas Kirkwoods ‘Alba’ new candy coloured satin mules.
SHOP NEON MULES
Shoe like a work of art – we missed you. Thanks to MFW, we’ve rekindled our love for extraordinary shoes, pairs that steal the show and have bypasses starring at your feet. While we understand this is most likely a fashion week shoe, investing in a dream pair of pumps when there is nowhere to go might just be the deserved escapism we need.
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