WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
From Givenchy’s thigh-high shoes, to Dior’s 60s-inspired boots and Loewe’s novelty heels, we round up the best shoes of the spring 2022 fashion month.
Loewe’s object heels and Dior’s futuristic boots were part of SS22 shoe highlightings. Images courtesy of the brands.
The fashion industry is back in motion – and so are decadent high heels, extravagant platforms and lots of sparkle.
There was a real appetite for glamour, dress-up, and bold statements during this last fashion month and nowhere did it translate better than the shoe department, where platforms got dangerously high, embellishments got louder, and colours brighter.
Jonathan Anderson at Loewe probably made the biggest footwear statement of the season, with his new spring 2022 sandal designs featuring metallic heels shaped like candles, lilac soap bars, bottles of nail polish, or even cracked eggs.
The idea was to replace traditional heels with “ready made objects” and suggest “fragility and spontaneity.” It was surrealism at its best and offered the kind of humour and visual stimulation we all needed after a stale year.
Loewe’s heels were one of the season’s most talked about shoes. Images courtesy of Loewe.
Givenchy was another brand that raised the bar with its new footwear offer. This was Matthew Williams’ first live Givenchy show and he delivered with a collection filled with items that have sell-out potential, particularly his take on the clogs updated with an extra chunky silhouette and a graphic, circular heel. The thigh-high boots which came in a rainbow colours – from lilac suede, to bright red and black – and featured the same utilitarian, clog-like soles also got a major thumbs up from fashion insiders. Could they be the next Bottega Lug boots?
Givenchy’s futuristic clogs presented in a range of colours. Images courtesy of Givenchy.
There was plenty to take in at Valentino as well, which offered fresh takes on the popular Rockstud, this time in the form of Roman-inspired lace-up sandals with one giant stud embellishment at the front of the shoes. At Dior there was a focus on ballerinas, made cooler with logo silver plate embellishments, plexi heels, strass embroideries, or bright, 60s-inspired neoprene fabric boots – no doubt a new staple for the upcoming spring season. The new-season knee boots jazzed up with pop colors, glossy leathers and a new ‘CD’ vintage logo will be another brand hit, especially when paired with the brand’s 60s A-line minis.
Valentino’s updated Roman Stud sandals and Dior’s 60’s shapes. Images courtesy of the brands.
Our favourite shoe designers didn’t disappoint either. After a few seasons of toning things down, everyone seems ready to throw away the slippers and present their most indulgent, extravagant party shoes to date.
Paris Texas for one is going all out with zebra-print and neon orange wedges – a shape that will be big next summer – bejewelled mules, and big platform sandals that bring showgirls to mind.
We were very inspired by the party lifestyle and the idea of everything going back to ‘normal,’ people celebrating, going out with friends and having fun. Our new collection is sexy, feminine and very party inspired. The colours are also very summery and ones that you would associate with the Mediterranean,” said Anna-Maria Brivio, the brand’s co-founder.
Brand-of-the-moment Mach & Mach is also updating their signature bow-embellished fans in every single colour of the rainbow and adding new styles to the mix, including plexi sandals with floral embellishments and pearl-encrusted pumps.
Paris Texas added some new colour combinations to their SS22 shoes, while Mach & Mach continued to expand their popular range of bow heels. Images courtesy of the brands.
Good vibes were in Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s mind too when designing her third shoe capsule for Gia Borghini, which is looking like one of her best ones yet. The new spring range is filled with soft pastel hues and easy-going silhouettes like lace-up sandals featuring curved kitten heels made out of jade or quartz crystals.
Gia will be the shoe label to watch this upcoming season as it prepares the drop of the new Rosie Huntington Whiteley collaboration, as well as its new mainline collection with Pernille Teisbaek now a part of the creative team. Teisbaek is adding her elegant touch to the new collection with lots of padded mules or elegant flat boots – all designed for women who lead busy lives and need smart solutions.
Rosie Huntington Whiteley collaboration with Gia continues to be a hit, for SS22 new bright colours will be added to the range. Images courtesy of Gia Borghini.
Gia’s next mainline collection includes updated colours and shapes designed by Pernille Teisbaek. Images courtesy of Gia Borghini.
Between Givenchy’s clogs, Miu Miu’s much-awaited sneaker collaboration with New Balance, and the myriad of fantasy heels everyone from Paris Texas to Loewe have in-store, it looks like it’s going to be a good season for everyone’s shoe wardrobes.
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