Tips for a well-heeled 2017

Taking inspiration from Spring/Summer catwalks is perfect for us in Cayman, as many Fall/Winter shoes become too hot for our tropical clime. The SS17 runways offered up a wide variety of styles, which may find their way onto the sidewalks soon.


Platforms reigned at Salvatore Ferragamo, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Rochas and Erdem. These stacked shoes take you right back to the 1970s, yet are still a refreshing trend.

Those of shorter stature have even more to be happy about, as will those who want all the comfort with all the style, as chunky ‘flatforms’ are also back in style again – yes, think Spice Girls.  From the sparkly Balmain offerings to the more industrial Sacai stark black options, there seems to be a flatform for everyone.

At the other end of the spectrum, kitten heels have also made a return to the runway, adding arches but not the discomfort of higher heels. Celine’s were worn with sheer stockings, while logos adorned Dior’s. As well as these delicate heels, other designers chose funkier heeled styles, with square ones, branded Saint Laurent options, and Kenzo’s spring heels being a few examples.

Ankles and boots

Many designers featured different styles of shoes with design features around the ankles. From the ankle wraps of Derek Lam and wide ankle buckles of Monse, to the ruffles of Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant, there was definite emphasis on the ankles.

Boots were also a feature. Summer boots, especially heeled and lace-up versions appeared on many runways with Alexander McQueen combining leather studded biker chic with more feminine and summery floral additions.

Athletic inspired boots appeared on the runways of Dior and Versace and sock boots showed up at DKNY and Fendi. Salvatore Ferragamo even combined flatform with socks.

Sock it to ‘em

This sock theme, much to the delight of any sock and flip-flop aficionado, continues with sandals and stilettos as seen on the runway of Reem Acra and Off-White. Boots also showed socks peeping out at Anna Sui and Versace, as did Givenchy’s more delicate lace-up mules which also incorporated the on-trend kitten heel.

Comfort first

Budding fashionistas may wish to dig in the back of their closets (or their parents’), as ‘ugly’ shoes also appeared on the diverse feet of the SS catwalk models. Christopher Kane embellished Crocs with crystals while Alexander Wang used flip-flops, and sliders appeared at Prada, Lanvin and Tory Burch.