Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. This season, those shoes demand attention. Statement shoes are where it’s at for Autumn/Winter 2018.
Everything from snakeskin, crocodile and leopard effects were seen on the runways of Proenza Schouler, Rochas, Tory Burch, Sacai and Fendi. Zebra print even adorned Balenciaga boots.
From one extreme to the next, animal print also gave way to blank slates as everyone from Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Max Mara and Burberry flaunted white in their shoes and boots.
Statement architectural heels added a surprising touch to many feminine pumps and heeled-sandals, such as Balmain’s metallic chain-link style heels, and Jacquemus’ bulbous heels supporting thin-strapped pointed shoes. Block-heeled pumps were also seen, a timeless trend which has carried on successfully since a major resurgence in 2015.
The architectural theme continued in the thick soles of Phillip Lim and the major trend of square toes seen on many other catwalks such as Blumarine and Bevza.
The bow trend was a major one, from Magda Butrym to Miu Miu, with dramatic bows popping up on both ankles and shoe uppers. Prabal Gurung combined multiple trends in one, with white sling backs, fronted by a black bow and supported by a wooden asymmetrical heel.
While the cowboy boot trend pops up every few years, this season it has returned with a vengeance. Western influenced boots appeared in the Isabel Marant, Fendi and Emporio Armani shows, with a gorgeous sequin version walking the catwalk of Dolce & Gabbana. Paired with a skirt on a cooler evening, we may even be able to get away with it in Cayman.
Glitz and glamour
If there’s anything that screams statement, it’s sparkles, and the Autumn/Winter runways did not disappoint. From subtle diamonds at Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, Miu Miu and Tom Ford, to full glittery boots at Rochas, the runways showed that whatever your shoe style, a bit of sparkle is never a bad thing.
Embellished sandals even shone on the Shrimps catwalk, proving even those in warmer climes can take advantage of this trend. Flats also carried a bit of sparkle. Donning metallic shoes was another way to bring glitz to an outfit, with Chanel, Altuzarra and Miu Miu all utilizing the trend widely.
It is impossible to get away from the sneaker trend at the moment, with everyone from Stella McCartney to Balenciaga to Versace jumping on board. On some catwalks it seems the uglier the better, while other favored a more retro style sneaker.