Couture Runway: Haute Stuff

After several seasons of embellished, feminine designs, high-fashion labels booted up their spring ’10 footwear with edgier ankle-grazing fare. Chanel, Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier channeled rock attitudes with metallic ankle boots, ankle-cinching slouch booties and distressed Western styles, respectively, while Valentino paired neon platforms with chiffon-wrapped uppers for a pretty-yet-modern feel. Here, Footwear News presents the best of the Paris couture collections.