Paris Shoe of the Day: Balenciaga

Paris Shoe of the Day: Balenciaga
Balenciaga's fall '12 corseted pumps

Balenciaga rarely fails to tread new ground with fresh, directional accessories on the catwalk, and fall ’12 was no different. Its offering of footwear managed to be both avant-garde and wearable. Not surprisingly, in the hands of shoe designer Pierre Hardy, together with creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere, the runway collection was a look into the future, which in their imagining is replete with feminine-yet-cool single-sole pumps and ankle boots, and chunkier, colorful mid-wedge heels. This V-cut crocodile pump with ribbon corset was the best of the bunch — rich and classy with a modern edge.

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