Paris Shoe of the Day: Dries Van Noten

Paris Shoe of the Day: Dries
Dries Van Noten's metallic block heel loafers for fall '12

Dries Van Noten continues to get noticed for his flair for exotic prints, but most notably, for creating wearable collections. Beautiful silk and brocade dresses, plus refined wool pant suits in a palette of blue, orange, yellow and turquoise showcased prints that were inspired by oriental costumes of eras past. But the clothes were all supremely modern, as were the shoes, which were mostly updated menswear silhouettes. Van Noten played with bronze metallic heels on both chunky high-heeled oxford booties and loafers, while other lace-up styles got a tiger-like print treatment. But height doesn’t always matter. And Van Noten’s most charming runway look was this block-heel loafer with custom-printed upper and heel. This style appeared exceptionally refined and forward-looking when paired with the designer’s ankle-baring pants, which hit at the perfect length to highlight the collection’s standout shoe style.