The men’s fall ’15 shows in Paris — arguably the most exciting fashion city for variety and experimentation this season — proved to be an thrilling finish to a marathon footwear offering.
Dressier men’s styles were a refreshing turnaround from last season’s sneaker craze. Berluti added unexpected touches to the quintessential laceup, making use of burnished leather and brightly colored soles. Sacai gave the chukka boot a semi-tuxedo feel with its black-and-white colorway and kiltie detail.
The sneaker craze was, of course, still omnipresent, but the casual style took on a more elevated look, as seen in Dior Homme’s colored-blocked trainers with rubber cleat soles. Louis Vuitton also played with the sneaker silhouette, amplifying it with a graphic flatform sole.
The hiker boot made a peculiar appearance at several of the presentations, including Acne Studios, which added a fashion twist to the style with a faux-metallic sock detail. Alexander Wang went a step further, finishing a ski boot with oversized buckling. The humor here is designers’ cyclical tendency to take what’s undesirably utilitarian and make it fashionably appealing, despite many of the shoes being very impractical for a nasty winter storm.
Still, the deviation from a snoozefest of safe choices — just a boot, just a dress shoe — was a step in the right direction.
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