Valentino’s cropped boots capped the collection’s romantic mood. Embroidered burlap tweed and velvet styles were lifted by a block heel, giving floaty caped-back looks a sturdiness as they swept down the runway.
At Elie Saab, the usual evening stiletto statements were replaced on many looks with more grounded styles, such as flat and block-heel satin sandals. They gave Saab’s typically va-va-voom dresses a sweet spin — less sauntering glamazon (though there was still some of that for all the red carpet stylists watching) more girl-about-town agile vivre.
Armani Privé also took a firm step forward, replacing what are often more dated runway styles for iridescent ankle-strap pumps and strappy stilettos that offered a marked modernity for the house.
At Jean Paul Gaultier, coquette corsetry extended from the bustiers to the shoes. With racy lacing encircling the heels from front to back, these shoes were 360-degree looks. In typical Gaultier fashion, they loaded on the sauce.
Click through the gallery to see all of Paris couture’s noteworthy footwear.