The fall ’16 shows at Paris fashion week featured a number of wacky runway footwear. Though many fashion houses played it safe this season — mostly due to the overwhelming number of them currently lacking a lead creative director — the accessories collections surprisingly saw bold designs rife with experimentation.
Balenciaga, which showed its first collection by Demna Gvasalia, opted for oversized embellishments. Satin heels had large crystal flowers appliquéd overtop. A similar bold aesthetic was seen at Gvasalia’s Vetements show, where over-the-knee boots were printed with roses, guns and the words “love” and “hate.”
Balenciaga RTW fall ’16 runway collection.Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.
Never one to disappoint with a crazy shoe, Iris van Herpen showed a futuristic footwear collection that included wedges built on stilts. Talk about a balancing act.
Furry footwear were not for the timid. Manish Arora added fur panels onto Western cowboy boots. Sonia Rykiel added fur pompoms onto platform pumps. Undercover showed colored shearling slippers.