1. Proenza Schouler came out on top with every manner of chrome capped-toe boots featuring block heels that were an astute and catchy remix of the ever-classic two-tone.
2. Altuzarra showed croc-stamped or ponyhair tall and cropped booties, which came with sensible block heels. A green and black thigh-high version was particularly bewitching.
3. Alexander Wang rebounded from his stint at Balenciaga with an array of orb-studded boots that were pure cool-kid.
4. Michael Kors not only showed a stellar collection but also embraced instafashion with three shoe styles for sale immediately after the show.
5. Ralph Lauren went Edwardian rockstar, pairing dandy suiting and denim with encore-worthy polished brogues and chisel-toe boots.
6. Rodarte won points for originality with category- (and knockoff-) defying leather-ruffled round-toe numbers.
7. Oscar de la Renta introduced a new shape: the demi-platform Colette slingback with a come-hither bejeweled heel.
8. Tory Burch revisited her riding roots with boots worthy of the equestrian set, complete with horseshoe-shaped heels.
9. 3.1 Phillip Lim re-spun moody ’90s references such as crushed velvet and chenille.
10. Coach continued to stride along a new downtown path with ’70s-inspired gilt booties.
11. Tibi married the stretch panels of a Chelsea boot with a tall riding shape that oozed chic in fall’s key rich blush hue.
12. Jason Wu gave his go-to pumps an on-point update with loafer lines and bows set askew.
13. Delpozo delighted with sequin oxfords, whittled to a point and raised on a peppy flatform sole.
14. Zero + Maria Cornejo applied the season’s all-important shearling to loafer uppers for tactile luxe.
15. Prabal Gurung smartly committed to a cropped boot bordered in metallic for a touch of edge.
16. Thom Browne stuck to stalwart loafers and T-straps to offset all the experimentation.
17. Opening Ceremony hit upon a top trend: velvet, worn head-to-toe. It was best applied to pointy cutout mules.
18. Rag & Bone have the answer for winter’s eventual blizzards: sharp speed-laced boots that don’t mind the extreme cold.
19. Victoria Beckham is standing her ground, from runway winklepickers to taking her bow in sneakers.
20. Monique Lhuillier took a styling risk that paid off, mixing retro ankle-strap sandals with glittering sockettes for a less predictable take on evening dressing.
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