For the second season, the French fashion house rose above with footwear by Robert Clergerie. And now that newish ready-to-wear designer Geraldo da Conceicao has found his stride reinterpreting the Left Bank Rykielian codes, footwear also followed suit. Python and patent flatforms balanced louche knitwear and voluminous fur toppers. With thick crisscross strapping and a slingback, these sandals had a transitional élan that felt right for the times and fit for the daily dash. After all, the Rykiel brand was built on the notion of female liberation without sacrificing style — or height, for that matter.