Let’s begin with the good news first …
FKA Twigs in Christopher Kane
The singer paired a risk-taking runway look from Christopher Kane’s fall ’15 collection with the designer’s utility-buckled sandals. The ensemble had nothing to do with the event’s Far East theme, but it was packed with East London verve.
Karolina Kurkova in Giuseppe Zanotti
The model nailed the China theme in a Mandarin-collared frock finished with Giuseppe Zanotti’s piping-hot, custom-made Venere satin stilettos.
Gigi Hadid in Christian Louboutin
For proof that pumps can pack serious punch, just look at the model’s super-strappy Viennana style by Christian Louboutin. While so many stars choose plain black pointed pumps, this glittering, sharp style lifted Hadid’s look.
Sarah Jessica Parker in SJP Collection
The burgeoning shoe empress created her own custom mesh cap-toe heels with long, red back-zipper pulls — a subtle nod to the night’s theme. The evening bootie immediately updates even the most outlandish of gowns (and headgear, for that matter).
Beyoncé in Givenchy
While we’re all for gowns that reveal footwear, the over-the-topness of Beyoncé’s extreme Givenchy platforms veered into exotic-dancer territory (as did her “dress”). Not cute, elegant or on-theme.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Christian Louboutin
This Benedetta style lacked the proper pizazz needed to complement her Versace dress. The stripy style, which was also worn by Ellie Goulding, felt busy and dated.
Rihanna in Christian Louboutin
It takes a particular shoe to not be overshadowed by such an outsize, outlandish dress (robe? tapestry?) as Rihanna’s. Unfortunately, this Toerless Muse style missed the mark with wonky strapping.
Constance Jablonski in Theory
While flats on the red carpet can be something to applaud, the casualness of these slides was a misstep. This is the Met Ball, not a backyard BBQ.
Clunky can be cool and flattering, but alas, this head-to-heavy-handed-toe Kenzo look was neither. Also, the chunky profile highlighted a fit issue with the footwear.
GREAT SHOES, QUESTIONABLE DRESS
Kerry Washington in Prada
Fall 2015’s must-have Mary Janes are pretty fetch and fresh with an almond toe and block heel. The style did its best to distract from Washington’s overwrought frou-frou gown.
Kris Jenner in Balmain
Too-muchness is the Kardashian kalling kard. Below the ankles, though, Jenner’s statement was bang-on in glamorous Balmain cap-toe pumps.
Alexa Chung in Manolo Blahnik
While her Erdem dress didn’t really suit her fine, tomboyish features, Chung’s Manolo Blahnik jeweled Okkato block heels were pure Alexa in all her gamine glory.
Here’s hoping that some insanely gorgeous heels lurk under Lopez’s sheer-illusion-mesh disaster dress.
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