Crisscross sandals — or mandals, as we call them at FN — opened the show at Bottega Veneta.
Now that men have gotten used to the open-toe style, designer Thomas Maier was able to have a little fun with bright, outdoorsy acrylic laces interwoven on uppers, some paired with kitschy camp socks.
Thong-style sandals were similarly updated with this whipstitching. Elsewhere, footwear got in gear with neon-laced retro hiker/runner hybrid boots with signature interlaced leather on the tongue. Slip-on suede sneakers were an update on last season’s slipper styles.
Overall, this season’s shoes related strongly to the athleisure movement that’s sweeping the fashion industry. While Bottega Veneta may have been aligned with this trend from a design perspective, traditionally, its customer swings more leisure, less ath. With this in mind, the sporty shoes seemed out of step.
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