Proenza Schouler is bringing its footwear back to earth. After a few seasons of playful experimentation with their runway shoes, design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez pared down their footwear category with a more practical, wearable focus this resort season —specifically looking to flats and block heels.
For resort ’16, the shoes can be imagined on a much wider customer base. Mule-style lace-up oxfords were treated with cut-out eyelets, as well as embossed leathers. For fall ’15, the label’s footwear had focused on a flashier woven leather and fringe treatment, done on mule sandals with a curved heel. The look was eye-catching, indeed, but with a $1,000 price tag, not exactly the most achievable.
For resort, the kitten-heel silhouette was also presented in a classic cap-toe slingback as well as a tri-strap style. Even the brand’s most towering look — a strappy heeled sandal – conveyed practicality with its sturdy block heel in a mixed wood finish.
With an eye to wearability, the collection was, overall, safe — striking a balance between practicality and design innovation is something the label is still working out. But the pragmatism here is refreshing.
For more images of the shoes, click through the gallery.
To read more of our resort coverage, see below: