Why Couture Counts: 5 Memorable Shoes Over The Years

Long weekend, meet haute weekend. With the fall ’15 couture collections kicking off in Paris this Sunday, July 5, a select 26 designers will be showing new takes on fantasy, six-figure fashion.

Positioned as the ultimate symbol of head-to-toe dressing, the couture collections continue to inspire the direction footwear takes, with seemingly outrageous or over-the-top trends trickling down. In turn, the ready-to-wear and fast fashion market races to offer their own interpretations.

With that, why not look back at some standout shoe moments over the years?

While these collections are often seen to represent the height of formality, there are indeed some very grounded propositions. Just take Chanel’s show dating back to 2006, where designer Karl Lagerfeld walked his finale bride (something of a couture tradition) out in refreshingly sportif flat lace bootines.

At the recent opening of the MET Costume Institute’s China: Through The Looking Glass exhibit, avant grade Cheongsam print wedges by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy evoked a Ming vase.

And for his final collection for Valentino in 2007, Mr. Garavani ended his illustrious tenure on a high note. Metallic t-bar sandals were finished with glittering soles.

Click through to see more meaningful footwear runway exits through the years from Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.

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