Woven leathers have been reinterpreted for spring ’15, with high-end labels using the traditional huarache style in a new, modern fashion.
Balmain, Sophia Webster and Charlotte Olympia wove multicolored leathers together for an unexpected, eye-catching look. The lively hues certainly capture the spirit of the woven silhouette’s colorful history, which originally developed as a Mexican sandal.
Contemporary brands like Robert Clergerie and Ancient Greek have stayed true to the sandal style, with Clergerie using the technique on its flatform sole.
In the men’s market, the pattern was used as a more subtle touch. Bottega Veneta, which has made woven footwear its signature, used woven suede on the toe caps of sneakers. Brands like Christian Louboutin and Y-3 continued the sneaker message, using a black-and-white color combo for a street-smart aesthetic.
If you’re looking to get your hands on the crafty style, be prepared to pay the price. Woven leatherwork is often handcrafted, which means the cost of production can be a tad higher than usual. But judging by this season, it’s worth the investment.
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