Valentino Men’s Spring 2016: Shoe Highlights

Valentino officially kicked off Paris Fashion Week with its men’s spring ’16 show. Designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri continued their focus on sandals and sneakers, which were a hot buy for menswear retailers last season.

Flatform slip-on sneakers made up most of the collection, which also featured espadrille-style roped soles. The elevated espadrille is already proving to be a strong trend for the season, with Dolce & Gabanna offering a whole collection of the style in Milan. Here, the colorways included solid leathers as well as a pineapple or floral print. Certain styles even had a short poem printed on top of the designs.

Low-top sneakers, on a white or black base, featured beadwork that included stars, dragonflies and butterflies.

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A sandal look from Valentino’s spring ’16 show.
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Compared with Valentino’s chunky Teva-style sandals last season, this season’s mandals were a tad more experimental. Crisscross silhouettes were finished in a Mexican serapé prints, while sleeker, double-strap sandals were done in the label’s signature camo.

One dress style — something Valentino seems to be shying away from — included a thick lug-sole blucher, offered in a solid black and burgundy leather.

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A sneaker closeup from Valentino spring ’16.
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While the footwear wasn’t groundbreaking, the collection featured enough design details to feel fresh and new — something even conservative shoppers can appreciate.

For a closer look at Valentino’s spring ’16 men’s shoes, click through the gallery.

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