Dries Van Noten Shoe Highlights: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016

Does one wear the same pair of shoes with everything anymore? Not really, given our current era of spoiled-for-choice footwear frenzy fashion. Yet on the runway, there are usually 1-2 shoes, repeated, which serve to give even the most haphazard of collections some consistency.

But Dries Van Noten does not need to rely on such devices. So particular and special are his design codes that an assortment of shoes is par for the course. And part of the delight. For spring ’16 they came in a multitude of dizzying varieties.

Shocking pink wedges opened the show with a jolt, so bright was their satin. The slingback shape with notched heel detail referenced class late ’30s Ferragamo. They were offered in drabber hues too, but with a cluster of sequins or leather ruffle on the outside edge.

Dries Van Noten Spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week Dries Van Noten spring ’16 runway collection. Stephane Feugere.
Dries Van Noten Spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week Dries Van Noten spring ’16 runway collection. Stephane Feugere.

A heeled sandal with circular cutout upper came in both solid suedes flashed with metallic, or paisley patterns on the scalloping. Here is where things got most interesting: they were paired with kaleidoscopic legwear that gave the illusion of boots, such was their camouflage distortion. What they also did was create a very cohesive line from top to toe, even with all the various materials and unexpected color combos that existed in each ensemble. No easy feat. But brilliant to behold.

Click through the gallery below to explore the spring ’16 collection.

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