For spring ’16, Joseph Altuzarra looked to his father’s Basque heritage for inspiration.
While show notes cited handicrafts and ceramics as reference points, nowhere was that Spanish influence more deeply felt than footwear. After all, nothing could be more representative of the region than espadrilles, sartorially speaking.
But Altuzarra’s were not the nondescript, pancake flat variety meant to be worn one summer, shredded during beach-combing, then discarded. Instead, the designer fused the classic’s signature features — canvas or leather upper, jute sole, ankle wrapping — onto a sophisticated high pump last.
They came in earth tones and had a pleasingly squared-off toe shape, some of which featured crisscross lacing. The single-soled construction added to their polished profile, but still worked with the collection’s natural linen tailor and knits.
For the women who would never touch those clunky espadrille wedges that become ubiquitous each spring, these will be a welcome alternative.
Click through the gallery below for all the runway images and shoe details from Altuzarra’s spring ’16 show.
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