The Most Controversial Shoes on the Runways of 2016

Call it the footwear heatwaves. This past year saw a slew of designer debuts, jaw-dropping collaborations and more on the runway. Here are 2016’s most controversial and conversational shoe moments. Scroll down for the highlights.

Hood By Air x Frye

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Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver thrives on fashionable disruption and creating a stir on the runway. His spring ’17 show pushed a new footwear idea: surreal double-faced cowboy boots in a clever collaboration with classic American bootmaker Frye. Just when we thought the Wild West couldn’t get any wilder.

DSquared2

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As the world mourned David Bowie, designers Dean and Dan Caten sent out a spring ’17 men’s collection rife with Ziggy Stardust references, right down to glittering heels.

Vetements x Lucchese

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For its latest joint-gender collection, which was shown during the Haute Couture season in Paris, design collective Vetements took a decidedly collaborative approach with footwear. Luxury riding and cowboy-boot maker Lucchese’s signature snip-toe boots were recolored in crayon brights.

Saint Laurent

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Or is it YSL again? With Hedi Slimane out, new designer Anthony Vaccarello had big shoes (and sales targets) to fill. Unfortunately, his spindly stilettos lacked a fresh POV.

Christopher Kane x Crocs

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Talk about an odd couple: The experimental Scottish designer teamed up with the most unlikely of brands. The vented clogs were embellished with raw gem stones for Kane’s spring ’17 collection. Suddenly Crocs are cutting-edge.

Céline

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When mismatched meets misguided. Is Phoebe Philo’s bag of tricks empty? How else would the label explain this forced styling trick on the spring ’17 runway. Pumps, toe-ring block-heel sandals: This was not her best foot forward. Sheer hosiery made matters worse.

Prada

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How to elevate the humble jelly shower slide from campus slacker to street-style staple? For Miuccia Prada, the answer was bursts of ostrich feathers for spring ’17.

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