Talk about some serious statement shoes: This season, designers went for the ultra-wacky on the runways at New York Fashion Week, embracing various kitschy footwear finishes that includes distorted shapes and cutesy animal motifs.
The trend began at the Hood by Air spring ’17 show on Sept. 11. Disruptive designer Shayne Oliver debuted double-sided Western boots in collaboration with Frye, a style that looked like a radioactive mutation gone wrong. But it had people talking. Later in the week, Thom Browne debuted his collection of psychedelic beachwear completed with on-theme footwear, such as nautical wedges and heels with whale-shaped heels.
On Sept. 7, Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 show — which gained more attention for its late start time and fainting models than the collection itself — offered plastic thigh-high boots, a polarizing style that was worn the day before by Kim Kardashian West.
At Altuzarra, designer Joseph Altuzarra played with delicious fruit embellishments. Pumps had appliquéd cherries and bananas, and they were matched with tights that also had fruits printed on them. Gypsy Sport had both men’s and women’s looks styled with erotic latex thigh-highs.
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