Shoe of the Day at Milan Fashion Week: Salvatore Ferragamo’s Knit Sneaker Platforms

Day 5

At Salvatore Ferragamo, a stretch sneaker ushered in a new era of modernity. People often forget that Ferragamo himself is credited with inventing the platform. A striped chunky sport sole paid homage to house codes (the original rainbow style from the Twenties), while knitted uppers called to mind a decidedly current shoe phenomenon: knitted sneakers, be they Nike Flyknits or Adidas’ Yeezy, two of the most popular iterations. Sleek, speedy and a total send up. — Mosha Lundstrom Halbert

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2017 Ready to Wear
Salvatore Ferragamo spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: Swan Gallet/Fairchild.

Day 4

Agnona’s Simon Holloway capped off his soigné collection of languid dressing with a strong shoe. Strong, seductive wedges, in fact. “I didn’t want to do a regular platform heel,” said Holloway backstage following his presentation. “I thought of wedges because they have a little touch of disco about them.”

He detailed the sky-high sandals two ways: as woven leather espadrilles in daytime neutrals and also in suede jewel tones for night. The results confirmed that the gaudy silhouette can indeed be incredibly alluring. — Mosha Lundstrom Halbert

Agnona spring '17 collection.
Agnona spring ’17 collection.
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Agnona spring '17 collection.
Agnona spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.
Agnona spring '17 collection.
Agnona spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

Day 3

Marco de Vincenzo is something of an accessory whiz. His knack for wholly creative shoes and bags that toe the line between kooky cool and quite beautiful is nothing short of remarkable. For spring ’17, he continued developing his popular pillowy velvet braided series of sneakers, but also showed forward momentum with a unique embroidered heel. The ankle-strap sandal was truly a 360-degree design, with an enchanting spiderweb and butterfly motif and stark white strapping. The term “statement shoe” is woefully overused, but here it was indeed worthy. And on top of it, quite wearable, too. Imagine that. — Mosha Lundstrom Halbert 

Marc de Vincenzo Spring 2017
Marco de Vincenzo spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.

Day 2
Can athleisure trickle down into a storied luxury house such as Fendi? That was the footwear idea offered this season by Karl Lagerfeld, who showed a lineup of tube sock-bootie hybrids. The of-the-moment styles — which have been popularized by brands including Vetements and Yeezy — mimicked the materials seen on the collection’s sweaters, whether it be Fair Isle knitting or ribbon lacing. They were finished in punchy yellow and teals, or boldly striped — like “Where’s Waldo?” for your feet. — Christian Allaire

Fendi Ready to Wear Spring 2017
Fendi spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: Delphine Achard/Fairchild.

Day 1
Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele continued to reinvent house codes with new identity. His latest offering included maximalist updates on the Italian brand’s signature loafers, whether adding a flatform sole or converting them into loafer pumps entirely. A particular standout? An embellished platform with crafty rhinestones — a style that makes gaudy look, well, in. — Christian Allaire

Gucci Spring 2017 Shoes
Gucci spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.

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