Here is a look at the headline-making shoes from the fall ’16 collections, shown during Paris Fashion Week.
Acne Studios: How to update the sexy sandal? Tubular strapping.
Balenciaga: Ski pants + stilettos = très cool. New designer Demna Gvasalia presented sportif pieces with bijoux-laden pumps.
Balmain: Au revoir, over-the-knee. It’s now all about being thigh high (and higher).
Céline: Bigger is better. Oversize soles offered a new proportion.
Chanel: Giddyap: Equestrian dressage styles are cropping up again.
Christian Dior: While the leader-less collection played it safe, open-back oxfords were directional.
Dries Van Noten: The palette of the season: luxe jewels. The material of the season: rich velvet.
Giambattista Valli: Have no time for 31 buckles? Handy zippers add ease.
Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci: The new seduction: a skintight shaft (in exotic skins) and conical heel.
Isabel Marant: Animal-printed, strappy and grommeted winklepickers channel Duran Duran.
Loewe: Metallic mules give low heels new frisson.
Louis Vuitton: A chunky heel, combat boot and sneaker all in one.
Maison Margiela: Fear of heights? Try joyful hikers.
Miu Miu: Girl with the pearl shoes. It’s the it-accoutrement.
Rick Owens: Lighten up, will you? Pastels give futuristic boots a pretty spin.
Rochas: Colorplay prevails. Poetic platform and sock combos stand out.
Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane: The excess of 1980s party dressing is capped by V-vamp Barbie pumps.
Sonia Rykiel: The mule is fall ready in longhair fur and a flattering cut.
Valentino: Neo-noir balletic proportions are fit to be tied.
Vetements: Love it or hate it, no one can ignore the transgressive street beat in Paris.
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