The Top 5 Shoe Trends for Spring 2017 From Paris Fashion Week

One would expect ultra-chic shoe trends to evolve out of Paris Fashion Week this season, right? Wrong. The last city of fashion month offered a bevy of unlikely, forward-thinking trends that moved luxury labels toward more experimentation.

Overall, there was a real emphasis on new shoe shapes. Designers played with pointy toes and severe angles, as well as softer ruffles. Clunky platforms — a major trend from New York Fashion Week as well — dominated.

The burgeoning athleisure trend also had a strong influence this season, with classic houses such as Hermès introducing sportier sneaker styles with Flyknit-like detailing.

Below are the Top 5 show trends from Paris:

1. Get Comfortable
It’s time to get cozy. Birkenstock-style sandals at Roger Vivier combined elegance with comfort. Woven sneakers at Hermès offered a luxe on-the-go option. Dries Van Noten elevated the flip-flop with crystal embroidery.

roger vivier Spring 2017
Roger Vivier’s spring 2017 collection at Paris Fashion Week.
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Hermes spring '17 collection
Hermès spring ’17 collection.
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2. Un Peu Bizarre
Designers got wacky with exaggerated footwear finishes: Spandex thigh-highs at Balenciaga, rainbow soles at Manish Arora, mismatched shoe styling at Celine.

Balenciaga Ready-to-Wear Spring 2017
Balenciaga’s spring 2017 collection at Paris Fashion Week.
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Celine spring '17 collection
Celine spring ’17 collection.
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3. Frill Factor
Feminine is in with frills, bows and sparkle. There were bowed, strappy sandals at Giambattista Valli, frilled sandals at Isabel Marant and lace socks at Veronique Branquinho.

Giambattista Valli spring '17 collection
Giambattista Valli spring ’17 collection.
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Isabel Marant spring '17 collection
Isabel Marant spring ’17 collection.
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4. Clunk Craze
Get ready to build up your ankle strength. Bulky platforms, some finished with lug soles, were seen at Sonia Rykiel, Sacai and Fenty x Puma.

Sonia Rykiel spring '17 collection
Sonia Rykiel spring ’17 collection.
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Sacai Spring 2017
Sacai spring ’17 collection.
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5. All Angles
Sharp angles and pointy toes add instant modernity. There were pointy stilettos at Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney, as well as curved heels at Acne Studios.

Acne Studios spring '17 collection
Acne Studios spring ’17 collection.
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Saint Laurent spring '17 collection
Saint Laurent spring ’17 collection.
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— With contributions from Stephanie Hirschmiller

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