Designers love to shock and awe. And for spring ’17, that attitude definitely marched on, with labels showcasing surprising footwear collections that aimed to turn the “ugly” into something, well, chic.
For five shocking runway shoe trends, read on:
Wait — Crocs on the runway? Yes, Crocs. For spring ’17, Christopher Kane collaborated with Crocs on a series of runway shoes, which saw the designer embellish the rubber styles with crystals.
Do not — we repeat — do not wear these to the beach. Luxury brands gave the flip-flop sandal a high-end spin for spring ’17, adding details such as beading or metal chains. We saw it on the runway at Dries Van Noten, Alexander Wang and Lanvin.
Get ready to sweat. Plastic boots — either ankle or thigh-high silhouettes — are trending, thanks to Kanye West’s Yeezy collections, which does the style virtually every season. (More on his Yeezy Season Four collection here.) Last year, Loewe showed clear-heeled sandals with plastic pants.
Feathers and Fur
At least they’re cozy. While Gucci ignited the craze with its fur-lined loafers, other luxury brands such as Prada have followed up with their own take. For spring ’17, Prada debuted marabou-feathered sandals.
Good balance is required. Stacked platforms were a major trend for spring ’17. For his raver-inspired collection, Marc Jacobs debuted an entire collection of sky-high platforms. We also saw platform wedges at Miu Miu, Gucci and Rochas.
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