Dare we call the fall ’17 Haute Couture shows at Paris this week practical? Designers embraced a sensible footwear message this season, balancing their ornate eveningwear collections with modern shoe shapes like below-the-knee and over-the-knee boots. No delicate stilettos here.
Given the changing couture customer, high-end labels infused their couture collections with a more pragmatic sensibility — but that’s not to be confused with uninspiring. Designers still put their fantastical touches on the tall boots. At Maison Margiela, Western-style cowboy boots were cut below the knee and finished in impactful metallics, such as the gold style below.
At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld used two-toned colorways including a black patent and nude leather. He finished the style with Lucite heels for a fresh sensibility. Meanwhile, Schiaparelli’s couture collection included lace-up combat boots that matched the hues of the ready-to-wear.
The couture shoes at Alexandre Vauthier, all metallic slouch boots, were done in collaboration with footwear designer Amina Muaddi, who made FN’s emerging-designer list last year.
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