Things have definitely changed.
While Kanye West didn’t mess around today with his holier-than-thou signature streetwear for fall ’17, his show (officially entitled Season 5), which is often plagued with production and logistical errors, went off without a hitch. No long waits, no models falling over or needing to be carried down the runway due to ill-fitting boots, and no drama.
Instead of the standard catwalk setup, looks were first shown as live clips shot in 360 and projected onto a large cylinder in the center of the space. Afterwards, the show moved from virtual to actual reality, with models completing a simple runway loop. Again, nobody fell down.
Let’s get straight to the shoes: West clearly likes to explore variations on similar styles with over-the-knee boots, workboots and sellout sneakers, most importantly. This season, the latter was of a new generation from Kanye, in what’s being referred to as the Adidas Yeezy Runner. An updated take on a ’90s tech running look, it was defined by its exaggerated outsole.
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Those controversial wader stiletto boots were back too, this time in camo canvas, patent and suede. The fit and construction appeared to have improved from last season. There was also a stretchy fitted version, done in oxblood leather.
Another new shoe idea was the mid-calf, pull-on suede cowboy boot. Paired with slouchy denim, it gave a whole new meaning to the Wild West.