The Best Street Style of 2017 Was All About Big Pants and Peek-A-Boo Shoes

Face it. As much as the industry has its collective groans at the thought of prepping for, schlepping through and recapping fashion month twice a year, street style still delivers the magic that adds a festive spirit to the air. From the concerted effort to look — ironically or not — effortless, to the Pinterest-worthy outfits waiting around every bend, fashion week is not complete without the catwalk held outdoors.

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A flowing orange maxi dress popped against this attendee’s black booties.
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This year the looks were as flawless as one would expect among the congregation of the world’s chicest, who showed off a few key trends from city to city. White shoes were top of mind for virtually every style influencer (and celebrity) around — booties were a particular favorite.

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White H&M boots finished the look for this attendee at Oslo Fashion Week, August 2017.
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Monochrome was a must on the list of wardrobe staples; specifically, all red was an all-around winner whether in a sandals with sweats get-up or a sheer dress with Prada feather-trim satin platforms like Giovanna Battaglia’s idea.

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Lady in Red: Giovanna Battaglia wears Prada platform sandals.
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Canadian tuxedos with heels had — and are still having as evidenced by one of Cardi B and Steve Madden’s recent holiday campaign images  — a moment. Statement booties especially worked to liven up the casual aesthetic. Take fashion blogger Erika Boldrin who opted for floral-print Balenciaga knife boots and created an asymmetrical shape with her jacket to modernize her denim-on-denim at London Fashion Week in September.

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Erika Boldrin sports a Canadian tuxedo with Balenciaga knife boots.
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Amid the clicks and clacks of booties and platforms, however, there was one footwear trend that heavily resurfaced from season to season: peek-a-boo shoes hidden by floor-grazing hemlines. Thus, the star aesthetic for shoes this season was actually when they were only slightly visible, peeking under a pair of voluminous palazzo pants or statement maxi dresses.

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Shiona Turini in Dries Van Noten.
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Indeed, while the clothes got bigger the shoes took a backseat. It made the subtlety of their peek-a-boo appearance all the more important for a fully polished look.

Click through the gallery to see how other attendees wore their white booties, monochrome, peek-a-boo footwear and more of the best street style looks in 2017.

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