Toga embraced the naked-shoe trend for spring 2018. Designer Yasuko Furata reworked her label’s signature Western style in transparent plastic. Styles came with a contrast color footbed and resin-coated heel. FN was particularly enamored of an aqua-hued version — not least because it matched the pedicure of the model wearing it.
Charlotte Olympia may have been taking a break from the London schedule, but her footwear has still been in evidence throughout the week. Designer Charlotte Dellal traditionally creates the show shoes for Isa Arfen, whose presentation took place Sunday, and also for Emilia Wickstead, who showed today. The latter involved a simple Mary Jane style that came in embossed white leather, in tactile black lurux or festooned, showgirl style, with pink sequins.
Also fans of the Western boot, the Marques’ Almeida duo reimagined the perennial favorite in jaunty stripes and a rodeo-approp cowhide — both of which matched their ready-to-wear motifs. Mirrored toecaps were also de rigueur, with a pair of millennial-pink laceups just begging to be teamed with your skimpiest Daisy Dukes.
Rupert Sanderson joined forces with London-based Huishan Zhang to design the shoes for his spring 2018 presentation. For his latest outing, the Chinese designer added a more wearable, athletic touch to his signature feminine aesthetic with sporty parkas and cropped tops. Taking cue from the clothes, the shoes — a range of mules in red, black or dusty white satin featuring a blocked heel — blended femininity with practicality. “I first came across Huishan’s work when judging the Dorchester fashion prize. I voted for him; he won. So when he approached us to help him with the shoes for his spring 2018 collection. It felt like good karma,” said Sanderson.
Julien Macdonald matched his lineup of bold, glitzy dresses with sky high stilettos designed in collaboration with footwear designer Lucy Choi, sister of Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi. There were two styles, a heeled ankle boot filled with lace-up panel and a high-heeled sandal featuring a clear PVC front strap, reaffirming that the naked shoe trend is here to stay. “I’m honored to be working alongside Julien and his team, as they share the same passion, vision and ethos. Julien is an incredible artist and his inspiration shines through his one of a kind pieces leading to such a wonderful collaborative project,” said Choi of the partnership.