The show, held at Fendi’s Via Solari headquarters in Milan on Thursday, opened with a long belted jacket in a coated gray check, paired with matching boots in a mid-shin-length style with a stacked wooden heel. From there, the runway rolled out boot after boot.
There were some with a Western style — similar to the Italian fashion house’s pre-fall 2018 collection, which included more literal iterations of a cowgirl boot. These were more subtle, with the uniform stacked wooden heel and pull tabs to give it a slight riding feel. Kaia Gerber wore a white pair with a coated pleat skirt, a gray fur coat and a white sweatshirt outfitted with “Fendi” in fur intarsia.
Then there were colorful boots, in pastel blues and pinks; others in mustard yellow. Bella Hadid wore a pair in Easter-egg pink, done in croc skin. There were more matching checked boots — knee high — that highlighted the checked and plaid trend that is still going strong from spring 2018 into pre-fall.
There was never any question whether boots are here to stay (unlike, say, spring’s mule trend), but Fendi’s showing proved just how powerful — and necessary — the footwear can be.