Sneakers and Cowboy Boots Dominated Street Style at NYFW’s Fall 2018 Shows

With celebs and “it” girls crowding the boroughs during New York Fashion Week (Feb. 5-14), there’s no shortage of style inspiration to gather straight from city streets. Case in point: This season’s major footwear trends like the faithful designer sneaker and the ultimate statement boot — more specifically, a nod to Americana kitsch, with Western-inspired textures and embroideries taking center stage.

Leather was spotted from head to toe, particularly through ankle boots like Louis Vuitton’s Fireball and Laurence Dacade’s Pete, a round-toe iteration featuring a layered vamp, notched collar and classic side loops. Make no mistake: Fashion girls are once again proclaiming their love affair with cowboy couture.

Laurence Dacade
Laurence Dacade Pete embroidered Western ankle boots.
CREDIT: Jason Jean

Another welcome return has been the moccasin — this time courtesy of Georgian designer Ketevane Maissaia, who launched Le Mocassin Zippé five years ago. The brand’s name essentially translates to its shoe’s signature concept: moccasin loafers that can be fastened — or zipped — into thigh-high boots.

Le Mocassin Zippé
Le Mocassin Zippé thigh-high zippered boots.
CREDIT: Jason Jean

At the same time, influencers trekked from show to show in ultracomfortable footwear, including Louis Vuitton’s Archlight sneaker, an oxymoronic ’90s-throwback-cum-futuristic pair with a springy wave-shaped outsole, oversized tongue and low-cut ankle. (The French fashion house is also hosting an exclusive pop-up for the so-called “ugly” shoe at its SoHo store until March 10.)

Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers.
CREDIT: Jason Jean

Let’s not forget one of January’s major shoe winners, the Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez Kenny 1 kicks that sold out just as quickly as they were released. A reference to the rapper’s critically acclaimed album “Damn,” the needlework spans the side of the sneaker and comes in high demand among fashion’s elite.

Nike Cortez Kenny 1 sneakers.
CREDIT: Jason Jean

Lucite, kitten and other curious heel shapes also made their sidewalk appearances, signaling yet another fun footwear season ahead.

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