The fashion tribe took over Paris this week for the spring ’18 Haute Couture shows, which were stacked with noteworthy highlights. Alexandre Vauthier’s metallic boots and Coco Rocha’s mommy-daughter moment at Jean Paul Gaultier were equally awe-inspiring. There were significant debut moments as well, like Kaia Gerber’s first couture walk on Chanel’s runway and Clare Waight Keller’s first collection for Givenchy. But among all the high-fashion fanfare was the most watched runway of them all — street style.
Buyers, editors and bloggers made their statement in head-turning heels. Rounded metallic bottoms, studded trapezoid bases and wooden blocks differentiated the various booties. The crocodile textured pair from Ellery was hard to miss in all of its bronze-hued glory. Less proved to be more for striking heels: Marni’s leather boots with circular cutouts brought on a refreshing idea for how to be the center of attention.
The “dad shoe” movement didn’t budge. Balenciaga’s Triple S sneaker was still a favorite, but with the recent discovery of its shift in manufacturing from Italy to China, will the label’s hold on the trend eventually wane due to consumer perception? Regardless, other designers, including Acne Studios and Stella McCartney, managed to find their way into the chunky shoe mix.
Kitten heels and the ever-dependable pump refused to be left out of the party. And why should they? There’s always room in street style for a slick stiletto.
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