The Shoes Everyone Was Talking About at Milan Fashion Week Men’s

Here are the shoes everyone is talking about from Milan Fashion Week’s men’s footwear presentations.

Giuseppe Zanotti Looks Beyond the Sneaker

At Giuseppe Zanotti, the designer said that after peak sneaker, it was time to push things forward. “We need to open another door to connect the formal with the sneaker universe, and push them closer together to create a new standard of shoe,” he said. Among his best looks for spring ’20: a Chelsea boot in tie-dye canvas, a loafer decked out with tie-dye crystal and 3-D-effect crocodile runners, connecting the two worlds in one shoe.

Giuseppe Zanotti spring 2020.
Croco runners from Giuseppe Zanotti spring 2020.
CREDIT: Zanotti

Jimmy Choo Gets it On

Sandra Choi’s spring ’20 muse is Marvin Gaye. “He was the godfather of groove,” she said, showing the mood board shots on her phone. The musician’s famous red beanie hat inspired a dip-dye version of Choo’s Diamond sneakers. The season’s hero shoe, the penny loafer, took its style cues from the animal prints Gaye favored in the ’80s.

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Animal-print penny loafers from Jimmy Choo spring 2020 men’s.
CREDIT: Courtesy

Church’s Goes Back to Its Roots

Following the success of the CH sneaker that launched last season, the Prada-owned heritage house has gone back to its roots. The brand, which was a supplier to the British army, offered up a canvas desert boot called Docklow, reproduced from the archives. It’s light and water-resistant, just like the original.

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The Docklow boot from Church’s spring 2020 men’s.
CREDIT: Stephanie Hirschmiller


Tod’s Sets Sail

The Milan presentation may have taken place by the swimming pool in the grounds of Milan’s Villa Necchi, but the ergonomic silhouette of new sneaker Tod’s Competition is inspired by the world of yachting. A new take on the label’s classic Gommino loafer featured contrast piping and archival “T” hardware, a symbol found in the Tod’s archives, which appeared throughout the accessories collection.

Tod's spring 2020.
The Tod’s Competition sneaker spring 2020 men’s.

Santoni’s Non-Sneaker Sneaker

This shoe from Santoni is the smartest take on a sneaker we’ve seen. Technically speaking it isn’t actually a sneaker at all with its white full-grain leather and contrast tongue and heel tabs. But it’s a close call.

Santoni men's spring 2020.
Santoni men’s spring 2020.
CREDIT: Santoni

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