The Craziest Shoes on the Runway at London Fashion Week Spring 2020

London Fashion Week spring ’20 is still underway — but the collections presented so far have given a lesson in maximalism: filled with animal prints, thigh-highs and bold colorways galore.

As he has in previous seasons, Michael Halpern worked with Christian Louboutin on footwear. The designer told FN in 2018 that he likes partnering with the Louboutin team because “they really let us go wild and push the boundaries.”

The silhouettes for this season were no exception, consisting of bold patterns and oversized bow details.

Models on the catwalk, shoe detailHalpern show, Runway, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 14 Sep 2019
A detail shot of leopard-print Louboutins at Halpern spring ’20.
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Animal prints appeared at a number of shows, including Halpern (leopard print) and Ports 1961 (Dalmatian). The boldest takes may have come at Mark Fast, who showed python-print thigh-highs in nearly every colorway imaginable.

mark fast, spring 2020, python print boots, thigh-highs, purple boots, Model on the catwalk, boot detailMark Fast show, Runway, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 13 Sep 2019
A detail shot of python-print boots from Mark Fast spring ’20.
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Marques’ Almeida took inspiration from critters in a different way, creating pointy-toed pink shoes with dramatic feather detailing.

Model on the catwalkMarques'Almeida show, Runway, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 14 Sep 2019
Feather-trimmed pointy-toed shoe at Marques’ Almeida spring ’20.
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Several designers continued fall’s platform trend with their spring offerings. Simone Rocha made red flatform sandals with floral appliqués, while Pam Hogg showed metallic thigh-high boots set on a platform heel.

Model on the catwalk, shoe detailSimone Rocha show, Runway, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 15 Sep 2019
A detail shot of red flatform sandals from Simone Rocha.
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Meanwhile, House of Holland kept a spring ’19 trend — the big-toe sandal — alive. The label sent out models in two-tone toe-ring sandals with ornamental heels.

Model on the catwalk, shoe detailHouse of Holland show, Detail, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 14 Sep 2019
Toe-ring sandals on the runway at House of Holland.
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Over-the-top designs were also seen on the runways of Emilia Wickstead, Molly Goddard and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

Click through the gallery to see more of the craziest shows at LFW spring ’20.

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