Milan Fashion Week’s fall ’20 season may have come to an abrupt close, but there were still some beautiful shoes to behold. Here are the top 10 shoes we saw this week in the footwear capital of the world:
On the carousel-like runway, it appeared as though a pair of white socks was making the rounds among the looks of the Gucci fall ’20 collection. Upon closer inspection, they were actually boots, done in black napa and white suede, with Victorian-esque buttons. The boots will surely be easier to wear than a pair of white knee socks, which would inevitably fall down with movement.
It was also difficult to see the intricacies of the brand’s footwear from the runway, but up close, they were fantastic. There was more of those sporty details that Miuccia Prada likes to add to her design, and even some rubberized boots that seem like the chicest option for next winter’s blizzard or rainstorm. But the most appealing to the eye were a pair of lilac heels in patent leather and rubber that included a sporty logo. Not shown: A pair in the same silhouette with beaded fringe on the heel.
Fendi’s bags are a signature mustard color, but for fall ’20 that hue was applied to the shoes; the bags received a millennial pink treatment, as did the rest of the show. These satin boots with a scuba-inspired zipper in back contain all of the things Fendi does best: glamour, architectural curves and a twist of modernity.
4. Bottega Veneta
While it was a clownlike, bulbous boot that grabbed the buzz, fashion’s “It” label still showed more of the square toes people can’t get enough of. For fall ’20, the brand evolved the look into an angled toe in a more elegant, clipped version on a stretch leather over-the-knee boot.
The season was full of practical shoes that celebrated a more quiet luxury, but thanks to designer Edgardo Osorio’s collection, there were still many sparkly, embellished and jaw-dropping statement shoes to satisfy a more-is-more mentality come fall. There were rainbow-crystal platforms, black velvet combat boots and even a few glamorized versions of winter’s ubiquitous shearling boot. But the most exciting of the collection was a pair of over-the-knee boots decorated with feathers painted in burgundy, gold and lilac.
Designer Nicolò Beretta looked to Marchesa Luisa Casati, the famously eccentric Italian heiress and muse, to put a dark, lush twist on his jewel-focused footwear collection for fall ’20. His signature Daphne mule received the Casati treatment in black Chantilly lace that makes the style even more alluring.
7. Gianvito Rossi
Most of the designers veered toward the more commercial-friendly boots, which were exquisitely done in neutral colors and suedes, napa leathers and stretch satins, especially on many stretch thigh boots. But Rossi still left a little room for color and verve with its turquoise feathered sandal with matching crystal straps.
One of the most popular trends from Milan was the outdoor winter boot, and Casadei’s take on it — in an après-ski, over-the-knee style with thick rubber soles and stretch puffer quilting — was totally unique and a dream to touch.
Prada wasn’t the only one to do an inclement-weather shoe. At Versace, there were lots of sexy styles, including a puffy crystal-trimmed, high-heel sandal. But the most unexpected footwear was a series of rubber boots with thick soles and color blocking. Rain gear gets the Versace treatment.
10. Giuseppe Zanotti
The designer is known for his hardware and crystal embellishments, and this pair of stretch leather booties, done simply and sleekly in black with a stiletto heel, had a large gold chain-link accent on the heel that was just the right thing.
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