On the flight back to Paris, Footwear News was sitting next to a Prada model fresh from the men’s fall ‘20 show that took place tonight in Milan. He gave us his insider’s take on the shoes.
His look (21) involved a pair of those chunky glossy rain boots. So, how did they feel? He said that even though they were done in a man-made fiber they “felt like you were putting on a classic leather boot. They make you automatically walk in an elegant way.”
“What makes Prada special is that they take fabrics you know, but work them so they don’t feel like the original fabric.”
His words mirror what Miuccia Prada wrote in her show notes, where she cited technology as “a tool for subversion” on traditional garments where “material is deceptive” like “cashmere knits imbued with stretch to enable extreme fits.”
Prada has long been a champion of sustainability and recently launched a recycled capsule of its famous Prada Nylon. Likewise the fall collection involved “technologically innovative recycled fibers” she said.
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Cut and shape were also a key component. Pants came with stirrups that were looped under the soles of the shoes and sneakers. It wasn’t just a styling trick. The model confirmed the pants hidden in the boots came with stirrups too.
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