The fashion month reviews are in, and one thing is clear: Fall ’22 is going to be a strong shoe season, according to retailers.
“The return to in-person events has brought back party heels in a big way and is driving momentum into fall,” said Rickie De Sole, women’s designer fashion and editorial director at Nordstrom.
“Designers are spending huge time and effort on the shoe category, and this shows clearly in what is driving sales right now — fun, colorful, sparkly heels, thigh-high boots, and when flats call, loafers,” added Helen David, chief merchant of luxury for Kurt Geiger, which operates shoe departments in Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and more. (For an in-depth look at David’s top picks, see here.)
Which designers will rule the shoe world for fall ’22? Hear from top retailers below.
Rickie De Sole, women’s designer fashion & editorial director, Nordstrom
1. Above the knee boots. “So high, I’d call them the new pant. Courreges, Givenchy, Bottega Veneta and Isabel Marant are great examples.”
2. “Sky high platforms, seen best at Valentino and Versace. Power dressing is back.”
3. “Party shoes, pops of pink, embellishments and crystals reign for fall.”
1. Bottega Veneta’s woven boot rooted in simplicity
2. Chanel’s iconic logo wellie
3. Loewe’s surreal sculptural heels
4. Roger Vivier’s fantasy footwear
5. Piferi’s sustainably crafted stilettos
Lisa Aiken, fashion & lifestyle director, Neiman Marcus
“The footwear trends were very clear this season; platforms, over-the-knee boots and glossy patent fabrications. One additional theme which is currently driving demand is the return of the party heel, and we certainly saw that continue into next season.”
1. “We were happy to see that Valentino’s sell-out platform was reinvented for the show in both square and point toe iterations.”
2. “Bottega Veneta’s knee high intrecciato boot is a luxe development.
3. Prada’s degrade Mary-Jane is at once nostalgic and incredibly relevant.”
4. “Off-runway, the Alaia re-see delivered a hit with their plexi heart toe shoe, which walked the couture runway in January.
5. “A note on men’s: Balenciaga’s runway HD Sneaker which is a single mold and super light is set to be a cult hit for the brand.”
6. “Christian Louboutin continues to bring us newness and relevancy.”
New names to watch:
“It is great to see Bruno Frisoni and Paul Andrew return with namesake collections that have a strong point of view.”
Hollie Harding, buying manager of non-apparel, Browns
“Thigh-high boots, high-rise platforms and pointed-toe boots.”
“Personal standouts include Loewe’s balloon shoes, uber-high platforms from Valentino, Givenchy’s thigh-high boots, cowboy boots from Chloé and the plexi-heel platforms at Rick Owens.”
“It’s exciting to see daring and super-glamourous footwear styles presented this season; our customer is definitely embracing going out again so we’re sure these will resonate strongly with our customer.”