If the selection at this season’s Milan Fashion Week is any indication, this fall’s shoes will be just as sparkly as they were last fall.
Color, embellishment and a little Western kick make up Milan’s best shoes of the season, and convertible styles are also having a moment: Both Giuseppe Zanotti and Jimmy Choo debuted convertible boots that go from ankle to knee (and even over the knee), while Gucci offered a new sneaker style with a detachable jewel harness.
Designer Nicolò Beretta’s Daphne heel (in all its iterations, from mules to pumps and slippers) continues to be a hit, and for fall ’18, it will come in a variety of velvet jewel tones, upping the chic factor.
Miuccia Prada knows what her customers (and fans) want, and this season she brought back a true collectors’ item: the flame pump. Debuted in spring ’12, this season’s version has a wedge shape and a sportier mentality.
The FN 2017 Designer of the Year had a new collection that is both a bit naughty and nice. There were delicate lace and corsetlike details but also patent leather with contrast stitching and tough-girl buckles.
Everyone may have been looking at Gucci’s fake heads in hand on the runway, but the brand also debuted a new sneaker, similar to its pre-fall ’18 hiking boot. The shoe comes with a detachable bejeweled harness.
The brand followed up its SR 1 debut a year and a half ago with the SR Milano, a series of embellished, hardware-encrusted shoes (and major over-the-knee boots) that all have a square accent on the heel.
There were new ideas here and there (including the convertible boots), but Zanotti’s new collection also included shoes that showcase what the designer does best: bejeweled, red-carpet-ready heels.
Donatella Versace was inspired by the idea of a fashion tribe for her tartan-clad models, but the result was also a “Clueless”-era nostalgia kick for millennials, complete with argyle socks and platform Mary Janes.
Creative director Sandra Choi debuted an elegant but also sexy convertible boot with a simple stirrup function, and all three colorways (black, navy and gold) are sure to be a hit.
The Italian luxury house started doing Western boots in pre-fall but hit its stride with a more simplified version in off-white, with a stacked wooden heel.
The shoe brand has always excelled at jewelry shoes, but third-generation creative director Edoardo Caovilla upped the ante with a pair of heeled sandals with an attached crystal-meshed sock.