Always a fave with almost any outfit, the easiest of the AW13 shoe trends, the ever faithful ankle boot rocked the catwalks in all different versions of itself. 3.1 Phillip Lim gave it a peep toe and a couple of layers; Céline kept it real simple with a round toe and a block heel; Chloe added laces, and a buckled strap; while Givenchy multicoloured python strips and a curved heel; Saint Laurent funked it up with some severe hardware.
We’ve said it before, masculine influences are a huge hit for Aw13 and footwear is no exception. Designers such as Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, and Jil Sander sent loafer inspired shoes down the catwalk; some patent, some suede, and some with fur.
The Long Boot
Knee high boots were all over the catwalks in the AW13 collections, in all different shapes , multiple adornments and sizes. Gucci gave us a rich magenta python boot with a stiletto heel, Saint Laurent gave us the most comfortable looking, easily the most covetable flat boot with leather straps and buckles. Rick Owens, Alexander McQueen, and Versace went for the monochrome look; McQueen embellishing the boot with pearls, a killer heel and a lace-up back. Versace added metal shirt collar tips to the front and metal heels to the back.
The Mary-Jane has been revamped this season with slanted straps at Stella McCartney, double straps at Fendi, ornate embellished heels at Dolce & Gabbana, major toe cleavage at Balenciaga and leather knots at Proenza Schouler. The classic shoe will never be the same again!
Sexy and 70s spring to mind when talking about the sandals on the AW13 catwalks; Versace mixed embellishments adding a fur strap to the toes and a studded strap to the ankle with a metal stiletto heel; Marc Jacobs Prada, and Louis Vuitton went for the platform sandal; while Gucci opted for a femme fatale vibe.
More masculinity in the form of the shoe-boot, while it may be sexy to wear your man’s coat/shirt/jeans it is not, I repeat NOT sexy to wear his shoes! Chloe went for ink blue with tan, while of course Fendi opted for a furry version; Bottega Veneta kept it classic, while Gucci went a little more bootie.
Which shoe trend will you be rocking next season?