Milan Fashion Week: footwear trends on the runway

Clogs and slippers. Thick soles and pointed toes. More than a fashion trend, originality starred on the runway in Milan Fashion Week, starting with Gucci’s super-wedgies and going on to Cavalli’s (Tyrolean-style) sabots and the (particularly imaginative) clogs from D&G. Tons of trim and accessories: feathers, furs, colored laces. Example: Diesel Black Gold high-rise boots with laces and studs. There is also a return to elongated toes, tapered or squared, both in flats and high-heeled footwear. The American magazine Footwear News reported 5 trends. The first is called “heroic/sporty” with athletic elements skillfully included in various models: sports soles, shoes with “runner” details. The second features towering wedgies and clompy platforms, foamed for both day and evening. The third is a tribute to stretch style, with an innovation from Fendi who presented calf-height shoes ending in knit as if they were socks, “but more in general”, the American website states, “there is a return to elastic bands”. The fourth has glitter everywhere, taking as reference the Chiara Ferragni collection. Sparkle takes myriad forms: crystals, glitter, sequins, mosaics and even elegant jewels. The fifth emphasizes the return of mules: from the street to the runway backless footwear is the most widespread trend, focusing on slippers, sabots, sandals and slides. A detail to emphasize: the presence of leather. A prime example: the Aigner brand made ample use of leather (especially suede and nappa) in its collection designed by Christian Beck. (mv)


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