The accessory collecting dust in your closet looks a whole lot different than how you left them. For nearly a year, our feet have barely come in contact with a sole. The heels and boots we once knew were traded in for comfy Uggs and easy-to-slip-on sneakers. Of course, our time away from footwear gave designers the much needed time for reinvention. Shoes returned on the scene this Fashion Week season weirder and more exaggerated than ever. As the saying goes, you can tell a lot about a person from their shoes. Thanks to this list of designers taking inspiration from the most unconventional of places, trendsetters are about to get a whole lot more risky when it comes to their feet. Gather all the bandages you can now.
Miu Miu Yeti Boot
Set in a tundra of snow and mountain, the Fall/Winter 2021 “Miu Miu Mountain Club” collection gave Yeti’s a run for their money. With over the knee, furry boots being the statement piece for many of their runway looks, this Bigfoot style trend will surely be one of winter’s boldest looks.
Avavav Monster Heel
With a collection of “Very Slimy Feet” and “Bloody Feet” thigh high boots, this Florence based label believes “one fashion house’s trash is [another’s] treasure.” The very limited, now sold out stock of their four toed boots are made up of deadstock fabric and silicone discarded by neighboring fashion houses in Italy. Under the creative direction of Pyer Moss designer, Beate Karlsson, the overly proportioned, anatomically incorrect shoe proved to all inspiration can come from the weirdest of muses.
Schiaparelli Anatomical Heels
Using the body itself as inspiration, Creative Director Daniel Roseberry used surrealist details for Schiaparelli’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection. Gold bijoux dipped toes were the striking element for the wedge and platform iterations. By believing “…anatomy was not just a point of inspiration, but a playground,” Roseberry was able to deliver us a memorable and campy design rooted in the beauty of human nature.
Fendi First Shoe
The architectural heel featured on the Fendi First Shoe made models appear to be floating on air during Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2021 show. Evolved from one of Karl Lagerfeld’s archival sketches, the sculptural shoe works to combine the past and present. Oddly shapes heels are a trend that has been emerging for quite some time. With fashion getting funkier and funkier this small detail to a seemingly ordinary design makes all the difference when striving for that elevated look.
Givenchy Gloss Heel
The oversized gloss heel silhouette throughout the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2021 collection definitely proved to be an eye-turner. Giving us major Lady Gaga vibes, this polished wedge reinforced that foot bending heels are still all the rage.
Prada double-heeled boot
The collaboration between Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for the Prada Fall/Winter 2021 collection brought sensory and tactility to fashion. When it came to the shoes, this factor was not forgotten. Woven with a hypnotizing pattern of colors and shapes, their double-heeled platforms were certainly attention grabbers. We’re still trying to figure out where the pants stop and the shoes start?
16Arlington Square Toe Heel
For London Fashion Week, the Italian label 16Arlington revealed an interesting take on the square toe heel. Alongside crystallized gowns and ruffled elements, the what looks to be a cross between a flipper and hoof reinvents the image of the party shoe. By balancing the delicacy of a kitten heel with a utilitarian front, they’ve managed to give wearers the best of both worlds.
Balenciaga Armored Heel
Balenciaga went digital for their Fall/Winter 2021 collection. While the models themselves were transformed into avatars, the clothing, and most importantly the high heeled armored boots were all real. Made by an expert medieval armor forger in the South of France, Creative Director Demna Gvasalia believes they’re “going to trigger a crazy hit.” While the steel shoes might have some trouble getting through customs, the reference to youth culture and a gamified future made for a theme easily integrated in our everyday culture.
Rick Owens Furry Heel
Owens looked to the dark side for his Menswear Fall/Winter 2021 collection. Designed to “mock male conservatism,” models dressed in leather, tighty-whities, crop top bomber jackets, and most interestingly green, furry thigh-highs. If a centaur and Oscar the Grouch had a baby they would be these heels. This long legged silhouette came in iterations with bevel toe details, zippers, and clear heels but all maintained the army green fur.END
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