Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Walk Tall Into the Summer


I love shoes, and I'm pretty sure that many women do. I've been looking out for shoe trends on the runways for next summer, and think I have a bright idea what's coming in shoes. First, I saw some trends that have been loitering for a few seasons, or even the past years. Then I noticed some new trends.

Of course, for summer, we wear sandals, flats and the typical summer shoes alot (at least those of us that don't have the sun all-year round). So the first trend I'm going to review are the gladiator sandals. They seem to have a long lifetime, as they've been a trend for the past spring/summer seasons. But there's an exception this time. Chanel broke the barrier in their resort 07 collection (seen on MK above). Now they're edgier than ever, and have been called 'super gladiators'. We're talking knee-high, heeled, strappy, patent and two-toned. D&G showed sandals in the same style that has been last summers, but maybe a bit higher. Dries Van Noten had strappy ankle gladiator heels. Givenchy's knee-high gladiator heels are my favourite. I love the uneven straps and their edgy touch. The most extravagant version are the Balenciaga black and white knee-high heels. Net-A-Porter have sandals from Oscar de la Renta, that cut just above the ankle, and are more plain than the pairs below.

Next trend has also been seen before, and is something I personally love. The crisscross heels. They're often in platform style and have a peeptoe. The crisscross can be everything from thin to chunky, and it can be one cross or more. Dsquared2 had a thin crisscross strap and is a rather elegant choice. Burberry showed them with socks, which is a nice alternative to this trend. Anna Sui's version is colourful and Thakoon had a nice pair that's a bit different from the other three. Also, check out Marni's Crisscross Platform Slingbacks from Net-A-Porter.

Then we have the classic mary janes which probably everyone has in some edition. I loooved Giambattista Valli's pink sky-high platforms, which Mary Kate Olsen has been seen wearing. Alexander McQueen also showed pink mary janes, but in a snake skin for a bit more raw texture. Missoni's girly, grey mary janes were more down to earth than the previous mentioned. Yves Saint Laurent then had the simpliest version of all.

The T-bar is a trend similiar to the mary janes. Burberry showed a luxurios piece, Lanvin's chunky T-bar was my personal favourite, and Zac Posen showed a glamorous sparkly version.

The first of the new trends is the buckle. I'm not saying it's a big trend spotting, but it hasn't been seen like this before. Jean Paul Gaultier had a dramatic pair of grey heels with big buckles. Marni's two-tone colour heels are chic and stylish. Lanvin showed a brown pair that have a bit of a safari feeling. Last but not least, Gucci had a gorgeous pair in strong green with buckles on the side.

The second trend I spotted were thin laces. At Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Peter Som the laces had fine bows. But Givenchy's laces were more of a leather straps. The Balenciaga pair is a new take on the oxfords, and Peter Som's also. Alexander McQueen had the laces at, and above the ankle, which I love.

Notice that these are only runway trends. Of course we have great shoe designers (if not the best), like Christian Louboutin, Azzedine Alaia, Pierre Hardy and many more, that I've not included in to post, but all make great shoes. You can tell me in the comments section if you've spotted some other shoe trends for spring from the runways or just from the above designers!

22 comments:

Kaye said...

sadly, only the Dries style of gladiators work for me- anything higher just doesnt do it for my 5'2" frame!

riz said...

i think i am too chicken for the gladiator sandals - alas - but i really am liking valli and peter som...

Nicole Then said...

i bought criss cross. hee, love them!

Aretha said...

The Olsen sandals are just classics, I saw them in an old magazine of my mom, she told me that everyone used to wear them

Tala said...

the criss-crossed heels are so beautiful - does anyone have any ideas of where i can buy not-so-expensive versions? thanks!

Secretista said...

One word...

YUM!

Can't wait for springgggg!

coco said...

ahhhh shoes i love them all
fabulous post
great choices

riz said...

when ashley o. wore those Vallis!!! oh my...!

said...

i love the gladiators, im surprised theyre back in fashion for this summmer... i figured it would have died down. and i love the heels!!! i dont wear them, but maybe ill give it a chance~!

Rachel said...

I am LOVING the strappy shoes, im excited :)

SICK. said...

i bought some kneehigh gladiators back in early january (they were twenty dollars !).

good post !

x.
jh

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

I'm looking for a pair like mary-kate when it gets warm again!

Grace's said...

I love plateforms :) Kisses

alluretone said...

oo shoes :) i love the ones from lanvin burberry and ysl.

xenien_x said...

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Juliet said...

I really need a lot new shoes. I just simply don't have any. Shocking...
Great post as your posts always are.

juliet xxx

Tinsley said...

DEFINETLY a trend
ive been wearing them for the longest time though so i dont know if id like every girl to be wearing them as well :P

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eccentric said...

Loved the collection. Gladiators are a rage!

iƱaki said...

I love how the Olsens always manage to wear averything first!

xx

discothequechic said...

gladiators and mocassins are the shoes I'll be rocking!

Fashionista said...

one word

AMAZING!!!

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