Ladylike, and feminine. Classic and elegant shoes to form the basis of every woman’s wardrobe.
There is plenty to talk about when it comes to A/W 23, and it is not just the remarkable clothes that designers send out in their collections. Creatives found new ways of interpreting styles in footwear that are as covetable as the next. Feminine, ladylike shoes took top billing in a riot of novelty details, with designers altering the silhouette of stilettos, increasing the size of embellishments, and incorporating novel textures and materials into a vast range of heel heights and pretty flats. And after years of chunky shoe supremacy, classic ladylike shoes are making a comeback. Simple but elegant, mid-height sandals to stiletto heels were prominent at Carolina Herrera, LaQuan Smith, Tory Burch, and Jason Wu. Tory Burch’s low-heeled versions were adorned in gold with a “surreal broken” heel.
Lanvin delivered an extraordinary cross-section of shoes from textured pink handwoven iterations that matched the material in the clothes to ruched and gathered soft slides in soft, buttery leather. Miu Miu’s ladylike collection saw open-toed pumps embellished with sparkling sequins or covered in the season’s top party material for footwear – satin. And the kitten-heel slingbacks offered a resurgence of traditionally feminine styles, with the slingback detail the most prevalent design element. This classic element was seen in its traditional form or updated with current trends such as fringing, velour, and surface ornamentation at Sportmax, Loewe, and Ferragamo. Givenchy and Jason Wu covered their feminine iterations in glossy patent leather. At the same time, color has been incremental to the fabulous shoe offering in vibrant, eye-catching hues of hot pink, lime green, and yellow, enriched even further with the resurgence of patent leather, snakeskin, and satin.
But it’s also about embellishments; surfaces are intricately crafted, pampered with studs, sequins, floral appliques, bow-shaped trimmings, metallic chains, crisscross straps, laces, or ties. Investing in these luxurious shoes will have you covered, from daywear to party dressing, and will be a perfect accompaniment to every woman’s wardrobe.