All the latest flats from the catwalk.
I used to spend a lot of time at fashion shows holding my breath. Not because fashion shows smell bad (actually, they often smell very nice – candles, perfume, hairspray, body lotion…) but because I was nervous that the models were having a really hard time in their shoes. When I first started attending fashion week, it was very rare to see any flat shoes on the catwalk at all. More often, it would be sky-high stilettos, and the models regularly suffered as a result. Sometimes they would be doing a very odd walk, which gave away the discomfort they were feeling (heels aside, models often have to cram their feet into shoes that are far too small for them). Other times they stumbled, and occasionally, fell all the way over. I remember one specific show where a model who had really been struggling kicked her shoes off in frustration during the finale, to rapturous applause from the audience who had been spending more time being praying for her safety than they had actually looking at the clothes.
But times, they have a’ changed. It’s now commonplace for a show to feature no heels at all. Even better, many brands are collaborating with everyday shoe labels, meaning that even though they are more expensive than the average shoe, they are somewhat more attainable than other designer pairs. I was spoilt for choice when putting this feature together, so I’ve picked the three shows with the shoes I think you will like the best.
House of Holland X Grenson
You may remember me featuring this collaboration a few weeks ago when the first season went on sale. For next summer, Grenson and Henry Holland have collaborated on an incredibly snazzy sandal. It’s quite a departure from Grenson’s usual vibe, but that, I suppose, is the point of collaborating with a designer known for his flamboyant creations. They seem to have divided opinion a bit, but I really like them! I probably wouldn’t style them with a shell suit, but they’d look awesome with a plain black shirt dress.
JW Anderson X Converse
I was really pleased to see that Jonathan Anderson is continuing his collaboration with Converse, and I actually like this season’s styles much more than last which were a bit bright for me. He’s cleverly used the familiar canvas upper but really souped it up with a chunky modern flatform sole, tapping into the current trend for trainers that make your feet look massive. I’ll be sure to keep you updated when I hear more about these going on sale.
READ MORE: 15 PAIRS OF TRAINERS FIT FOR THE OFFICE
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Not a heel in sight at this gorgeous show! Instead, models either wore brown hiking boots (yes!) or fisherman sandals (double yes!!) with frilly socks (triple yes!!!). Preen is a label that really excels at juxtapositions, so of course these earthy traditional shoes were to accompany very modern asymmetric frilly lace dresses and pretty floral prints. Beautiful.
I’d love to know what you think of next season’s shoe trends (so far!) – please leave comments below.