Another Fashion Month has come and gone, and with it thousands of clothes and accessories proposed for the Fall/Winter 2016-2017 season. While some designs will never get made, fashion labels hope to see their garments and accouterments in many window stores, as well on fashionable women around the globe.
From A Detachér to Zuhair Murad, we looked at all the runways shows and picked our favorite shoes from all four Fashion Weeks, starting with New York, with a short layover in London, moving to Milan, and ending up in dreamy Paris.
This is what we saw at Fashion Month 2016-2017:
New York couldn’t be bothered with sexy and strappy heels. Instead they were focused on 70s textures- including velvet and square toes- pointy flat loafers, and just flat shoes all around.
London has a sense of humor. Although the weather is gloomy, the Brits have a bright and eclectic style. They love their genderless fashion, as well as pairing socks with heels. A phenomenon we unfortunately saw throughout Europe. Socks and heels is a hard trend to pull off!
In Milan, the Italian designers showcased more high heels, as was expected, as they’re very proud of their shoe-making abilities. They also love ornate and over the top designs, so Milan was our favorite Fashion Week for sexy-shoe spotting.
Paris was also very eclectic. French designers always want to show off, but unfortunately this didn’t always end up in an aesthetically pleasing heel, but rather more of a wonder of engineering that doesn’t translate well into every day life.
After carefully studying thousands of shoes this Fashion Month, we compiled the trends for Fall 2016-Winter 2017: square toe booties, textured (velvet, fur, exotic skins, etc), chunky heels, sandals and socks, silver, and ankle straps.
Take a look at our favorite shoes of Fashion Month Fall/Winter 2016, and let us know if we missed any!
New York Fashion Month
1. Altuzarra showed us printed multi-strap Mary Janes with textured toes, for a fun and sexy twist on this classic shoe.
2. When it comes to Fall/Winter shoes, booties still reign supreme. At Boss by Hugo Boss we saw this fun leather pair with a wooden heel.
3. We saw more booties at Derek Lam, this time they were retro-cowboy-chic in white leather and a low heel.
4. Hood by Air had the right idea with thigh-high red patent boots. If only they had been tighter on the leg, they could have easily been our favorite heel of New York Fashion Week!
5. Although the heel size at Jason Wu was much sexier, the suede pumps were reminiscent of French courts. We can imagine Marie Antoinette wearing this shoe with a little black dress if she were alive today.
6. Lela Rose has some Christian Louboutin-inspired clear pumps, but with pompons on the toe.
7. Marisa Webb also had some ankle booties, with a wide brim and interesting detailing on the back.
8. Michael Kors was another designer who opted for the toe detailing, this time using studs on his sling back shoes and sleek thin heel.
9. Suede shoes were big in the Fall/Winter 2016 runways, especially paired with another huge trend, the ankle bootie, as we can see her at Jenny Packham.
10. Prabal Gurung mixed a few textures, including pony hair, to give his shoes a futuristic and attention-grabbing look.
11. Proenza Schouler also went with a futuristic color, but in a retro shape, and with interesting rope detailing and a fun heel shape.
12. Christian Siriano had bright snakeskin knee-high boots, with the thinnest heel we saw on the runway at New York Fashion Week.
13. At Suno, the retro vibe was in full swing with patent chunky heels.
London Fashion Month
14. The heels we look forward to seeing every London Fashion Week are at Alexander McQueen. This season, Sara Burton did not design an over-the-top shoes (we still can’t get over McQueen’s Armadillo heels) but she didn’t disappoint with completely wearable designs.
15. These feather heels from Alexander McQueen say more “spring” than “fall,” but we still appreciate the fun and eclectic design.
16. We would be remiss to exclude these cool heels, also from Alexander McQueen. We love a good pop of color, and a sexy ankle strap. In addition, the fur makes these ultra high heels seem comfortable.
17. Erdem previewed French court-inspired open toe silver shoes with a chunky heel.
18. At Eudon Choi we saw chunky heel booties, like we’ve been seeing all Fashion Month, but with furry tips.
19. Anya Hindmarch likes having as much fun with her shoes as she does with her handbags.
20. Mary Katrantzou had the same heel in different colors and patters. Our favorites were these red snake print ones, because nothing is sexier than a red pair of high heels.
21. Mulberry also previewed chunky heels with lace up detailing.
22. Sibling’s shoes spoke about everything London Fashion Week was: a little bit of everything, and then some.
Milan Fashion Month
23. The scene at the Dolce & Gabbana runway show at Milan Fashion Week was out of a fairy tale, so it’s no surprise their shoes were quite dreamy. Like good Italians, Dolce & Gabbana likes their clothes and accessories a bit over the top, like these sparkly silver sandals with embellishments and fur.
24. Another Dolce & Gabbana shoe we liked was this pair, which, if seen from the front, is a simple black Mary Jane pump with gold trimming, but the magic is in its intricate heel detail. Definitely something fit for a princess’ ball.
25. The runway show may have been for Fall/Winter 2016-2017, but Dolce & Gabbana stayed true to the current spring season with these fun and retro flower-power booties.
26. Emilio Pucci was another of many designers who felt nostalgic for the 1970s, when he showed his collection, which included these blue booties that, although retro, we think are exciting and could pair great with a mini skirt.
27. This season, Fendi was all about the ruffles, and the shoes were no exception. Yet again, we saw a fashion house pair their heels with socks.
28. Although the heel at Giorgio Armani was on the chunkier side, the woven detailing felt fresh and wearable.
29. Gucci took things to new heights with these black and white striped platforms.
30. They also kept up with the socks-with-sandals game, in these thin stilettos, which we think they would look better without the socks.
31. The most over-the-top shoes Gucci sent down the runway were these zebra heels, complete with tail and everything.
32. Miu Miu kept things sexy and sleek with a remarkable needle-thin heel.
33. This is the same Miu Miu pump as before, only the back view, and with a more Rococo print. These shoes are definitely a conversation starter!
34. Leave it to the Italians to have the most ornate of collections. These Prada wedges are sure to catch everyone’s eye!
35. Another pair of Prada shoes, these booties have a maritime theme and complimentary laces.
36. Roberto Cavalli kept true to his aesthetic when he had models strut down the runway in these blue snakeskin boots.
37. Salvatore Ferragamo went with the fur and chunky-heel trends, and we foresee lots of street style stars will wear this shoe this fall.
Paris Fashion Month
38. Balenciaga took a simple and colorful pump and added intricate detailing to make an old style of shoe seem completely new.
39. What impressed us the most about Balenciaga’s collection was not the clothes, but the shape of the heel of the shoes. Don’t they look uncomfortable to walk in?
40. We just knew that Balmain, the Kardashian’s favorite label, was going to have sexy footwear. We loved these nude suede thigh-high boots, proving that sometimes, less is more, and simpler is sexier.
41. These Carven shoes have four main colors in them, yet they all seem to work flawlessly with each other. Of course, the most exciting part is the beautiful heel with a marble-like design.
42. Christian Dior had a pointy-toe bootie with cutouts and multiple textures.
43. Elie Saab played it safe with bright blue lace up suede heels with a chunky heel.
44. Another label we look forward to seeing every season is Givenchy, and this season we were fascinated with the snakeskin boots and the inverted-cone heel with gold detailing.
45. Lanvin’s shoes were not a new design, but among so many eclectic shoes this season, they were like a breath of fresh hair. They were sexy, wearable and completely in vogue.
46. These chunky sporty heels come from the house of Louis Vuitton- not exactly what you’d expect from this French label, but they will be very popular with the younger crowd.
47. More silver and futuristic boots, courtesy of Louis Vuitton.
48. Maison Martin Margiela prides itself in being a bit different. Although we saw a lot of textured booties, we have yet to see a heel quite like this one.
49. The clothes at Valentino blended with the tights, which blended with the shoes, which made for a bland look. Do you remember the days when Valentino was making sexy strappy Rockstud patent heels? We do too. We miss those days.
50. These were, by far, the most interesting heels at Valentino, but we were not able to see the full effect because of the tights. We won’t have to wait, however, to see clear strap trend until the fall, as there are a few brands out there already utilizing this style.