The most fundamental element of my spring/summer 2015 fashion week analysis is ready.
Here are the top 10 footwear styles which carried the models down the New York, London, Milan and Paris catwalks.
1. Ankle strap
Clockwise from top left: Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Derek Lam, Kenzo
Ah the ankle strap: subject of much discussion as to whether it makes your legs look shorter. This was the top trend by some way. Make it work for you by choosing a slimmer strap if your legs are a normal, non-model-like shape.
Clockwise from top left: Rag & Bone, Derek Lam, Marni, Stella McCartney, Miu miu, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Closed-toed, open or with a peep-toe: the mule is making a big come-back. As for the heel height and styling: anything goes. Neutral colours were most prevalent.
Clockwise from top left: Balenciaga, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Michael Kors
Petal-shaped or sharp points stood out as being the most important toe shapes this season. Details included animal-textures, weaving, and lacing. Flats give a chic look, with heels looking vampy.
Clockwise from top left: Rick Owens, Nina Ricci, Prada, Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon, Donna Karan
Clogs and wooden soles haven’t gone away since Swedish Hasbeens led them back into the fashion world in 2009. For spring/summer 2015, wood has been carved into flatforms, virtual stilettos, beautifully curvaceous heels, and big lugs courtesy of Rick Owens.
5. Toe post
Clockwise from top left: Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Salvatore Ferragamo, Haider Ackermann, Roberto Cavalli
Designers seemed to have reached a consensus that sandals must make a visit between the toes this season. White, neutrals, and metallics dominated.
6. Peep toe
Clockwise from top left: Derek Lam, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Mary Katrantzou, Narciso Rodriguez
A naughty glimpse of toe will be a must-have come the spring-time. I predict that wedding guests will scoop up peep-toe styles early next year.
7. Cross strap
Clockwise from top left: Marni, Dries Van Noten, Nina Ricci, Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors
Sandals were given a flattering but supportive look with wide cross straps. Some were plain, some decorated, and this style carried a variety of colours.
Clockwise from top left: Burberry Prorsum, Giorgio Armani, Marni, Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta
Never before have there been so many trainers (and grateful models’ feet) on show at the fashion weeks. The sports influence also spilled over into stilettos at Alexander Wang, and flatforms at the Marni show.
Clockwise from top left: Valentino, Rick Owens, Erdem, Chloe, Hugo Boss, Alexander McQueen
Did gladiator sandals go out of style briefly? It’s no surprise that the fashionista’s sandal of choice is back. Draw attention to your pins with straps or laces up the leg.
10. Higher than ankle boots
Clockwise from top left: Christian Dior, Gucci, Versace, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Miu miu, Rodarte
Boots which end higher than ankle height, and lower than the calf, provide an updated look to the continuing summer boot trend. This height offers a large canvas, which designers decorated with a variety of details.
Coming soon: heel types from the catwalks
All images courtesy of style.com