My analysis of the SS15 fashion week footwear shots from style.com highlighted a variety of different textures.
From patent to woven, here are the top 10 textures featured at New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks.
In shades as varied as natural, orange, and multi-coloured; snake was the dominant texture on the Spring/Summer 2015 catwalks. You won’t want to miss out on this key trend.
Whether fabric, elastic or leather; numerous designers opted for the crafted look which weaving provides. Feeling inspired? Try making your own with this book.
Some designers used suede for a nod to a 1970s aesthetic, whilst others like Roland Mouret opted for an altogether more modern look. How will you incorporate suede into your shoe wardrobe?
Yes, studs are still in the picture. This season they are used in subtle or playful ways, but never all over a boot, shoe or sandal.
Glossy patent leathers are perfect for creating a rich, luscious look on day-to-night footwear. Louis Vuitton went for colour-blocking, Versace and Miu miu offered lip-gloss shades, and Marni and Nina Ricci provided unexpected hues in sandals.
Each designer who used croc textures on their footwear did so in a different way. From Cavalli’s bejewelled silver flatform, to the minimalist white Narciso Rodriguez pointed mule; anything goes as long as it’s croc.
Sparkly looks came from traditional glitter or mini diamantes. Heels and platforms as well as uppers were decorated to give more or less subtlety.
8. Cut out
A clever way to open footwear up for warmer weather and add interest, is to make holes in it. Circular perforations came from Donna Karan and Comme des Garçons. Versace and Kenzo offered different approaches to geometric cut outs, and Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton went for curved lines.
Ah the classic evening fabric. Valli, Lauren and Ricci approached their satin footwear in a more traditional heeled way with some neat details. Marc Jacobs, Chanel and Balenciaga used satin to update day-time styles in a new way.
Sporty or sexy; transparent or close-knit: mesh made its way down many catwalks this season. The prize for most feminine goes to the sheer Dolce & Gabbana ankle boot with sumptuous floral embroidery.
Now there are no excuses for plain old leather.
Coming soon: Key styles on the catwalk