Shoes, glorious shoes: if you want to stop reading here and start clicking through the pretty photos, it’s fine—I don’t blame you. But if you’ll indulge me, here’s a brief overview of what went down in the world of footwear this Fashion Month:
Many of the season’s trends were echoed in accessories—velvet boots stomped the runways at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, Roksanda, Jenny Packham, and Dries von Noten, just to name a few, so you can be sure retailers will be cribbing that style come fall. (A note about velvet boots, though: don’t even try to wear them before late September—I picked up a pair of Robert Clergeries at a sample sale a few years ago and was so enamored I decided to wear them immediately. It was July. I spent the evening internally weeping that I hadn’t just worn some damn sandals.)
The furry-shoe craze hasn’t totally died down yet, either: Ellery showed Yeti-like block-heel booties, while Miu Miu presented fuzzy blue slides worthy of a Floridian grandma, encrusted with oversized pearls and colorful gems.
For less adventurous folks, many designers also proposed simple silhouettes, quiet colors, and reasonable heel heights. Valentino’s reinterpreted ballet slipper boot, for one, was a beautiful finishing touch to their dance-inspired collection, and pointed-toe pumps in neutral hues were a welcome, wearable trend—cut high on the foot at Céline, paired with coordinating socks at Hermès, livened up with ruffles at Stella McCartney, and grounded on wooden heels at Marni.
Click through the slideshow for 50 glorious photos of the best footwear for Fall 2016.