In celebration of all heights of heels, shapes of shoe, and the abundance of choice on offer for Spring 2018, the fashion desk curates an evolving hit list of heels, mules, slides, sneakers, and boots that can only be classed as sartorial ace cards to add to your wardrobe. Click through the gallery above for shoespiration and check back daily for the new hero pair.
Carolina Herrera once quipped in a tongue-in-chic interview with Man Repeller‘s Leandra Medine that shoes are vitally important to everyone “because you cannot leave the house without them.” Here, here. There’s no plainer justification for womankind’s infatuation with this vital building block to one’s wardrobe. Add a startling AED price tag to them and we’re still flexing plastic to get the perfect synergy of function and form. After all, those who graduated from the school of good taste will recall Coco Chanel‘s mantra, “a woman with good shoes is never ugly.”
From Manolo Blahnik‘s enduring success spanning back to the 70s through to its untouchable status today to Christian Louboutin‘s cult following of women who like to live life’s fast lane with crimson soles, premium footwear is undoubtedly big business and if you get it right, like the two aforementioned brands, you have a customer base that spans across generations.
Most surprisingly high fashion has championed some practical trends in the past 12 months, as opposed to styles like Vivienne Westwood‘s towering platforms that sent a young Naomi Campbell tumbling on the runway. Editors are witnessing the likes of Crocs in collaboration with Christopher Kane, Prada‘s jolie laide flats, Rick Owens for Birkenstock, Vetements X Manolo Blahnik sock boots, and J.W. Anderson for Converse on the runway, rather than the impossible styles we’ve become accustomed to in the early noughties. The maisons have truly come down to earth. Well, for now.
From Malone Souliers and Nicholas Kirkwood to homegrown talents such as 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize finalist Liudmila, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Darmaki, Zyne, and Oscar Tiye, consider the above gallery your shopping list for the new season and beyond. Happy shoesday!