Kick Your Feet Up: 5 Shoe Trends to Wear Now
March 28, 2018 | BY Justine Lee
Ah, spring. The season that conjures up the scent of budding blooms, wet grass and a fresh batch of shoes to go with the shorter hems and flowy silhouettes you're about to rock. To help guide you on your next shoe haul, here are the five definitive shoe trends you need to give you an extra spring in your step.
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1) A Clear Winner
One look at Chanel 2018 runway and it's clear (no pun intended): PVC is all the rage and by extension, all things see-through. Vinyl or PVC may be the obvious choice, but we see Alexander Wang playing this trend up with mesh.
As if red knee-high boots weren't already enough of a statement, Virgil Abloh and Sandra Choi from Off-White and Jimmy Choo, respectively, turn it up a notch with these PVC-wrapped boots. Wear them under a long dress to give only a subtle glimpse of these, or rock it with a high hemline for maximum impact.
A floral-accented pump may sound more on the safe side, but when you throw PVC in the mix, it's guaranteed to be something else. These Jimmy Choo leather and PVC pumps feature a smart point toe and topped off with various-sized floral embellishments. Styling hint- change the colour of your pedi and it will instantly look like a new pair of shoes.
For women, it's important to find a brand of heels that fit your feet well. Gianvito Rossi is mine; no matter the heel height, the shoes fit well and I can go through most of the day in them. These PVC lace-up booties give the illusion that the laces float on the feel. Style it with a mini hemline to keep the focus on the heels.
There's nothing to hide when it comes to these Alix slingbacks from Alexander Wang, which are exclusive to Net-a-Porter. Crafted from a nude mesh, and capped with black suede, the strap of the heels also resemble an adjustable strap more commonly found in lingerie.
A sturdy block heel boot crafted from PVC is one of our top picks from MM6 Maison Margiela this season. Accented with cream leather trims and a side zip for ease, these boots can be worn bare feet (with a mani to match) or even styled with socks.
2) Statement Heels
With Art Basel right around the corner, many may want to find an easy art-friendly element to inject into their looks. So why not start from the feet up? Elevate a simple look with a pair of artistic heels- Saint Laurent goes for the monogram, while other brands like Loewe, Jacquemus and new-label-on-the-rise, Neous, opt for a more geometric approach. Pair them with a ankle-grazing hemline to ensure that the heel doesn't go unnoticed.
London footwear label Neous is a one to watch. Often inspired by mid-century architecture, modernism and contemporary art, it's a label for women in the know. These suede mules in mustard yellow feature a half-clear, half-wood sphere heel, which would go perfectly with everything from soft summer tailoring to beach dresses.
Mules have arguably become a shoe style trend that's here to stay. These sculptural Perspex heels from 3.1 Phillip Lim can be worn with cropped trousers or midi-skirts.
Walking on eggshells isn't so bad when you've got Loewe on your feet. These kitten slingback heels feature an exaggerated pointed toe and a small egg-shaped heel, which can be styled with wide-legged trousers or a midi-hemline skirt.
French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus produced one of our favourite collections for SS18, it was a winning combination of larger-than-life straw hats, figure-flattering summer dresses and show-stopping heels that won us over. These strappy leather sandals with stacked wooden spheres are at the top of our SS18 wishlist.
Leandra Medine has developed a cult like following for her online platform Man Repeller, and she has recently turned her creative eye into special capsule collections of shoes exclusively for Net-a-Porter. Take a walk on the wild side with these fringed block heel sandals, which are guaranteed to put some extra swish in your stride.
3) Kitten Heels
Kitten heels are back and in a big way. We're noticing lower stiletto heels on sling backs, mules and even pumps. They’re the ideal shape for women on the go and they’re the perfect companion from day to night; they give you just that extra lift, and you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. We’ve spotted them on catwalks everywhere from Dema Gvasalia’s Balenciaga to London label Self-Portrait.
Gianvito Rossi's got us thinking pink! Equal parts elegant and practical, these Gianvito Rossi mules in fuchsia can dress up almost any denim look.
Get into the 80's groove with these chain-strapped Self-Portrait slingbacks. Crafted in cobalt satin and accented with various silver chains and a rose-gold mirrored heel, these show-stoppers are best worn with a trouser look that hits right at the ankles.
Miuccia Prada's comic book inspired collection for SS18 was a runaway hit, and it's easy to see why- graphic, functional and ever so covetable. These slingback heels are wrapped in a grey and black polka dot canvas and topped off with a detachable bow.
Alessandro Dell'Acqua has the Midas touch when it comes to accessories. His knotted accessories (mules, sandals clutches, just to name a few) are often spotted on stylish women around the globe. For Spring, we have our eyes on these emerald green satin slip-on's.
Ganni is a contemporary Scandinavian brand that has quickly becoming a favourite to the street style stars, and it's easy to see how with their easy to mix-and-match pieces. These white slingback kitten heels are exclusively created for Net-a-Porter, and can be worn two ways- tie the bow on the back or wrap it around your ankles.
4) Buckle Up
You heard us, it’s time to strap in and buckle up. Whether these buckles on shoes are functional or purely decorative, it’s nice to have that extra touch. We’ve seen some buckles with a Western touch at Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s debut collection at Chloé, a sporty sensibility at New York label, Monse, but also some clever cut-outs from Gabriella Hearst and Proneza Schouler. The good thing about this trend? It comes in all shapes and heel heights.
Designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia created their label Monse after working at Oscar de la Renta. Hollywood starlets including Kate Bosworth and Sarah Jessica Parker are fans of their bold and often feminine (with a twist) designs. These Prince of Wales heels are accented with a red and white leather strap which gives it a sporty finishing. Team yours with blue jeans and a blouse or go for the print-on-print approach with a matching Prince of Wales jacket.
A little bit of shine, a sturdy heel and a pointed toe- these Proneza Schouler mules are equal parts stylish and versatile. Wear them with a summer dress or smart tailoring, we guarantee it works both ways.
Uruguay-born and New York-based designer, Gabriela Hearst, know what women want. Her collections often combining a smart, city sensibility with a countryside ease, and has garnered her an international fanbase. She may have become a household name with her iconic Nina leather handbag, she is quick to prove her smarts in the shoe department as well.
From street style starlets to credible designers, the Attico's Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio have a clear-cut vision for what they create. Nostalgia with a touch of glamour, these heels in the combination of fuchsia and poppy red are just the right accent for one of their slip dresses.
These buckled ankle boots in lush suede are inspired by sexy 90s supermodel Claudia Schiffer. Open-toe and sky-high, they might just give the illusion of similar, mile-long legs.
5) Give 'Em The Boot
Spring is here, but don’t hang your boots up just yet. Continue to wear these long-legged accessories into Spring, but opt for a lighter shade instead. White boots, a continuing trend from the previous season, is a street style favourite that’s here to stay. Opt for greater heights courtesy of Vetements and 3.1 Phillip Lim, or stay on point with Acne Studios or Balenciaga. The lesson in styling white boots is that there are no rules- they can be worn with just about anything, from flowy floral dresses to a blouse and jeans.
One of the hottest collaborations for SS18 is the partnership between Sandra Choi at Jimmy Choo and Virgil Abloh at Off-White. The collection was inspired by the late Princess Diana and her stylish choices of footwear. The late Princess was an avid skier, and was often photographed on the slopes with her sons in the French Alps, now could we imagine her rocking these puffer-inspired leather boots? Definitely.
Sometimes classics are the way to go. The Jemma boot is a style that Acne Studios has become almost synonymous for when it comes to footwear. Crafted from textured leather and accented with a metal tip and flexible elastic sides, these can go perfectly with a look with skinny jeans.
For those looking for a few extra inches, look no further than these boots from Vetements. Towering at a 13cm heel (but with a generous platform at the front), these boots are made for walking.
We've already established kitten heels were trending, so this pair of Balenciaga booties in pristine white leather checks two of our trend boxes this season. Need we say more?
This signature boot style from 3.1 Phillip Lim was a runway hit and has continued to fly off the shelves. Reimagined in a crisp white fabrication, exclusive to Net-a-Porter, these sock boots can be worn under a pair of jeans or styled with a skirt- just make sure you show off that contrasting heel.
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