Sub-zero temperatures aside, spring is fast approaching, which necessitates only one thing: a sneaky peak at what footwear delights we can look forward to next season. 2015 is – mercifully – set to be the year that footwear redeems itself from the rather blah depths of 2014’s sock/sandalled normcore, emerging free from the flat-footed confines of the Birkenstock and ready to embrace some, well, fun.
SS15 is all about the revival of the old, so prepare to witness well loved favourites re-crafted under a distinctly modern guise, with the reappearance of some that are proving to be quite the trans-seasonal trends.
Spring 2015 sees the trainers’ reign as ‘the shoe of choice’ continuing on – see the directional sports infused designs of Burberry, Marni and DKNY, not to mention the recent appointment of Rihanna as creative director at Puma. However, there is a shift in creative focus as the flat shoe takes on an overall more polished appearance.
With Balenciaga’s futuristic flats and Carven showcasing patent pumps; not to mention the slew of brogue-style shoes as seen at Tibi, Giles and even Victoria Beckham (notorious for doing the morning run in 6” heels), embracing lower altitudes; this is a trend that’s got, er, legs.
Go Go Gladiator!
The prevalence of the gladiator sandal across the fashion weeks, sought to make it a formidable trend for the upcoming season. Styles ranged from the simplistic lace ups of Fendi and Valentino – that showcased knee length fastenings delicately travelling up the leg – to the intricate, corset-like lacings of Givenchy and Alexander McQueen’s (almost unwalkable) ghillies. DSquared2 also weighed in on the trend, with their dramatic thigh-high, cage-effect sandals causing quite the buzz and even garnering the appellation of the ‘Glamiators’. With Zara’s new ad campaign showcasing their own versions of the gladiator, you can expect to be sporting some rather questionable tan lines come summer…
One of the biggest 2015 all-rounder trends harks back to the heady days of the 1970s, where one was just as likely to disco at Studio 54 as to embrace the folkloric vibe of hippie-dom. As fringing, patchwork and bell-bottoms have now become synonymous with sartorial nirvana, so the shoe of choice looks set to be the retro inspired chunky heel. Hedi Slimane channeled a decidedly glam-rock rendition for Saint Laurent, whereas Prada offered true retro panache with clog-like platforms and Calvin Klein showcased a fuss-free shoe that focused on shape and colour. Anything this vertiginous that can boast true wearability (not to mention walkability) is definitely one worth championing.
(Still) Flatform Crazy
Another familiar sole that continued to dominate the SS15 catwalks was the flatform. Offering those crucial extra inches, minus the arch ache typically felt by heel wearers. There was a communal sigh of relief when the likes of Just Cavalli and Delpozo chose to punctuate their ensembles with metallic and elaborate renditions of the much-loved wedge shoe. Whilst Rick Owens, as ever, chose an altogether different aesthetic, grounding his unusually whimsical outfits with clumpy, tractor-soled versions of the flatform. Though this exaggerated cleat sole may not translate directly on to the highstreet, the flatform is sure to be ubiquitous come spring.
Though the block heel may have everyone in a 70’s induced furor, it’s svelte cousin, the stiletto, is strutting well into next season along with it. Termed the ‘mid length heel’ – though still curiously high considering the intermediary height that this moniker denotes – these shoes offer pizzazz aplenty! Take inspiration from the neon, ‘jungle rave’ shoes of Sophia Webster (similar styles can already be found at Kurt Geiger) or, like Aigner, opt to embrace metallic and minimalism in strong, clean lines. Now, consider your party shoes all but sorted for the season to come.
Ultimately, whether you have a proclivity for platforms or perhaps your inclination lies stalwartly with flat footwear, the season’s offerings are sure to appease your sartorial fancies. And if you should find yourself in doubt, opt for all things metallic – the standout look of the season.
[LEAD IMAGE: l-r Givenchy, Marni, Prada ss15]
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