shoe gazing.

shoe gazing.


aside from the usual sandal to boot transition that happens in fall, i always get a little shoe-crazy this time of year. fall is that deadly combination of fashion shows and fall collections hitting shops that gets me looking around and lusting after new shoes. sometimes i think that all shoe trends start with celine, and this fall that feels really apparent. at celine’s spring presentation phoebe philo showed a pair of different colored ankle boots, which felt like the fashion equivalent of a smirk.


i say this because it is moments like these that make me think that pheobe philo is fully aware of her power and influence. in a time where alessandro michele has painted the world hot pink and demna gvasalia has satirically wrapped the fashion world in latex and put a corporate logo on it, philo still quietly rules the roost.

way back in fall 2010 philo came out with two tone boots and booties. as philo often does, she kept the dream alive and did another take on the two tone boot a few seasons later. sometimes i feel like designers impose a sort of waiting period before coming out with something that another designer did first. as i look around in this fall of 2016, i see two tone boots spreading like wildfire across indie designers. i predict that it won’t be long before fast fashion gets on the train and we start seeing two tone boots literally everywhere.

another example of the philo effect is the “v neck” heel. philo’s been refining the shoe since 2014 (in between making birkenstocks chic and introducing the world to the ballet heel), and has shown a variety of versions over the past few seasons. suddenly i’m seeing this shoe popping up all over the place. zara has already began churning out versions, so it won’t be long until the style is e’rywhere.

here a few current examples up for grabs:

  1. gianvito rossi two-tone booties ($295)
  2. free people parisian nights bootie ($325)
  3. marni contrasting heel bootie ($1010)
  4. jeffrey campbell ankle boot ($114)
  5. alba moda colorblock booties ($168)
  6. jil sander bicolor booties ($662)
  7. pierre hardy ankle boots ($655)
  8. celine bicolor wedge boots ($475)
  9. maryam nassir zadeh agnes split boots ($695)

the v neck heel:

  1. celine soft v neck pumps ($695)
  2. rachel comey falk heel ($391)
  3. vintage escada heels ($70)
  4. gray matters mildred pump ($475)
  5. zara v cut shoe ($119)
  6. jil sander glossed leather pumps ($670)
  7. zara mid heel shoe ($89)
  8. acne studios aja pump ($510)

the end.


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