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From sequined slingbacks to architectural heels: Fall 2018 shoe trends decoded

This fall is about re-imagining the classics. Bows often considered to be an insignia of upper-class dandies were given an interesting twist by Prabal Gurung to fit his heels. Tom Ford gave a nod to the ’80s with his animal print slingbacks, Miuccia Prada brought back ’40s-inspired Mary Janes back on the runway.  The ’70s cowboy boots were seen in a new light by Isabel Marant. Fellow Parisians, Simon Porte Jacquemus & Balmain replaced the traditional pencil and cylindrical heels by their architectural renditions.

Here are is a complete low down on Fall 2018 shoe trends…

Shoes with bows 
Heels with bows at Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2018-19. Image: Courtesy Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Heels with bows at Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2018-19. Image: Courtesy Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

NewYork-based Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung paired his draped sari-like skirts, Aran knitwear and black midi dresses with an array of heels with bows. Miuccia Prada gave her quintessential ’60s muse heavy winter wear to layer and re-imagined Mary Janes with bows teamed with old-school woollen socks. Michael Kors ensured that among his heavy-duty tartan capes, grunge plaids and slip dresses, there was an element of old-school elegance; he relied on ’50s-inspired velvet slingback flats with silver bows. 

Statement Heels 
Statement architectural heels Balmain Fall/Winter 2018/19. Image: CourtesyVictor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Statement architectural heels Balmain Fall/Winter 2018/19. Image: CourtesyVictor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Pencil, needles and cylindrical are a passé. You can always depend on Dolce&Gabbana for reinventing the wheel. Heels at their A/W18 showcase were rolled out in the shape of cartoon characters and crystal mini jewel-boxes. Risk taking seems to Simon Porte Jacquemus’s trait and one look at his geometric, almost chess pieces inspired heels from his winter showcase,  will prove it. Olivier Rousteing of Balmain known for his elevated levels of glamour also looped in some architectural shaped heels to make a statement. 

Animal Prints 
Sequined animal print slingbacks at Tom Ford Ready Fall/Winter 2018-19. Image: Courtesy Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Sequined animal print slingbacks at Tom Ford Ready Fall/Winter 2018-19. Image: Courtesy Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Fall 2018 runways were replete with animal print footwear; and not just leopard, but zebra, crocodile to python inspired prints seemed to define the sartorial focal point for winter. While Tom Ford conjured up 80’s disco vibe with is oversized hoops, sequinned leggings and animal print slingback kitten heels, Michael Kors went old school with his leopard print, velvet pumps. Olivier Lapidus at Lanvin went beyond prints and experimented with textures; those crocodile and python scales inspired pumps were fall goals. 

Cowboy boots 
SCow boy boots at Isabel Marant show Fall/Winter 2018-19
Cowboy boots at Isabel Marant show Fall/Winter 2018-19

New-gen cowboy boots are all about bold colourways, textures and appliqués. Dolce & Gabbana remained loyal to their aesthetic and created some decadent bejewelled cowboy boots, while Isabel Marant’s Parisian charm was punctuated with nomadic hints; her ankle length, gold pointed cowboy boots were everything. Classic American cowboy boots got a luxe twist at Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini; black ankle length booties with silver chain links defined his rendition. 

Sequins 
Silver sequined heels at Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2018-19. Images: Courtesy Peter White/Getty Images
Silver sequined heels at Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2018-19. Images: Courtesy Peter White/Getty Images

 Take cues from the very urbane and sophisticated mood board of Isabel Marrant, who at times let drama sweep in. Her highly sequinned almost thigh-high boots took a detour from her usual body of work. Walking on the sequinned path were Dolce & Gabbana who embrace glamour with the unapologetically decadent pieces, their sequinned ankle length boots define the moment. At Miu Miu, Miuccia Prada gave us cues on how to make a statement with her rhinestones studded silver sequinned heels. 

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
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