Flats and ballet pumps competed with utilitarian points and sharp slip-ons are expected to reign supreme in the Autumn/Winter season this year. Saint Laurent and Christopher Kane are all about the classics, exposing us to notes inspired by everyday office clothing. Prada and Ferragamo, on the other hand, emphasised the season’s hallmark colour—flaming red—in both sophisticated and ‘ready-for-the-night’ looks.
For the love of shoes, we gaze through the hottest footwear trends from the Autumn/Winter 2023 collection.
Little Black Shoes
The commute to work appears to be a lot more appealing now that office professionals’ go-to-heels have officially returned to the runway. The once-boring-little-black-shoe has now been given a trendy makeover it deserves. With a sleeker, more elegant, refined look that serves as a counterweight to the glitter that has boosted out-of-the-way shoes in recent seasons.
As previously stated, Prada, Saint Laurent, Moschino, Christopher Kane, Tory Burch, Huishan Zhang, No. 21, Versace, and Schiaparelli all play advocate for the charming black heels, perfectly suited to compliment your beige blazer or signature LBD on Monday morning.
Now that we’re talking flats, it appears like they’ll be back in full force this season. Prada’s razor-sharp saw an update emphasised with origami elements, while Giorgio Armani‘s gave a delightful raspberry edition. Wales Bonner‘s bejewelled straps, Tory Burch’s sculptural hardware, and Lora Piana’s stark white take on the trend, with a touch of toe cleavage. All of these forms are raring to go on the craziest night.
These Boots Are Made For Walking
If you prefer an aggressive and raw expression, choose a stunning pair of eyelet boots from Roberto Cavalli, boxer boots by Gucci, or a dramatic heeled version from Patou. Ankle-length combat boots from Dior, Fendi, or Akris may also add a little edge to your floral maxi dresses. Without a doubt, the late Vivienne Westwood impacted this trend. Such looks add a welcome amount of ruggedness as well as functionality.
The ‘The Mary-Jane’ heel is also likely to gain popularity. A demure authority originally worn by Alexa Chung and the Olsen twins, best matched with transparent tights or ribbed ankle socks and an A-line skirt for an undertone of old world elegance, à la Emilia Wickstead and Dior. Prepare to be wowed by the influence of Roberto Cavalli, A.P.C., Huishan Zhang, Giorgio Armani, and Rodarte.
Paint It Red
This season, red has emerged as a significant colour, and incorporating it into your footwear could create a significant impact. Prada and Ferragamo’s kitten heels are ideal for a ladylike look, while Stella McCartney and Tory Burch provide versions that are ideal for a date night after dark.