Are We Seriously Going to Wear Hairy Shoes In Winter?
One of my favourite parts about Fashion Week are the shoes. I can't always afford the clothes that walk down the runway, but the footwear, just as gorgeous, usually retails for a more palatable price. So, when I'm looking at the collections, my eyes naturally turn down to the models' feet – I consider it a preview of what I might see on my own next season.
At BCBG Max Azria, the very first runway show of New York Fashion Week, I noticed a pair of fur-covered booties in what I'd initially considered a fashion fluke – a unique piece more on display for its artistry, like the one-off shoes from (Remember those one-off the Spring 2013 Celine collection). But then, I spied a pair of fuzzy stilettos at Monique Lhuillier. "Surely that'll be it," I thought. But not a day later came a series of furry flats and loafers at Tibi, which got me genuinely nervous – and not just because three makes a trend. I rarely go a season without buying a pair of Tibi shoes. Is this what my footwear future had in store? I tried to ignore it, but there they were, walking down the runways at Derek Lam and Christian Siriano. And then came Gucci.
Gucci sent not furry, not fuzzy, but full-on hairy shoes down its runway, and I can no longer turn a blind eye. You see, I remember, not long ago, when flatforms hit the runways. I hated them, and now they're everywhere. I also remember when sneakers started appearing in the shows of the world's top designers, and I thought to myself, "Sneakers with a dress? How ridiculous!" And now look at what's happened. Does this mean we are all going to be wearing hairy shoes in Winter 2015? Does this mean that a year from now, I'll be sitting right where I am now, combing my own pair of hairy loafers, lamenting the next terrible shoe trend?
Or am I overreacting? See the evidence, and then tell us what you think of this new (shudder) trend.