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Fancy Designer Footwear

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

fancy designer footwearLast year, designers went on a true crusade against mediocrity. They have put so many trusting hyper-fashionistas on heavy-heeled Cinderella clogs (Stella McCartney), fancy-heeled shoes with flower printed counters (Prada, Miu Miu) or intricately shaped triangular chunky heels which sway precariously when you try to make a move (Nina Ricci, Missoni, DSquared). This year, the trends are even more shocking as the runway hits seem to be utterly unwearable.

Today, trends in the footwear fashion are diverse, ranging from a cliché style fusion to a complete denial of comfort and fittingness for nothing but a triumphant red carpet appearance.

The greatest fashion hit of 2009 is the latest collection of Olivier Theyskens at Nina Ricci which includes platforms of dizzying height robbed of their most valuable attribute, the heel, making the footwear a real health and life hazard. The sheer height and the fact that the sole doesn't touch the ground seem like a lethal, if not merely ankle-snapping, combination. Another trend is shoes that maximally reveal the foot, be it summer sandals or boots designed for colder weather.

At the Paris catwalk, Christian Dior showed sandals with a thin lacing along the foot, while the heel and the counter are the only leather-encased areas. The heel has all the claims to originality, as it takes most intricate shapes.

Several seasons back, the catwalks were teeming with ankle and cutout boots. First, toes were playfully exposed, then the back of the feet was revealed, and finally vamps and quarters were lost, and the boots started to resemble the Roman - or gladiator- style sandals. Stylish footwear was featured in Gucci collection, too, - while completely covering the foot to the ankle, they expose the toes, either only one toe, or the whole pack.

This bizarre fusion experimenting is not limited to the styles combining the trends of two seasons. Sports and classic, business and casual styles - all meet in the modern footwear trends. Vivienne Westwood boldly suggests combining pumps with Roman sandals and offers classical flat patent leather shoes with several ankle straps. At Balenciaga, they transformed everybody's favorites, elegant open-toe sandals, into a sort of running shoes, which belong rather to a sportswear section than to luxury footwear department.

While some designers decided to rob the traditional autumn and winter footwear of its legitimate functions, others put their mind to emphasize its purpose in a very special and lovely way. For example, Miu Miu collection features fur-trimmed shoes. And if it's not surprising to see fine fur-trim on the shoes nowadays, these shoes, nevertheless, are very and very remarkable owing to the fact that fur amply covers the counter and the heel. Extraordinary? Yes. Comfortable? Debatable, especially in the rainy season.

Another notable footwear style, made popular by House of Nassat, is crochet boots. They look like a knitted shoes attached to the long legwarmers. You can buy these long bright crochet boots in turquoise or yellow. They're perfect for cold, dry and windy weather.

Of course, we could not do without footwear, which can be described both as «fancy» and «original», or «monstrous» and even «hideous». By such footwear we mean various imitations of human legs, hoofs, or other animal themes. The shape of the heel - a heart, treble clef, and corkscrew, nails or hourglass - is the expression of our wildest dreams. There are pearl-embroidered and beaded shoes, which are sensitive to a touch, and beautiful crystal heels, waiting to be lost by the next Cinderella of our days.

Fashion can not make us wear fancy footwear, but it desperately flaunts its ability to create dizzyingly beautiful styles which we, in our turn, can wear do at your own risk, or showcase as wonderful museum pieces, admiring the uncomfortable and even unnatural, but awfully fancy creation of modern designers.

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