Lots of men will never get used to it and some women can’t stand the sight of it but the fact remains that sandals for men are a definite summer trend. And now that the temperature is rising those sunny sandals are popping up everywhere. And don’t think there’s no room for creativity with the men’s sandal; on the catwalk as well as on the streets we spotted lots of different designs. Like the red and beige ones, worn with socks at Louis Vuitton. Or the zigzag printed ones at Missoni. And let’s not forget the purple pair at Dsquared. The only two basic parts of a men’s sandal are: leather and straps, the rest is up to the designer’s imagination. Wear them with shorts, trousers or a wrap dress (like the guy in our streetstyle pics) and just (let your feet) breathe!
We know women look their best wearing high heels. But a girl needs to be able to wear some comfortable shoes from time to time as well. Especially in the summer when she just likes to chill and hang out on the beach. For those easy breezy days the sandal is the perfect footwear. Sandals are comfortable, your feet are able to breath in them and they are still sexy.
On the runway sandals were worn too. It must have been a relief for the models who mostly have to walk in towering high shoes like the crazy Versace, McQueen and Galliano shoes from this season.
Armani, Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Karl Lagerfeld all used sandals in their shows. They formed a big contrast with the high heels, not only because of their height but also because of their looks. The sandals were flat, plain and didn’t have any color in them (we only saw them in black and brown). Armani fortunately did add a flower to his sandals, Anna Sui decorated hers as well and at Valentino a bow was put at the back of the sandals.
When comparing sandals and high heels, we must admit sandals look a lot less fun. Yet for a day off they’re a great alternative.
The designers gave the models a hard time walking the runway to show the spring/summer collections. The shoes they had to wear often had eye-catching shapes and heights.
The shoes in the Jil Sander show had iron pins for heels. Donatella Versace used platform shoes. John Galliano’s shoes were extremely high and his stiletto heels seemed to be made of colored pearls. Chanel introduced a few clogs.
Some models in the Dsquared show had spikes all over their shoes. Viktor & Rolf embellished theirs with pink flowers, Vivienne Westwood decorated hers with wings. Matthew Williamson’s shoes had bows.
Next to the ultra high shoes we saw ultra-flat sandals (Issey Miyake, Anna Sui, Valentino, Lacoste, Etro, Armani, Chloe). Those sandals, snake leather and wearing socks in open shoes seem to become the trends for this spring.
Of course the Alexander McQueen shoes were real showstoppers. His shoes were high, had crazy alienated shapes and had reptile prints all over them. Gaga oehlala…