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Spring 2014 Runway Shoes:

Seen at NYFW
by JESSICA TUMIO

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Hopefully you tuned in to our extensive coverage of New York Fashion Week where we highlighted Spring 2014 trends along with our highlights from the shows we were lucky enough to attend. But now, let’s get down to business. The shoes.

This coming spring is all about the thick straps and flats.

Designers turned it up hard on the strappy-sandals. Rebecca Minkoff is miles ahead of the pack on this one, but Mara Hoffman and J. Crew featuring Sophia Webster aren’t far behind. What else is going to be taking over the streets this coming spring: less-than-ladylike lug soles and heavier footwear, spotted on the runways of 3.1 Phillip LimMarc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler (shown above). With that being said, it’s a safe bet to place that loafers will sticking around a while longer, as the style dominated the feet of Tory Burch, The Row and Rodarte.

We couldn’t possibly include every single awesome pair of shoes we saw on the runway, but we can talk about the best:

3.1 PHILLIP LIM:

Photo credit: Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Photo credit: Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Phillip Lim’s models should have thanked him for sending them down the runway in what looks like the most comfortable footwear we’ve seen all fashion week. For his spring collection, Lim played on the loafer and sent out plenty of embellished open toe sandals with chunky lug-soles. Aside from the bedazzled, the most interesting shoe in our opinion is a slip on with a PVC upper that at first glance, looks like a sandal. Overall, Lim’s footwear emphasized his collection’s laid-back vibe. No heels? No problem.

CARMEN MARC VALVO:

CMV shoes

Photo credit: Rob Melone

The couture designer sent his Spring 2014 collection down the runway accompanied by shoe styles from his newly debuted Carmen Marc Valvo Calzature collection. Spanning casual wedges to strappy heels which paired perfectly with evening gowns, Valvo is definitely going in the right direction with his first few footwear collections. See our full review of his show here.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO:

Photo credit: Fabio Iona/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Photo credit: Fabio Iona/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

There’s no need to travel to Mexico when you can take a trip there simply by viewing Christian Siriano’s spring collection. Inspired by the country, these are some fun shoes featuring fringe, bright poppy red and plenty of baubles. Siriano has a history of working with Payless to develop shoes from or inspired by his runway collection, and according to InStyle.com, the retailer will again be picking up a selection of his shoes to produce for the spring.

J. CREW:

All images via style.com.

All images via style.com.

Sophia Webster for J. Crew debuted during J. Crew’s Spring 2014 presentation this week. The collection features plenty of pattern and bursts of color done in playful silhouettes (tie-back high heels and patterned pumps). These shoes will step out next year with the retailer’s spring collection. Take a look at more of these styles at here.

JENNY PACKHAM:

Photo credit: Kim Weston/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Photo credit: Kim Weston/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Now, don’t go quoting us on this, as we haven’t been able to back this up with facts. But as the models turned their backs to us to retreat back down the Jenny Packham Spring 2014 runway, they bared their soles to us. Red soles to be exact. See the show for yourself at style.com and you be the judge as to whether or not Mr. Louboutin himself sponsored the shoes for this show.

MARC JACOBS:

Photo credit: Fabio Iona/Indigitalimages.com via style.com
Photo credit: Fabio Iona/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

At first glance it may seem the footwear (okay, and full collection) that Marc Jacobs sent down his black-sand covered catwalk was incredibly out of place for a Spring fashion week. And well, that’s a valid point — but for the designer, that was the point. Post-show, Jacobs told Style.com, “I didn’t want the cliché of Spring and Summer, I wanted it to be about girls who have no problem coming to work in a Victorian gown and Birkenstocks.”

Tops are long-sleeved, jackets are heavy, and everything down to the set is unapologetically dark. The good news for Jacobs is there is absolutely no warm-weather cliche in his show. It’s his footwear that lends itself to the bigger picture for trends. Thick soles, comfort and less-than-fashionable footwear is now not only reserved for street style, but the runway. Models marched down the austere set littered in cigarette butts in dark fringe booties, slip on embellished sneakers and open toe Teva-esque sandals. Nothing is dainty about this footwear, nothing says she can sure walk like a lady in those. These shoes give off a yes-I’m-wearing-flats-with-this-nice-outfit, what are you going to say about it? vibe. We love it.

PRABAL GURUNG:

Photo credit: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com via style.com
Photo credit: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Casadei and Prabal Gurung truck on with their collaboration series (see the second one here) for Spring 2014. This particular collection is highlighted by strappy, pointed toe pumps in colors to match their accompanying garments. Reminiscent of Casadei’s signature blade style heel, these shoes are not fussy or overdone, but rather the perfect partners to Gurung’s spring collection, which was chalk full of statement silhouettes and gorgeous gowns popping with blue, seafoam green, golden yellow and poppy red hues.

RACHEL ZOE:

Photo credit:Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com/ Dan & Corina Lecca via style.com

Photo credit: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com/ Dan& Corina Lecca via style.com

We had the pleasure of previewing these shoes while we were out in Las Vegas for the FNPLATFORM and WWDMAGIC trade shows (read about our experience here). The shoes sitting in the Rachel Zoe booth caught our eye not because they were shiny, but also because they represented the changing face of women’s footwear — the at least temporary acceptance of “comfort” vs. height.

Nowadays it isn’t uncommon to see women decked out in Céline (or any other high-end brand) with some sort of generally frumpy shoe (Birkenstock for instance). Just peek at the street style notables from this past week and count how many women were wearing unconventional flats with their designer outfits. Designers are finally beginning to cater to these women who refuse to walk delicately in heels.

And also, don’t expect to see these knee-high gladiators pictured above disappear anytime soon. Don’t believe me? Check out Rebecca Minkoff below…

REBECCA MINKOFF:

Photo credit: Fabio Iona/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Photo credit: Fabio Iona/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

This wouldn’t be a fashion week shoe round up without mentioning the aggressively strappy shoes from the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 runway. We can’t help but wonder how difficult taking these shoes off is going to be, but no matter. Fusing the strappy sandal and knee-high gladiator trend that’s growing in popularity (See: Stuart Weitzman’s Gladiator sandals), these sandals make a serious statement.

RODARTE:

Photo credit: Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Photo credit: Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

It seems this show got some mixed reviews, but the footwear should win even the most skeptical over. Leopard and snake print flats and loafers look as comfortable as they do stylish, even when paired with conflicting animal print on top. In a collection inspired by Los Angeles and seemingly nothing more, we can’t help but feel the contagious, careless cool emanating from these flats.

SAMANTHA BLACK:

Images credit Brian Schutza Photography.
Photo credit: Brian Schutza Photography

For her first independent post-Project Runway fashion show, Samantha Black presented her Spring 2014 collection at the Church of the Holy Apostles in New York City. Her looks marched down the catwalk in Isolá Brea booties, which feature a cut-out peep toe and snake print piping and accents. Shop Brea at isolashoes.com for $129.95.

TORY BURCH:

Photo credit: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com via style.com
Photo credit: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com via style.com

Tory Burch sent her collection down an ocean-like painted catwalk giving the illusion that her models were walking on water. But their pretty shoes distracted us from making any pretentious biblical analogies. Gold and silver metallic loafers were a fantastic accessory to balance out Burch’s ’60s inspired ready-to-wear. Without straying far from her floral embellishment story that has been shown in past seasons, we still love the accessibility of her dressed up sandal.

VENEXIANA:

Venexiana Bryyce

Photo credit: mbfashionweek.com; ninashoes.com.

To match the Kati Stern’s dramatic evening gowns, the models of Venexiana’s Spring 2014 collection took to the catwalk in fierce sky-high evening stilettos from Nina and Charles by Charles David. It was hard to see the heels because of the gorgeously long gown silhouettes, but we were able to spot out Nina‘s Bryyce pump that we featured not too long ago on Sole Hot or Sole Not. Shop it at nordstrom.com for $89.47.

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