We saw lots and lots of sandals & shoes with multiple straps and cutouts on the 2006 runways.
Alexander McQueen was criticized for being too mainstream with this collection. Notice the curved heel still being used, notice also the multiple straps that criss cross the model’s foot is used extensively today.
Can anyone say gladiator?
Platforms and more platforms were shown. I am showing Prada’s because they were the most interesting. Ralph Lauren had some wedges that were just too heinous to include.
Prada also showed us lace up, peeptoe boots.
Dior showed us the shape of many booties to come. Add an half-inch hidden platform and you have half the ankle boots listed in Zappos and almost all of Alexa Chung’s shoe wardrobe.
As an aside. Mark Fast was critisized about using plus size models on his Spring Runway in 2010. What many forgot was that John Galliano used all sorts of sizes, all sorts of ages, all sorts of everything in his Spring 2006 RTW Show.
I think what happens is when an innovative shape comes out, it takes a couple of years to get into the stores, then it takes me a couple more years to like it, then another year for it to go on sale. I am just now getting away from slingback, embellished, peeptoe pumps.
I guess my New Year’s Resolution should be that I will buy newer shoes more often. That’s the ticket.