I am sorry this posting was late. My mother wanted me to take her to DSW and I can’t deny my mother a pair of shoes, right? Who am I fooling? I wanted to go, too.
The defining description for shoes featured in 2008 runway collections is: snubbed toes. Alexander McQueen has covered platforms, a very high, very thin heel and a little metal plate on the toe. I remember seeing a photo of Charlize Theron wearing a pair of these. They were beautiful then, beautiful now, but this style seems to have disappeared. I think they are as wonderful as the pointy toes of 2001.
Alexander McQueen also played around with cutouts, quilting and embelishments.
We also saw a hybridization of pumps and booties. Alexander McQueens are shown above, and here is Prada’s. These are difficult to see, but I think they have about a 7 inch shaft.
Prada also played around with chunky heels and chunky platforms. Remember what I said about Galliano being a few steps ahead in my 2007 post? This reinforces my guess that we will be buying this silhouette in about 5 years. It is going to take me 5 years to reconcile myself to the idea that wearing something from my high school wardrobe is a good thing. *Shudder*
Marc Jacob featured buckles and more buckles, without an ultra high heel. I really like these boots. Notice the snubbed toe.
Calvin Klein featured covered wedge boots. We now see that EVERYWHERE. Still nice.
Calvin Klein played with the wedge heels, John Galliano played with the size of heels. He has a squared toe, although not as extreme as McQueens, and very high. The heel is chunky, and sits way back on the foot. Both pumps below are absolutely gorgeous, but look really awkward. I am not convinced that they would be easy to walk in. Something that did translate to the masses is decorating the heels.
Valentino Garavani retired after the 2007 season. The shoes featured in Valentino’s 2008 Couture were not wonderful, but I noticed Dior began playing with heel and shoe silhouettes in their couture line. Super high, platformed and has the shape of so many ankle boots of today.
If I could meet one designer for lunch, it would probably be John Galliano. Actually, I would rather be at the table next to him so I could just watch him.