When designers in the northern hemisphere operate within the context of their own countries for Fall/Winter collections, you’re going to get a whole lot of thickness that’s perfect only for the winter holiday you’re planning. Hence it’s our job to look beyond the obvious and point out the trends and products that work in our own climate of perpetual sunny weather: this time, we’re zooming in on seven of the shoe styles you can, should and will be wearing once they drop in stores come August.
Chanel’s Chewbacca Boot
We’re not sure if you’d ever get to wear them in our little red dot (but if you want to, we say do it for the hell of it) but if you have to have the Rolls Royce equivalent of a snow boot, this Chanel one is it.
Dior’s Tough-Girl Boot
The glossy shine (it is after all made out of patent), the chunky lug sole and the brand logo for that subtle flex: Maria Grazia Chiuri proves that you can kick ass but still look stylish.
Gucci’s Finance Lady Loafer
It's understandable why the humble office heeled-loafer is the work appropriate shoe: it has the formality of a loafer and the height a block heel gives you. Alessandro Michele ups the ante with a bright gold buckle this season.
Hermes’s Alternative-Sexy Heel
It’s not a vertiginous stiletto and neither is it a vampy sexy sandal. What it is: Hermes’s sexy heel that shows off just enough skin and a velvet material that screams luxe. Take a cue from them and style yours with sheer tights.
Loewe’s Sculptural Heel
Jonathan Anderson has a thing for British culture (and an exceptional fondness for work wear), Justin Bieber’s music and architecture but he takes the latter to a whole new level: the heels of his FW’19 shoes for Loewe are literally sculptures themselves.
Marc Jacob’s Humble Brown Boot
We have nothing against black boots but when your closet needs a little swerve and something less expected, we suggest the humble brown boot. Marc Jacob’s version has the perfect height (its less than three inches), has a gusseted front (you don’t need to size up anymore for socks) and comes in a lovely shade of orange-brown.
Michael Kor’s Frankenstein Heel
One part of it is a grandma-chic wallpaper floral and the other is a luxe embossed croc in a neutral shade of brown. But the summation of Michael Kor’s Frankenstein Heel? A double-take (expect lots of compliments) meets double-material it-shoe of the season.