It’s easy to get confused by the fashion calendar and its seasons: Spring/Summer, Couture, Prefall, Fall/Winter and Resort, and it’s also safe to assume that only two of them are relevant to us living in the tropics (they’re obviously Spring Summer and Resort).
But with the recent resort collections that have showed and the perennial classics that appear every season (the kaftan dress, the meditarranean stripes and the louche pieces), you’re going to be surprised by the variety of shoe styles that have appeared which you wouldn’t assume from a getaway wardrobe chock full of sneakers or beachy sandals.
From the sexy shoes at Fendi to Moschino’s boots that won’t look out of place at a rave, scroll on for some of our favourite footwear of the season.
Photos: Gucci, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Prada
But this makes these holster heels all the more surprising: they wrap sexily around the ankle like a corset and its patent holster makes it even more striking against a neutral white pump.
Coach’s Americana appeal has already been established many a season ago by Stuart Vevers and his it-shoe of the season isn’t a cowboy boot or Mary Janes – they are these chelsea boot-esque stompers in a fluorescent shade of orange and blue that has biker-girl chains on the front that screams downtown-girl appeal.
One part Hitchcock heroine and one part ‘40s housewive, these Fendi pumps have a heel height that’s just enough to sexify the gait of your walk and a bow on the front to keep things cute.
Take a cue from how it’s styled and wait it with sheer patterned socks to up the kawaii-meets-sexy appeal or go barefoot with an eye-popping manicure in shades of red.
They’re a bit of a head scratcher because after all, they are the marriage of thongs + a platform which have different sensibilities, but you can’t deny that these shoes don’t have street appeal either.
But if you’re looking to style it up differently to avoid #hypebeast accusations, the lookbook image is a good reference: let your feet do the talking with minimalist pieces in black or white.
Trust the vintage king aka Alessandro Michele to produce shoes and bags that look like you’ve borrowed it from your stylish grandma (and that’s not a bad thing).
The interlocking GG logos, the ‘60s ruching on the front and the wooden clog all make this pair incredibly fun to wear because chances are, you’re going to be the only person in the room wearing them.
You wouldn’t think of excess and frivolity when it comes to Jil Sander but look down and you’ll find that these pair of strappy sandals are very party-in-the-front thanks to an explosion of oversized tassles.
They make for incredible boomerangs and display pieces but if you are raring to wear them out, just make sure you’re not doing much walking.
Photo: Jil Sander
The Kate Spade woman is planning to party a lot this festive season and she’s really going all out based on what we’ve seen from the Resort collection – the ruched slinky party dresses, the OTT embellished bags and the fun deco jewellery.
But we’re zoning in to these cutie-pie Barbie inspired shoes instead thanks to its embellished buckle, pink sequins and heart shaped cut out.
Photo: Kate Spade
You’d never expect something so rough and aggressive from Michael Kors because after all, he’s the designer of jet-set style but that’s what makes these creepers even more appealing.
The checkerboard design reminiscent of Vans keeps it downtown cool and punk inspired hardware like square studs have tough girl appeal that can and should be worn next to girly pieces for a nice contrast.
Photo: Michael Kors
Jeremy Scott’s favourite eras when designing are always the eras when we had the most fun and he’s taking us back to the syrupy ‘80s with these platforms – dayglo green aka the colour we wore on our athletic headbands and tracksuits, and a good chunky platform that we wore to clubs to flashdance.
You’re guaranteed a good time whenever you slip into them, we promise.
These aren’t the sock sneakers you’re accustomed to that are sleek, athletic and cling snugly to your ankles. These are ones instead that look ugly which is exactly why we like them and aren’t surprised they’re from the kitschy mind of Miuccia Prada.
Tthe faded yellow and green are reminiscent of ‘70s gym sneakers and the high socks are very ‘80s Jane Fonda which is why we like them so much.