Source: Tommy Hilfiger via Bloomberg
Fashion

The 10 Best Women’s Shoes From Fashion Week So Far

We’ve loved the footwear at Tom Ford, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Erdem, Tommy Hilfiger, and more

Man, if I got a dollar for every time someone asked me, regarding clothing, “What should I spend my money on?”

I would probably have $31.

You get my point. My immediate response, without even thinking for a second, is always shoes, shoes, and more shoes. Not to sound like your shoe-queen girlfriend or sister, but I’ve thought about this. If you’re going to drop a couple of hundred or a few thousand dollars on anything, it should be footwear. (Outerwear is a good second choice.) Shoes are timeless, they can be worn way more often than a dress or even your favorite designer sweater, and when treated with some TLC (tender loving care) can last a lifetime. Ladies (and fellas, this applies to you, too) can wear a completely basic outfit and still make a statement with a pair of kick-ass kicks.

Clockwise from top left: Jason Wu; Tommy Hilfiger; Rodarte; Oscar de la Renta; DKNY; Burberry Prorsum
Clockwise from top left: Jason Wu; Tommy Hilfiger; Rodarte; Oscar de la Renta; DKNY; Burberry Prorsum
Photographer: (clockwise from top left) Gianni Pucci/Indigitalimages.com; Tommy Hilfiger via Bloomberg; Rodarte via Bloomberg; Alessandro Garofalo/Indigitalimages.com; DKNY via Bloomberg; Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com

For many of the designers that showcase during Fashion Week, accessories, specifically footwear, are their cash crop, and that’s why it’s important for them to remain inventive and fresh. That’s why you’re always seeing new textures and fabrics or whole new elements such as fringe or embroidery.  Shoes will never stop evolving as long as we’re spending top dollar on them.

I’ve scoped the scenes from New York and London Fashion Week and compiled a list of some of my favorite footwear that came down the catwalk. Ladies, add these to your fall wishlist (and, guys, take notes).

Rodarte’s metallic peek-a-boo boots

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Source: Rodarte via Bloomberg

If I can select one show that delivered not only stellar clothing but also possibly the best footwear I’ve seen this year, it would be Rodarte. The mix of materials and the surprising peep-toe element on these lace-up boot is really creative and smart.

Altuzarra lace-ups 

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Photographer: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com

Wow, lace-up knee-high boots ... with actual lace on them? Bravo, Joseph Altuzarra, bravo.

Fringtastic Burberry booties  

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Photographer: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com

Fringe is having a moment, and we also saw it on shoes at Tom Ford and Matthew Williamson. The fringe on these booties by Burberry Prorsum will have you feeling like an 11-year-old girl wearing her first poofy dress, twirling and strutting. 

Ralph Lauren’s country classics

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Photographer: Gianni Pucci/Indigitalimages.com

Ralph Lauren always delivers an exceptional show, and this year was no different. It included these caramel-coated suede boots that have a great Western flavor.

Touchdown for Tommy Hilfiger

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Source: Tommy Hilfiger via Bloomberg

Leave it to Tommy to transform his show into a full-on football field in honor of his 30th anniversary.  (For a moment I thought Katy Perry was about pop out of Gigi Hadid’s poncho.) Nothing looked better against the turf than these burgundy pony-hair wedged boots. 

Jason Wu’s antiheel

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Photographer: Gianni Pucci/Indigitalimages.com

Dare to be different: Jason Wu gave us his version of the black bootie, adding a fun geometric element to his footwear this season

Tom Ford’s bondage denim 

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Source: Tom Ford via Bloomberg

Fringe, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, and half of Hollywood were present at the Tom Ford show in L.A., and so were these killer denim leather bonded boots. (Ford made it snow in L.A., covering the runway with white rose petals.)

Oscar de la Renta’s pretty heels

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Photographer: Alessandro Garofalo/Indigitalimages.com

Not that many traditional evening heels really popped this season, but these coral, slightly bedazzled heels sure caught my eye. 

Nicholas Kirkwood and Erdem’s embroidery

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Photographer: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com

Shoe god Nicholas Kirkwood provided the footwear at the Erdem show. He used a basic color palette, but the shoes were far from basic when it came to the details. 

That ’70s Shoe, by DKNY

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Source: DKNY via Bloomberg

I admit it, platform shoes aren’t for everyone, but if you are one that wears pantsuits, the well-tailored kind, and at times can get sick of wearing regular heels, these are your remedy. 

(Moti Ankari is the associate market editor for Bloomberg. He owns 7 (dozen that is) pairs of shoes, and his life goal is to be the male version of Carrie Bradshaw. Follow him on Twitter @motiankari and Instagram @themetroman or contact him at mankari@bloomberg.net.)

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