Close Look: Valentino S/S 12

Footnotes recently highlighted Christopher Kane’s adventures in what appeared to be high-end pool shoes, but still never guessed designers might completely eschew heels. Well, they haven’t of course, but more and more flats have popped up at recent fashion shows, including this explicit example from Valentino. Label designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri marched two pairs of jute-soled flats down the runways in Paris, one a lace espadrille that looked like Chinatown slippers gone upscale and the other a spare, simple strap sandal set off by sequins. Perhaps this shift presages a shift in aesthetics, toward a more functional, earthy beauty standard.  –Andrew Luecke

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