Shoesday Special: The Footwear of Fashion Week

Let’s keep our priorities in order, eh?


For me, the shoes of Fashion Week are always the most important.

They’re a marker, a smoke signal, a metric that may or may not inform the performance of the rest of a collection.

Fine, that last remark errs on the side of dramatic but think about this! When you’re considering how much you like a collection, that reaction will usually either push you to want to understand how much you’re willing to participate in it (and consequently too how defeated you might feel when reality sets in and you realize that an exorbitantly expensive dress care of [insert designer here] is not a feasible experience), or it won’t. If it doesn’t, you can trot off on your merry way, but if it does, what are you left with?

I’ll tell you what you’re left with.

A sliver of hope that comes care of what you see when you look down to forget the dress and welcome the promise of opportunity and simultaneous initiation put forward by the same designer’s footwear. Sometimes I wonder if my relationship with shoes is as passionate as Jared Leto’s relationship with thumb rings because they have historically been my way in. The gateway that allowed me to feel like I was apart of something, maybe a world, that I had otherwise been watching from a sideline with a nickel in my pocket.

Of course that nickel is the other thing because the shoes of fashion week still do not a good deal make but they’re certainly a step closer, literally and figuratively, to the axis of something we’re trying to penetrate.

That and, they make us feel good and offer that sublime sense of escapism, one of the only that come devoid of substance abuse, which, quite frankly, seems like reason enough to catalogue, discuss and celebrate anything. So, let’s play the favorites game, plow through the footwear as documented above and begin charting our autumn footwear strategies.

So many flats! But so many heels. And the boots. Ah, the boots.

Images via,, Fab Sugar, and Fashionising

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  • Ranim

    “Sometimes I wonder if my relationship with shoes is as passionate as Jared Leto’s relationship with thumb rings” made me chuckle–which is rare indeed. Shoes are a great way in — my mother always said that you can wear high street attire, so long as your purse and shoes are smart. And when the sales are on, the first place I head to is the shoe department, hopefully before all the other sale-sniffing sisters get there.

    • Leandra Medine

      That was my mom’s fashion advice too — “invest in shoes and bags. you can improv the rest with meager means”

  • sialsiquiero

    We also have some passionate thing with shoes, great toughts, as always

    Sí al sí quiero

  • Blake

    Very interesting. I don’t normally hear much about the shoes of Fashion Week, this post has opened my eyes to a whole new world of footwear.

  • pinkschmink

    That slideshow basically represents an AW14 shoe wishlist that my bank manager must never, ever be allowed to see.

  • lavieenliz

    you can never have too many shoes.

  • Cristina Feather

    Leandra, I’m sorry for this stupid obsession, but how tall are you?

    • Leandra Medine


      • Cristina Feather

        Thank you, now I can sleep peacefully ! :)) Believe it or not I was Google-ing and nothing came out… now Google can register this :))

  • diane

    What can I say about those black and white Rick Owens boots or all the Saint Laurent boots–there are no words, just pure yearning.

  • Love the Prabal Gurung heels, they’re so beautiful!

    Mafalda ❤

  • Shoes are clearly not just accessories!

  • Madeliene Rose

    Oh to step on cobble stone pavements in flats and strut through Parisian streets in those heels! I can’t wait!

  • Kori G

    Beautiful shoes! I am also a firm believer that shoes can make an outfit. I especially liked the fuchsia Mary Jane’s at the Saint Laurent show.

  • Leslie Hitchcock

    the Gucci and Miu Miu ones are beyond

  • Tamara Bindy

    oooohhh…..I want them all!

  • Those super-intricate Dolce & Gabbana boots are SICK.

  • Love the Louis and Marni heels! Also so many great pairs of flats! More designer flats at http://www.LEZU.COM

  • I love that there is a transition into chunkier more comfortable shoes. I need the height but not the discomfort that comes with having my feet 5 inches above ground.

  • The boots. *thumbs up*

    Years ago, I could have never imagined that boots could be re-imagined in so many different and interesting ways. I LOVE boots so.. long live the boots! 🙂