London Fashion Week Spring 2014 Accessories: The Shoes

Posted on October 02, 2013

Antonio Berardi Spring 2014 Collection

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 Collection

Christopher Kane Spring 2014 Collection

Christopher Raeburn Spring 2014 Collection

Emilia Wickstead Spring 2014 Collection

House of Holland Spring 2014 Collection

Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring 2014 Collection

Jonathan Saunders Spring 2014 Collection

L’Wren Scott Spring 2014 Collection

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2014 Collection

Matthew Williamson Spring 2014 Collection

Meadham Kirchhoff Spring 2014 Collection

Mulberry Spring 2014 Collection

Ostwald Helgason Spring 2014 Collection

Paul Smith Spring 2014 Collection

Peter Pilotto Spring 2014 Collection

Preen Spring 2014 Collection

Pringle of Scotland Spring 2014 Collection

Roksanda Ilincic Spring 2014 Collection

Simone Rocha Spring 2014 Collection

Tom Ford Spring 2014 Collection

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2014 Collection





[Photo Credit: IMAxtree]

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  • Latin Buddy

    The Burberry shoes look like the equivalent of thongs for your feet

    • StarburstLady

      Don’t care, crave them anyways!

    • kimmeister

      I remember when the word “thong” was used for footwear. *sigh*

  • Chickadeep

    GASP! Shoes I can *wear*. I love you, Paul Smith.

    • kimmeister

      The first two, with the prints? Adorable!

      • LJCdoc

        I know! Those are practically the only ones I like on this entire page.

      • i like the first two as well, but the second two look like shoes for the queen. i’m not that senior yet.

    • EveEve

      Took the words right out of my mouth! Thank you, Paul Smith.

    • conniemd

      Yes, I had the same thought when I saw them.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Hmm… my first thoughts were that the ones I like don’t seem all that new and the ones that looked “new” were mostly ugly, tortured things. For myself, I’ll take the Ostwald Helgason – best for color and wearability. The Meadham Kirchhoff can go off somewhere to die…

    • DuBey2

      I’ve never heard of Ostwald before today, but his shoes are gorg.

  • Terri Ellis

    Bunions! I see a lot of Bunions and gnarled toes on those first sets of sandals. I need those Paul Smith shoes, though.

    • decormaven

      Huge rant brewing in my soul for designers who chose models with evident podiatry problems. I don’t care about the backdrop, the scattered rose petals, none of it. If the foot looks tortured, pained, or outright uncared for, I will not look at the shoe. No way!

      • mlle

        I have terrible looking former dancer feet and, consequently, as a courtesy to everyone’s eyeballs, limit myself to closed toed shoes.

        • Constant Reader

          Me too.

      • mhleta

        First thing I noticed, too. Why would they do this to themselves? It’s like choosing models with head to toe cellulite and bush burn for a bikini shoot.

        • I always assumed these shots were taking during the fashion show itself and were not staged to highlight the shoes. If these were staged, wow, bad foot model choice!

          • ana170

            That makes sense, I guess. This must be the end result of forcing models into standard sizes instead of finding shoes that fit. It seems like most of the shoes don’t fit the models. They’re either way too small or too big. If they’re going to do this they really shouldn’t release these pictures because it’s not flattering.

          • I don’t think the brands purposely release these pictures. These released pictures come from the photographers who place these pictures online for the world to use. No brand can stand that in the way.

            As for the whole model/shoe sizing thing, having worked on several shows, it is near impossible for a designer to make the shoes fit. Most shoes are coordinated with an outfit, and these shoes are produced months before the show. Casting of the models is very much last minute, so there is no way designers can make shoes after a model is chosen for a specific outfit. Shoes are typically produced in 2 sizes, whereas the models can have a range of 5 different shoe sizes in 1 line up.
            If the shoe fits, that’s great. If it’s too big, some socks, toilet paper in the nose or extra soles within the shoes normally do the trick. If the shoe is too small, some slick socks and some baby-powder usually do the trick. Teeth clenched, lips pursed, and nobody sees you’re in pain!

        • these are runway shots, so the models are not chosen for the beauty of their feet. and most have been on their feet for days if not weeks, running from this show to that. and then they have to cram their feet into some ill-fitting torture devices and try to look lovely. so that explains a lot. if i were planning a runway show, i’d try to ensure that every model got a back stage pedi as part of her prep. but, thatmight not be practical, given time contraints.

    • Violentcello

      Yes! That’s all I could see (there wasn’t much shoe there) and then that’s all I was looking for in the rest of the shots.

      I guess if you’re a professional shoe-wearer, your feet are bound to get roughed up.

  • rebeemoon

    I actually love the Christopher Raeburn clodhopper wedges. The Kirchoffs look like they’re from a Shakespeare performance on Mars.

    • MaggieMae

      Me too! Go Christopher Raeburn!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    “Meadham Kirchhoff Spring 2014 Collection”….if Hobbits wore shoes….

    • Garcia Loca

      Those were hilarious!

    • thank god the models don’t have hairy hobbit feet. that would be gross.

  • boweryboy

    Paul Smith are the only pratical real-women-can-wear-these shoes. The rest are either fugly beyond fugly or look extremely painful. Plus, lots of toe gripping on display. So not sexy.

    • mlle

      I think the Mulberry, Ostwald Helgason, and possibly Mary Katrantzou are arguably cute and could all be wearable for regular women also: the thick heels + straps (for ankle support) mean the shoes will be fairly easy to walk in. And the Preen shoes only have kitten heels, though I don’t like all the colour combinations on them.

    • mlle

      But I agree 100% on the toe gripping. I know models have to go down the runway with whatever sized shoes are available but wish designers would realise that this means they aren’t shown to their maximum potential.

      • Bridget Smith

        If *every single model* has to grip with her toes or has a huge gap between the sole of her foot and the instep of her shoe, you might want to consider that tall women have long feet and bring a correspondingly larger size to the show.

  • MilaXX

    Shoes I like: Antonio Berardi, Burberry Prorsum, Emilia Wickstead, House of Holland, Jean-Pierre Braganza (1rst two only),Jonathan Saunders (purple ones), Mary Katrantzou (yellow laces), Ostwald Helgason (1rst to only), Paul Smith, Roksanda Ilincic ( but those booties should only be worn with pants.) Those Meadham Kirchhoff are seriously fugly.

  • RussellH88

    The L’Wren Scott shoe with the bow will end up on Taylor Swift’s foot and no one will be surprised.

  • siedhr

    Ugly, unflattering, uncomfortable, tacky and cheap-looking. Special mention for Christopher Raeburn. Special shoes for dumpster-diving.

  • random_poster

    I know and understand why people are opposed to chunky heels and wedges, however, I am grateful they exist for the sole purpose that I can look forward to knock-off heels that I can actually wear.

    • Qitkat

      I think the Christopher Raeburn would be really cute with the right outfit.

  • bellafigura1

    The straps on the Vivienne Westwoods are silly!

    • DuBey2

      Yes, but I loved her shoes otherwise. And can Anyone tell me what’s up with the weird white paste-like stuff on her models’ legs? Not hosiery, because check out the toes…

  • quiltrx

    Love the Paul Smiths, and the Rochas look fun.
    The rest I’ll pass on. A lot of these don’t even look like they’re shaped properly for a woman’s foot. (and the heels already look like they’re flexing on the Tom Fords!)

  • Garcia Loca

    Why are LFW shoes so much cuter than NYFW shoes?

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Why do Tom Ford shoes all look like torture devices? And i’m with the rest of the kittens; well done, Paul Smith!

  • StarburstLady

    I see lots here that I love– so much more than NYC fashion week, where the shoes ran the gamut from “boring” to “ugly clodhoppers”. Ignoring the fact that I (a) can’t afford them, and (b) an very inept at wearing heels, I would gladly accept gifts from the Burberry, Mulberry, Emilia Wickstead, and Roksana Ilincic collections. God, I love me some wacky but graceful shoes…

  • mlle

    Simone Rocha made Fashion Jellies. I know everything old is new again, but who would ever have thought designers would draw from Playground 1995 collections.

  • mhleta

    Holy Lancelot Link on a cracker, the Burberry’s and Berardi’s have some ugly feet in them! The model in the lavender Burberry’s actually has corns and they all look like they could peel bananas with those toes! Put those feet in the Meadham Kirchhoff’s and they can ugly off into the sunset.

  • stellamaris73

    Those poor girls at Burberry. Are the bunions the result of being constantly crammed into ill-fitting sample shoes?

    Love the Paul Smith and Ostwald Helgason shoes – what can I say? Post-40 I just can’t do the torture devices anymore.

  • filmcricket

    Tom Ford hates women. It’s the only explanation for the torture devices he puts out year after year.

  • SewingSiren

    Rochas and Kichhoff are the ones I adore.

  • Rhonda Shore

    Thumbs up for the Christopher Raeburn shoes. I could actually wear them (if i could afford them).

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  • Imasewsure

    Great… gladiator slut or orthopedic crap…. Paul Smith I like although there’s nothing riveting about any of them (they are just not stupid or ugly)

  • Tanya Wade

    I admit it. You didn’t make me look, I did it myself. But some of these poor models feet! I am scarred for life now. Yes to the Paul Smith. Shame to Tom Ford.

  • So many naked shoes for TLo to get upset about! None of these blow my hair back.

  • Paula Pertile

    I’m making that “get away from me” cross sign with my fingers at most of them. But I’m extra cranky this morning. And admit I’d have worn the Meadham Kirchhoff ones in art school. And live in Dansko clogs now. So who am I to judge.

  • kathrineb

    Call them ugly if you must but I’m kind of in love with the first pair from Simone Rocha. Jellies with a clear plastic heel and flowers. Hell yes! I guess we all have our blind spot….

  • formerlyAnon

    So London Fashion Week got [almost] all of the appealing shoes, & NYFW got chopped liver? What’s up with that? I like too many to list, but top 4 or 5: Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Raeburne, the Ostwald Helgasons without ankle straps, the Mulberry in the thumbnail, and for practical wear without stumpifying ankle straps, the Paul Smiths.

  • I like the Wicksteads, Smiths, and Helgasons. The Saunders interest me conceptually (except that open-toe Oxford, ew). I want to like the Berardis and Pilottos, but there’s something about them stranding me just shy of a thumbs-up.

  • MoreShoes

    They all look AWFUL!

  • Trisha26

    Love the platforms, hate the ankle straps.

  • Kelly

    Loving the ankle straps. Overall, I think the Mary Katrantzou line is my favorite. Hate the Kirchoffs — the shoes themselves are bad enough, but the presentation is worse. Take ugly shoes and put them together with unnaturally skinny legs and wrinkly solid-color tights, and you’ve got the perfect costumes for a slightly-comic alien race in a sci-fi movie. Clothing for the ET homeworld.

    Unlike many of the rest of the kittens, I don’t like the Paul Smiths — to me they look sadly matronly, like the worst of the Junior League. Ditto Simone Rocha, despite the apparent attempt at edginess with the (unappealing) clear Lucite platforms. Tom Ford — bondage-tacky.

    And what’s the deal with the models’ stained legs in the Westwood pics? They look as if they’d been helping Tom Sawyer whitewash the fence and then didn’t have time to shower before the show.

  • Kate4queen

    ankle straps I hatze them

  • crash1212

    Man. That’s some major shoe fug going on in Europe! They all look near impossible to walk in due to pitch and heel placement. To my eye Emilia Wickstead FTW with Vivienne Westwood as runner up.

  • i’d like to see the emily wickstead’s on duchess cate.

  • Isabel

    Paul Smith – best of the lot but… don’t think I want to buy them.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Mulberry and Peter Pilotto. That is all.

  • Trickytrisha

    My take away from this is that not all toes are created equal and many clothes designers shouldn’t design shoes.

  • Synnamin

    I hate all of them except for the Paul Smith and Preen. The Paul Smiths are adorable

  • demidaemon

    To me, the Paul Smiths are the only non-hideous set.

  • LauraAgain

    I thought there were “hand models” and “neck models” and “foot models”. Obviously, no foot models in London, because these women have some nasty looking feet. Especially the John Pierre Braganza top right photo. One of her toes is curled under but looks amputated.

    Just yuck.

  • swanpride

    My favs are the white ones with the laces by pringle…they look as if they are not only interesting, but also wearable.
    And really, why are there so many ugly toes or shoes which make toes look ugly?

  • DuBey2

    Love the Christopher Kane because they seem more fashion forward, and don’t have platforms. Also like the Ostwald, Peter Pilotto, Vivien W(if you cut off the leftover straps). Overall, as a petite woman, I couldn’t wear most of the ones I like because of the ankle strap and what it does on petite women. If this were a contest for ‘Best model feet’ I would vote House of Holland the winner, hands down!

  • AZU403

    I love the Sixties vibe and the bright colors, but ladies, don’t let your toes hang over the end of your shoes!

  • HM3

    “Let’s slap a bunch of bows, buckles, and arbitrary patches of leather on it! That’s never been done before, has it?”

  • Christopher Kane hates women.

    Christopher Raeburn hates feet.

    Paul Smith doesn’t hate ANYBODY.

    Jonathan Saunders misses the 70s.

    L’Wren Scott misses her childhood.

    Mary Katrantzou misses her wallpaper.

    Matthew Williamson misses his Easter basket.

    Tom Ford misses the Hellfire Club.

    Meadham Kirchhoff ????