Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014 Accessories: The Shoes, Part 1

Posted on October 14, 2013

Akris Spring 2014 Collection

Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 Collection

Balmain Spring 2014 Collection

Carven Spring 2014 Collection

Cédric Charlier Spring 2014 Collection

Céline Spring 2014 Collection

Chalayan Spring 2014 Collection

Chloé Spring 2014 Collection

Christian Dior Spring 2014 Collection

Damir Doma Spring 2014 Collection

Dries Van Noten Spring 2014 Collection

Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 Collection

Givenchy Spring 2014 Collection





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  • Emily Smith

    It started so well with the first set of shoes and then it was all downhill from there for the most part.

  • Stubenville

    The absurdity of the Celine chrome sphere shoe made me laugh out loud. And the kindest thing I can say about the McQueen shoes is that they’re extremely busy looking.

  • seelebrennt

    j’deteste. all of them had me shrieking (in my head), “WHYYYYY??????!!!!!”

  • mmebam


  • Deb_Lynn

    Who let the hipsters into the shoe factories?

  • hughman

    Well ladies, here are your choices : “The English Patient” or “Alien vs. Predator”. This isn’t about walking so think fast.

    • marlie

      That’s a tough call. Can’t I just go with “barefoot”?

    • Nelliebelle1197

      I miss your old avatar, Hughman

      • hughman


  • crash1212

    Giambattista Valli actually seem wearable with no clutching-for-dear-life toes. McQueen = WTF? Seriously. Lower right panel of Dries Van Noten is what I assume all model feet end up looking like. Loving the pointy and the strappy of Christian Dior, and they actually look engineered to be walkable.

    • Daisy Walker

      That poor foot in the DVN!

  • I can’t … I know these are standard models, not specifically foot models … but oh my lord at some of these feet!! You take an already fugly shoe and put some hammer toes sticking out over the ends and I am in my office snickering so hard people are questioning my sanity.

    • MilaXX

      I think it’s because not only are they not foot models, but also that the models have been shoved into the shoes with more concern about pairing the shoe to the outfit than whether or not they can actually fit the shoe. Bless them for being able to walk at all.

      • Diplomatic and fair. Not my style. ; )

      • mmebam

        Between that and the sheer shirts, no wonder they have semipermanent bitchface.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    So, designer orthopedic shoes are making a comeback. Guess I’m saving some money on footwear this year.

  • alyce1213

    I like the colorful Akris flats, the Dries Van Notens, and the Christian Diors (more appreciable with gowns or dresses). The rest, not so much.

  • Garcia Loca

    How did we arrive back at the Land of Shoe Fug so quickly after a temporary detour into pretty in Milan?

  • Tracy M

    Ye gods, what happened to anything resembling an aesthetic? Does no one care about beauty anymore? Or my poor feet??

  • I am shame coveting the gold toe white lace boot.

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    I wonder what these sound like when walking down the hall? In my case it would be clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, thud!…I fell off them at the end.

  • rissa42210

    the shoes this season break my heart

  • BayTampaBay

    Love the Balmain & Dior!

  • LaSylphide

    The Akris and Givenchy all look pretty and comfortable.

  • MilaXX

    I think I like every other collection. I like the Akris, Balman, Dior and Doma shoes.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I dunno, I’m not loving any of these, really.

  • Henry Maler

    Why is there a ball…

  • padma sallah

    A vast majority of these look like torture contraptions. My feet hurt just looking at them.

  • SewingSiren

    I feel sorry for the poor girls at Cedric Charlier , for the shoes are too small. I think the Givenchy look fun.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Form certainly is not following function in the vast majority of cases here. What a gift to the trip-and-fall personal bar (not my specialty).

    • MoHub

      Louis Sullivan is turning in his grave.

  • Kelly

    Love the Diors! The rest of them are mostly just ugly. The Givenchy set looks positively orthopedic. Coupled with those swirly skirts/pants, I keep seeing visions scarf-festooned former hippies whose age now demands sensible flat shoes, so they have to demonstrate their counter-culture bona fides through neon colors and funky buckles. They’re the kind of women you see at farmers’ markets with their environmentally-friendly string bags, exclaiming over the virtues of local produce. (Now, now…some of my best friends are scarf-festooned locavores of a certain age who wear funky flat shoes. I’m not being disdainful; I’m just pointing out a recognizable type.)

  • decormaven

    Designers, if you can’t get models with healthy, unscarred feet to show your wares, don’t bother putting out publicity pics. Heck, one of the models is wearing a band-aid on the heel.

  • marlie

    I like the Christian Diors (I know, I know), and the Damir Domas, but the rest are a big bunch of WTF? I can’t even count on the McQueens for bringing the crazy in a beautiful way. And the Carven collection is a whole bunch of NO.

  • anotherkate

    Is it just me or are shoes getting weirder? I can’t really envision normal humans wearing any of these except maybe the Dries Van Notens (but only a very rich, quirky normal human).

  • marlie

    How long before we see Elle Fanning wearing shoes from all of the clunky-soled collections?

  • mjude


  • majorbedhead

    The McQueen shoes look like Transformers.

  • Trickytrisha

    After seeing the shoes from a whole batch of collections here on TLo (thank you, uncles) it’s pretty clear, at least to me, that feet (oh god, the toes!) are often the most ungainly, unsightly, unappetizing part of the human body. Anyhoo, the McQueens are hilarious and most of the rest just meh. The only ones I like are the most conventional and prissy, the booties from Balmain.

    • demidaemon

      I have forever been a foot hater. When looking at these pics, I mentally edit out the feet. It’s necessary for multiple reasons. If I ever date a foot fetishist, he will be SOL.

  • Darva Sutra

    The Shoe Gods are angry!

  • AzSportsGirl

    The McQueens make me think “Goiter Heel”.

  • Barb

    Am I the only one who couldn’t stop looking at the corns on the Damir Doma model’s toes! Ugh.

  • Suzanne Moore

    The flats are cute. The rest look like torture instruments for feet.

  • J. Preposterice

    The Akris ones made me laugh — I’d wear them, they make me giggle & also look fairly useful — but a lot of the others make me go DOES NO ONE UNDERSTAND PHYSICS. Like the Damir Doma ones — the heels are BEHIND THE FOOT, so the wearer’s weight can’t go down through their heel at ALL — those are going to be PAINFUL. (Heels under the foot are so much nicer. So. So. SO. much nicer to wear.)

  • YoungSally

    Akris and Chalayan please….like the front of the Doma shoes…but those skinny block heels are an accident waiting to happen.

  • PastryGoddess

    Dior for me please

  • Blair Sylvester

    like the akris and the black balmains

  • Bhuffaloo

    The look this season is evidently “aggressively hideous”

  • Wow! I’m so impressed with how every. single. shoe. in this post is the fugliest thing I’ve seen in my life! I thought it started out poorly when I didn’t even like the McQueen shoes (and put the name McQueen on a shoe and it automatically gains two points on my scale because I’m a whore), but it just got worse. Wow!

  • formerlyAnon

    What is wrong here? Toe-less boots are and ever shall be an abomination unto the lord. I had prettier versions of many of these platforms (Chloe, I am looking RIGHT at you, but you have comapny.) back in the day, and they were cheap-as-sh** shoes as well, that being what I could afford. Sadly, many of the cuter ones (Givenchy & DIor) have ankle straps, which I cannot wear and thus do not like.

  • rebeemoon

    The crushed, hanging toes . . . I can hear their cries.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Nice to see a good selection of flats, though they aren’t the most attractive things.

    A ball shaped heel? Heels that look like little shelves turned on end? Random trapezoid heels? (A) It’s reading as a desperate attempt to be different and (B) I really admire the years of practice that the models must go through in order to not break their necks walking down the runway.

  • AndreaSkates

    The parade of monster toes continues. I can’t even see the shoes for all the tortured toes.

  • a_liking

    yes to the Balmain booties and Dior heels – everything else is a disaster.

  • Vainte

    Those Balmain shoes are so Dakota Fanning.

  • Aaminah Khan

    Give me the Balmain black quilted boots and burn the rest.

  • MoHub

    All that toe hangover! But I will take the first and last—Akris and Givenchy—collections.

  • Ginger

    The Charlier shoes look like platform Fit Flops to me.

  • McQueen has been so busy designing impossibly tiny purses for women that they’ve decided to add a key-holder to their shoes.

  • Constant Reader

    I sort of like the Damir Doma heels. I can envision myself drinking cocktails with my husband Nick Charles while wearing a pair of these to accessorize an elegant suit. To be clear, in my mind that’s a good thing, and in my mind I can actually walk in those shoes.

  • MrsBug

    Wow, the Dior and Valli are the only ones I would even think about wearing. The rest are just awful.

  • algaechick

    The McQueen shoes-speed skating couture.

  • Fannie Wolston

    the patterns on those flats are crazy, love it!

  • lilazander

    They are all rather fugly in varying degrees, from totally foot-distorting, through awkward to just boring (the first ones).

  • DuBey2

    Love all the D’s: Dries Van Noten, Dior, Damir Doma.
    And I can’t stop looking at the McQueen’s. It doesn’t matter that no one I know will ever wear them: they just keep pushing the boundaries and they are NOT boring. As to flats: I just think a woman’s foot (not to mention her LEGS) looks so much prettier with a heel of any height, but especially 2 1/2 inches and up.
    This blog is about beautiful fashion. If I want comfy shoes for a day of walking or standing, I’ll go for Skechers or a cute, funky sandal with fringe etc but I always know my legs won’t look as nice, nor will my whole outlook. Just my opinion.

  • Sabin

    Wow, Dr Scholls on wedges. How…stylish nursing home?

  • macwell

    Not terribly impressed with this set…:(

  • quiltrx

    Well, at least some of them look like they’re shaped to fit a human foot, anyway.
    The Diors are pretty, and I can see the Akris as fun (if, I’m sure, not affordable to mere mortals) ‘everyday’ shoes to funk up your look a little.

    • conniemd

      I am 100% with you on the Diors and Akris, which do look like fun out and about shoes. Hate the platforms and booties with all kinds of cutouts.

  • demidaemon

    Everything but the Givenchy is horrible, with the Giivenchy just over the line of tolerable. ICK.