Leather has been everywhere these past few years as the main staple in apparel, and it’s also stepping proudly down the runway on the heels of models. This fall/winter 2014/2015 season, shoes on the runway are covered in patent leather, plenty of black leather, natural colored and color blocked suedes, and even animal print leather. The few designers mentioned below incorporated leather in their shoe collections in a very exciting and unique design for the different fashion weeks around the world.
Patent leather: The highlighter of leather was used heavily on the runway this upcoming season. Designers essentially used patent leather in their designs to make their shoes pop and stand out.
Christian Dior: went all out in the sports chic category with his shoe department, merging tennis shoe design with high heels using patent leather as the main design material. The design is very sporty and perfect for a drag queen on the run. The colorful cushioned rubber sneaker soles with a curved heel become conjoined twins with the top design of square toed patent leather pump, making the shoe sexy and practical.. This design gets a big ‘C’ for creative and comfortable.
Saint Laurent: used plenty patent leather in his collection and used the material on knee high boots and mary janes both in black , and metallic silver.
saint laurent: patent leather mary janes
Chloe: had a collection of nude colored patent leather flatform sandals while Stella McCartney: had colorful flatform oxford shoes and Celine: also designed varying leather flatform sandals. These designers are chasing height and cushion for the soles and bringing platforms back on the market.
Alexander McQueen: also had a sporty themed collection with his perforated leather boots that had a very combat boot structure with a feminine touch by incorporating floral shaped cutouts.
mcqueen- knee high leather boots
Suede: is synonymous with fall and winter and the fashion houses designed plenty of suede shoes for this season.
manolo- suede booties with patent leather trim and leather laces
Manolo Blahniks: created a three leathers in one shoe with a gorgeous suede bootie, that layered leather, suede, and patent leather. These haute booties stepped off the runway and went to leather heaven. Manolo’s runway shoe collection was also saturated with colorful suede pumps and over the knee black leather boots.
Just-Cavalli: designed amazingly colorful suede boots from ankle boots too thigh high caramel colored suede boots with most of the boots accessorized in leather fringe. Just-Cavalli, captured fall and winter perfectly with both the colors and designs of the boots.
Just-Cavalli: suded booties
Just-Cavalli: Fall 2014 Fringed thigh-high suede boots
Versace: created laced up inspired stiletto suede and leather combo boots in blood red and powder blues. Versace’s designs had a very Victorian romance look to it.
Leather: The luxury brand designers used leather obsessively for this years fall/winter fashion weeks.
Balmain: had intricate sandal stilettos covered in leather roping and weaving that made the collection fun and tribal.
Isabel Marant: also used leather roping and paired it with suede boots as well as shearling to strap up the shoes.
Rick Owens: merged leather leggings into a leather tennis shoe creating a comfortable boot. These legging sneakers seem perfect for keeping your legs warm for the upcoming chilly season.
Valentino: designed a 60’s inspired bold colorful print polka dot leather booties, that would be a crowd favorite anywhere you wore them.
Valentino-60’s style leather booties
Sonia Rykiel, Ina Ricci and John Galliano: all were inspired by animal print and designed fabulous leather shoes with python and croc embossed leather material.
Designer shoes and leather go together like love and marriage, you can’t have one without the other. Leather is a classic, durable and beautiful material that’s always used for luxury brands. This coming season and many more to come, designer shoes main design material will be a form of leather; whether its suede, embossed leather or patent leather, you will see it on the runway.