Presence of Change: This Season’s Shoe Trends Are Creating a New Generation
The world of fashion presented the new, innovative designs for S/S 2019. The atmosphere sparked with electric runways. Clothing alone did not dominate this season’s conversation. The underlying themes beneath the fabric gave us the shoe buzz. As one reflects on Spring/Summer trends of 2019, common similarities include references to queer icons and inspiration. Depicted was an empowered, fluid, and powerful future. Details ranging from color to cut and stitch had a revolutionary component. A sense of comfort was paired with bolder tones – which generated feelings of passion, power, and thrill.
The road to a new generation of acceptance is full of enthusiasm. Moreover, a season full of carefree nights, endless joy, and a whole lot of expression has finally arrived. It is time for everyone to walk with their heads a little higher and their best foot forward. As our fashionable friends have shown us through design – the bolder, the better. So, start from the bottom: footwear. Shoes progressive in design with saturated colors and effortless practicality will elevate your outfit and spirit. Below is a list of our favorite summer footwear so far.
Givenchy Paris Strap Sneakers In Leather – Givenchy
The minimalist white sneaker has remained a staple trend in footwear. At Givenchy’s 2019 Spring/Summer show, Clare Waight Keller successfully showcased her “blank canvas” and bright color vision. These strap sneakers have matte white calfskin leather and a wide elastic band with the “Givenchy Paris” signature on the front. On its opposite, a second brand signature is written in gold over a leather inset. As a final observation, Keller’s shoe is practical with a tasteful amount of personality.
Men's Regis Neoprene Low-Top Sneakers W/ Exaggerated Sole, Dark Red – Burberry
Riccardo Tisci has kept people on their toes ever since the debut of his first collection at last year’s London Fashion Week: His vision of revolutionizing the British heritage brand was evident for the S/S 2019 collection. It was nothing short of amazing. Notably reflected in the collection is Tisci’s traditional and futuristic influence. The Regis runway-inspired sneaker is a perfect blend of refined and relaxed. The two-toned suede, neoprene and rubber-soled sneaker has a raised Burberry logo on the grip strap. The sole is a platform along with a 1-inch rubber wedge heel. These sneakers are quintessential, comfortable, and alternative footgear.
Layered Platform Crochet Espadrilles – Gucci
Gucci S/S 2019 in Paris had a lot going on. All eyes were on the details, and the shoes. Alessandro Michele’s collection was heavily embellished, expressive and intricate. The 3-inch braided-jute platform sandals have navy and red stripes horizontally lining the side with the signature “GG” logo studded at the toe. They have a rubber outsole and an adjustable strap around the ankle. A versatile platform for spring and summer, Gucci’s espadrilles can be worn at a beach-side brunch or even out on the town.
Gucci Signature High-Top Sneaker – Gucci
Michele’s presentation in Paris had a variety of different components. Many would describe it as a mix of Hollywood and Baroque. The alternative and bright high-top sneaker has the signature logo embossed into the solid leather. In addition to the 0.5-inch rubber sole and a lace-up vamp with a rounded toe, contrast leather forms a small crisscross pattern at its heel. These high-tops reflect the electrifying impression of S/S 2019.
B23 High-Top Sneakers in Dior Oblique – Dior
Almost everyone has owned a pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars because they are classic. Similarly, when you think of Christian Dior, here’s what we see: timeless. No wonder the Dior B23 High-Top Sneaker was designed with the same body as the famous Chuck Taylor. The sneaker has a solid canvas with the Dior logo printed. The rubber sole is two-tone white and black. Some things can simply never go out of style. It seems Dior has mastered elevated streetwear with the B23 High-Tops this season.
Leather Pump – Gucci
The Gucci S/S 2019 show was held inside the historic Théâtre Le Palace in Paris. The collection included beaded gowns with jeweled tiaras, and there were many references to the Renaissance. Gucci had many people talking, but possibly the most buzzed-about were the designs below the garment. Pointed-toe shoes add sophistication to an outfit – especially when accompanied by a low heel. And the lower-heel trend is making its comeback. This Gucci leather pump has a Sylvie Web strap and a gold buckle – and a 2-inch, detailed bamboo-effect heel. Gucci paid close attention to the artistry of the designs. However, the best part of this shoe may be the small heart motif sewn into the leather insole!
Writer: Olivia Walker
Photographer: Ron Contarsy (for Highmark Studios)