Pumps or sandals, flats or high heels, shoes for the summer are inspired by dance.
[On cover: Antonio Marras’s catwalk and Anna Baiguera’s shoes from SS19]
And ankle straps?
Well, this summer, this timeless classic has been swapped for laces or ribbons that wrap around the foot.
Whatever the shoe – flat or high-heeled – what matters is that it ties securely to the leg with long leather shoelaces, silk, organza, velvet or fabric laces, and, often, mini patterned foulards forming soft bows.
This goes for styles reminiscent of those on the feet of the ballerinas donning delicate tutus in Degas’ paintings, or those of the modern dancers to which the Christian Dior fashion show for this spring/summer paid homage with an urban twist.
But it also goes for flat sporty sandals, slingbacks or high-heeled sandals where the upper – minimised to the max by thin see-through vinyl straps – is embellished with ribbons or strips of braided leather that hug the inset.
Whether you prefer yours more feminine or glam, there’s something for everyone.