Footwear for S/S 2020 is no exception, alternating minimalism with tropical prints and bright colours.
Gucci took the lead with his shift towards a minimalist aesthetic (in contrast with the hyper-decorativeness of the previous seasons), but Miuccia Prada also talked about simplicity with regard to her collection. Then there’s the focus on natural fibres such as raffia, which featured in many accessories, from hats and bags to footwear. At the same time, we were given a fresh burst of jungle-inspired colours and prints (from Dolce&Gabbana, maxi giraffes, zebras and parrots). Footwear naturally falls into line, passing from minimalist sandals with thin straps to the comfortable, anatomically-shaped shoes with thick soles that dominated the Parisian catwalks, and the square fronts that will gradually replace pointed toes. Without forgetting, either, the efforts made by footwear manufacturers to produce uppers and soles using recycled materials – on sneakers, too, though we saw fewer of them on the runways – wooden or cork wedges, in order to play an active part in the growing demand for more sustainable products. A mission shared by all the events held in Italy in September, from Milano Moda Donna to White, Super and Micam.
From micro-shorts to maxi-skirts with thigh high slits, the mood is easy-chic. Sandals feature large: with laces and straps that tie at the ankle or lace up to the knee, gladiator-style, or with loose-knit mesh uppers. Then there are sandals with anatomically shaped footbeds and sneaker-inspired rubber soles, created with women’s comfort in mind.
Colour abounds in every collection: lots of tropical prints with exotic birds, leaves, flowers and fruit that conjure up the jungle, though there is no lack of the (by now) evergreen savanna animal prints, romantic micro-floral motifs or bright vitaminic colours such as green and orange.
Materials such as raffia, cork and cord and age-old processes such as crocheting and weaving give products an artisanal look and reflect a shift towards fashions that are more sustainable and closer to nature. From clothing to bags, the trend has passed by osmosis to footwear, creating models that are no longer worn just at the seaside but in the city as well.