Giuseppe Zanotti showed off Plexi heeled Chelsea boots and wedge sneakers for the men’s fall / winter 2020 season. The heels, done in light and fuchsia iterations, have been paired with classic English Chelsea boot uppers. Meanwhile, the sneakers, nicknamed the Talon because they wear an eagle claw-like pattern, have a hidden inner wedge. The designer said they were inspired by the late musician David Bowie: “He’s been my idol for a long, long time, and I love wedge heels, so I put a wedge heel inside so that anyone can touch Mars. This is my formula. High-top versions of the shoe are available today as a special preview see now, buy now at Zanotti’s flagship store in Milan. The full lineup will be released on February 10. “Dividing men and women no longer makes sense,” he said of the genderless movement, noting that most of his brand’s styles were created for both sexes. In fact, he credited the sneaker universe with helping advance genderless shoes. “The sneakers helped us discover a new planet,” he said. “Now we can also do formal in a new way. “
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Jimmy Choo’s Fall / Winter 2020 collection celebrated the cultural exchange between East and West, leaving martial arts legend Bruce Lee to serve as the muse. The hero shoe was a kung fu-inspired slipper made in a custom toile de jouy jacquard, aptly nicknamed Toile de Choo. He fused traditional French fabric to tell stories with motifs from Chinese art. “It’s the quintessential Chinese shoe,” said Creative Director Sandra Choi. “I was in Beijing recently and saw how young people were wearing them and they looked so cool. It was refreshing. Elsewhere, the line featured western boots with Cuban heels. Choi certainly has a form here. In addition to making the heeled boots Billy Porter wore to the Footwear News Achievement Awards last month, she also made the custom white crystal boots he wore at the Golden Globes last week. Also with the red carpet in mind, slippers and oxfords adorned with jewels with tiny red crystals etched around the soles. Red is a lucky color in Chinese lore, and January 25 heralds the Chinese New Year, the year of the rat – which, ironically, is also Choi’s birth year. This collection marked an auspicious start.
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The British brand owned by Prada has added a new line to its range of shoes for fall. In keeping with the ‘daddy’s shoe’ trend, here is the square-toed Elborough, both a lace-up shoe and a boot; the models are made of sturdy grained calfskin in burnt brown and burgundy colourways. However, while it may seem contemporary, it takes inspiration from the brand’s archives and similar styles produced in the 1980s. The new models feature the brand’s signature Goodyear stitched construction. Also new for fall is a rugged mountaineering-style boot presented with bold red laces. The collection was first presented at a cocktail party in a Milan bar, which was transformed into a chic gentleman’s club for the evening with Negroni cocktails, a saxophonist and a shoe shining station.
Fall 20 was a story of two halves featuring two major trends: Super Pop and Ultra White. The first will surely brighten up the dullest winter days with its saturated neon accents and printed inserts, while the second will appeal to sneaker purists. A seasonal star: the Royal runner. The collection will be sold at the brand’s flagship stores in Europe and Asia, at multi-brand retailers internationally and through its e-commerce channel. The label was acquired in 2016 by private equity group 21 Invest, led by Alessandro Benetton of the famous Italian clothing family.
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