Sexy straps, lit­tle cut-outs, crys­tal em­bel­lish­ments and lux­u­ri­ous ma­te­ri­als —Giuseppe Zan­otti’s au­tumn/win­ter 2018 col­lec­tion goes against the grain but still ticks all the right boxes when it comes to up­ping the style quo­tient of its fans

In the world of de­signer footwear, Giuseppe Zan­otti is a revered name. The Ital­ian shoe mae­stro cut his teeth at var­i­ous fash­ion houses be­fore launch­ing his epony­mous la­bel in 1994. With an eye for de­tail, flair for de­sign and pen­chant for au­da­cious and provoca­tive cre­ations, he has cat­a­pulted his busi­ness from a start-up op­er­a­tion to join the ranks of the big boys of the lux­ury footwear in­dus­try. His jewel-en­crusted shoes are a ma­jor hit with women and his sneak­ers have earned him street cred with men, while his be­spoke cre­ations have gar­nered him a fol­low­ing among celebri­ties such as Ri­hanna, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Zayn Ma­lik. Giuseppe Zan­otti takes the same bold ap­proach to de­sign with its au­tumn/win­ter 2018 of­fer­ings for women and men. Take the Har­mony Bouche patent leather san­dals (pic­tured op­po­site), for in­stance, which pairs the brand’s sig­na­ture struc­tural sil­hou­ette with a sen­sual cage strap de­sign to ac­cen­tu­ate the legs. The straps are also given a new twist with three crys­tal-em­bel­lished lip ap­pliques, a light-hearted and play­ful touch to an other­wise clas­sic shoe de­sign. Ex­pect to also see the use of crys­tals, Plex­i­glass, feath­ers and stretch metal­lic ma­te­ri­als in Giuseppe Zan­otti’s other de­signs for women. Mean­while, the brand’s cre­ations for men also push style con­ven­tions—think com­bat boots worn low, se­quinned vel­vet monkstraps and vel­vet high-top sneak­ers. The col­lec­tion shows that Sig­nor Zan­otti knows what it takes to achieve the per­fect bal­ance of de­sir­abil­ity, wear­a­bil­ity and de­sign. Thanks to him, putting your best foot for­ward has never been this easy. Here are three other high­lights from the col­lec­tion:

LIGHT­NING STRIKES TWICE Sculpted to re­sem­ble a graphic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of brand founder Giuseppe Zan­otti’s ini­tials, the 4inch-high heel of the G-heel patent leather pump fea­tures a time­less sil­hou­ette with a bold twist. The com­bi­na­tion of mod­ern glam­our and quirk­i­ness adds piz­zazz to any out­fit, with the woman stand­ing in th­ese shoes draw­ing at­ten­tion to her­self, and for good rea­son.

ON A HIGH Giuseppe Zan­otti rein­ter­preted its sporty Kriss Plus leather mid-top sneak­ers by cladding them in lux­u­ri­ous leather, and work­ing in its “Sig­na­ture” socks. Zan­otti was in­spired by the 1960s ten­nis fash­ion trend where play­ers wore court shoes with em­broi­dered socks that stretched to the mid­dle of their shins. This un­usual de­sign tweak adds a touch of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to the sporty sneak­ers.

SLIP ‘EM ON For black-tie oc­ca­sions, the brand has the per­fect pair of vel­vet loafers to match your well-fit­ted tuxedo. The G-flash sports a tra­di­tional sil­hou­ette, which mod­ern-day dandies can ap­pre­ci­ate, but is given a trompe l’oeil tone-on-tone print ef­fect for vis­ual im­pact. This con­tem­po­rary up­date en­sures that the clas­sic slip-ons tran­scend the sea­sons.

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