OPEN (TO) TOES

Footwear News - - INSIDER - With con­tri­bu­tions by Katie Abel, Shan­non Ad­ducci and Stephanie Hirschmiller

Could san­dals re­place sneak­ers as the shoe of 2019? It’s un­likely — but also worth not­ing that the lat­ter barely made an ap­pear­ance at New York’s shows and pre­sen­ta­tions.

Sum­mer will for­ever be san­dal sea­son, but there was even more wig­gle room for toes in spring ’19. From util­i­tar­ian flat styles to more fem­i­nine em­bel­lished heels, the shoes pro­lif­er­ated at New York Fash­ion Week.

Os­car de la Renta’s Laura Kim and Fer­nando Gar­cia showed travel-in­spired raf­fia, tas­seled and braided leather heels and even paired a few flats with their sig­na­ture evening gowns.

Sies Mar­jan’s San­der Lak added a heav­ily buck­led style to his mix of curved heels. Paul An­drew used hand-cut abalone shell on a pair of min­i­mal­ist black leather strappy san­dals, and Gabriela Hearst took a more play­ful ap­proach to her stacked plat­forms with a bul­bous curved sole out­lined in white leather.

But the ma­jor­ity of the san­dals shown in New York veered to­ward the more prac­ti­cal, and after a few sea­sons of Crocs and Birken­stocks, spring ’19 may be Teva’s turn in the “ugly”-shoe spot­light.

Hot on the heels of the Cot­tweiler men’s show in Lon­don in June, the brand part­nered with Anna Sui, Col­lina Strada, Sandy Liang and Tome for dif­fer­ent it­er­a­tions of its clas­sic ny­lon strap. But its col­lab­o­ra­tion with ris­ing brand Area won for best in­ter­pre­ta­tion, us­ing a beaded fringe em­bel­lish­ment on the two front straps for a cool and al­most el­e­gant look.

Other brands like Nanushka and Boss showed their own ver­sions of the sporty san­dal, the for­mer with a cush­ioned silk wrap in ma­genta, the lat­ter with a mul­ti­wrap up­per in white and brown leather. Michael Kors, mean­while, took on the foam sole and flat­form styles in wacky prints like neon-green ze­bra stripe and a 1960s-es­que yel­low and green metal­lic bro­cade.

A look from Area with Teva san­dals

Flat­form san­dals at Michael Kors

Sies Mar­jan buck­led san­dal

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