Paris Fashion Week is marching on across the pond, and as predicted there have certainly been some standout shows — or should we say shoes? Time and time again what the model wears on her body outshines what she sports on her feet, but Chanel’s Spring 2014 show flipped our attention around as the fashion powerhouse sent its models out wearing sneakers. And each and every one of those girls must have heaved a huge, thankful sigh of relief for the temporary relief for their worn feet.
The fashion house is no stranger to incorporating sporty comfort into style. Back in the 1920s, Coco Chanel was a big fan of jersey dresses and cardigan jackets, neither of which are necessarily “sporty” these days but were certainly in that vein in those days. Lagerfeld took sporty very literally with this show, not only with the sneakers but also with sparkly kneepads, adorned with the Chanel logo.
It seems that over the years, the footwear at shows have inched lower and lower to the ground. While towering stilettos ruled the runway a few years ago, chic ballet flats and Phoebe Philo’s skater shoes have stolen the spotlight. Likely aimed to attract the younger crowds, these more youthful, comfortable-looking shoes create an interesting juxtaposition with the elegant ensembles that float down the runway.
The running shoes accompanied all 63 of the show’s outfits, including Chanel’s classic tweed ensembles, gowns (and for model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne, a sheer wedding gown), and sportier looks, too. Embroidered, jewelled, and made of couture fabrics like silk, eyelet lace, and tweed, the shoes probably can’t be used on the track unless you’d want your feet to be basically on fire (zero breathability in these puppies), but they sure are nice to look at. Check them out below.
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