As seen in WGSN – New heel shapes: footwear analysis

There are so many shoes with all sort of different heels to choose from–these are very interesting choices…you decide which trend to follow.

As simplicity, practicality and restraint become the new buzz words of fashion, WGSN investigates the new heel shapes for this coming season and beyond.

The kitten heel

Following our trend analysis marking the return of the kitten heel, WGSN predicts that its reign is set to continue, as fashion puts practicality at the forefront of the new restraint. For autumn/winter, simple shapes and luxe materials are combined, resulting in a pared-down chic.

Prada autumn/winter 2010/11    Prada autumn/winter 2010/11 

LK Bennett  autumn/winter 2010/11        LK Bennett autumn/winter 2010/11 

     	  Marc Jacobs autumn/winter 2010/11Marc Jacobs autumn/winter 2010/11 

The block heel

For those still craving height, the block replaces the spike-heeled stiletto of past seasons, with many designers featuring examples of this heel in their collections, resulting in a wearable, practical solution.

Balenciaga autumn/winter 2010/11Balenciaga autumn/winter 2010/11 

An0ther Magazine, issue 18, spring/summer 2010 An0ther Magazine, issue 18, spring/summer 2010 

Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2010/11Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2010/11 

 Calvin Klein, as seen at jakandjil.comCalvin Klein, as seen at 

 Alexander Wang, as seen at www.models.comAlexander Wang, as seen at 

Arched and flared heels

Arched or flared shapes give a simple but directional aesthetic without the achingly complicated shapes of recent seasons.

Ann Demeulemeester autumn/winter 2009/10Ann Demeulemeester autumn/winter 2009/10 

 Proenza Schouler autumn/winter 2010/11Proenza Schouler autumn/winter 2010/11 

 Rochas autumn/winter 2010/11Rochas autumn/winter 2010/11 

 Alexander Wang autumn/winter 2010/11Alexander Wang autumn/winter 2010/11 

The wedge

The wedge has long been the most practical leg-lengthener. This season sees the wedge take on a geometric shape, resulting in a more directional aesthetic. As predicted in our super-stacked footwear report, the trend for the tall wedge is set to continue into spring/summer 2011.

Marni, as seen at jakandjil.comMarni, as seen at 

Camilla Skovgaard autumn/winter 2010/11Camilla Skovgaard autumn/winter 2010/11 

 Viktor & Rolf autumn/winter 2010/11Viktor & Rolf autumn/winter 2010/11 

 Christian Dior spring/summer 2010Christian Dior spring/summer 2010 

The new stiletto

Slightly lower in height and much more sturdy in appearance, the stiletto has been rehashed to conform with the new restrained style of dressing.

As seen at seen at 

 	Karen Walker autumn/winter 2010/11Karen Walker autumn/winter 2010/11 

  	As seen at jakandjil.comAs seen at 

Last throws of decadence

For those of us who still seek drama and excess, surreal heel shapes are to hand. Unusual shapes in unexpected materials, combined with heavy embellishment, create a theatrical but somewhat dated aesthetic.

Chanel, as seen at www.parkandcube.comChanel, as seen at 

DSquared autumn/winter 2010/11, as seen at seaofshoes.typepad.comDSquared autumn/winter 2010/11,
as seen at 

   	 	Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte autumn/winter 2010/11, 	as seen at jakandjil.comNicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte autumn/winter 2010/11,
as seen at 

 Dior Ribbon heelsDior Ribbon heels 

WGSN Analysis

The decadence and excess of past seasons are looking somewhat dated, as designers such as Céline and MaxMara usher in a new era of sophisticated restraint. Emerging footwear silhouettes – tall blocks or kitten heels – have an elegant sense of practicality and comfort, both of which are important to the consumer, whose desire to show off has lessened.

2 responses to “As seen in WGSN – New heel shapes: footwear analysis

  1. Amy,
    thanks for the website. I love it! and by the way, I really loved the bathroom post on your page, tres chic!

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