Pedicures at the ready!
You’ve read the headline and thought, “Please, no, not another ‘naked’ trend.” But naked shoes aren’t about showing your skin in a risqué way—they’re about getting your toes out, because, why not?
We’re not talking about strappy sandals. Instead, think transparent PVC and gauzy mesh shoes that give a glimpse of your full foot; big toe, little toe, and everything in between.
It was all about height at Valentino’s spring/summer 2023 show, where models scaled the runway in skyscraper footwear akin to Lady Gaga’s beloved “stripper heels.” Pierpaolo Piccioli built on the success of his stacked Tan-Gos from seasons past and presented platforms with clear uppers and skinny ankle straps. Paired with his clean-cut minidresses and embellished outerwear, they were surprisingly appealing.
British Vogue’s resident ugly shoe fanatic, fashion features editor Laura Hawkins, was besotted with Loewe’s glassy flats, which looked as if they were molded to models’ feet. She does, however, recognize the potential impracticality of such an unforgiving material. “My main concern with this trend is condensation,” admits Laura. Her advice? “If you’re stepping out in something sheer, wet wipes are a handbag essential.”
Back-up wipes are recommended for those willing to try Dilara Findikoglu’s mules or Simone Rocha’s jelly sandals, too, given that they’re also crafted from rigid plastic. (Disclaimer: the latter might even leave imprint marks, but it’s worth it.)
Never mind the hindrances that clear shoes can cause—Net-a-Porter saw a 400 per cent increase in searches for “transparent heels” during fashion month, and the retailer has bought 18 new styles for next season, according to market director Libby Page.
Boots from Acne Studios and Bottega Veneta, meanwhile, are made from translucent mesh to preserve your foot’s dignity. Bottega’s styles, in particular—which came with visible seams on the upper—were distinctly wearable, as demonstrated by models in sheer embellished dresses to match. Pedicures at the ready…
This article was originally published on British Vogue.