Plenty of comments have already been made about the headwear at Prada’s spring ’20 show (“Handmaid’s Tale” was the reference from another media outlet), but footwear at the Wednesday afternoon show may be the more important moral of the story.
The shoes that Miuccia Prada sends down her runways are always enviable, but often they aren’t the most practical. There have been inverted heels, lipstick heels, flame heels — a lot of heels. But this season, Prada is going with the flow of fashion trends and incorporating more comfortable shoes into the spring ’20 collection.
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Prada has done comfort before (for the latest reference, see the brand’s ode to Teva). But this time, Prada ran through the entire collection and not as any sort of gimmick (remember the water socks from spring ’19). There were several flat sandals, woven in contrasting leathers. Some had metallic accents while others matched the mosaic-tile set done in vintage primary colors.
The best shoe of the collection was a loafer with a stacked heel, which came out as the first look and was done in burnished, chocolate leather accented with an oversize gold buckle reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s. There were also flat loafers in red and blue snake print.
Elsewhere, there were flat gardening boots done in leather, plus a cozy patterned slipper, and a flatform lace-up that signals an even bigger comeback of the shoe for next spring.
See more styles on the runway at Prada’s spring 2020 Milan Fashion Week show.