There is something to be said for a man in boots. And after this Paris Men’s autumn/winter ’10 Fashion Week, it’s safe to say that everything from work boots to Doc Martens to suede ankle lace-ups will hit the streets faster then you can say “Nancy Sinatra.” There was also an array of alternative footwear choices (including loafers and even sandals) that hit the runway in every finish, color and fit imaginable. This is most certainly the season for men to embrace the pleasure of shoe shopping.
Ever the trend-creator, Lanvin showed audiences that the zip-up boot is going to be the way forward. With contrast detailing and a Doc Marten-esque shape, the boots featured two stirrup pieces to help pull the beasts on and came in a range of earth tones. The series of white leather shoes with black tipping, a button-up panel and yellow rubber soled crocodile leather looked to be future Lanvin collectables—instant classic is an understatement.
Viktor & Rolf also favored Doc Martens of every size, from slip-on lace-ups to the full 12-hole former punk uniform boot. Balmain worked in a similar vein, wearing Docs loosely and laced up at the ankle with black, blue and khaki denim tucked in at the ankle. Both YSL and Dior Homme, meanwhile, favored loose fitted lace-up leathers and ankle boots in shiny black.
Paul Smith, the quintessential Brit, never fails to offer masculine style that is loudly unique yet modestly understated. This season’s footwear collection included petrol blue loafers with tassels and kilt details, brown suede slip-ons with black tassels and the essential chunky boot with a shoelace tie at ankle.
Comme des Garçons Homme, by comparison, looked more towards Elvis-style 50s loafers with contrast panel detail in front and on the heel. Pink socks or all-over pink loafers topped the look off for the line, a consistent color feature on a series of outfits that took layering to new levels.
Hermès, a former saddle making company, did what it does best with leather pushed to extremes. The French house used a muted palette of earth tones then sent a series of grey suede loafers, brown lace-ups with brogue detailing and cherry red brogues down the catwalk—much to the delight of those in the front row.
Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is no stranger to using his religious roots as inspiration. So when male models came out to the sounds of “Ave Maria” wearing two-strap patent leather sandals (with and without stockings) it shouldn’t have shocked anyone who has followed the designer’s work since he took on menswear three years ago. Creating an almost triangular silhouette, these Givenchy Jesus sandals—worn with slim-line trousers and wide shoulder double breasted suit jackets—were a welcome change to all other footwear on show.