Shoes, just like bags, are slowly inching into the "a girl's best friend" territory next to diamonds. The recent Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 showed a lot of interesting footwear on the ramp complimenting the designers' clothes. Our favorite looks show that height is still might this coming season, with renditions of the platform, wedge, bootie and clogs catching our eye.
Click on our photo gallery to view our shoe picks from the Spring/Summer runways!
Kermit Tesoro did it again, sending out his models in heels beyond the imagination (read: how do these girls walk on these heels?). Meanwhile, Don Protacio's choice of footwear, wedged boots from Soule Phoenomenon, were just as eyecatching as the highlighter bright clothes he showed.
Studs and chains have become regular embellishments on footwear these days with the Spring/Summer shows notwithstanding. Jerome Salaya Ang's patent wedge boots looked ready to thrill, giving a dangerous element to his urban designs. At Cesar Gaupo, heeled-sandals were also studed, this time with pyramid crystals giving the look some much appreciated glamour.
The gladiator hasn't gone anywhere, it seems, and these days, it's moving up, thanks to some stacked heels. Above the ankle straps in pale shades went particularly well with deep tones at Kat Corpus' show while Cesar Gaupo applied some Oriental flair, contrasting the black straps with bright red sole.
Here's another style that never left, lace-up booties are still hot on the summer runways. You can do it cheeky and pick up a pair of platforms from Folded & Hung or go the style blogger route with Parisian by SM Department store's Ann Demeulemeester-ish pairs.
Summer clogs may not have recieved a warm welcome this year but their appearances with SM Department Store's lace granny dresses or with boho, Coachella-inspired collection of Folded & Hung made us rethink our original thoughts on the shoe. The additional height from these stalwart babies is a big bonus!
Women do love their wedges and this summer, leather, rope, and canvas are stepping aside to make way for the cuter crop of fabric covered pieces. Penshoppe showed us how gingham platforms could look so desirable while Jellybean kept to their signature sweet, girly style with florals.
Switch on girly mode this summer and step out in cheery colors like the sunny yellow seen at Chris Diaz' show or the bow-bearing, sorbet shades of Jellybean. It's a breath of fresh air from all the ultra-urban, ultra-glam shoes that have been dominating the scene.
Little girls grow up with a more elegant and mature version of the strapped pump making it's way into the shows. Cesar Gaupo's crossed in an ever so sophisticated manner across the ankles while Gerry Katigbak used luxe fabrics on his platformed pairs. The masstige option at SM Department Store was in classic black, a great foil to lace and sheer.