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Jil Sander Debuts Shoes With Brooches at Milan Fashion Week

  • September 24, 2021

Fashion Week is back in full force, and there’s a lot to see. Blink (or scroll too fast on Instagram) and you’ll miss the details: tiny bags, tall shoes, feathered hats, leather capes and diamond dog collars. So as part of a new series, Wow Moment, we’ll spotlight things we saw on the runways that delighted or mystified us.

Too often, when we think of bejeweled shoes, we think of very high heels spiked with crystals or topped with a shiny buckle: a true going-out shoe. Or, in pandemic times, we think of Crocs with Jibbitz charms. (Even Balenciaga’s pink four-inch platform Crocs, circa 2018, had charms: little plastic pugs and Eiffel Towers and shooting stars.)

Is there a happy medium? A shoe embellishment that isn’t aggressively glam or made to fill a rubber hole? Enter the shoe brooch.

They first appeared this season in New York at Collina Strada, in the form of cartoonish flowers pinned to the tops of sneakers. Then in Milan, at No. 21, they glitzed up Vans-style slip-on shoes with kitten heels. It’s not hard to see the appeal of shoe brooches, with their ability to turn up the volume on footwear (sometimes literally, if the brooches happen to jingle, as they did at No. 21).

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