Feathered Feet


Who needs practical shoes anyway?

At Altuzarra and House of Holland, designers Joseph Altuzarra and Henry Holland posed a much more lively solution for those days when you feel like getting dressed from the bottom up: feathered, open-toe sandals. At Altuzarra’s Resort showing, hefty servings of vermilion and jet plumage pooled around models’ toes—a new take on swanning around, perhaps? The designer’s femmes weren’t the type to be precious with their heels, however. Instead, he showed them with a variety of styles, including an office-appropriate white suit, a cocktail-ready dress with a slit slashed up the thigh, and a beachy marigold dress with frayed edges, suggesting that a feathered foot works in any scenario.


Over in London, Holland mixed Peruvian textures with “Cali skater girl” vibes for a bright, patterned collection that had no shortage of his signature flair. His feathered shoes tended toward ombré, with purple fading into magenta, and electric blue giving way to shocking pink. The most memorable pair, though, came in a jolt of neon green. Appropriate for the foothills of Peru or the skateboards of Venice Beach? Maybe not. But Holland’s clique of British It girls will no doubt be wearing them this season. And if posh New Yorkers and fun-loving Brits can agree on feathered feet, then maybe it’s time for us all to give the trend a try.