As New York Fashion Week resumes its season in person for Spring 22, so do its footwear collaborations. In the past, partnerships have spanned the gamut, from Ugg appearances at Eckhaus Latta to Teva’s takeovers at Anna Sui, Jonathan Cohen and more. Then there were the ultra-glam collaborations of years past including Giuseppe Zanotti with Christian Cowan, Christian Louboutin with Naeem Khan and Manolo Blahnik with Carolina Herrera and many more. In a city where shoe production is the exception, NYFW shoe collaborations have become something of a tradition.
This season, the collaborations are a little more unexpected – and in partnership with new names and emerging designers. Here, a look at the shoe collaborations that populate the Spring / Summer 22 season of New York Fashion Week.
Brother Vellies and Sergio Hudson
After making history by dressing both Vice President Kamala Harris and former First Lady Michelle Obama for the presidential nomination in January, Hudson continued the momentum with a Fall 21 screening to see now. , to buy now, Thursday, which featured more of its combination of power suits. and body-hugging dresses paired with knee-high boots and matching pumps, made by Brother Vellies of designer Aurora James. And true to Hudson’s buy-it-now model, the shoes are now also available on the Brother Vellies site.
George Esquivel and an only child
The LA resident shoe maestro lent his expertise to the start of Maxwell Osborne’s collection of An Only Child. For his new line, the public school co-founder paired colorful, slightly retro athletic wear with a selection of Esquivel men’s oxfords and women’s moccasins, many of which were paired with white striped athletic socks.
Clergerie and Gabriela Hearst
In a spring-summer 22 collection that went even further in artisanal know-how, Hearst called on the French shoe house Clergerie and its creative director David Tourniaire to create a series of shoes using raffia and cork. emblematic of the brand (a material Hearst has already used in its own shoes for its low environmental impact) that have punctuated its knitwear collection.
Dear Frances and Jason Wu
For the second season in a row, Wu turned to designer Jane Frances of Dear Frances to create shoes for her collection. Last season it was a series of boots in bright colors to match her trendy coats and flowing dresses. This season, Frances created a series of super strappy sandals – mostly flat and beach vacation ready – to complement the floaty dresses (also vacation friendly).
Teva and John Fleuvog with Anna Sui
Anna Sui’s obsession with Teva has been evident for a few years now, with the designer sending a new take on the sports sandal to the catwalk (for Spring ’20 she took the collaboration even further, teaming up in Liberty London on a special print to go for the Flatform Universal style. Sui continued the collaboration (this time with raffia flowers) and also returned to John Fleuvog, another frequent collaborator of the shoe, for a series of moccasins fluorescent, sandals and iconic Munster heels from the Canadian shoe designer.
Stay tuned for updates on other New York Fashion Week Spring / Summer 22 shoe collaborations.