Almost anyone these days can buy an item similar to what they see on the runway and style it to look unique and expensive without breaking the bank. High quality shoes, however, are the exception to that rule. This explains why shoppers are willing to spend so much more on footwear than any other category in the luxury market, according to market research company NPD. Good footwear never goes out of style and has the power of changing an outfit’s entire look. This is especially true in the world of streetwear, where loyal fans are willing to wait in long queues for limited-edition trainers. The same happens when major fashion houses release their coveted seasonal shoe. Why fashion and luxury will never be the same after coronavirus And the obvious accessory to pair with shoes? Socks. In recent years, it has been all about luxury socks clashing with a good shoe and completing the look of an outfit. There are various socks and stockings, ranging from glittery and complex prints to vibrantly colourful and patchwork style that shoppers are eager to buy because they are a more affordable way to glam up one’s look. Time to get colourful: What to wear between seasons View this post on Instagram Make it Mini or Metallic - THE Pillow Bag is our dreamiest bag in feather light leather. Tap to shop. #THEMARCJACOBS A post shared by Marc Jacobs (@marcjacobs) on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:52pm PST This season, though, is all about stockings. Marc Jacobs is offering lace and silk stockings paired with open-toe shoes and short dresses with ruffles. The most impressive look from the brand is a lilac-and-canary organza sculpted dress cinched at the waist, paired with vibrant, woven stockings and open-toe shoes in a gold hue. The stockings create an illusion of continuity that is striking. There is also a pair of brown stockings with a cute trio of orange hearts on the sides that adds the right amount of fun, cheeky detail. Why fashion and luxury will never be the same after coronavirus Gucci has come up with red fishnet stockings to pair with slit dresses and skirts. The pop of colour amplifies contrast and makes for a smooth transition from day to night. Another highlight from the brand is a sparkly Kermit green, high-collar, qipao-like dress worn with black fishnet stockings and a pair of flats. When it comes to shoes, it is all about fancy adornments and embellishments. For their final stint as creative directors of Kenzo (before being succeeded by Felipe Oliveira Baptista), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim created a stunning pair of Japanese-inspired open-toe boots, embellished with a floral design reminiscent of a watercolour painting. Are luxury brands rushing too soon to lure Chinese buyers? There is an impressive pair of sandals paired with socks. This style also comes in an ankle-boot version for less of a ninja-type feel. Wear these with hot pants or a flowing skirt. Floral motifs dominate at Giuseppe Zanotti – it offers a pair of slippers fastened with gold, oversized leather petals. Zanotti’s shoes have never been known for subtlety, but these open-toe party slippers take the game to a new level. Wear these flamboyant slippers with a maxi dress. Open-toe is definitely back this season, so make sure you get a good pedicure before going on your idyllic resort getaway. Versace has a pair of green snakeskin slippers, with a sculptural twisting vine wrapping the feet and the ankles that would go perfectly with a jungle print dress. The mix of a botanical motif and a serpent structure makes us think Donatella Versace was inspired by the Garden of Eden in this collection. The brand has also created stockings and pointed-toe heels with floral prints in neon colours. Pair them with a minidress. Bottega Veneta similarly has a spiralling touch on its footwear. The pretty paprika-coloured sandals exude a sassy vibrancy and the spiralling ankle strap with a golden tip gives the sandals a high-fashion allure. Also available are a pair of sandals with the brand’s signature Intrecciato woven straps. It would not be Bottega without a bit of weaving, and the work done on these beauties cannot be replicated anywhere else. How Chinese luxury brands are making fashion and beauty eco-friendly Things are getting a bit fuzzier at Loewe with its pair of pastel fur slip-ons that have a cosy, loungy, nonchalant vibe. After all, the point of luxury is having free time to relax without any worries. That is the message these slides convey, so you can wear them with sweatpants for a full-on streetwear vibe. For sharp contrast, pair them with a suit. The spring and summer season is upon us, so it is time to give your feet a breather without sacrificing style or sense of fashion. 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