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Will this Fendi Spring 2023 platform be the next It shoe?

“Ugly” shoes are still winning, and Fendi’s latest debut creatively blends house codes with current trends.

During Milan Fashion Week, Fendi opened the Spring 2023 collection after a break after dark. The first model walked out in relatively muted clothing colors, but was complemented by chunky boots with an electric lime green pop. More and more models emerged in a mix of neutrals that were worn with unnaturally bright colors – and the most striking: the shoes.

Chunky, rubber, patent and minimalist in design, Fendi’s latest shoes are the perfect contender for next season’s “it” shoe for us. And in large part that’s because they’re funky and almost ugly.

Fendi Spring 2023 shoes

Fendi Spring 2023 shoes

Aesthetics are always changing and they have accelerated their rate of change with the pandemic. A big part of the changing fashion trends since 2020 is a growing affection for ugly shoes. They were already gaining traction, with shoes like Demna and Kanye offering some particularly popular options, but the pandemic gave us a new appreciation for shoes that put functionality over traditional beauty.

Here at Fashionista, we’re not immune either. As much as I love a sexy heel that emphasizes the movement of my hips when I walk… or just gives me the height I wish I was… I also have a weakness for ugly shoes. They are often comfortable, full of character and quickly complete an outfit with little effort.

But Fendi isn’t just jumping on a trend with its new brightly colored kicks. These are far from fad.

Fendi Spring 2023 shoes

Fendi Spring 2023 shoes

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Instead, they are an ode to the house’s historic codes, through Karl Lagerfeld’s prolific designs, which Fendi’s artistic director for women’s wear, Kim Jones, merges with more modern ones.

“It’s about continuity,” Jones said in a press release, explaining that his starting point was Lagerfeld’s Fendi archives from 1996 to 2002. “I’m interested in looking at things Karl has done and how we can develop them.” – both visually and technically.”

Lagerfeld skillfully balanced modernity in his designs with a refined sophistication and a touch of daring. The Fendi Spring 2023 rubber platforms meet modernity where it stands, while being adventurous with color. The brand’s inverted F badge is stamped all over shoes for a subtle nod to logomania.

Fendi Spring 2023 shoes

Fendi Spring 2023 shoes

“At Fendi, I constantly think of practicality and luxury,” added Jones. “Adding heavy hardware to something really soft gives it both real functionality and makes it interesting.”

What may have been ugly in the past is today seen with new eyes as desirable. Images of Fendi’s camel-colored platform slides and off-white knee-high boots linger in our memory. These shoes change the way you walk, add weight to your movement and stand out with their minimalist-chic look.

Other accessories in the show took their own fearless approach to weirdness. Double pockets for a handbag. Small purses on chains and key rings that adorn a larger bag. Neon green and serrated metal logos for a handle.

Check out the entire Fendi Spring 2023 collection in the gallery below.

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