Shoes and Bags: Spring Summer 2021 Trend Review




With the bulk of lockdown and home-boundedness behind us, this season’s designers presented functional and action-ready attire: trainers, clogs and platformed sandals were all involved in the affair. From having everything at our fingertips in the home, we also saw lots of large hold-all-essential bags and functional utility belts and pouches for ultimate preparedness for the outside world.

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The wooden, hardwearing shoe was sent to the runways in neutral shades of orange, buttery yellow and black, in all of their studded, functional and pared back glory – Marco Rambaldi even added a small heel.



Home-bound life has taught us all a lesson about the multi-functional everyday ease that the slider can provide. When we have no-where to go the shoe that feels like a slipper, but can take us further if we need – hello bin day – has become an essential on the shoe rack and looks to be here to stay.

See Versace and Balenciaga's take on the slider next to Louis Vuitton's pillowy slipper-shoe hybrid. 



Whilst sliders offer a slipper-like multi-functionality for when were at home; we saw even more trainers. As freedom vs. lockdown measures globally shift towards the former, we are collectively getting prepared to emerge out of the other side of this pandemic, and the resulting state of communal high-alert has meant that the trainer is the perfect transition as a ready-for-anything shoe. Retro shapes by Miu Miu and Loewe met more high-tech-looking trainers by Versace or Iceberg.



Similar to those that we have just looked at, but with the offer of a heavier stomp. Sandals, trainers and flip-flops were doubled and tripled up on the sole. 



Boots up to the knee strolled down the catwalks this season, some of our favourites were Vivienne Westwood’s pointed toe floral heel-boots which she paired with a bright blue cardigan and leggings; Bally's dressed up cowboy boots and Redemption's doubled up animal prints with their snakeskin knee-high boots and a zebra print mini-dress.




There was no shortage of pointed toes this season: find them in collections spanning Vivienne Westwood, Edeline Lee and Emilia Wickstead. Vuitton created a more curvaceous take on the pointed shoe, where a chunky heel and wholesome shoe formed a sturdy, slightly upturned point.




Chunky chains were not just for jewellery (see our SS21 accessories review) but Vuitton, Dolce and Gabanna and Stella McCartney all put thick gold chains on their bags too. Versace’s take on the chain was to similar effect but in bold fluorescents to contrast with brightly coloured leathers.




A sturdy vessel for all of your belongings: Daniela Gregis, Ottolinger and Etro all sent wicker woven baskets down the runway as though there was a sandy beach lying at the end; at Alberta Ferretti macrame was intricately intertwined with beads and finished with a fringe whilst Marco Rambaldi used colourful pastels and Cividini used straps of black leather.



Bags in every shade of pastel lit up the runways this season and not only were they bold in colour but in size too. Designers including Acne Studios, Emilio Pucci and Valentino apparently competed for the largest carry-all… market shoppers and huge totes offer to hold all of our essentials and more as we take back out into the pandemic-stricken world from our at-home cocoons.  



On a similar but more military note, functional body wear more explicitly suggests that we have much to tackle in the big wide world as we emerge from the protective shelter of our lockdown bubbles. Max Mara swapped necklaces for tiny belonging-holders – visibly, one for a phone and another for extra small essentials – whilst Marine Serre, Vuitton and Versace more explicitly used utility belts and functional multi-pocket bags that stay close to the body and offer to suggest an air of preparedness in an emergency.


+  Words: Niamh Heron, Luxiders Magazine 

BA Journalism and Media Graduate, based in Leeds, UK

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