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Back in May, Karl Lagerfeld kicked off the resort 2013 season with an over-the-top Chanel runway show in the garden of Versailles. Models wore beribboned jewels, pouf skirts and pantaloons — nearly all of them finished off with a sensible, rubber-bottomed pair of brothel creepers, worked Chanel-style in shiny metallics and pretty pastel stripes. And he’s not the only one on the comfort trail for resort. Marc Jacobs went practical with platform penny loafers in cherry red and lemon brights. The classic oxford was chic-ed up at Sonia Rykiel and Givenchy in, respectively, silk satin and allover lace, while comfort shoes at Balenciaga and Prada came in the form of leather schoolgirl sandals. Never have designers been so down-to-earth.
This story first appeared in the August 13, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.