SNEAK ATTACK: The sports connection between fashion and fitness gear is turning up all over the European runways. Teva-inspired sports sandals were the surprise shoe in London — Manolo Blahnik and Hush Puppies did high- and low-heeled styles for Clements Ribeiro — and at Jil Sander in Milan. Off the runway, Sander also designed sneakers for Puma, while Prada had their version of a sports sandal in their showroom collection, too. At Colette, the hot Paris shop on the Rue Saint Honore, Fendi’s Converse hightops — tan canvas covered in double interlocking brown Fs — are catching second looks. And cashmere designer Lucien Pellat-Finet showed his casual confections with cream Converse hightops.
FLAT AGAIN: This season, flat is where it’s at. Junya Watanabe showed little laced pixie shoes and mary janes of the softest leather imaginable, while Comme des Garcons favored supple white moccasins. Dirk Bikkembergs and Dries Van Noten both sent wafer-thin sandals down the catwalk, and in her debut collection for Chloe, Stella McCartney had delicate, beaded slides in the prettiest of pastels.