Three seasons ago, you couldn't walk within a five-block radius of a fashion week venue without seeing half a dozen pairs of Adidas's Stan Smith sneakers.
Stan Smiths are still around, but far more ubiquitous this season are Gucci's horsebit loafers — both in classic black leather and, for the more adventurous, the fur-lined mules, heels and clogs — which we've seen on Vogue's Virginia Smith, All the Pretty Birds's Tamu McPherson and half a dozen Chinese editors. At Hood by Air, three of the four guests sitting across from me were wearing them. Seriously, they're everywhere.
There's nothing revolutionary about the loafers above. It's clear that new creative director Alessandro Michele has brought some much-needed cool back to the Gucci label. People want to be wearing the most identifiable Gucci goods possible, and they integrate easily with shirt-and-jeans ensembles.
Street style photographers are loving them.
Chanel's new, but classic, two-tone slingbacks are also making the rounds this season. We've spotted them on WSJ. Magazine's Laura Stoloff, The Man Repeller's Leandra Medine and InStyle's Melissa Rubini (not pictured) this week. Their modest heel height makes them nearly as practical a choice as the Gucci clogs, but show-goers tend to pair them with skirts or dresses rather than pants.
The only thing that's keeping these shoes from reaching Stan Smith popularity is the price tag, we're sure. Those fur-lined Gucci mules cost $995.