Spring 2013 Trend: Transparent Shoes
Posted by on November 14, 2012 | 10:36 am EST

The transparent shoe trend is showing some tenacity as it still echoed so loudly on the runways of spring/summer 2013 fashion weeks. From New York to Paris, the catwalks were set ablaze by these beautifully crafted shoes that clearly—pun intended—mirrored spring’s love for anything sexy and see-through. This isn’t the first time we’re seeing this trend however, since rows of gorgeous transparent shoes have been making the retail rounds since past spring.

This time around though, designers have taken a more subtle approach, moving it as far away as possible from its trashy associations (read: strippers). Among the exceptional pairs to teeter down the runway came from Chado Ralph Rucci, Paolo Frani and N°21. Removing tastelessness in the design, the labels went for modern-day refinement with clear panels blending beautifully with uppers.

Rue du Mail, Temperley London and Laure Biagiotti also walked the same path, allowing the clear panels to play minor roles in the aesthetics. Temperley London for instance, yielded to the trend by simply using see-through ankle straps, which only proved that it’s the little details that often deliver the oomph. Roksanda Ilincic also presented some of the most amazing pairs of the season, with its T-strap sandals that had colored plastic counters bannering two trends: transparency and color contrast.

While majority of the designers were able to pare down the tackiness and prop up femininity, there were still several brands that signed up for grander interpretations. Valentino sent out beautiful yet completely see-through shoes that could rival Christian Louboutin‘s Cinderella slippers, while Véronique Leroy got a wee youthful with its lace-up wedge booties.

Although the see-through trend didn’t really pick up and gain steady ground the past spring, the fact that it’s still out around proves to the trend’s potential. Whether it’ll continue to fly under the radar or climb up the trend ladder in a snap is pretty much hinged on how spring 2013’s lovely see-through pairs fare. Now we ask, how could you not love these shoes?

Photos from iMAXtree.com

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