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During the spring 2024 show season, an eclectic mix of trends surfaced, but the prevailing mood was characterized by understated elegance and an emphasis on top-notch craftsmanship. However, the footwear showcased on the runways took a bolder, more outlandish approach. One standout shoe from the season was Gucci’s classic horsebit loafer, reimagined by its new creative director, Sabato De Sarno, with a block heel and a chunky platform sole. Taylor Swift clearly paid attention, as she has incorporated a similar style of platforms into her latest outfit.
Out for dinner in New York with her friend Gracie Abrams, the pop star was seen wearing a classic all-American sportswear-inspired outfit – an aesthetic she tends to prefer during her off days. Her ensemble featured a white minidress with a flowing A-line skirt, a navy double-breasted Gant wool blazer, sheer black Calzedonia tights and a green leather shoulder bag adorned with a gold chain. The standout element of her attire, however, was her brown faux-python loafers from the Parisian brand Sézane. They not only add height via the platform sole, but also make the outfit look even more preppy.
This year’s most influential runways (as well as dressers) show that regardless of the outfit you choose, incorporating a unique, curveball shoe can have a significant impact. Taylor’s most recent outfit is a prime example – if you’re a fan of her signature girl-next-door preppy style, consider elevating the look with a souped-up rendition of a traditional pair of loafers.
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