While designers at the Paris runway shows shunned some of the over-the-top platforms of recent seasons, their fall ’09 creations still revealed an aura of opulence. Givenchy’s mid-cut boots with golden studs and Chanel’s lace-up booties with pink-hued paillettes highlight the longevity of embellished styles for day and night. Valentino also stepped up the wow factor, with feathered straps and fanlike heels garnering major attention. Armani Privé maintained a serene feeling with silk pumps that alternately featured intricate beading and scalloped PVC cutouts. Here, Footwear News presents the best of the Paris couture collections.