Paris Shoe of the Day: Balmain

Lace and metallic gave this style from Paris’ house of glam a one-two punch.

Balmain spring 14

Balmain spring '14

Photo By Giovanni Gioninni

Even when taking on such a seemingly ladylike material as lace, the statement at Balmain is never soft and ultimately an argument for dispelling preconceived notions. Indeed, Thursday’s show was a strong affirmation about how pretty can be strong (cue fit-and-flounce dresses in macaroon hues) and how whip-smart can be undeniably seductive (sharp houndstooth suits). These fantastic Chantilly mesh-and-gold booties walk the line between these sensibilities.