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Paris Shoe of the Day: Sonia Rykiel

The French fashion house stands out with Robert Clergerie footwear.

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Sonia Rykiel RTW fall 14

Sonia Rykiel fall '14

Photo By Giovanni Giannoni

For the second season, the French fashion house rose above with footwear by Robert Clergerie. And now that newish ready-to-wear designer Geraldo da Conceicao has found his stride reinterpreting the Left Bank Rykielian codes, footwear also followed suit. Python and patent flatforms balanced louche knitwear and voluminous fur toppers. With thick crisscross strapping and a slingback, these sandals had a transitional élan that felt right for the times and fit for the daily dash. After all, the Rykiel brand was built on the notion of female liberation without sacrificing style — or height, for that matter.