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Shoe Highlights from Paris Couture Spring '13

Floral themes permeated several collections, while some made edgier statements.

Valentino Spring Couture 2013

Valentino Spring Couture 2013

Photo By Giovanni Giannoni

It was a season of delicate details and feminine silhouettes on fashion's grandest stage. For spring, the Paris couture collections offered a variety of takes on sheerness and lace, including Chanel's up-to-there lace boots and richly embroidered pumps at Valentino, Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab. Floral themes permeated several collections, with blossoms adorning gowns and ankle-strap Mary Jane styles. Raf Simons opted to make footwear the acidic, metallic counterpoint to sweeter embellished dresses at Dior, while highly decorated mixed-material pumps added an exotic flourish to head-to-toe matched looks at Armani Privé. At Atelier Versace, less was clearly more, as transparent platform sandals sported see-through straps and gold anklets for an edgier statement.

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