1. Proenza Schouler’s big-toe sandals

2. Tory Burch’s ballet-sandal hybrids

3. Paul Andrew’s textured ballerinas

4. Ancuta Sarca x Dion Lee buckled sandals

New York Fashion Week has come to a close, bringing with it one piece of the puzzle of what spring ’24 fashion will look like next year. While NYFW is not usually a footwear-heavy location on the fashion circuit (save that for Milan, land of shoes), this time around saw the return of some footwear designers — namely Paul Andrew, who staged his presentation at Rockefeller Center’s skating rink with a well edited collection that included a range of styles and heel heights, a little something for everyone. On the runways, most footwear-focused designers made very clear declarations on the shoes that will dominate next year (ballet flats are back; that pointy-toed pump trend from fall ’23 might not stick). At Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch, 3.1 Phillip Lim and more, comfortable flats were the priority, while others focused on the ubiquitous but often more elusive perfect sandal. RELATED STORIES 📷 The Top Footwear Collaborations at New York Fashion Week Fall 2024 📷 Puma’s Classic Mostro Steals the Show at New York Fashion Week And NYFW’s tradition of footwear collaborations saw a very strong season in spring ’24, with everyone from Manolo Blahnik to Ugg jumping in to help designers create the best runway moments, head to toe. Here, a rundown of the top 10 shoes of New York Fashion Week‘s spring ’24 season. 1. Proenza Schouler’s big-toe sandals Get ready for some viral shoe comebacks next spring. Both the big toe and thong sandals have had their buzzy moments, dating back to 2019. But leave it to Proenza Schouler to bring back both on the spring ’24 and make them look simultaneously chic and weird in that viral way (thanks to material detailing that resembles twisted tissues or toilet paper. The brand’s simple big toed sandal was worn with sheer black hosiery, creating a confounding but alluring style message. There’s always a new way to wear something. 📷Proenza Schouler’s big-toe sandals on the runway at its spring ’24 show. The heels were worn with black sheer hosiery. COURTESY OF PROENZA SCHOULER 2. Tory Burch’s ballet-sandal hybrids Tory Burch is queen of both the sandal and the ballet flat, and for spring ’24 she combined the two, slashing uppers on a diagonal, adding a mini wedge and continuing to play with cool hardware elements that have shown up in the past few collections. It was just one of her curious footwear concoctions for the season. 📷Tory Burch’s ballet-sandal hybrid shoes backstage at the spring ’24 runway show at NYFW. 3. Paul Andrew’s textured ballerinas The moment for the ballet flat is finally here. But in order for the shoe to actually resonate with the fashion crowd, it will take some innovation and verve. Paul Andrew offered both classic neutrals and some zhuzh for the spring ’24 ballerina; the latter of which included a fuzzy textured style complete with a patent leather buckle for the strap. It may not have a heel, but this is definitely a party shoe. 📷 4. Ancuta Sarca x Dion Lee buckled sandals Before hitting London Fashion Week for her own presentation, up-and-coming footwear designer Ancuta Sarca teamed up with Dion Lee for a series of buckle-heavy silhouettes. True to her upcycling DNA, Sarca used deadstock garments, fabrics and signature utility buckles for the heeled styles. A simple sandal in black leather with a pointed toe and silver buckle details perfectly encapsulates both designers and will certainly give some edge to a spring look. 📷 5. Manolo Blahnik’s chic mules for Altuzarra

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5. Manolo Blahnik’s chic mules for Altuzarra

6. 3.1 Phillip Lim’s homage to the Chinese slipper

7. Gabriela Hearst’s perfect satin pumps

8. Larroudé x Jonathan Cohen textured sandals

9. Aknvas x Stuart Weitzman frilled pumps