Arend: "These vintage print references remind me of 1960s Flower Power: The shape of the heel is very reminiscent of the era, and the colors and print look almost like a Jimi Hendrix poster. In the words of Timothy Leary: 'Turn on, tune in, drop out!' Grace Slick would make the perfect brand ambassador for these."
Arend: "The transparent panels create a fun, playful peek-a-boo effect. Paired with the daring choice of synthetic materials, the graphic stripes and colors create a bold geometric energy that definitely makes this a statement shoe."
Arend: "These are part of a collection that Katrantzou says symbolized the Pangea and Panthalassa era, something you can see with the crystallized toe-cap, snakeskin texture, and white piping. To me, these represent change: Just as the earth's supercontinent once split into a new image, so can we."
Arend: "The colors remind me of the New York Knicks, and the weave reminds me of the Nike Air Woven. Here, Wang has taken something as accessible as a Nike sneaker and elevated the concept to a runway-worthy look. Democratic styles seem to be setting the new norm in fashion these days."
Arend: "Surfer girls rejoice: This gives an easy 2 inches for that stroll along Venice Beach's oceanfront walk. Considering how much sportswear has defined luxury fashion, this shoe galvanizes what we're feeling now. With its simple colors and Teva-like Velcro strap, this is the ultimate rejection of the 'sexy' shoe. Manrepelling at its finest!"
Craig Arend of a street-style photoblog Altamira muses on some of the season's most vibrant fashion-forward kicks.