Images via Vogue.com
The problem with runway shoes is that they have to function perfectly. They’re photographed in motion, with the weight of a human being (albeit a light one) on top of them, so their flaws are laid bare for all to see in a way that stock photos don’t allow for. You can see that problem well in these photos of Charlotte Olympia x Matthew Williamson Spring 2012; the pumps look great, but the thin-strapped sandals have feet sliding through them left and right.
I wouldn’t entirely blame Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Delal; if Williamson wanted this shape and this fabrication, there’s little that could have been done to make the feet more secure, not to mention that this isn’t a shoe that shows up in her eponymous line. So try and focus on the pumps, which are truly beautiful, and on the fun color and pattern combinations in the sandals. Whatever you do, avert your eyes from the toes.