So Long, Sneakers? The High Heel Is Back With a Vengeance

Flat shoe lovers, be afraid, be very afraid. The autumn/winter 2016 footwear trend currently garnering the most attention is that of the super-stacked high heel. And when say super, we mean super. Whether vertiginous stiletto or sky-high platform, there's no escaping the great lengths (sorry, heights) that designers have gone to in order to fulfill the season's extreme mood.

So right now it's less about specific silhouettes or styles—almost any shape, colour, style, finish and vibe goes—and more about the heel just being really insanely high. Don't feel ready for the big switcharoo? Then let us coax you into the radical realm of autumn's shoes with a bumper gallery of catwalk inspiration and the iterations you can shop right away (or after a few days of mulling it over).

Go through the gallery to see our favourite runway heels and shop the latest in-store shoes to march forth into the new.

Prada:

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Miuccia knows a thing or two about must-have shoes. With their gold hardware and exaggerated 1940s-style heel, these have must-have practically stamped into the soles.

Bottega Veneta:

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The ultimate in boardroom-busting "I mean business" shoes—the three-strap update on classic spiky courts will help you strut with confidence.

Maison Margiela:

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John Galliano has adopted a more sculptural, platform-led take on the idea. These are not for the faint-hearted, but they are for the fashion-strong.

Dries Van Noten:

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Not content with just doing any ol' high heel, Dries Van Noten has made them walking works of art. High and mighty.

Rochas:

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Cue a stampede for these chunky, floral-embroidered beauties when they hit the stores…Have you noticed how the high heel trend appears to most commonly be offset by statement socks?

Versace:

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One part pilgrim to two parts party girl, these stilettos tick off many personality traits.

Loewe:

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If these J.W.Anderson-created heels don't get snapped all over the streets of fashion week, we shall eat our berets.

Yes, these look like dominatrix heels—that's why we like them.

You didn't think we'd leave out Monsieur Louboutin, did you?

Not all of the stacked heels are stilettos.

Disco shoes you can wear by day—just add socks.

These have a whiff of old Hollywood glamour about them.

These shoes are like Dolly Parton in a 1970s nightclub.

Navy suede is so chic. 

Get clued up on more of autumn/winter 2016's biggest trends.

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