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Gaze Upon Spring’s Most Eye-Catching Shoes

These Bottega Veneta pumps are meant to stand out.

Photo: Hannah Whitaker
Photo: Hannah Whitaker

These zebra-print textured leather pumps by Bottega Veneta are about as eye-catching as you can get when it comes to spring shoes. Let’s break it down: They’ve got a square toe in the front and a triangular heel in the back, plus a stretchy elastic opening, which is great, since feet aren’t square. The shoe’s malleable leather is ridged, like the skin of a whale, and painted like a crosswalk. And finally, there’s traction pads on the sole, like a work boot. Like I said, it’s a lot.

These totally wild shoes are from Bottega Veneta’s spring 2020 runway show, which was designer Daniel Lee’s second for the brand. Since his appointment, he’s taken the Bottega’s signature leather accessories to the next level, blowing up the signature woven intrecciato into pillow-like pumps and bags, for example. His accessories in particular have become a huge hit among editors and influencers, and in a normal spring, you’d see them everywhere. If fashion helps you stay calm in stressful times, we suggest zoning out and appreciating them on the page.

Textured leather pumps
Gaze Upon Spring’s Most Eye-Catching Shoes