Schiaparelli, Chanel, and Christian Dior
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Something unexpected is happening at the Spring 2014 Couture shows in Paris this week—designers are showing flats—and casual ones at that. At Schiaparelli's first couture show in decades, Marco Zanini dressed his models in elaborate floor-length gowns and clunky flat sandals. Karl Lagerfeld had all the Chanel models in a rainbow of sparkly sneakers, at times paired with knee pads and a fanny pack. Finally, at Christian Dior, Raf Simons put half of his elegantly dressed models in embellished slip-ons, reminiscent of the pools shoes we wore as kids.

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"These comfy kicks are definitely not shoes we thought we’d find at a couture show."