Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is kind of like a party for designers. While their mainline collections have to be at least, in theory, wearable for real-life occasions, their couture lines can be as out-there as the designers want. Shoe design even in the mainstream has never been quite as extreme as it is in 2012, so as you might expect, the footwear on the Paris catwalks this week has been quite extraordinary...

This was certainly true of Donatella Versace's collection for A/W 2012, which was a flight of fancy in many ways, from it use of light fabrics and a pale pastel palette that seemed entirely unsuited to the autumn winter season to the gravity-defying flowing fabrics used to make her elaborate gowns. The shoes had an unfeasibly high number of strap; again as impractical as can be but creating a highly sophisticated look throughout the show.

Multi-strap shoes are a great way to create a sexy evening look without resorting to fully enclosed knee-length boots, and we think that Donatella has achieved that sensual sophistication here in a way that's uniquely Versace. Enjoy the gallery!