FALL/WINTER 2016/17 FOOTWEAR TRENDS GO CASUAL
Despite unseasonal temperatures one should remember that there will always be winter somewhere, and the right footnote is essential to make a fall fashion statement. Here is our take on 10 key footwear silhouettes that we believe will be shoe wardrobe “Must Haves” next season:
It is no secret, climate change has created havoc with the seasons, and autumn sometimes lingers with mild temperatures. This is where winter sandals come into play. Sportive and casual styles on thick soles and tractor bottoms are the right look when worn with woolly socks.
Casual and tailored footwear styles rely on classic design staples such as moccasins with kilties or tassels. There will be plenty to choose from next season. However, look for new interpretations such as mocs on high heels, with exaggerated lug soles, novelty felt and leather combinations, patent leather or exotic snake prints. The occasional jewel adornment will add a bit of glam.
Ath/leisure, meaning performance sneaker technology incorporated into leisure footwear has become an important comfort footwear classification. Cushiony bottoms, sometimes vulcanized retro styles, ripple soles or authentic sneaker bottoms transform high cut-cut gored pull-on silhouettes into ultimate comfort shoes.
Stronger heels that are not too high have been making inroads as part of the trend towards more comfortable footwear. Look out for new toe shapes, either snipped off squares or rounded out, a departure from the current pointy toes. And, yes, wine and red will be strong fall colours.
2016 is the year where fashion is looking towards the eighties for inspiration. Flared trouser bottoms are being resurrected, and the shoes to peak out from under have to have some height and substance. Thus high heel platform shoes are back. For those not quite ready for the look, the lady-like shoe bootie sporting a feminine high heel and some bright 80s highlight shades will do.
Trade fairs will be presenting new collections for fall/winter 2016/17 starting next months. Therefore, this is a good time to take stock of what will be the key shoe styles for next year, and maybe the fashion savvy shopper can already get a head start by scouring designer sales racks for that last single pair of an avant-garde style that is bound to influence next season’s designs.