The unstoppable trend towards casual comfort-driven shoes seems to have peaked! There were still plenty of collections promoting comfort footwear at Micam, the international footwear trade fair presenting fall/winter 2016/17 collections in Milan. However, novel materials and treatments disguised them and gave them fashion appeal. In addition, there was a resurgence of heels inching up again in height, from low block heels to mid-high versions to, yes, high stilettos. We see this tailored career pump trend gaining momentum, and who knows…there will always be the woman who will never give up her sexy high heel pumps! And we spotted some great new ones!
The low boot silhouette will be by far be the most important boot silhoeutte going forward. Heels and bottom constructions can vary from comfort units to wedges and lug soles to block heels. Novelty croco and graphic print upper materials, with or without shine, make them desirable for a new season.
The return of the tailored pump with sturdy heels, ranging from low block heels to mid-heel heights was definitely a category on the rise. Suede and two/tone, two/texture upper designs in fashionable blues and wine shades made them the perfect fashion accessory to tailored suits.
10. Astore 11. Eliza di Venezia 12. Chelman
The revival of anything seventies includes patchwork, and all types of boots, from military lace-ups to knee-high dress boots to casual high tops tapped into the trend.
Everybody loves stretch! It molds to the foot, it is comfortable, and all-over neoprene (dressed up with sparkly stones) probably was the ultimate way of glamourizing a casual shoe. Wide stretch bands or partial neoprene uppers on tailored booties tapped into the comfort factor as well.
16. Harmont & Blaine 17. Liverpool Shoes 18. Satus
Have moccasins peaked? Not according to exhibitors at Micam who presented eclectic new versions in patent leather, on new lightweight comfort bottoms, with fun decorative upper details such as elongated kilties, plaid inserts or a touch of wine as a keeper with matching piping around the sole edge.
There were simple, elegant pumps in fashionable two tones, there were totally dressy suede pumps with jeweled ornaments, there were pumps pretending to be moccasins. All had one thing in common: sexy high heels!
The next edition of Micam presenting Spring/Summer 2017 footwear collections will take place in Milan September 3 – 6, 2016.