Spring/Summer 2017 footwear collections got a head start in August at trade fairs in New York (FFANY), Platform in Las Vegas and at the Atlanta Shoe Market. The word is out: comfort remains a major focus in the United States. However, there were plenty of collections at all price points that had injected a lot of fashion pizzazz in tune with incoming fashion trends. Here are some highlights.
Denim Friendly: Denim fashions have staying power, not only in basic jeans wear but denim in all shades and washes are crossing over into shirt dressing, tailored suits and jackets. Shoes tap into the blue mood with artisan whip stitch treatments and colourful rope espadrille bottoms. Denim blue nubuck is a favourite material in anything from fisherman t-strap sandals to feminine slip-on flats.
5. Hush Puppies 6. ONO
Nice ‘n Easy: Sometimes less is more! Simple slides or banded uppers on extreme comfort bottoms make a fashion statement in soft pink and yellow suede. Newest is the return of the ”California construction” allowing the sole to be flexed completely, the ultimate comfort feature!
7. Azura 8. Impo
New Kids on the Block: Low to mid-high block heels are the new fashion direction for dress shoes and sandals without sacrificing walking comfort. Add to that colour blocked patent leather or a fun floral print, and now comfortable shoes have truly moved into the fashion zone.
15. Azura 16. Destroy
High & Mighty: High wedge sandals can go into different directions: colour blocked in patent leather for a more tailored mood or more summer casual with a rope covered bottom.
17. L'Artiste 18. Rovers
Granny is Coming: Ghillies and lace-up booties are coming….probably they will arrive for fall/winter 2017/18. We spotted some opened up summer forerunners.