Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
Feedback has shown two-tone colours and combos of leather/suede and leather/fabric with contrast sole colours as strong sellers, especially the Chaplin (a vintage-inspired shoe with a round-toe last, pictured) and the Davis (which has a lightweight round-toe last). We have a flowery tapestry Oxford that has sold out for men in many stores, so boys are moving away from tan and brown.
We’ve focused on colour blocking and material mixing (street style, pictured), allowing for more attention to textures and panelling, and there’s an injection of high colour with a steer away from muted tones; berries and blues are key for us. We’re expecting printing to emerge while heritage should remain strong.
Colour has been the big trend. All shades of orange (Proenza Schouler, pictured) and yellow and hints of pink have been fantastic. Summer is always tough in footwear - there are so many looks and shapes that you rely heavily on the weather. So this season we decided to go with one palette and a central look, and it’s worked wonders.
Sport is definitely the most popular of the trends we are seeing in the shape of concealed wedges, flatform trainers and hi-tops. At present, our customer is very much “buy now, wear now”: sales of casual boots such as Chelsea boots (street style, pictured) are continuing to perform in the new season. Newer trend directions we’re seeing reactions to are points with metal toe caps, which will continue into the season.