Brights and textures liven up the season while the British heritage trend continues apace.
In the red
Every shade of red is used in both men’s and women’s shoes and accessories. The autumnal palette will bring colour to your merchandising. While bright shades appeal, particularly for women, opt for darker tones to suit more retiring customers.
The green light
Another top colour trend focuses on all shades of green. Rich emerald jewel tones come through for women, while men’s footwear and accessories range from bottle green to earthy shades, particularly seen as traditional camouflage.
A top fabric trend sees hairy ponyskin spread across shoes and accessories. For bags and small items it comes in statement panels. Buy into simple black options to put a commercial textural spin on shoes and accessories. Elsewhere, leopard spots and cowhide patterns are pepped up with the introduction of fuzzy textiles.
Best of brogues
A classic men’s footwear choice, brogue shoes and boots return for another season. The best styles come in sturdy leather complete with punctured, stitched and perforated decorative details on lace-up boots, shoes and slip-on Chelsea boot styles. New options include contrast fabric panel designs and options with chunky cleated soles.
Make a point
Whether heeled or flat, smart or casual, make space in your buy for women’s shoes with pointed silhouettes. Take note: the more fashion forward your shopper, the more exaggerated and elongated a point you should focus on.
Need for tweed
Heritage tweed joins checks and tartans to liven up classic footwear shapes and accessories. Wool panels continue to decorate leather boots while bags and scarves come sporting traditional patterns - an accessible way to channel the trend.
Big for your boots
Welcome the winter weather with functional but fashionable knee-high boots. Younger shoppers will appreciate embellished options, but the trend can work for all leg shapes with styles featuring elasticated panels and concealed zips. Real leather can be costly but is a sensible investment buy.
Hit the ground running
Whether your customers look for gym-appropriate footwear or fashion credibility, the trend for running shoes and sporty trainers is set to continue into the new season for both men and women. Retro-style runners remain top of the list and buyers should look out for luxed-up examples featuring contrasting fabrics including leather, suede, wool and sporty mesh to offer a point of difference.
Statement soles hit the mainstream, enlivening smart and casual styles. Bold colour blocks are popular, covering the entire sole or appearing as a subtle colourful stripe. The newest versions focus on directional patterned options, while transparent soles are an interesting evolution.
- Photography by Mitch Payne
- Set design by Thomas Bird
- Styling by Graeme Moran
- Assisted by Emily Norval