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Comfort styles mix colours

Citrus and pastel colours, metallic effects and floral detailing lead the way for comfort footwear next spring, with brands referencing broader spring 09 clothing trends.

One of the brands to ramp up its fashion credentials with this more adventurous palette is Josef Seibel, which includes multicoloured straps on flat sandals and shades of orange, raspberry and strawberry on wooden block-heeled sandals.

The Padders womenswear collection underscores the use of colour but in romantic style for spring, focusing on pastel shades and floral details. Colours include lilac, yellow and soft pinks and greens, with metallic effects on evening styles.

The men’s collection hints at safari with its use of taupe and tan shades, while nubuck and leather add a natural feel.

“Our male customer doesn’t change much from season to season, but we want to appeal to a more fashion-conscious female, someone who wants the comfort fit but responds to trends,” said Debby Cooper, Padders’ design manager.

Florals are a big story for Rieker in its women’s collection where they are used as appliqué, embroidery, printed on leather and as laser-cut panels.

“As well as floral details, we’re also seeing monochrome coming through, so we have a couple of styles in that colourway, and citrus colours, such as orange, lemon and lime,” said Alex Thomson, UK and Ireland sales manager for Rieker.

Romika is also bringing plenty of colour in for spring 09, combining lime green nubuck with sketched leaf and flower patterns on sandals, and lilac leather with coloured stitching effects.

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