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Few new trends at Micam show

Milan footwear show Micam served up little in the way of new trends as total visitor numbers fell by more than 4,000 against this time last year.

The show experienced a 12% decline in UK visitor numbers as retailers cut back on overseas buying trips in response to economic worries and slow summer trading.

On the trend front, 1970s-inspired shapes and cork finishes alongside boho themes and coral hues helped to lift the mood among exhibitors.

Dominant trends at the show included moccasins and loafers, which ranged from casual looks to more masculine formal styles. Flat pumps and super-high platforms were also still out in force. Sam Jones, buyer at footwear retailer Pied à Terre, said the exhibition served to confirm the trends that Pied à Terre has backed for next season.

“The ethnic boho look, which was represented by sandals with woven leather treatments, studs, and gladiator styles, was strong. Wedges returned in blues, pinks and coral shades. The atmosphere at the show was less excitable than usual, but I found it as busy as last season,” she said.

The number of UK buyers at the show dropped to 1,111 from 1,256 this time last year.Anthony Nathan, director of brand house Fresh Footwear, said:

“Attendance seemed down, and the show wasn’t as good as last time. If there was a better footwear show in the market Micam would be in trouble. The number of buyers at the show fell, and no one is going to radically up their order numbers.”

Vito Artioli, president of the National Association of Italian Footwear Manufacturers, said the drop in visitor numbers had been counterbalanced by the quality of buyers. “At the moment it is not easy for our sector and difficult for the international markets,” he added.

View the key looks from Micam at drapersonline.com/trends/footwear.

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