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Moda footwear

A tough spring 07 meant buyers were in a cautious mood at Moda Footwear in Birmingham, despite the traditional and more directional looks on the radar

Men's footwear patent

Though largely avoided by mainstream brands, patent looks offered a directional edge. Formal styles featured a high-gloss finish on grey, black and white, with sporty styles opting for more sober shades.

Contacts

Ecko Unltd 01707 655955

Frank Wright 01706 212512

Ikon 02476 324670

John White 01933 410584

Paolo Vandini 020 7739 0398

Hybrid

Lifestyle-inspired sport/casual hybrids were presented in volume at Moda. Common fabrics included suede, PU and breathable synthetics in an earthy palette of greens and browns.

Contacts

Camel Active 01642 677222

El Naturalista 01455 209875

Gant 020 7499 5222

Pikolinos 0116 259 7427

West Coast 01543 500223

Desert

The desert boot was reworked by a variety of brands. With brown shades dominating, the look was easily accessible to all ages, with comfort-focused brands interpreting it in easy-to-wear styles.

Contacts

Anatomic Gel 020 3445 0002

Hush Puppies 0116 281 4300

John White 01933 410584

Land Rover 020 7499 5222

Padders 01536 534999

White

Classic trainers aside, white is a challenging colour for men, but brands were keen to push pure white on embroidered styles and boat shoes. Desert and hybrid styles also came in off-white.

Contacts

Democrata 0116 238 7090

Frank Wright 01706 212512

Josef Seibel 01603 307860

Paolo Vandini 020 7739 0398

Skechers 01707 655955

Women's footwear

Metallic

Metallic finishes continued to drench women's footwear at Moda. Silver was the easiest sale, on party shoes, trainers and comfort styles, while watered-down gold featured sparkling embellishments.

Contacts

Bumper 01372 479871

Capollini 01889 561790

Comfort Plus 01706 874961

Dunlop 01706 212512

Finesse 01706 874961

Indigo 0121 212 1457

Padders 01536 534999

Patent

Patent finishes extended their dominance in women's footwear for spring 08, with patent panels and all-over high-gloss key for mainstream brands. Black, bright blue and green led the palette.

Contacts

Capollini 01889 561790

Comfort Plus 01706 874961

Finesse 01706 874961

Geox 020 7833 4895

Indigo 0121 212 1457

Odeon 01706 212512

Shuology 01664 821230

Animal

Animal skins took a fantastical turn at Moda, with metallic lizard effects used in brash colours on both party shoes and day options. Easier-to-stomach oxblood red and brown were used on comfort styles.

Contacts

Hispanitas 00 34 96 53 70 605

PERtu 01604 593600

Van Dal 01603 426341

Blue

Cornflower was the anchor shade as brands dived into blue on rustic-style sandals. Softer tints featured on chunky-heeled options and woven flats, while heels appeared in slightly more intense shades.

Contacts

Padders 01536 534999

Van Dal 01603 426341

Pikolinos 0116 259 7427

Floral

Embroidery and prints made subtle plays for attention on monochrome pumps, sneakers, comfort shoes and sexier kitten-heeled options. Intricate details came in single-colour and multi-coloured versions.

Contacts

Dorndorf 01604 491222

Esino 01604 686664

Hotter Comfort Concept 01695 712700.

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