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Riot of colour breaks out on spring shoes

An explosion of colour, print and design defines women’s footwear styles for spring 09 in a distinct move on from the berry tones and safe commercial looks that dominated autumn 08.

Pinks, pastels and fruity shades have been joined by floral and fantasy prints to offer new buying options alongside a continuation of patents and metallic finishes.

The spring 09 womenswear trend for bright colour has been mirrored by women’s footwear designers. From coral and juicy oranges, to lemon and sunshine yellow, rose and salmon pink and fuchsia, fruit salad shades lead the way, closely followed by peachy toned nudes, turquoise and eggshell blue.

Barbara Paleka, women’s footwear designer at streetwear label Fullcircle, said: “We’re returning to pretty, feminine styles for next spring. Our shoes have cleaner lines and are focused around coral and salmon shades. We’ve also played around with heel shapes and have some cupped heels.”

Australian brand Melissa is strongly backing colour for next spring. The jelly shoe specialist has teamed up with designer Vivienne Westwood for its spring 09 range, which includes T-bar Mary Janes, three-strap gladiator styles and peep toes with oversized heart details in lipstick red and ice blue.

Florals are another trend which has filtered down from clothing to footwear. Interpretations range from ditsy printed fabrics and mini satin rosettes to ruched floral appliqué styles. Brands such as Poetic Licence have dabbled with prints, deploying printed finishes on wooden heeled shoe boots, while Freya Rose has added tulle rosettes on peep toes.

The fantasy print trend seen on dresses and tops has also made its way into footwear, with tattoo-style stars, swords and hearts at TUK, rainbow stripes at Feud and fantasy-style rabbits and clouds at Irregular Choice.

Staple favourites such as metallics remain strong, particularly at Strutt Couture and Terry de Havilland, where they are used on wave-shaped block heels. “Our range is eclectic for spring 09, with lots of metallic suede, mirror metals, and metallic snake and mock croc,” said Strutt Couture chief executive Ian O’Connor.

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