Step into the new season with your checklist of key styles, from brogues to ankle boots, and a few accessories for good measure.
50 shade of red
One of the strongest colour trends to come through on footwear is deep and dark shades of red. From rich ruby through to maroon, these tones are an easy way to work colour into your buy without alienating shoppers.
Menswear trends move slightly slower than women’s and often focus on a much smaller palette of colours. For autumn 15, brands have returned to shades of light brown and tan, walking the line between smart and casual.
It’s roomy, practical and a trans-seasonal stalwart, so the tote is the style to stock up on if you’re looking for a bag that will appeal to a wide range of shoppers. For men, leather and printed canvas totes can double up as luggage.
The androgynous mood permeating women’s fashion for the past few seasons continues, with the tomboyish brogue a key option. Buyers should focus on simple, understated styles that tie in with a minimalist aesthetic, or classic options with signature brogue decoration.
Winter boots should always be at the top of your shopping list, but buyers can stock up on fresh takes on classics thanks to subtle updates. We’ve seen unique contrast soles for a few seasons, but for autumn 15 much more subtle contrast colour panels give a flash of interest to soles that offer a point of difference.
Put the boot in
Sturdy lace-up boots are a winter winner. Opt for classic styles that will perform as well as they look - think chunky cleated soles, hiking boot-style D-rings and lace hooks. Hardy canvas is a more casual alternative, while dark leathers are most popular.
Wraparound straps lend a smart, equestrian touch to the ankle boot that ties in well with autumn’s ongoing affair with all things heritage. Bonus points if the strap is in a contrast colour or textured fabric.
Brighten up your brogues
Just like contrast-panelled boots (see page 49), brands have mixed and matched fabrics on classic brogue-style shoes to offer a different approach for autumn. Wool tweeds and tartans are used more formally, while coloured suede and patterns make the brogue more casual.
A classic, ladylike style, the chain-strap handbag has timeless allure. Luxurious black quilted leather is always an option, but brighter colours and prints offer alternatives.
Keep on running
The trainer trend shows no sign of slowing down, and retro runners are a key style. Autumnal shades such as dark green, burgundy and beige are wearable and smart, and will provide a point of difference.
Brands have added height to winter boots thanks to chunky, medium-height block heels. These are seen particularly on Chelsea boot styles featuring elasticated side panels, alongside boots with cut-out panels for a more transitional approach.
As an alternative to the perennial brogue shoes, many brands have introduced slip-on loafers to their new collections. Available in polished leather and numerous colours, they offer a new option in smart-meets-casual footwear.
Get the biker look with practical boots wrapped and strapped with heavy hardware and grungy detailing. From a subtle nod to the trend to multiple buckles for an all-out approach, this look will appeal to many.
Reboot your boots
Looking for something a bit different to bring newness to your boot offer and get shoppers spending? Seek out classic leather boot styles updated with contrast fabric panels. Coloured suede, textured wools and patterns such as camouflage lend a casual spin and will tempt shoppers to invest in new winter boots.
Once seen as a novelty item, the bobble hat is an essential winter accessory. Bold prints and colourful stripes are perfect for children and teens, while higher-end versions with real or fake fur pompoms are playful but chic.