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Footwear & Accessories Autumn 11

Marie Davies

As retailers plot their accessories buy for autumn 11, there is good news on the horizon for the UK footwear market.

As retailers plot their accessories buy for autumn 11, there is good news on the horizon for the UK footwear market.

While there is no single must-have style - such as autumn 10’s shearling-lined boot phenomenon - there is still plenty for buyers to choose from. Women’s footwear in particular is taking a luxury direction, as customers look to get more bang for their buck.

So what should buyers be setting their budgets against for autumn 11? The New York catwalks last week offered an early indication. Wedge boots were seen at Marc Jacobs and preppy chunky heels were on show at Derek Lam, while Rag & Bone and Perry Ellis channelled the heritage look for men.

Meanwhile, back in the Drapers sample cupboard, a rummage through the women’s footwear turned up evidence of a huge resurgence in animal prints, which, when mixed with chunky heels, make them as commercial as ballet flats.

Block heels and wedges still take precedence over stilettos and the colour blocking seen on the spring 11 catwalks has been adapted by footwear brands for autumn 11, with contrasting colours on heels and soles. Brands have taken inspiration from disco and possibly Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz by frosting heels and flats with glitter.

Men’s footwear is dominated by tan and chestnut shades and defined by heritage styles such as the workwear boot and prairie boot, styled with key hiking details including ribbed ankle bands and hiking laces. Surface interest is provided by contrasting panels of canvas, suede and leather.

And in anticipation that the customer is looking for an element of opulence this autumn 11, suede is the most important fabric across both men’s and women’s footwear.

Marie Davies, fashion writer

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