The spring 13 footwear buying season drew to a close with the Kensington Shoe Event, held at the Westbury Hotel in central London from September 23 to 25.
Traditionally a show for non-UK brands, the fair remained a destination for buyers from independent boutiques. Although brands exhibiting reported a quiet Sunday, most were happier with the number of buyers visiting on Monday.
This New York-based brand is entering its third season in the UK and is hoping to add to its UK stockist count of 12 with its spring 13 collection. Every piece has a comfort element to it as all styles incorporate a gel footbed. Strong colour is an important feature of the collection. Wholesale prices range from £27.30 to £46.50.
Contact: 07958 649559
Spanish brand Amberone’s range mainly comprises flat styles for spring 13. It focuses on the brogue, with its take on the style translated into various colour combinations, some boasting coloured soles and patent finishes. Away from the flats, Amberone also offers heeled brogue and penny loafer styles. Wholesale prices range from £32.11 to £40.14.
Contact: 01582 792429
Pam has introduced a new heel for spring 13 in the form of a block shape that appears in a range of contrasting upper materials including faux-snakeskin and patent. The brand also has a lot more in the way of transitional styles for this season, with a number of Western-inspired ankle boots and flat brogues. The wedge trainer, a popular trend for autumn 12 , also makes its way into Pam’s spring 13 offer. Wholesale prices range from £25.70 to £47.38.
Contact: 07909 525519
Italian brand Alberto Zago has used colour and pattern on its EVA wedge soles in its spring 13 collection, giving a brighter and more interesting take on a traditional wedge style. The brand also carries a staple offer of heels including courts and peep-toe styles in more muted nude tones, although some of these also feature coloured soles. Wholesale prices range from £52.16 to £72.22.
Contact: 01483 301215