Ankle boots, animal prints and soles in contrast colours topped the footwear trend list at Micam in Milan earlier this month.
Running from February 15 to 18 at Fiera Milano, the autumn edition of Micam attracted more than 1,500 exhibitors. Italian independents, eastern European and Asian buyers in particular were out in force. Brands told Drapers that UK buyers from Office, Schuh and Next made the trip.
Wet weather on the first day of the show on Sunday caused a drop in footfall but “serious buyers” were in attendance from Monday onwards. However, date clashes with rival exhibitions FN Platform in Las Vegas and Moda in Birmingham had a detrimental impact on visitor numbers according to some brands. UK buyers opted to attend Moda at the NEC from February 15 to 17 or the US footwear show from February 17 to 19 instead of heading to Milan.
Ankle boots, a recurring trend for next autumn, were again dominant across women’s and men’s ranges, while ponyskin and animal prints featured heavily. Coloured and contrasting soles were also popular as buyers continue to look for something different to stand out from the crowd.
This Australian women’s brand is on the hunt for its first UK stockists for autumn 15. The 100-piece range features ponyskin animal print heels, soft leather open-toe mules and mesh detailing. Other popular styles for the coming season include metallic loafers, ankle boots with multiple straps and snakeskin-effect ombré stilettos.
Wholesale prices start at £20 for pumps, rising to £32 for boots.
- +61 41 85 84 011 Rmkshoes.com
Crocs has expanded its men’s styles, adding loafers and desert boots for the first time. Desert boots are available in tan and navy suede while loafers come in suede and canvas. The brand has also developed its chukka boots by putting a flexible sole on navy, tan and grey styles. For women, fake fur linings have been added to the brand’s popular slip-on styles.
Wholesale prices start at £14.30 for slip-on shoes, rising to £28 for boots.
- +31 23 74 11 000 Crocs.co.uk
Signed up to AMF showroom in the UK, Norwegian women’s label Guava features interesting geometric heels across a wide variety of styles. High-heel leather ankle boots in tan and black feature an exposed seam and gold metalwork. Lower block-heel boots have gold buckles while lace-up loafers and courts are available in a variety of metallic shades from plum to forest green.
Wholesale prices range from £50 for shoes to £67 for boots.
- +33 51 93 34 78 980 Guavashoes.com
This UK-based label has added a chunky Chelsea boot to its women’s range for autumn 15, available in both brown and black. Vintage, rugged styles continue to sell well and more knee-length boots have been added, including one with a wooden sole and a lace-up military style made from leather. For men, a shoe with an exposed shank line - a piece of metal that supports the heel - is new for autumn 15. The metal has been added to the exterior and painted red for added interest, while exposed stitching provides a handcrafted look.
Wholesale prices start at £30 for shoes and go up to £55 for boots.
- 07957 232790 Flylondon.com
UK-based Van Dal has continued to add more contemporary styles to its range, with quilted leather, exposed zips and metallic detailing throughout. Standout pieces include a ponyskin, cheetah-print tasselled loafer. The brand has also revamped the inners of its collection, adding a new targeted comfort insole.
Wholesale prices range from £30 for pumps up to £40 for ankle boots.
- 01603 493185 Vandalshoes.com
Premium British brand Northern Cobbler has launched a cheaper sub-brand, Cobbled, for autumn 15. The 12-piece range was developed following demand from retailers for the Northern Cobbler style at more accessible prices. Currently only for men, the collection features brogues, Chelsea boots, desert boots and loafers. For women, the Leicester label has launched high-heel Northern Cobbler boots for the first time in two styles.
Wholesale prices range from £52 for shoes to £62 for boots. The Northern Cobbler mainline starts at £82 and goes up to £106.
- 07904 017177 Northerncobbler.com
This New York-based, retro-inspired women’s brand is in talks with a UK agent and is looking for independent UK accounts for autumn 15. It is already stocked by etailer Zulily. Leather ankle boots with button detail, buckled court shoes and scalloped edges add a vintage 1970s feel. The label prides itself on its independent-friendly small pack sizes, rather than requesting large minimum orders.
Wholesale prices range from £30 for shoes to £84 for boots.
- +32 9 38 48 634 Mizmooz.be
JJ Heitor Shoes
This Portuguese supplier to the UK high street - for which retailers it wouldn’t say - is looking to bring
its own brand to the UK, offering a larger range of casual styles and boots. Now on its fourth collection, the label has added ponyskin high-heeled boots and fake snakeskin Chelsea boots to its traditional high-heeled, dressy offer. Other standout pieces include leather knee-length boots in black and green.
Wholesale prices range from £30 for shoes to £55 for long boots.
- +35 19 66 28 49 90 Jjheitorshoes.com
Now in its fifth season, this British men’s brand has added an injection-moulded sole to the range. The chunkier, exaggerated sole comes in black, white and speckled colours and features on hi-top trainers, loafers and lace-up boots. Other eye-catching details include Aztec-inspired beading on laces.
Wholesale prices start at £40 for loafers and go up to £68 for boots.
- 01858 466566 Ohwshoes.com
To celebrate its 135th anniversary this year, Barker has created a special-edition autumn collection. The four-style range, handmade using Alpine calf leather, comes in 10 colours including oxblood and magenta (all four styles wholesale at £200).
In the main range, colour piping on triple leather-soled loafers offers a point of difference (£140), while the women’s range has been extended to include fake fur-lined boots (£88) and pink brogues.
- 01604 810387 Barker-shoes.co.uk
“We’ve seen a lot of our European customers here, although there’s not enough time between the fairs. This season it’s even worse as Micam comes up against Moda and FN Platform, so it’s understandably quieter.”
David Tomlinson, general manager of men’s mainstream brand Steptronic
“Monday is always the day for big accounts and footfall is busier. We see a lot of serious buyers here - Italian and Asian.”
Christopher Amoroso, international sales manager of British footwear brand Grenson
“It has been mental busy and we haven’t stopped since the doors opened on Sunday. We’ve had lots of new accounts from China, Italy, Germany and Israel, as well as existing customers from China and Ireland.”
Sally Cooper-Glover, international brand business development manager at women’s footwear brand Irregular Choice
“We see a lot of our existing customers here - Asian and German accounts mostly. Buyers seem more optimistic and upbeat this season.”
Simon See, sales executive at contemporary footwear brand Hudson