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For those preparing to hot-foot it to Micam in Milan to check out spring 15’s collections, get your visit off to a flying start with our pick of the must-see brands.

Anatomic & Co

A big name in men’s comfort footwear, Anatomic & Co has introduced two handcrafted trainers: the Francano (top left) and the Pracinha, wholesaling from £45.95. Made with suede and leather, a breathable sole incorporates the brand’s signature gel comfort technology. The range of driving shoes, from £43.95, has been expanded with more colours such as green (above) and nude. Two-tone colour combos and fabric mixes like leather and tweed feature throughout the wider offer, where prices reach up to around £51.95 for boots.

Ipanema

Embellishment is all the rage at Ipanema, as the staple thong flip-flop is decorated with jewels, bows and diamanté. The brand is moving towards a more premium-looking offer, so moulded footbeds are used across flip-flops and sandals this season. Standout pairs include the Deco platform, a new women’s wedge style, as well as metallic options such as black with gold trims, which are bestsellers every season. Screen-printed graphics offer a point of difference, with illustrations of London, New York and animals for younger customers, and geometric floral patterns for older shoppers.

Wholesale prices for flip-flops range from £5.50 to £11.30, with sandals and wedges from £8.60 to £13.20. A 2.65 mark-up is recommended.

Skechers

Colour and comfort are the main themes in Skechers’ spring 15 range, with jersey a major fabric. Key styles include the Flex Appeal, a flex-sole trainer in bright shades such as fuchsia (pictured), flat sandals with woven straps, and platform flip-flops for which monochrome is a core look. Additionally, printed slip-ons from the Gowalk range are ultra-lightweight with extra flexibility and are expected to be another bestseller.

Wholesale prices range from £14 for sandals to £38.50 for styles from the Flex Appeal range.

John White

Another innovator for spring 15, men’s heritage label John White has updated some of its classic styles. The Westbury chukka boot, one of its signature styles, includes a new Westbury sport option in a lower cut, more casual style with eight colour choices that wholesales at £53.95. The style is part of the newly named Church Street collection (formerly John White’s mainline). Also new this season, the entry-price range has been renamed the Lime Street collection, with wholesale prices starting from £40. Colour across the wider offer is a key theme, with coloured leather or suede paired with blue, yellow or green laces (pictured above). The moccasin and driving shoe range (from £28.95) has been expanded to 29 colours.

Lemon Jelly

This quintessentially summery collection from Portuguese label Lemon Jelly puts bold colours and prints centre stage. New women’s styles for spring 15 include transparent Oxfords, cork-soled sandals and platform Oxfords, all made from the brand’s signature high-quality plastics. Prominent colours come in the form of metallics and neons, with details such as striped prints on the side panels of ankle boots, neon soles on Oxfords and silver straps on monk shoes. White soles are also popular throughout the range, contrasting against the bold colours of the uppers.

Wholesale prices range from €13.42 (£10.75) for a flip-flop to €57.65 (£46.18) for an Oxford shoe.

Loake

Old meets new at Loake, where classic styles are refreshed with modern fabric and colour combinations. In the more premium line, Loake 1880, the smart two-tone Taunton Derby (£91.50 wholesale) stands out and comes in burgundy, tan and black, with Goodyear-welted soles. The younger Design Loake range is the most adventurous when it comes to colour, with the Drake Derby (pictured top, £66.50) available in colours such as dark brown but livened up with red or blue piping and laces. In the same range, the two-tone Thompson Oxford (£66.50) is another highlight, with a suede and leather fabric mix. Loake Shoemakers, the classic range, introduces translucent heated soles to styles such as the Brighton loafer (pictured bottom, £61), which comes in oxblood or black.

French Sole

This classic range is given a seasonal twist for spring 15, providing transitional options for customers moving from autumn to spring. The fabric mix is broad across French Sole’s signature ballet pump styles, ranging from suede, metallic and crocodile leathers, animal prints such as leopard or pony hair, woven leather and glittered items. Colours are bold and include red, lime, orange, pink and purple, as well as the more traditional spring pastels. Elsewhere, slingbacks, loafers, laser-cut sandals and ribbon lace-up trainers provide a well-rounded offer under different themes including From Paris with Love and Floral Daze.

Wholesale prices range from £35 for classic ballet pumps to £89 for premium leather styles.

Micam takes place from August 31 to September 3 at Fieramilano in Milan. For more information go to micamonline.com

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