Ballerina pumps, wedges and boat shoes dominated the men’s and women’s mainstream footwear line-up for spring 11 at the Düsseldorf exhibition last week.
German comfort brand Ara serves up a range of suede court shoes for spring 11, featuring trend-led details such as bows on the vamp decorated with thick studs. Smaller silver studs are used on the toe-caps of leather court shoes. For men, red stitching running across the middle upper unit of a soft leather tan training shoe with rubber soles stands out.
Prices: £20 to £40
Contact: 01953 859900
Anatomic & Co
Comfort brand Anatomic & Co has upped its style credentials in its latest collection. Standout designs include moccasins in bright shades of mustard, green and red, with contrast stitching. Ballerina pumps in two-tone black and white, featuring a bow on the vamp, and a tan pump with bows on the vamp also catch the eye.
Prices: £29.95 to £51.45
Contact: 020 3115 0002
Rieker offers a mix of core and new styles, including a small wedge with a zipped ankle cuff in grey and a silver cork wedge featuring a rose detail on the vamp with zip detailing. Wedge units and snakeskin add interest. With 450 UK wholesale accounts, the German brand is targeting department stores to grow its business.
Prices: £19.50 to £28
Contact: 01758 414141
Wedges with a basket finish, featuring buckle trims and white stitching, are the key women’s footwear trend at Josef Seibel for spring 11.
For men, a punch-holed leather running shoe with contrast laces and a two-tone training shoe with a recycled rubber and cork sole from its Spirit of Nature ethical range catch the eye.
Prices: £23 to £65
Contact: 07766 901801
Ballerina pumps are the style of choice at Gabor for spring 11, as the brand backs the style with gusto. Silver studs, stones, rose decoration and buckles feature on leather ballerina pumps with a slight heel in shades of navy, black and baby pink. Buckles and embellishment spruce up leather peep-toe wedges in white and black.
Prices: £18.75 to £41.65
Contact: 01642 677222
Solidus opts for a more classic, rather than directional, look in its backing of the boat shoe and rubber sole trends for spring 11. Simple boat shoes in red and blue sit alongside black and white leather flat sandals with a cork and rubber sole. A leather two-tone training shoe is also among the highlights from the German brand.
Prices: £30 to £80
Contact: 00 49 74 61 96 12 21
Heavenly Feet puts its weight behind ballet pumps for the first time in spring 11. Its range of leather styles includes a gold design with a bow on the vamp and a rubber sole, and a snakeskin version with bow and crystal embellishments on the vamp. Casual chunky shoes featuring stitching and a wooden heel are also to the fore.
Prices: on application
Contact: 07793 050020
Showing one of the most colourful ranges at GDS, it was hard to miss Wolky’s spring 11 collection. Wolky has updated its most popular comfort sandal - a heavy wedge unit featuring a leather upper - with new shades, including electric and sky blues and soft pink. A range of moccasin styles in colourways such as lime and brown stand out.
Prices: ¤51 (£43) to ¤85 (£77)
Contact: 07970 791843
Caprice has added more fashion pieces to its comfort-led range. Each design continues to include the brand’s patented “walking on air” insole, which helps air circulate in the footbed to keep feet comfortable. A commercial range of ballet pumps and low-heel leather sandals comes with ruffles, embellishment and bow decorations.
Prices: £18 to £27
Contact: 07734 247669
French comfort label Mephisto delivers a contemporary collection of two-tone boat shoes with contrast stitching on a white sole, and moccasins in shades of black, turquoise and pink for men. Its women’s collection includes an elegant peep-toe red flat on a small wedge. The brand has about 100 UK accounts.
Prices: £23 to £89
Contact: 01295 768454
Another brand backing the boat shoe trend this season, Tamaris adapts the popular style to a white leather wedge in khaki and denim blue shades with added white stitching. A heeled, denim canvas peep-toe ankle boot, decorated with brown lace styling and a zip, is a key style. Gladiator-inspired sandals with metallic studs also feature.
Prices: £29 to £79
Contact: 0800 331 33111
Marc presented one of the most fashion-led collections at GDS. Punch-holed kitten-heel sandals with bows and cut-out, buckled ankle boots have a contemporary flavour. Blue nappa leather training shoes with yellow laces and the same in white, featuring punch-holes and orange laces, spruce up the men’s range. Sand-blasted desert boots are also key.
Prices £27 to £52
Contact 07917 344143