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Kensington backs key footwear trends

The Kensington Shoe Event served up plenty of commercial styles last week, as the key spring 12 trends echoed those seen at Micam in Milan and Pure London.

The London trade show, which focuses on mid to high-end women’s footwear, took place on September 25-27 over four floors at the The Westbury hotel on Bond Street. It attracted 26 exhibitors, the same as last year’s spring 11 edition.

However, it received a steady stream of visitors, although official figures were yet to be released as Drapers went to press.

Wedged heels were a key trend, with Alberto Zago showcasing new design details on wedges by updating cork soles. Its collection included a slingback wedge with layered cork as well as simple cork wedges.

Spanish brand Toni Pons featured a slingback high-heeled style with raffia-covered wedge.

Cork was also a standout trend, with Italian brands Manas and Dyva continuing to showcase the spring 12 footwear trend.

Other exhibitors included Audley, Baltarini and Pretty Ballerinas.

This season the show was moved from its usual Kensington Close Hotel venue due to refurbishment.

Full report coming soon.

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