A deluge of popular styles from seasons past meant new footwear trends were in short supply in Milan.
Footwear brands at Micam failed to serve up much in the way of new trends for autumn 12, with hiking details, snakeskin and block heels continuing to dominate.
When the trends were striking, they tended to come from the women’s offer rather than the men’s, with embellishment a popular choice on women’s footwear in the form of glitter, sequins, studs or diamantés on both heels and uppers.
Barring a couple of exceptions, it was notable that a lot of the key looks were seen on both men’s and women’s styles.
Hiking boot details were unavoidable, worked into men’s and women’s boots, as was the ever-present brogue, which featured in different shoe and boot styles across almost all brands.
Colour pops of purple and blue were also key on men’s and women’s styles.
The show continued to live up to its reputation as the leading footwear event in the show calendar for international buyers, with most UK brands telling Drapers they were solely there to pick up international business.
“We’ve seen quite a lot of international buyers, particularly from the Far East,” said Neil White, sales executive for women’s young fashion footwear brand Babycham.
UK retailers at the four-day event at Milan’s Fiera Milano venue included New Look, Shop Direct, Kurt Geiger, Office, Asos and Sole Trader, as well as buyers from private Sale sites including BrandAlley and Secret Sales.