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Micam Spring 12

Brands played it bold with colour and snakeskin, but natural materials were also key for next season

Women’s footwear enjoyed the more striking of the new trends at Micam spring 12, with neon colours and snakeskin featuring throughout.

Almost all of the brands in the international section had their own take on snakeskin footwear, using either real or faux-effect on styles from ballet flats through to strappy platform heels.

Colour also continued to dominate the women’s offering, with citrus tones a popular choice, although it was the addition of neon colours in both pink and yellow that added a new dimension to the colour palette this season.

In men’s footwear the trends were less directional, with many of the brands simply tweaking popular spring 11 looks. Bright colours added a summer twist to the ever-popular desert boot style, while raffia soles were also seen in some form at most brands.

“For me, spring 12 is still all about colour,” said Graeme Nichol, sales director of footwear distributor 33 Joints. “On men’s, both canvas and more formal collections are full of reds and vibrant blues. On women’s, we have had success with oranges, neons and floral prints.”

UK retailers at the four- day show, held in the Fiera Milano exhibition centre in Milan, included Topshop, Urban Outfitters, New Look, Kurt Geiger and Asos, as well as off-price buyers from UK private-sale sites such as Secretsales, Cocosa and Brand Alley. However, UK indies were conspicuous by their absence. 

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