Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
Isabel Marant’s studded boots (pictured) have prompted a trend, and customers have responded really well to styles by Mexicana and Sam Edelman. The wedge trainer is now a statement sports-luxe design, fast becoming a sell-out item across multiple brands, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chloé and Ash. The ballet pump has been replaced by the slipper, led by Giuseppe Zanotti, Jeffrey Campbell and Charles Philip Shanghai.
Boots have really taken off online, with shoe boots and ankle boots driving significant growth. The weather is on our side for once, and high-leg boots (XTI, pictured) have started well. We are seeing an over-performance on branded flat boots, which made up 30% of sales in the last month. The sports trend continues with hi-tops, but wedge trainers haven’t lived up to expectations.
I would say our best reaction so far this season has been to anything in blue. Our new blue platform lace-ups and Chelsea boots (own label Spice, pictured) have seen phenomenal sales – in washed blue leather, they are more interesting and bang on trend. Also selling very well in blue are suede ankle boots with a cowboy heel.
Autumn 12 has been a very exciting season for us. The biker boot, studded or plain, is the must-have item, while contrasting collars or high-shine metalwork on riding boots have flown out. Sports styles have been the most sought-after ‘new’ wardrobe item – we’ve done this in a glam way, mixing materials on wedge trainers and hi-tops (own brand, pictured).