Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
Chunky platforms are making way for styles such as a pointed stiletto with a razor-sharp heel. Embellishments – buckles, studs, bows and spikes – will feature and leopard print will endure. Velvet is returning, and shearling is being used as a luxury trim. Boots will be edgy and sporty. Popular colours will be teals, midnight blues (Unisa, pictured) and peaty browns.
Silhouette will be key, with square-toe high heels and pointy mid-heights featuring. Texture and adornment will still be seen, with micro-dot studs and beading applied to uppers. Strap detailing will also feature on flats and heeled styles (Nicholas Kirkwood spring 13, pictured). Expect to see a return to rich autumnal tones of indigo and beetroot red.
I think boots will continue to be the strongest footwear category. Trends will focus on the updated Chelsea boot, the heeled sports boot with hiking details, and casual boots inspired by ethnic crafts. Strong colours will be chocolate, rust and burnt tan, but, as ever, black will be key. At Newlook.com we’ve seen phenomenal success with boots from brands such as Coolway and Madden Girl (pictured).
Henriette Koustrup Madsen
The natural element will be expressed through crêpe soles of natural rubber. Chunkier commando soles will also be big. Classic brogues and wing-tips, which have previously been used with smarter soles, will now appear with a chunky commando sole. In leather, the pebbled look (Jack & Jones spring 13, pictured) will be big, combined with classic leather or as a full shoe.