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Mainstream Footwear Indicator, February 27 2015

Find out what’s selling now in the world of mainstream footwear.

Womenswear

Ruby Shoo

Ruby Shoo

Tracey Lidster, manager of Adrian Morpeth in Ripon, North Yorkshire

“It’s not cold enough to sell boots any more, so we’ve got a small Sale going at the moment offering 50% off long-leg and ankle boots. People are turning to more comfort causal shoes, such as Josef Seibel’s Theresa in Moroccan brown, a leather slip-on with a square toe (£80). We’ve also been getting a good response to Ruby Shoo patterned occasion heels (from £45), which come with a matching handbag (£35).”

Julia Tarlton, owner of Arthur Tarlton in Somercotes, Derbyshire

“Trade has been slow lately but I would say people are more into the everyday bread-and-butter-type shoes, like flats and ankle boots at the moment. High heels are on their way out. Padders (£60 to £65) is good for a lace-up work shoe and for comfort styles Equity shoes are really popular (£70). We’re expecting Lunar’s flat sandals and mules to be popular for spring 16 (£30). Waldläufer (£70 to £75) comfort casual shoes are in demand.”

Gabor

Gabor

Linda Blundell, owner of K Shoes in Dorchester, Dorset

Rieker is a consistent best seller across loafers and heels (£55 to £70). People just love the brand. Also Gabor (£70 to 3100) does well for smart casual shoes, like its black Hertha slip-on leather loafers with an inch heel (£75).”

Chris Stavrou, head of operations at Kokos in East Finchley, London

Church’s Ketsby brogue-inspired Chelsea boot in sandalwood (£380) has been popular, as have Camper ankle boots (£100 to £150), in particular the menswear-inspired rounded-toe Bowie boot (£130). I’m predicting that lace-up pumps and more closed shoes will be popular this spring 16, going into summer.”

Hotter

Hotter

Diane Pepper, manager of Whittakers Shoemakers in Bolton, Lancashire

“Our shoes are primarily comfort casual styles by Rieker (£60) and Hotter (£70), with the most popular type being flat bar shoes, especially Hotter’s Audrey shoes (£70) in tan. Over the summer we’re expecting FitFlop mules (£70) to to be popular, as well as more covered sandals from Rieker (£55 to £60) and Hotter (£60).”

Diana Hooper, owner of Parfitt’s Shoes in Shaftesbury, Dorset

“Ankle boots are doing well at the moment. Rieker’s distressed suede ankle boot with a small wedge heel (£45) is proving particularly popular, as is Padders’ Carnaby (£50) flat black boot featuring a ruched front and adorable wooden button.”

Menswear

Loake

Loake

Peter Brassington, owner of Brassington Bros in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

“Of course Dr Martens (£80 to £150), especially those with the classic yellow stitching, are doing well. There also seems to be a growing flavour for country brogues, the favourite being the brown Taunton brogue by Loake (£220). Skechers trainers, in particular its grey Master Plan (£55) style, have been selling particularly well.”

Rhonda Oliver, manager of John Banks Big & Tall Menswear in Birmingham

“We specialise in extra wide and larger sizes, in particular DB Shoes Saxon lace-up shoes (£70), which are a popular black dress shoe option. New Balance MT610LB black with yellow accents (£65) is a favourite for trainers, as well as Columbia’s North Plains sturdy walking boot in brown (£85).”

Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies

Charles Smith, owner of Charles Smith Footwear in Albrighton, Shropshire

“Waxed grey leather shoes from Josef Seibel, in particular the Chance 13 style (£80), are performing well as a comfortable dressy casual shoe. For smart casual Hush Puppies’ Rohan Rigby in burnished grey leather (£80) is selling well, while Rieker’s 08450-25 tan high-fronted slip-on loafer (£65) is popular for casual everyday wear.”

Alan John Kerridge, owner of Pledgers in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

“For more casual shoes, men are turning to Padders (£65) and DB Shoes (£75) for comfort and fit. Loake is popular for smart shoes, like the Simon traditional brogue in brown and burgundy (£125). We’re expecting Padders’ boat shoes (£65) to be popular for spring 16.”

Barker's Shoes

Barker’s Shoes

Sheila Barry, manager of Donaghys in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland

Skechers offers a fantastic seasonal colour palette, in particular its dark brown leather slip-on (£62), which has been selling well. Clarks is popular for more dressy casual shoes, especially its tan-coloured Hawkley Walk in tan (£65). I’m also seeing a trend towards two-toned tailored brogues, like Barker’s McClean in navy and cedar (£220).”

David Dillane, owner of David Anthony’s Shoes in South Woodford, east London

“At the moment people are tending to be more cautious and stuck to the brands they know. As a result Skechers has been selling extremely well, especially its Retros-OG 82 (£55) suede and mesh classic trainer, great for every day. Among customers looking for a smart trainer, Skechers’ Relaxed Fit: Define (£55) canvas Oxford style has been selling well. The Josef Seibel Walt lace-up Derby (£80) and leather trainers with velcro fastening (£80) are also in demand, as are Loake brogues (£130-£160).”

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