Find out what’s selling now in the world of footwear
Luke Dennison Director at Ashes in Bournemouth
Lacuzzo is a brand that does really well for us – it has some amazing leathers. The tan lace-ups, tan woven slip-ons and mixed leather lace-ups (£129-£149) all sell well. People always want something different in an independent store, so the Lacuzzo shoes are brilliant because they’re more personal. Justin Reece mixed-leather brogues (£89.99) are another good seller for us, and so are the Goodwin Smith modern contemporary brogues (£119).
Sam Sharif Owner of Bronx in Huddersfield
Luke 1977 trainers (£80) are one of our bestsellers at the moment, particularly the pastels, which are selling really well. We also have a new brand in called Woden, and its lightweight runners (£75) are selling fast. They only come in black and white but they have sold out. Hugo Boss has also done quite well for us recently, especially the crossover trainers (£120-£150) – the olive colourway has been really popular.
Anthony Falls Sales consultant at Masdings in Newark, East Midlands
The Boss Green runners (£129) have been really popular for us lately – they have various colours and they really stand out. Adidas has also been doing well, particularly the EQT (£99) – the black and white ones have been flying out. Barker Shoes tan brogues (£219) have also been really popular, because they’re a smarter option. As the season is changing, we’re seeing quite a lot of olives and greens – real autumnal colours.
Ben Hunt and Martin Johnson Owners of Red Menswear in Chatham
Tasselled loafers sell really well for us, particular the Jeffery-West loafers in navy blue (£200-£220) which are really popular with our customers because they look good with denim, especially skinny jeans. Loake brown suede tasselled loafers (£170) are another bestseller. This season the brands are keeping it high fashion with the tassel detailing, and we’re also seeing a lot of burgundy coming through.
Helen Hale Sales assistant at Cooshti in Bristol
Nike Air Max 97 (£120) are popular at the moment, as are Adidas EQTs (£95-£100). They’ve improved the soles, so I think the new tech is pushing the sales. The Reebok classics and Club C (£65-£70) are making a comeback, especially in the classic black and white leathers, because people want a more waterproof shoe as the seasons change. Strangely for this time of year, we’re still seeing a lot of lightweight knit trainers do well. It seems odd with the changing weather, but they’re still really popular.
Sarah Holmes Partner at Skin Trade in Newport, Isle of Wight
Vans Old Skool trainers (£57) in black and white are popular at the moment. Dr Martens are also a really big seller for us. The brand’s 1461s (£115) and Pascal boots in black (£115) have sold well. We also had the Pascal boots in rainbow glitter (£110) and we sold them all in seven days! We’ve seen a lot of shorter boots coming in to the store this season, like Chelsea boots, rather than knee length ones.
Stuart Hopkins Owner of ZigZag in Chichester
In our store, Fly London boots (£110) are a staple for customers. Superga trainers, especially the metallic ones (£55) have been really popular. There seems to have been a massive increase in women wearing trainers. The Vans Old Skool (£55) in neutral colours – black and white – have been selling incredibly well recently. Customers have seen Kanye West and the Kardashians wearing them and have gone mad for them. We’ve not really seen any new trends this season – we tend to just get the classics – but ankle boots are definitely stronger this year.
Mark Edwards Director at Prégo Shoes in Shrewsbury
Moda in Pelle flat shoes (£80) are a classic bestseller for us. Caprice short ankle boots (£80) also do really well, especially at this time of year. Irregular Choice is another really popular brand for us and it does quite well across the board. There’s a new flat wedge called Bow Bow (£95) and that’s been very popular. There’s also a similar style called Hooting About (£105), which is a metallic brown with an embroidered owl on the toe. People seem to be playing it safe with their choices this season and customers don’t tend to treat themselves as much – they used to buy lots of pairs at once, but now they only tend to buy one. This season is very weather driven, too, and there hasn’t been enough bad weather yet for it to really have an impact. I have noticed that women are opting for more casual styles recently, rather than heels.