After visiting as many footwear booths as I could fit into my schedule and ogling hundreds of shoes, several themes seemed to reappear quite frequently. Here are the four trends that I feel are key as we move into fall 2015 and spring 2016.
1. Western Movement
The Wild West served as inspiration for a variety of ankle boots for fall. Embroidery, buckles, and fringe provide plenty of embellishment for exploring new territory. Clockwise, from top left: Grazie Footwear, Diba True, Luichiny, and Michael Antonio.
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2. That '70s Show
With the proliferation of style influences from the '70s this fall, footwear follows suit with the height-boosting platform. I spotted all kinds of styles ranging from espadrille wedges and clogs to earthy neutrals and snake print stunners. Clockwise, from top left: Stephanie Classic, Schutz, Luichiny, and Schutz.
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3. Gladiators fit for a Goddess
The gladiator sandal continues to be a strong item moving into spring 2016 with key updates including metallic finishes, colorful suede styles, and even high-heeled versions. Clockwise, from top left: Schutz, Very Volatile, Diba True, and Mas Artisan.
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4. Block Party
Pumps and sandals got a more demure treatment with the '60s inspired block heel silhouette. Clockwise, from top left: Ukies, Capodarte, Schutz, and Steps on Green.
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For more trend forecasts, see my fall/winter 2016/2017 trend forecast, my spring/summer 2016 trend forecast, and my fall 2015 back-to-school fashion trend report on The Key To Chic.
Want even more shoe inspiration? Browse the newest from Carrano, Topshop, Ukies, Michael Antonio, Schutz, Luichiny, and Boohoo for the latest trend direction.
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