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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Four Footwear Trends for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Browsing the latest footwear collections at the trade shows each August and February is always a delight. Perhaps you read my report from last season featuring spring and fall 2015 footwear trends. Shoes happen to be my all-time favorite fashion item, so it's with much excitement that I report on some of the best trends that I spotted for fall 2015 and spring 2016. 

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 Carrano.

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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 spring and fall 2016 shoe trend report, my fall/winter 2016/2017 trend forecast, my spring/summer 2016 trend forecast, and my fall 2015 back-to-school fashion trend reports.

Want even more shoe inspiration? Browse the newest from CarranoTopshopUkiesMichael AntonioSchutz, Luichiny, and Boohoo for the latest trend direction.


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