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Friday, February 19, 2016

Seven Spring and Fall 2016 Footwear Trends

Another season of FN Platform has come and gone, and with it, I'm highlighting a new set of footwear trends for spring and fall 2016. If you love shoes, you're in the right place. (Perhaps you've read my feature on mules for spring 2016 or my fall 2015/spring 2016 shoe trend report, which features four key trends.) 

October 3, 2016 update - See 12 top fashion trends for fall 2016 and winter 2017.


August 7, 2016 update - See the top 8 back-to-school fashion trends for fall 2016

August 20, 2016 update - See the top 7 footwear trends for fall 2016 and winter 2017 in my newest footwear report.

After reviewing all the photos that I took at the trade show, there are seven leading trend themes that have emerged as we move into spring and fall 2016. So let's take a closer look.

The Wild West

Western-inspired styles are still going strong from the past few seasons. Details to note include buckles, stacked heels, distressed finishes, embroidery, and fringe. Clockwise, from top left: Diba True, Stephanie Classic, Dumond, and Michael Antonio.

Western Shoe Trend 2016

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Time To Shine

High shine materials and metallics are showing up on everything from wedge sandals and heels to ankle boots and sneakers. Important details are crackled finishes, bronze hues, and  warm undertones. Clockwise from top left: Volatile, Dumond, Michael Antonio, and Michael Antonio. 

High Shine Metallics Shoe Trend 2016

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A Menswear Moment

Women's footwear takes a borrowed-from-the-boys approach with menswear styles including oxfords, brogues, loafers, and wing tips. Key details are buckles, neutral hues, monk straps, bronze finishes, and suede constructions. Clockwise from top left: Luichiny Red Label, Wolverine Heritage, Wolverine Heritage, and Volatile

Menswear Shoe Trend 2016

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Fringe Binge

Fringe continues to be a strong style statement on sandals and boots for spring and fall. New takes on the trend include knotted fringe, tiered fringe, and angled fringe. Clockwise from top left: Volatile, Volatile, Diba True, and Michael Antonio

Fringe Shoe Trend 2016

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Fit To Be Tied

Lace-up styles are a key emerging trend. In addition to the ubiquitous lace-up ballet flat (thank you to Aquazurra for helping to launch this trend), I spotted tall boots, strappy heels, gladiator sandals, and cutout pumps with a variety of lace-up details. Clockwise from left: Diba True, Schutz, and Michael Antonio

Lace-Up Shoe Trend 2016

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Red Road

While black, grey, taupe, and brown remain mainstay colors for fall footwear, I observed some interesting shades of red ranging from cherry red and merlot to fuchsia and mulberry. Clockwise from top left: Luichiny, Capodarte, Wolverine Heritage, and Carrano.

Red Shoe Trend 2016

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Rock the Block

Block heels continue to gain strength on mid-calf boots, pumps, and sandals. Details to note are high shine finishes and clear heels for a modern effect. Clockwise from top left: Luichiny, Capodarte, Raphaella Booz, and Ferri

Block Heels Shoe Trend 2016

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For more trend forecasts, see my fall/winter 2016/2017 trend forecast, my spring/summer 2017 denim trend report, and my spring/summer 2016 trend forecast on The Key To Chic.

Want even more shoe inspiration? Browse the newest trends from top brands: CarranoTopshopUkiesMichael AntonioSchutzLuichiny, Volatile, Wolverine, and Boohoo.

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