There’s a fine line between shoes that look good and shoes that look good and sell. Leslie Gallin, UBM President of Footwear and footwear industry vet, has a keen sense on what trends will succeed and which will burn out.
Here’s a look at Gallin’s top five trends for Fall ’17.
Meow & Wow
Comfort can be chic, as proven by the new class of kitten heels. “The newest ‘it’ style, our grandmother’s favorite heel has made a comeback,” Gallin quipped. The timeless shoe offers a dash of sophistication without sacrificing comfort, and looks fresh with the latest crop of boyfriend jeans. Below: United Nude
All the Trimmings
Fall ’17 welcomes a rush of decadent and plush footwear. “There’s an eye for the details in the coming seasons. Everything from fur-trimmed looks to feather and pearl accents. These statement-making frills call for a bold take on classic silhouettes,” Gallin said.
Fashion sneakers have secured a place in men’s and women’s closets. “If there’s one shoe silhouette that’s reigned supreme the past few seasons, it’s the sneaker style. Typically seen in an all-white colorway, the look is still dominating. From low to high tops, slip-on to lace ups, this comfort staple is here to stay,” Gallin said. Below: Lacoste
The lifespan of mules and slides extends beyond summer. These effortlessly cool silhouettes get a fall makeover with fur lining, rich leathers and opulent textiles. “Cool girls everywhere have adopted the mule trend,” said Gallin. Expect to find versatile day-to-night styles in a broad range of flats, heels and open-toe silos. Below: Shellys London
Booties have joined the ranks of ballet flats and sneakers—every woman needs a new one each season. Gallin says there’s a bootie look for everyone. “Now a classic, booties are still holding strong. A style that easily transcends through the seasons, booties are here to stay,” she said. Below: L’Intervalle