Seychelles Inc. showed the first full season of Eight Fifteen, a new luxury shoe brand focused on wearability. The line breaks away from the company’s other trend-driven lines aimed at a younger consumer and targets a woman in her 30s-40s.
Eight Fifteen shoes present a glamorous look, while remaining wearable with patented Sey-Curve technology and three layers of Ortholite padding to relieve the pressure on the balls of the feet and distribute it across the heel. The Spring ’16 line is inspired by ancient Greece with a laurel leaf theme. Gladiator sandals are the highlight of the line, one pair features a cutout leather panel strapped to a back zipper and another has a coiling metallic strap that encircles the leg.
The Seychelles line is dominated by ’70s-inspired styles: wooden heels and studded toe boxes are dominant themes. A standout style is The Drift, which offers a more delicate aesthetic than the chunky silhouettes that dominated the decade. The shoe features a stacked wooden heel and ankle ties, and is available in a floral-printed leather.
The collaboration with Los Angeles-based apparel designer Corey Lynn Calter adds to the line’s ’70s vibe. Calter designed two styles for the spring season: a tiered fringe slide and a bootie with fringe around the shoe’s collar. Seychelles press representative Scarlett Chang said she anticipates these pieces being popular for the festival season.
Seychelle’s signature mid-height heels bring a sweet femininity to the line. The U-Turn features a tapered heel and two colorways, teal with brown piping or silver with tan piping.
Sey, which launched in Fall 2015, is also telling a ’70s story while targeting a more directional, downtown customer. Styles take a more radical, contemporary approach to the decade with a platform wedge with a woven leather upper in contrasting colors and a mule with a striped upper in ’70s hues of olive, mustard yellow and burnt orange.
BC, the junior brand from Seychelles, is focusing on sandals for the spring season. The collection is chock-full of printed flip-flops with molded footbeds and vivid patterns, including cacti, pineapples and cartoon animal prints. The brand also taps into the footbed sandal trend with a collection of Birkenstock-inspired slides with a toe loop and a braided strap.