GDS ended its run as Düsseldorf, Germany’s premier footwear this month on a sporty note. The athleisure look came out in full force with styles spanning embellished retro runners to punk-inspired flatforms.
Brands geared pastel velvet flatforms and star-embellished creeper-style lace-ups toward junior consumers, while sleek white tennis shoes, both traditional lace-ups and elastic slip-ons, tapped into a high-end designer look.
Suede uppers soaked up color on classic trainers. Pops of metallic and printed calf hair added a fashion element.
Brands like Birkenstock and Replay updated high-tops with distressed treatments and artisan details. Other high-tops toed the line of sneaker boots with zipper closures.
Classic runner silhouettes made a splash with flashes of metallic leather, gritty glitter and crystal embellishments.