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The Five S’s for Spring ’17 Women’s Footwear

With MAGIC and FN Platform just seven weeks away, the Las Vegas-based trade show has released their top five trend stories in women’s footwear for Spring ’17.

With inspiration being culled from menswear, girls’, Western and athletic, here’s a look at the new direction the season is taking.


Minimal and sleek retro silhouettes are the next wave of sneakers to populate the show floor. From slip-on sneakers swathed in milky suede to Chelsea sneakers in tonal colors and leathers, the theme is decidedly rich allowing the luxurious materials to make a quiet statement. MAGIC reported lace-less constructions in mesh, textured and knitted uppers, panels of neoprene, elastic and concealed laces complete the futuristic story.


Color blocked styles are amped up for Spring ’17 with new elements of surprise, including cutouts, layered fabrications, oversized grommets and sculpted shapes. Expect to see sturdier silhouettes like slides, oxford mules, loafers and multi-buckle boots help this artistic theme take shape.


Man-tailored styles for women are becoming more elongated and pointed, says MAGIC. The season calls for loafer slides, ankle strap flats, T-strap heels with tapered toes. The contrast, many designers are adding square block heels, wide buckle details and cap toe treatments.


The essence of Santa Fe is penetrating footwear through relaxed styling, desert-inspired textures and animal hides. The trend relies heavily on boots, spanning moccasin constructions and slouched mid-calf boots to Western ankle booties. Ornate metal hardware and embossing, beading, grommets and spurs add the finishing touches.


According to MAGIC, light and airy fabrics will show the softer side of Spring ’17. Lace overlays, sheer florals fabric, clear beading, prism details and crystals decorate mules, slides, ballet flats and short boots. Girlish details, like scalloped edges, ankle ties, bows, frothy floral ornaments, add sweetness to the look. Look for gold hardware and jewels to add a dash of glamour.