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The Look: Mod Hippie

Fast fashion continues to manifest short-lived trends. Seventies footwear is just beginning to trickle into stores, but designers at GDS were already looking for ways to breathe new life into the trend.

There is no shortage of clogs, wood base sandals and platform heels for Spring ’16. Bulbous nail heads, fringe and brown suede are standard issue, however, some designers are cleaning up their act with ’70s-inspired designs that incorporate a nod to mod.


Colorblocking is a go-to technique to add sharper lines and sophisticated pops of burgundy, burnt orange, red and gold to heels. Metallic uppers and patent leathers deliver a slick mod sheen. Avant-garde heel shapes take the ’70s look into a whole new direction, but even cork wedges and platforms look sleeker with fuss-free straps and minimal ornamentation.

The full-blown ’70s look won’t be entirely D.O.A. next season. Just look at the junior’s market, which is calling for unabashed flower child looks with floral embroidery, dusty-hued boots and wooden heels that will clomp, clomp, clomp down high school hallways well into Fall ’16.