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The Look: On the Fringe

Like Taylor Swift says, “Shake it off.” Or, better yet, shake, shimmy and strut in the new crop of fringe booties and sandals hitting the market for Spring ’16. The bohemian detail was a natural go-to for brands at GDS that want to tap into the ’70s revival without dedicating an entire season to clunky clogs and platform silhouettes.

Fringe brings an edgy rock ‘n’ roll element to tall boots, especially styles with multiple layers. On short boots, the embellishment is fun and flirty, and offers a sassy nod to the Southwest.


On sandals and open-toe heels, cropped fringe acts as the preppy kiltie’s more free-spirited sister. The suede trim adds a tropical feel on cork plaftorms and wedge espadrilles. Meanwhile, the most creative iterations re-imagine fringe as lush greenery and feather motifs, transforming basic footbed sandal into a vacation-beckoning style.