The men’s footwear market continues to take cues from women’s by mixing function with fashion. The Spring ’16 collections on display at FFANY shared a common focus on lightweight, flexible styles, premium leathers and spring materials.
As men become increasingly style-conscious with their shoes, premium leather has become a popular fabrication. At Lugz, the company is reintroducing premium leathers into their rugged boot business at higher price points. The premium leathers are incorporated into styles across categories.
Premium leathers also find their way into a sneaker silhouette at El Naturalista where they are making full leather, sustainable sneakers, also at a higher price point (around $180). Highlights include walking sneakers with color blocking in earthy tones.
El Naturalista’s Spring ’16 collection also features lightweight styles. The Spanish brand is incorporating a light, traveling version of a moccasin-style lace-up, which is also available with a built-up outsole and robust construction. The shoe is made of recycled materials and is available in brown, grey and an electric yellow.
Robert Wayne similarly emphasizes lightweight shoes with unconstructed, foldable styles. The brand is also looking toward classic spring styles with lots of canvas leading the collection. Sneakers with rawhide laces are available in vulcanized leather and linens. Other spring styles include jute soles and boat shoes with huarache styling.