Retailers React to Milan Shows

Top buyers weigh in on the fall footwear trends in Milan.

Linda Fargo, SVP of fashion office and store presentation, Neiman Marcus Group

Strongest Trends:
• Head-to-toe fur, including fur trimmed boots lined with shearling, or full-on fur boots
• Wedge boots and booties • Distressed leather motorcycle boots, a bit tarnished and worn in
• Delicate and lady-like shoes
• Over-the-knee boots, which are coming in every fabrication: leather, suede and shearling, from right above the knee to thigh high
• Boy-meets-girl styles, including oxfords, loafers, man-tailored, good-year welted construction boots and lug soles
• Colored patent, particularly on the lady shoes from Prada and Miu Miu

“Must-Carry” Styles from Milan:
• The lady shoe at Prada
• Over-the-knee boots at Gucci
• Fendi’s duck boot
Ones to Watch:
• Prada
• Fendi

Barbara Atkin, VP & Fashion Director, Holt Renfrew

Strongest Trends:
• Masculine: loafer styles, lace-up oxfords and brogues
• The feminine shoe, from pumps to T-straps and ankle straps
• The sporty lace-up with varied heel heights in a variety of fabrications, from leather and suede to velvet, with capped or open toes
• Boot leggings in a second skin, or a printed leather, a neutral or richly colored suede
•Open-toes with a wedge or high heel

“Must-Carry” Styles from Milan:
• Jil Sander motorcycle boot
• Marni clog/wedge
• Prada T-strap pump