Comfort Fall Trend Report

Dansko
“Fall will be influenced by sculptural shapes and a clean aesthetic. Designs are purer and stronger, with wedges, asymmetric silhouettes and less emphasis on embellishment. With this comes greater attention to leather quality and finish such as those with rich undertones, silky kid suedes and nappas.” — Ann Dittrich, creative director

Earthies
“Platforms are a comfortable way to add height. The style is part of the retro trend, interpreted in aged leathers integrated with wooden heels. Boots are here to stay in short versions such as the Montera, a dressy ankle style with front zip, and the Raphaelle, a knee-high scrunch boot on a wedge. Tapered toes keep things feminine. We softened the look with an almond shape.” — Michel Maynard, chairman, Earth Inc.

Beautifeel
“We’re mixing colors and textures and accenting with perfing, embroidery and unique artisan floral treatments. The color palette is strong. We’re moving away from basic black and brown to rich grays, blues, clays and dark reds. Our Elegant evening collection focuses on pumps, laceups and boots done [with materials such as] plain kid suedes and textured treatments with shiny floral patterns. The Career collection features adjustable Mary Jane styles and knee-high boots, detailed in modern metallics and calfskin with a vintage hand.” — Anya Bar-Nahor, VP of product developments

Dana Davis
“Fresh feminine silhouettes feature sweeping curves and details that include ruching and shearling. Texture is key, with a focus on shine, particularly patent. Supple goat and lambskin detail sleek fashion heels. I believe in the pump across the height spectrum, achieving balance through shape and proportion. Color warms up the fall story in spice, claret and neutrals.” — Dana Davis, founder and creative director

Sanita
“Organic textures and colors inspired by outdoor beauty emphasize camels and greens. Classic silhouettes are detailed in hand-finished distressed leathers and brush-off sandpaper treatments. Details include kilties, faux fur and wood embellishments. [We are] relaunching a 1970s collection that includes a hybrid clog-boot on a comfortable polyurethane outsole.” — Sonia White, director of brand development

Cordani
“Men’s tailoring will continue, with brogues and wingtips defining high heels and ankle booties. Rich patents and croc prints will add to the masculine feel. Fur is back with a vengeance, so we’re trimming our boots and slingbacks with earth-tone shearlings. We’re reintroducing our iconic fur-lined clog in a variety of finishes, from tooled vachetta leathers to vintage python prints. Cognacs, camels and whiskey are key colors.” — Michael Ciccia, owner and designer

Anyi Lu

“The retro Americana trend is interpreted in classic penny loafers, menswear-inspired oxfords and derbies. They’re made fresh through the use of tassels, abstract kilties, brass buckles, velvet laces and removable adornments. Material [interest] ranges from distressed and oiled leathers to supple and flawless finishes. The color scheme is more natural: smoky gray, navy, sage, chestnut, dark brown and black.” — Anyi Lu, founder and designer

Ariat

“Americana dressing continues for fall, paying tribute to the country’s [Western] heritage. Authentic cowboy boots in short to over-the-knee styles will be wardrobe staples, worn with leggings and skinny jeans, to traditional boot-cut versions. While the silhouettes remain classic, materials run the gamut from distressed leathers with a vintage hand to novelty metallics that add hints of sparkle and shine. For an artisan touch, our luxe Presidio collection is enhanced with classic elements such as colorful embroidery, inlays and overlays.” — Shane Johnston, director of footwear

Taryn Rose
“Architecturally inspired silhouettes and heels work with the minimalist trend in fall apparel, while classic menswear-inspired uppers with tassels, kilties and antique brass ornaments complement ready-to-wear’s more tailored side. Thick wedges and [platforms] will provide balance for the season’s fuller pant legs. Laser-cut detailing adds complexity and sophistication, while calf and suedes impart richness. Colors range from red and pumpkin to military green, with my signature animal prints and metallics part of the scheme. Stretch fabrics detail shapely heels and lug-sole looks for a contemporary take on the material.” — Taryn Rose, founder

Gentle Souls

“Boots will continue, particularly short, sporty looks on lug soles that incorporate buckle and strap detailing. For a more feminine take on the category, we’re putting the spotlight on the leg, with stretch shafts that comfortably outline every curve. The retro trend is also gaining momentum in pretty 1940s-inspired looks. Retro influences include choked-up silhouettes, peep-toes and crisscross instep straps. Bottom interest focuses on chunky linear heels and solid platforms. In a more modern vein, everyday casuals are lightened up with blown EVA soles, and our signature deerskin is used to detail a classic vulcanized shoe.” — Jilleen Liao, designer

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