Men’s Fall Trend Report

Bed Stu
“Boots [will be] even more significant [this season], with industrial and military styles dominating. Our heritage vintage Americana finishes and washes will be a big part of our offerings. In the non-boot category, deck and mod/jazz-influenced silhouettes will be key, done in our signature distressed leathers.” — Roger Orozco, director of product development

Red Tape
“Based on the English-inspired apparel trend, we’re updating our brogue wingtips with distressed oiled suede and burnished leathers. Fleece is also gaining traction, inspired by explosive growth in women’s. Suede casual boots, including chukkas, will have cozy fleece touches. Boots will also feature combinations of leather and oiled fabrics, part of the vintage story.” — Steve Granat, EVP

Frye
“Casual dressing relies on lots of mixing and matching, pairing tailored, tweed jackets and worn-in jeans with vintage-inspired wingtips and brogues. Our Harvey single-sole wingtip typifies the trend, done in oiled full-grain leather with a soft, vintage hand. For a more rugged interpretation, American work- and outdoor-inspired boots on lug and wedge bottoms embody a retro feel in [distressed] leathers and roughed-up suedes.” — Michael Petry, VP of design and creative director

Harrys of London
“We’ve been exploring texture and injecting sharp pops of color. Matte kudu suedes, super-soft French nappa calfskin, and oiled and waxed finishes — all in black — [are accented by] shots of bright color inside the shoes. Colored welts accent the exclusive new lightweight Vibram soles for a bit of sport-inspired fun. We’ve been moving toward a new anatomical last shape, [where] sole proportions are not extended [like] welted English footwear, [but] trimmed closer to the shape of the last.” — Kevin Martel, creative director

Diesel
“Boots are melding fashion and function, inspired by authentic workwear and hiking looks. Uppers carry out the rugged theme, detailed in distressed leathers and suedes for a vintage, worn-in feel. While these looks may appear practical, they [also] play with color, setting brights against a base of moss green, brown and black. We’ve put a major emphasis on the hybrid category, fusing athletic-inspired bottoms with uppers that are more dressy.” — Tony Strippoli, VP of sales, footwear, bags and children’s

Bronx

“Americana heritage looks are going two ways: On the dressy side, traditional cap-toe and plain-toe brogues are detailed in embossed print leathers, and for a younger take, military-inspired boots with insignia touches and work-influenced logger styles have bold buckle trims. Whichever [way] guys choose to go, they’ll be making tracks with gutsy lug bottoms.” — Kevin Walder, key account manager

Robert Cameron
“With today’s hipsters rolling up their pant legs or tucking their jeans into boots, footwear is more visible than ever. To capitalize on this trend, the emphasis is on materials, with waxed nubuck and distressed suede combined with textured, hand-stained leathers. The color palette goes military in camouflage greens and browns. Silhouettes have toes going off in two directions — roomy postman looks to elongated versions that gently round off.” — Tyler Spraggs, creative director

Guess Men’s
“Timeless silhouettes range from oxfords and chukkas to Chelsea and combat boots. An offering of new classics includes sneaker-hiker hybrids with speed lacing and vulcanized lug soles. The shoes have a casual attitude with hand-finished leathers and rich suedes in specialty burnishes and stains. The palette is bold, featuring autumnal brights such as cranberry, pumpkin, olive and mustard. Browns and grays are intense and burnished to create a sense of depth. Hand-stitching and mixed materials give the collection an artisanal feel.” — Jury Artola, designer and line builder for U.S. and European Union

Wolverine 1883
“Boots and vintage remain strong. As the vintage trend gathers momentum, we see it evolving toward designs that embody its character rather than mimic it, such as making shoes look old or worn. Elegant designs that emphasize simplicity of line and old-time functionality, such as true welts and quality materials, are central. We also see unexpected dashes of color in spectators and brightly colored outsoles.” — Roger Huard, VP of product development

Oliberté Made in Africa

“Colors will remain basic in black and brown, but look for shades of gray and tan for pop. Premium leathers are key, including full-grain sheepskin, antiqued/waxed cowhide, nubucks and pull-ups. Standard chukkas won’t do anymore. Look for updated versions of the traditional style detailed with unique toecaps, collars and natural outsoles, in addition to fall-friendly loafers and deck shoes.” — Tal Dehtiar, founder

J Shoes
“We’re [moving into fall] with an appreciation for what’s authentic: vintage looks with a modern point of view. The color scheme is also down to earth, [inspired] by a forest floor: Pine green and deep-water blue are peppered among tonal tans, rich browns and deep grays. We continue to cultivate a hand-finished and burnished aesthetic, with classical influences such as brogues and double-buckle monk straps.” — Nick Drury, lead designer

Mark Nason Footwear
“We’re capitalizing on material treatments and finishes such as coated leathers and hand-burnished distressed leathers. The distressed look is being interpreted through work-inspired boots, as well as dress oxfords and slip-ons.” — Brad Hren, VP of sales

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