Women’s footwear brands pinpoint the biggest looks of the fall ’11 season.
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“We’re doing a lot with booties, [from those with] two zippers to ankle-length looks to pull-on, two-bow slouch [styles] and wedges. Riding boots are also going to be strong. [Looks will be] athletic in nature, but with a refined, dressy feel in napa suedes, calf and pony fur. Also, laces are being transferred to more formal styles, such as booties and knee-high boots.” — Rena Krasnow, COO and style director
“Spring was feminine and flirty, and some of that is being pulled into the fall. For us, a couple of the big trends are tassels and menswear elements. We’re putting brogue details in different silhouettes and using clean, crisp lines that reflect the classic ideas of menswear. Of course, price seems to be on everyone’s mind, and people are looking for something different. Consumers are purposeful in their spending and want more unique styles that they can wear with a number of outfits.” — Elizabeth Brady, president
“Long-term trends we believe in are last season’s military and this season’s aviator. Aviator is going to be very textural with oiled and distressed suede, fur, shearling and a more natural unfinished heel. It’s all about getting familiar styles and working them in a new way, such as grabbing characteristics of the masculine world, such as lug bottoms, welts and lacing, and incorporating them into booties, flats and sandals.” — Bill Snowden Jr., SVP
“Color is going to be big. We’re using colors that have pop: everything from hyacinths, teals and apricots to metallic snakeskins. Animal prints are going to be everywhere. Our niche is how feminine we are, [and] we’ll acknowledge this by moving away from the chunky masculine styles and aiming for low kitten heels in ladylike but fun silhouettes. People want something practical and will feel better about their purchases if they can wear them all the time.” — Lee Riech, director
“It’s all about detail, such as luxurious metal elements on stacked leather heels, fine kid suedes combined with delicate rivets, romantic braiding on the back of a boot leg, kilties with oversize tassels and fringes on over-the-knee boots. There also will be a special focus on heel shape with extra-heavy heels of raw, stacked leather. The customer is looking for an all-day shoe that can be styled for business and evening at a competitive price.” — Natalie Mariano, creative director
“There will be lots of fur with unusual mixes of tweed. I see touches of shearling and velvet everywhere, and the crepe sole continues. The short bootie — or ‘shootie,’ as some like to describe it — will be big, as well as lace-up shoes and boots. The winter espadrille is my new take on the popular spring trend. I’ve noticed a lot of unusual tapestries and feather-like fabrics, as well as snakeskin and python prints on heels. Kitten heels are among the biggest trends I’ve seen. That’s wonderful for me because I am known for a great low heel.” — Bettye Muller, designer
“Faux-fur accents are key for fall, and animal prints continue to be important. Among Nina’s diverse boot collection for fall is a great group of sexy stiletto boots, including a leopard-trimmed, lug-sole ankle boot and a lavish, ribbon-accented knee boot in plush faux fur. Our customers are asking for fashion boots, particularly over-the-knee boots, after the great success of Nina’s thigh-high Luela boot, trimmed in faceted stones. We are reinterpreting that boot and adding several other over-the-knee [styles].” — Scott Silverstein, CEO
“There are a lot of new constructions, and the trends are [going to be] clean lines with advanced heel and toe shapes. It’s all about natural tones in unique materials, such as vintage and washed leathers [with pops of gold or animal prints mixed with hardware]. We have incorporated those into both Modern Vintage and Rosegold, and Nicole Richie has done an incredible job designing the House of Harlow 1960 collection. She hit her vision bang on.” — Rick Cytrynbaum, president and CEO