CONVERT, Berkeley, Calif.
1. Toms Shoes – Classics slip-on
2. Jeffrey Campbell — Future wedge bootie
3. J Shoes — Sidesaddle oxford with stacked heel
Top fall trend: “We’re seeing a lot of color, even in the winter, which is great,” said owner Randy Brewer. “And red — there is a lot of red.”
JUNO AND JOVE, Sarasota, Fla.
1. Swedish Hasbeens — Penny Loafer High
2. Calleen Cordero — Verona flat
3. Calleen Cordero — Pyra wedge
Top fall trend: “I do see more vegan shoes coming out,” said owner Olivia Bono. “A lot of people are starting to use hemp canvas, and tribal woven fabrics are still big. Eco designers are better at being on trend with the rest of the fashion world.”
KAIGHT, New York and Brooklyn, N.Y.
1. Calleen Cordero — Tolosa wedge ankle boot in black
2. Melissa – Patchuli wedge heel
3. Melissa — Skyscraper 3-inch heel with flocked synthetic
Top fall trend: Owner Kate McGregor said, “Our customers lean toward the more wear-friendly shoes, so the wedge has been a good seller for us. It’s style- and function-based.”
PIE FOOTWEAR, Portland, Ore.
1. Vivo Barefoot — Kali Mary Jane-style flat
2. Patagonia — Better Clog boot
3. Simple — Take On High Brr men’s waterproof sneaker
Top fall trend: “We have done really well with the barefoot shoes,” said owner Stacey Matney. “I think a lot of people are starting to think about foot health and wellness along with the idea of being more socially conscious. Even people who don’t know about minimalism want to try them on.”
SHIFT, Hyannis, Mass.
1. Olsenhaus — leopard ballet flats
2. NeuAura — brick-red heels
3. Olsenhaus — open-toed cork shoes
Top fall trend: “The ballet-flat trend is huge here,” said owner Amanda Converse. “A lot of the eco shoe designers are looking at recycled materials. Olsenhaus has ballet flats made out of recycled industrial waste, such as TV screens. Any time you can reuse materials instead of making them is something I’m really interested in stocking here.”
BEKLINA, Aptos, Calif.
1. Rachel Comey
2. Lina Rennell
3. Manimal Moccasins
Top fall trend: “We’re pushing U.S.A.-made, not made-in-China, products now,” said owner Angelina Rennell. “Within the eco thing, I see the shift being more on craft and U.S. production — and a lot of vegan.”