What’s Selling: Comfort

PEDESTRIAN SHOPS, Boulder, Colo.
1. Reece Ginger flip-flop
2. Dansko Professional clogs
3. Tkees Mary Jane styles
Spring trend prediction: “One of our bigger sellers has been the Bernie Mev fabric Mary Jane style. They come in various colors. I think louder colors and really comfortable stuff is going to be a trend,” said GM Tony Distasi.

SOCKSHOP & SHOE CO., Santa Cruz, Calif.
1. Clarks cork wedge sandals
2. Toms Classic canvas styles
3. Dansko Professional clogs
Spring trend prediction: “Color. We’re seeing a lot of [it],” said Lauren Graham, women’s shoe buyer and GM. “It’s a really fun season. People are trying to get a little more excitement into their wardrobe. We’re seeing lots of bright, fun colors all over the board.”

DANCEY’S SHOES, Boone, N.C.
1. Sanuk Shiba for men
2. Aetrex gladiator and thong sandals
3. Alegria Karmen black snake sandal
Spring trend prediction: “I would definitely say there’s going to be a return to the gladiator style based on what we’ve been selling,” said sales associate Marie Munalee.

SIMON SHOES, Henderson, Ky.
1. Ros Hommerson
2. Cole Haan Tali open-toe wedge
3. Naya platform wedges
Spring trend prediction: “It’s a lot more casual shoes than dress shoes right now,” said owner Bruce Simon. “People are looking for support like in Orthaheels. [Also], the Mephisto styles that have that sparkle, but also have that comfort and support.”

HAWLEY LANE SHOES, Norwalk, Conn.
1. Sperry Top-Sider Bluefish mesh boat shoe
2. Merrell mesh slip-ons
3. Reef Sandy flip-flops
Spring trend prediction: “Boat shoes are still big right now, and I think we’re going to do well with flip-flops and basic sandals,” said owner Dave Levy.

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