Men’s Spring 2016 Shoe Trend: Statement Soles

Designers are selling their soles this season. For spring ’16, men’s dress shoes go unconventional with eye-grabbing bottoms in chunky rubber or painted wood.

The trend kicked off on the runways during the various men’s fashion weeks. High-end labels like Ann Demeulemeester offered sleek footwear silhouettes with graphic bottoms, including Demeulemeester’s squared-toe wooden sole.

Ann Demeulemeester spring 2016 A look from Ann Demeulemeester’s spring ’16 show. REX Shutterstock.

From the conservative to the flashy, various footwear brands then participated in the look, each offering its own unique take on the trend.

Classic brands like Fratelli Rosetti and Grenson unexpectedly went for extreme soles. Fratelli Rosetti presented a thick cork midsole on its perforated brogue. Grenson’s ultra-thick white lug sole was done in collaboration with Nick Wooster.

Meanwhile, luxury labels went for more refined, less chunky silhouettes. Dior Homme offered a paneled-rubber bottom on its monkstrap style, while Marc Jacobs’ laceup brogue had a painted wooden sole.

marc jacobs spring 16 brogue Marc Jacobs’ leather shoe on a painted, scalloped-wood sole. Courtesy Image.

While many of the dress styles are indeed meant to be dressy, they can also be worn during the day in a more casual context. Just pair them with dark denim and let the soles do the talking.

For more graphic soles, click through the gallery.

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