Week of Sept. 25
Talk about a cool ride. Athletic Propulsion Labs transformed its Ascend performance training sneaker for spring ’18 with a luxe calf-hair upper featuring a splatter print. Co-founder Adam Goldston pointed out that each shoe has a unique pattern. “Even the left shoe is different from the right,” he said.
Week of Sept. 4
Witness this winning look from Katy Perry Collections. Channeling the pop superstar’s playful wit, the brand delivers a pair of quirky mismatched flats for spring ’18. And while Perry has had a few social media feuds, the Harra style is all about the love with its emoji hugs and kisses.
Week of Aug. 14
For resort ’18, Bottega Veneta’s botanical prints were inspired by German Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer. Its python lace-up boot is especially painterly, as each floral design consists of multiple shadings — in fact, the style features more than 30 colors. Call it wearable fine art.
Week of Aug. 7
Clashing never looked so good. For resort ’18, Monse’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia toyed with old and new on a leather slingback pump. With its classic houndstooth print and sleek racing-striped strap, this graphic style masters the art of the unexpected. And for an extra creative twist, you can wrap the straps as you wish.
Week of July 31
For resort ’18, Nicholas Kirkwood paid homage to architecture with his Nini sandal, which references the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa (specifically on the Olivetti showroom in Venice). With its folded, bleached calf leather upper and embellished block heel, the graphic sandal is ultramodern in all the right ways.
Week of July 24
Talk about hitting all of the trend boxes. For resort ’18, Sergio Rossi’s SR1 collection tapped the mule trend with a refined denim upper, square-toe shape and 63 silver studs applied by hand. Like any good pair of jeans, this refreshed style will stand the test of time in your wardrobe.
Week of July 17
Nature’s breathtaking views won’t be the only eye-catchers on the trails in spring ’18. Merrell is employing bold color pops on its light hikers. Take, for instance, this retro-inspired women’s colorway of the low-cut MQM Flex Waterproof shoe, equipped with the slip-resistant M Select Grip+ outsole. It’s quite a sight.
Week of July 10
Game, set, match. Tory Sport’s buckled slide sandals have uppers made of tennis ball-inspired felt and a court-printed footbed. As the Wimbledon finale approaches this week, the style is the perfect thing to slip into to watch the match — or after defeating your opponent.
Week of June 26
Paul Andrew will circle the globe in pursuit of dazzling shoes. For resort ’18, his high-throated Sato mule, in silver Milanese satin, was hand-embroidered in India with an overlay of oversized opaque and transparent sequins. The upper then traveled back to Italy, where the final product was constructed.
While FN is looking ahead to the best styles for the resort and spring ’18 seasons, you can still view our favorites for fall ’17 by clicking here.
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