FN Spy the Magazine: Trend Watch

“We are seeing the continuation of the chunkier mid-heel on pumps and sandals. [Other trends include] a soft color palette we are calling ‘cupcake colors’ — mint, pale blue, purple and pink — also white and the high-heel ankle-strap sandal.”
— Dayna Ziegler, VP & DMM of women’s shoes, Saks Fifth Avenue        

“We are excited about the range of trends, from aggressive and edgy silhouettes like ankle-cuffed pumps, caged heels with ghillie ties and high-shaft gladiators to styles that are sexy and sophisticated, such as two-piece pumps, peep-toe booties, kitten heels and pointy-toe wedges. We are also excited about the newness in materials across all categories, like croc, stingray, nubuck, mesh, laser cutouts, exotics and dual tones.”
— Brooke Banwart, DMM of shoes & accessories, Piperlime.com

“The wedge sneaker will continue to be hot. Flat sandals will still be important, but lots of action is moving toward demi wedges, lower kitten heels and blocked heels. We are seeing a lot of powdered pastels, pearlized leathers and metallic touches. The neon trend evolves into more muted hues, and single soles emerge with high ankle detail and straps.”
— Patricia Sweeney, EVP & chief merchandising officer, Shoebuy.com

“We’re definitely seeing a nod to neutrals and washed-out colors, those beautiful, earthy tones we get from vegetable-dyed leather. Plus, mixes of tone-on-tone neutrals — think cream with cognac and black and brown mixed. White [is a big trend], too.”
— Andrea Poukey, co-owner, Kick in La Crosse, Wis.

“Sneakers are becoming more and more popular. The designs are a far cry from the looks of yesteryear.”
— Serena Robb, owner, Shoe in Reno, Nev.

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