Is the Casual Trend Here to Stay?

Richard Erani
Creative director, Chuckies New York

“It will last and even expand in newer and fresher ways. With all the great designers out there, we’re finding ways to make that casual look more sophisticated. The dressy high stiletto has been overexposed everywhere. It has been copied at every price point and been worn by some of the trashiest women on TV, so it has a stigma of being tacky.”

Jamie Lewin
Director of design & trend, Piperlime.com

“Casual women’s footwear looks like it’s here to stay, as even luxury brands are embracing this trend. Utility boots, sneakers and sporty sandals were all over the runways of Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton this year. Vans and Converse have come into play, but fashion labels like Vince, Steve Madden and Sam Edelman are designing sneakers and sporty sandals, too.”

Kimberly Hugonnet
VP fashion director for Center Core, Macy’s

“Casual trends within the shoe world will continue to be important in spring ’15. Expect to see the slip-on and novelty sneaker in fun prints and interesting materials, such as pony hair and embellishments. [Those styles] can be dressed up or down, worn with shorts, paired with a dress or jeans. They are versatile and can cross a span of customers.”

Tony Patel
Co-owner, Tria Boutique; Chicago

“Women put more money into comfort now, which all plays into casual. Especially in our area, a gym-type shoe is popular. We sell a sneaker from Italy called Candice Cooper, and it will do amazing for spring ’15 because it’s along the casual trend. See by Chloé is also doing sport bottoms on sandals.”

Laurel Tate
Co-owner, Two Sole Sisters; Boulder, Colo.

“The casual trend will continue to evolve based on the fact that our society has adopted a more laid-back approach to fashion. The popularity of the easygoing feel, with customers shopping farmers markets and enjoying cruiser bike rides, fits right in with non-fussy footwear. Brands like Cordani, Coclico and Cydwoq nail that cool urban vibe with an edge.”

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