The men’s market is banking on lightweight sneaker looks detailed in fabrics from canvas to mesh. These nonchalant looks remain denim-friendly.
Matthew Ciszek, line builder
Guess Footwear, New York
“The focus is on denim-friendly deconstructive looks in the athletic and casual realms. There are new washes and prints including medium-blues and gray washes that are soft and easy to wear.”
Mark Parsley, EVP
Tommy Hilfiger Footwear, New York
“We’re making a bold statement with bright colors in our core styles — deep reds, medium blues and army greens — integrated into lace-ups, boat shoes and chukkas. Our techy, athletic styles are also updated in these tones, with the dressed-up sneaker category continuing to grow.”
Billy Zelinka, senior men’s footwear designer
G. H. Bass & Co.; Port Washington, N.Y.
“Shell bottoms are a new [category] for G.H. Bass — flexible, lightweight and featuring cushioned insoles. The construction is done in a range of upper patterns and fabrics, including linen and mesh. These looks appeal to a younger, more casual demographic looking for comfort and flexibility.”
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Bill Worthington, creative director
OluKai; Irvine, Calif.
“We’re introducing [more refined] looks to the collection — crisp elements and details that are clean and modern. Sleek microtextured synthetics, laser-cut perforations, multicolor stitching and sophisticated colors are how we’re executing these ideas.”
Dave Grange, president, North America
Lacoste Footwear, New York
“The growing court shoe trend is a category [that defines] our brand heritage. For spring, we’ve updated a classic court style — the Carnaby — by utilizing premium tumbled leather with a modern, clean design execution. We’re also launching new court styles, allowing us to expand in this arena, that blend our historical winners with new classic looks.”
George Vlagos, founder and design director
Oak Street Bootmakers, Chicago
“Known for manufacturing traditional American footwear, this spring we’re taking many of our classic silhouettes and reinterpreting them within a casual context. Specifically, we’ll be using Italian brand Margom for soles, most commonly seen on designer sneakers such as Lanvin and Common Projects.”
Stefan Dahlkvist, president
Moods of Norway, Los Angeles
“We love to clash the Norwegian heritage with international fashion trends. For spring, we’re [highlighting] the dichotomy of casual sneakers with our signature tailored cocktail pieces. This mix adds something unique to the modern man´s wardrobe — don´t be afraid to go for a more dressy look above the ankles.”
Vasilios Christofilakos, creative director
Roberto Vasi; Long Island City, N.Y.
“For spring, we’re combining materials such as leather with nylon, sport mesh and suede, giving texture and depth to the collection. The color palette is true red, Mediterranean blue, steel gray and black tar. Details include quilting and top-stitching at the collar and heel counter. Vamps are inspired by military footwear, a signature of the line.”
Carl Blakeslee, creative director
Woolrich Footwear; Portland, Ore.
“There’s a celebration of the laid-back, effortless style of classic beach culture. Woolrich has always been a staple in beach life — what cold-water surfer doesn’t have a wool blanket in the back of their truck? A return to camping is also taking place, reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s. We’re addressing these movements with easy-to-wear styles that incorporate Woolrich’s U.S.-made wool fabrics with buttery-soft suede and waxed canvas that gets better with age. It’s all pulled together with a salt-washed color palette.
David Maddocks, chief marketing officer
Cole Haan, New York
“This season, the collection integrates casual and dress wear in a series of [comfort-driven] styles conceived from the elegant collision of tradition and modernity. The ZeroGrand Wing Oxford features the brand’s proprietary Grand.OS system that replaces the heavy steel shanks found in classic dress shoes with advanced components for equal stability with reduced weight, allowing men to move seamlessly from day to night, dress to casual. “