Coach is trying to break free. Ever since the high-end leather-goods brand turned its eye toward a more accessible customer — with a presence in what seems like every shopping mall in the world — it has slowly attempted a return to its luxury roots, each season presenting a bolder, less commercial assortment of footwear.
Its latest men’s show in London was no exception. Creative Director Stuart Vevers didn’t pussyfoot around forward-thinking menswear for spring ’16, focusing on sneakers in loud, graffiti-style prints.
Low- and high-top styles combined colorful prints with texture. Cheetah-print toe caps were paired with asymmetrical, purple suede panels on the side. Some shoes featured fur tongues, in black or dyed indigo.
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Last season, the brand focused on shearling touches, so it’s interesting to see how Vevers took that a step further for spring by adding vivid colorways. Fur slide sandals even made an appearance on the runway, with a printed footbed.
While the show offered fresh design experimentation, Coach also offered its classic leather sneakers. White high-tops featured a subtle squiggle print, while black low-tops had one side panel of print — a more viable option for the mall rat.
For a closer look at Coach’s men’s shoes, click through the gallery.