Now that the Pitti Uomo trade show in Florence, Italy, has wrapped up today, we’re taking a look at the major men’s shoe trends that dominated for fall 2017. While many of the brands experimented with classic styles, there was also new experimentation seen in both the sneaker and boot worlds.
For the top 5 shoe trends, read on:
Furs and Shearling
While furry shoes was a major trend last year, designers adopted shearling and fur materials this season in a more subtle way. At Soloviere, there was fox fur accents on supple suede slip-ons. Meanwhile, Alvaro Gonzalez debuted new desert boot styles, some lined with shearling.
These aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill kicks. Labels amped up the must-have sneaker with new, high-end finishings. At Louis Leeman, there were velvet high-tops with speed lacing. At Armando Cabral, the leather low-tops were minimal but well-constructed. Del Toro introduced slip-on sneakers in muted corduroys.
Chunky lug soles continue to hold their ground. We saw the look done in several interpretations this season. Italian brand Artselab, known for its architectural sneakers, debuted new boot styles with heavy-duty lug soles (nailed to the sole, no less). At Baldinini, classic penny loafers were given an exaggerated lug sole for a creeper-style look.
These aren’t your dad’s loafers. More-is-more treatments gave loafer styles a fun makeover. At Louis Leeman, there were tapestry fabrics and embroidery. At Del Toro, the brand’s classic smoking slippers were embroidered with Italian-inspired patchwork.