Thursday, March 13, 2014

Shoes for Spring 2015!

No, it's not a typo.  We are indeed looking ahead to 2015.  Why?  Well, why not?  Wouldn't it be nice to know if the pumps and sandals we are buying NOW will be relevant next Spring?

I had the great fortune to spend some time this weekend with my fabulous friend and former colleague, Julie Rando.  Julie is a shoe designer and one of the best I ever had the pleasure to work with.  She's done it all, from athletic for PF Flyers and New Balance, lifestyle for Keds, women's casual for Clarks, fashion for Taryn Rose, Adrienne Vitadini, Tahari and Anne Klein.

The conversation turned, as it inevitably does, to what's trending in shoes.  With Julie designing for Spring 2015 right now, I like to get her take on what will be in the market a year from now so I’m making good purchase decisions right now in 2014!

Lucky us!  Julie is sharing some of the key trends for Spring 2015 that she’ll translate to everyday wearable footwear.  Enjoy!

Chop Outs
The perforated looks we’re seeing now (top) will transition to large cut outs (bottom). 
Ankle Interest
Single straps around the ankle and more.   I love all the attention on ankles and that it’s becoming a focus for shoe designers.  Shoes from Balenciaga, Helmut Lang, and Michael Kors.

Gorgeous straps in all heel heights. Both from Tod’s. 
Chunky Wedges 
Really chunky with natural covering, like cork wood.  Michael Kors and Chloe pairs highlighted below.
The heel is clearly not for running around the block, but the neoprene and leather combo is a nod to the sporty trend.  These 2 are by Balenciaga and adidas by Stella McCartney.
Large simple straps
Note the chunky heel in a very wearable height.  Chunky heels are fresh and will be through 2015.  These 2 are from 3.1 Philip Lim and Pedro Garcia.
And other hardware.  Like jewelry for your feet.  Check these out from Tod's.
Tailored with a twist. Kind of a crazy shoe. Take cues from the oxford and color blocking on these Thom Brown's.
Up the back
Rear zips and leather up the back of the ankle.  Zippers are not new but up the back is emerging and will be relevant through 2015.

Thank you Julie for the insight and commentary!  While these examples might not fit your lifestyle to a 't', take away the elements that inspire you and apply them to your Spring 2014 footwear purchases! ~ LB, with commentary and images from Julie Rando.

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