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Monday, January 25, 2016

Top Footwear Trends Curated by Leslie Gallin

MAGIC is less than a month away and some of our favorite fashion brands are prepping their fall 2016 collections, while fashionistas excitedly await.  To kick-start the trend watch, we wanted to share the top footwear trends to look out for in 2016, as shared by Leslie Gallin, President of Footwear at UBM Advanstar. Leslie curates the “shoe show” FN PLATFORM @ MAGIC and is the go-to footwear industry insider, having been in the footwear business for years and nurturing some of today’s most established footwear brands. 


Lug Soles – It’s no secret that the nineties are back in a big way! With that comes the industrial chic trend that was once reserves for hikers and construction workers. The lug sole has made its way into the fashion world thanks to design houses like Prada and Stella McCartney. Expect to see this style paired below heeled booties or oxfords in 2016. 
Lug Soles

Pastel Colors – When 2016’s Pantone color combo of the year was announced, fashionistas around the globe rejoiced! Pretty pastels will be translated throughout fashion – including footwear! The soft, ultra-feminine shades offer sophisticated elegance that isn’t too sugary sweet. 
Pastel Color shoe
Monk Strap Styles – Monk strap styles are very much in their prime. The eye catching detail walks the fine line of casual comfort and sharp formality. Popular in both men’s and women’s styles, say ‘goodbye!’ to lace-up’s, monk straps will be the shoe of the season. 
Monk Strap
Kitten Heels – In with the old and out with the new, grandma’s heels are back! The kitten heel has been gaining popularity and style mavens have spoken by pairing comfort and sophistication in one. Paired with a cropped pair of trousers or skinny jeans, go ahead and channel your inner Audrey Hepburn! 
Kitten Heels
Desert Boots – Dressed up or down, the desert boot is a classic, versatile option. Both streamlined and lightweight, it’s the perfect transitional piece for spring to fall. Worn by both men and women, this simple style will be seen throughout 2016.

Desert Boots
Learn more about trendy footwear at the MAGIC trade show.

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