In terms of colour the new shoe fashion takes a generally reserved stance. Black and brown shades moving between camel, curry, Kenya, cognac and testa di moro set the tone here. So-called animal-skin colours exude that certain sophisticated chic. Grey has finally parted with its comfort-shoe charm. Dark asphalt or soft taupe nuances are most attractive when used for suede or laminated materials. Furthermore, a rich Barolo red, bottle green, midnight blue, petrol and purple – especially as a brilliant plum shade – make a colour statement here fordull winter working days.
The main rule for shoe trends next Autumn/Winter is as follows: sportiness remains a key theme but will be translated into clearly more chic, well-groomed and at times even elegant styles next season. Altogether the new shoe fashion is modern, unpretentious and self-confident. Sophistication is ensured by clear, at times very purist lines and an enormously wide variety of lasts, on the one hand, and by the mix of natural and man-made materials plus matt/shine contrasts, on the other.
Ballerinas will stand their ground on new, tiny heels set back under the sole. Pointed lasts will be revisited offering plenty of creative scope for new bootees, ankle-high boots and delicate laced boots. Even masculine Oxfords, so-called Dandy shoes, are heralding a comeback. Smooth, clean finishes will be just as much in evidence as typically male styles such as brogues and wing tips.