As I write this, we are on the train back to DC after three awesome and very long days in New York. We spent this time visiting our vendors and buying Spring and Summer ’15 shoes, bags and accessories. To say we are exhausted is an understatement. To say the trip was exhilarating is dead on. The lines were particularly great this time–aside from a few unexpected duds. We discovered Eataly, met up with friends (including Gwen Stefani, obviously) and generally just enjoyed the people watching.
More relevant to you, however, are the trends that surfaced during this trip. Maybe it is because this was my first multi-day buying trip, but I felt like the trends were on steroids. We didn’t have to work hard to dig up what is going to be popular in the coming months. If a trend is big, every single designer had his/her interpretation of it.
That isn’t a bad thing though. It means we’ll be able to offer trends in a variety of price points and could pick our favorites among the many we encountered. So, I’ve narrowed the trends down to the five I think are most relevant to our shoppers.
Mules and Slides
It seems that across the board women want unfussy shoes. Mules and slides made an appearance in every single collection and we’re glad. Whether it’s a criss-cross slip-on or a mule wedge, we’ll wear it as long as it’s easy.
Ladies, if you thought perforation was major last year, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Everything is perforated now. From sneakers and sandals to high heels and wedges. It’s entirely up to you how you make the look your own.
If there were ever a time that I would be sick of espadrilles, it would now. I’ve seen more in three days than I have seen in my entire life before this. And yet, I only love them more. We are carrying everything from well-under-$100 Sam Edelman traditional flats to crazy blinged out platform versions by new line Pimiento (which Elizabeth and I plan on wearing all the time!)
You are more than likely aware that the Birkenstock is back. The resurgence of the Birkenstock is part of a larger trend: the mandal. An utterly masculine flat sandal designed for women. And yes, we love it too.
If you haven’t noticed yet, shoes are all about comfort AND style now. And as a result, sneakers are happening in a big way in 2015. Even brands like Tory Burch and Kate Spade had athletic sneakers on display. I’m not sure I’m on board with wearing a gym-worthy sneaker anywhere other than the gym, but I do love a good slip-on. And there were plenty from which to choose.