On Pom Poms and Pilgrims

by Christen

Elizabeth and I just returned from New York last week where we worked our way through The Shoe Hive’s Fall 2015 options. It’s kind of frustrating that while spring styles are currently on shelves inside and snow falls outside, we are already jumping ahead to the second round of cold weather in this calendar year. I also think it can be confusing to our customers, so I hesitate to write a post on fall trends given that spring has not yet even sprung. Still, I do think there is benefit in knowing what trends are ahead of us in order to make smarter purchases in the moment. Why invest in a peep-toe platform now if the trend is only relevant for a few more months? So, here are a few takeaways from our trip.

Pom Poms
It started at Dee Keller–a new-to-us line that will debut in just a few days. I met this gorgeous fur-ball-topped suede flat and promptly fell in love. And then I encountered a pom pom on pumps at Butter and again at Bettye Muller. I am completely infatuated.

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I don’t know, however, how much you’ll see this style represented at The Shoe Hive. We’re just not convinced that it’s something our customers will find wearable or something they need in their closets. Considering fur pom poms are a representation of a greater trend–fur, we decided to go in a slightly different direction. Instead of topping our shoes with fur, we will be filling them. Come September, everything is fur-lined. Everything. So, even though you might not see a fur-ball-topped flat at our store, you will see plenty of fur-lined boots and booties, both practical and luxurious.

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Only two appointments in, and Footwear Magazine approached us to give them our take on what we had seen thus far. I felt a little caught off guard since I hadn’t yet had time to absorb very much. We discussed the continued prominence of the bootie over the boot. But I also casually threw in my personal hunch that the pilgrim look will be strong. I happen to have been right. For the next two days, every designer showcased their take on the pilgrim. Buckles, square toes, and short chunky heels: pilgrim is now posh.

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We’ve known for a while that merlot was circling back around as the color for fall. Personally, I’m a little over it. It was only two winters ago that everyone was all about “oxblood.” And I don’t care what you say, oxblood and merlot are not that different. However, if you are looking to inject some color into your fall wardrobe, this is the way to go. Merlot functions as a pseudo-neutral, meaning it will match just about everything you already own. And particularly in suede, it always looks luxurious.

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The final two trends I felt were worthy of recognition are mere extensions of popular styles we saw this year: the sneaker and fringe. This time the sneaker is either high-topped and round-toed, or slip-on and pointed.

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And fringe? Well, you can put it on just about anything and call yourself trendy in 2015. Except for maybe a sneaker.

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