Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director, Bergdorf Goodman:
“We have observed in recent seasons a quickly growing curiosity about the function and need for add-ons in men's clothing around the fashion runways, with houses like Valentino, Givenchy, Berluti, and Gucci giving footwear and leather goods just as much focus his or her prepared to put on. I anticipate this excitement about add-ons to carry on.
Sports styles still perform and also the choices are growing accordingly. There has been an over-all turn toward cleaner, more sleek styles but we get excited whenever we see innovative design put on athletic shoes.
Dress footwear continue to be essential [in] our assortment, and therefore are certainly a mainstay inside a man’s wardrobe. Beautiful hands burnished patinas in non-traditional yet neutral colors, like gray and navy. I check this out ongoing, with new choices running a business appropriate tonalities of color in addition to singular brogeuing particulars.
Berluti’s leather Playfield sneaker from spring ’16. Courtesy Image.
Formal footwear offer a category which has seen lots of recent interest and it is ripe for experimentation with materials. At the outset of this year I’ve already seen a great deal of attention compensated to materials and leathers which are giving footwear and athletic shoes great surface interest, with felted made of woll and pony early standouts.”
Stephanie Moor, men’s buyer, Level Shoe District:
“I aspire to see brands widen their men’s collections further, adding new groups in addition to styles having a unique twist to satisfy the growing need for a far more adventurous male clientele. Season on season men’s shoes gets to be more experimental as designers have fun with bold colours and materials, and that i have without doubt this can continue into fall ’16.
A vital focus will remain on athletic shoes. More brands will broaden into this category and designers will turn to elevate their athletic shoes much more. Already within the pre-collections we view brands take athletic shoes one stage further, from Maison Margiela’s metallic soles to Buscemi’s legendary 100mm high-top entirely alligator.
Dior Homme’s spring ’16 black leather lace-ups with walker-style fastenings along with a rubber sole. Thanks to brand.
Classic styles will stay important, so we aspire to see designers supplying a more powerful formal and tuxedo collection for that winter months to attract classic guy. I’m looking for traditional styles having a contemporary twist.”
Eric Jennings, Vice president and fashion director of men's clothing, home &lifier beauty, Saks Fifth Avenue:
“As increasingly more males dress by beginning using their footwear, men’s footwear is constantly lead the marketplace with innovation and creativeness. Athletic shoes is only going to still develop. Believe me on that one! Designers will concentrate on dressier sneaker styles and fewer on dressier dress footwear. You will see more experimentation but less touches and fewer ‘flashiness.’ Wealthy Texture, robust color, handsome burnishing.”