In fact, athletic features serve as inspiration in every level of footwear including, and especially, high end designer brands (envision a black and white sneaker ballerina with a princess heel). Comfort is happening, and sporty influences appear on even the most feminine sandal. Styling features in upscale footwear follows the same trends as more moderate brands, but what sets them apart are cleaner lines, more muted colors and the use of a multitude of fabrics and embellishments in one shoe. For example a sleek, slim- profiled mule in tulle stretched over a satin upper, or a striped suede slide with a thick stacked heel and hand set rhinestone trim.
Kids shoes are simple take downs from older sister with all the same trendy features as the larger sizes including cork bottom slides, floral prints, updated flip flops, backless Mary Jane's, trimmed down denim sneakers and lower priced, disposable thongs. While adult shoes have foregone new technology in favor of traditional and retro styling, children's shoe manufacturers are still experimenting with such elements as hinged shoes for easy on/off, non-skid bottoms, new closures and waterproof leathers.
themes for Spring 2003 include a nod to ethnic tribal as evidenced by
raw leather edges, fringe, beads, neutral tones and such natural materials
as raffia, cork and jute. Footwear is either drawn from athletic roots,
or feminized in sleek dress up classical styles. The mule, and anything
backless, is the important silhouette in virtually every category from
clogs to sneakers to mocs - giving the consumer a chance to break out
of closed up footwear without going completely barefoot. And vintage looking
40's platforms combine with French provincial country prints for a relaxed
new feel, making this season especially light and casual.
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