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multiplies with polkadots, checks and plaids. But stripes are the next
significant graphic pattern, either printed simply on linen or constructed
with contrasting leather trims. Designer inspirations also come from
the kitchen colors of the 1960's of olive, turquoise and harvest gold.
which influence this season's retro styling, include the flower power
of the 1970's, the pearl and rhinestone treatment of the 1980's and,
more significantly, the swing era of the 40's (with jump and
jivin' dance shoes, dainty ankle straps, peek-a-boo toes, leather
stacked wedges and spool heels)..
styles and silhouettes include dress tailored with slimmer, trimmer
suit shoes; thongs in all categories from jellies to evening, and yes,
boots for spring, this time light in both color and weight. Mary Janes
continue from fall, but now as a sneaker or a backless slide. And, opened-up
footwear takes a break with the Hampton espadrille and flats with jute
or awning stripes.
interest, look to ostrich and python in the higher priced lines, which
start in Fall 2000 and move into Spring in snakes, faux croc, animal
printed leathers, crinkle patents and sleekly trimmed pony in tan. Leathers
are dressier and smoother, not the dusty nubuc and distressed calfskin
of season's past. And, designers are creating interest by mixing such
materials as rubber, leather and vinyl into the same shoe.
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