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Such bright colors, as cobalt blue, deep orange and rusty red, have infiltrated the men's performance footwear, while ironically kids sneakers have gone white, sporting the addition of fun, lithium battery lights, and super comfortable bottoms. Children's everyday shoes are primarily take-downs from their adult counterparts with the use of such menswear inspired fabrics as Burberry, Tartan plaid and tweed insets; as well as gun metal leathers in green and violet, zipped up boots and Prada-influenced square toes.

In all footwear categories look for such embellishments as hardware (buckles, metal buttons, turn lock and toggles) leather or fabric flowers (pass up the rose for the newest with pansies, tulips and orchids) contrast stitching and piping (as well as stitched soles, zigzag and hand sewn looks), and jewels (especially rhinestones and crystals). Rich materials include velvet, jacard, paisley, tapestry, brocade, fur and camel's hair; while snakeskin takes a backseat to the newest exotic leathers: ring lizard, alligator and crocodile.

KEY FOOTWEAR TRENDS
FALL 2001
Toe Character
Elongated pointed toe
Rounded almond toe
Oblique
Bottoms
Wide heel for everyday
Lower, thinner heels for dress
40's platform lasts
Wrap around blown unit bottom
Styles & Silhouettes
Bowling shoes
Mary Jane strap
Dress pump with tailored influence
Boots of every description
Men's
Casuals are strong
Bright color in fitness shoes
Technical features
Work shoe influence
Kid's
Metallic colors
Burberry, plaid and tweed insets
Nubby European soles
Black, red and purple
Quilted or padded leather uppers

In addition to boots of every description, trendy new shoe silhouettes include the fitness-based bowling shoe or wrestling boot, dress shoes with tailored influence and Mary Jane straps. Designers are also combining unique classic styles, as in a penny moc with slingback or a pump with rocker bottom.

Influenced by the recent elegance of runway shows (and the retro comfort and multiple cultural influence of the 1970's), footwear for fall 2001 has one foot in casual and the other in high style. More prints and patterns (Pucci or Versace) in apparel trends, combined with the creative use of leather in watches and jewelry, have created a demand for classic browns, wines and tans in footwear.

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