Brogues, Blocks, Dots, Flats—What’s afoot in 2015?
As the runways get dizzy with happy fashion and dynamic mixes of colour and pattern, ‘fun’ is one little word that captures the shoe trends in 2015, Kshamata Kapoor, Trend Analyst at Clarks, India tells
Walk like a man
From the shape to the detailing, there’s no denying the masculine influence behind these shoes. But then again, coated in a shade of baby pink, accented with grosgrain ribbon or re-cast as a slimmer, more elegant version of its macho counterpart, footwear is walking the fine line of androgyny.
From polka dots and florals to vintage colours, block heels and demi-wedges, it’s time to take a step back into the 70s. Or so say the trend experts. So whether you go dotty, bow-style knotty or pick a pastel hue that’s just right for you, you’ll be in fashionable company.
Sporty influences have been around for seasons now. The sporty look has evolved beyond trainers to styles that are sleek, super modern and classy enough to wear to a ‘by invitation only’ uber-luxe event. Have you found that sporty pair that you’d dare to wear to a formal dinner yet?
Premium leathers are likely to be widely used—both inside and outside shoes—as they feel as good as they look. Soft aniline leathers that retain the hide’s natural ‘grain’—visible pores, scars, texture…—will also be popular, particularly for shoes high on detail. Have you found the perfect skin to slip your feet in yet?
Khaki, camouflage prints with buttons, buckles and epaulettes are sure to make it big this year. Ice-cream shades and dusty-looking light pinks are also big runway favourites. Spots and florals in various hues are likely to add colour to the shoescape as brogues and flats in shades such as in burgundy, black, cream and pink continue to gain popularity in the Indian market. With the wide spectrum of colour on display, it’s highly likely that you’ll find something to suit your mood.
Back to Blocks
Offering more stability at great heights than just about any other shoe design, block heels are back and how! What’s more, their versatility—you can wear them to work and then proceed to a night out—makes them worth their weight. Do note: Blocks may be back, but they haven’t edged the wedges out yet.
As the colour vocabulary expands and the detailing rises to new levels, you can trust your flat forms to keep you in vogue. We’re told, “The cool girl mismatch of nerdy sandal and chunky, high-tech sole for work or play—is a knockout look”.