Although the SS15 runway shows happened back in September I thought it would be worth a little refresher of those trends to be on the lookout for seeing as Spring is round the corner.
The below are four examples of trends that offer some potential for minimalist shoe styles, however, the examples are certainly not barefoot! For a truly minimalist shoe you need something that offers a flat heel, wide toe box, thin and flexible sole and a well-attached upper. So here’s to hoping that some of the barefoot shoe brands pick up on these trends in their designs.
1. Gladiator Sandals
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A design that lends itself to a flat, thin heel and well-attached upper. Valentino (above), Michael Kors, Chloe and Erdem were just a few of the brands that included iterations of a gladiator sandal in their SS15 runway shows.
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A popular design detail from Milan Fashion Week, Alberta Ferreti, Proenza Schouler and Etro (above) all included fringes in their designs. Moccasins provide a great option for incorporating this trend into a barefoot style, (see the Minnetonka Tramper review here).
3. Ankle straps
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The use of ankle straps by Chanel (above) and Lanvin offer potential to help ensure shoes are well-attached (with no toe gripping required), especially on styles that can typically be inclined to slip.
4. Colour blocking
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Just because you wear minimalist shoes doesn’t mean you have to go minimalist on colour. Fingers crossed this is picked up by some of the brands on the list.