Shoe Report: The Future Looks Bright

As with every season, there have been many emergent trends we’ve seen over the last week and change. There’s the double-breasted suit (especially in white or cream) that came in linen, silk, or linen and silk together. That’s not the only place linen and silk came into play — others were used as separates, to create light and breezy garments at nearly every runway show we’ve attended in Milan and Florence. Gingham check has been a prevalent pattern, showing up in multiple colors and scales, at a number of shows (from Zegna to D&G). Pants have gotten wider and the jackets have gotten looser, but, man, have shoes gotten brighter. Tom Ford (above), Tod’s, Mark McNairy, Yuketen, and Bottega Veneta all are offering richly colored shoes — mostly in suede, but in every shade and tone that a man could ever desire. Or at least want to behold. It’s not a new concept to have bright footwear in the spring, but never have we seen it championed by so many of our favorite shoemakers. Prada had them, and so did Cesare Paciotti. So, yeah, the future looks mighty bright.

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