February 13, 2017
The latest trend at FFANY proved that Kanye West isn’t the only West worthy of attention in the footwear industry. Spurred by the long-awaited return of fashion denim and the high-end Western get-ups designers like Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui and Rodarte featured in their recent runway shows, exhibitors at FFANY spotlighted boots and shoes with twangs of classic cowboy style.
The Western trend for Fall ’17 runs the gamut, from booties on cowboy boot lasts and traditional stitching, to harness details, antique studs and distressed nail heads.
Restricted and Eric Michaels took a youthful approach to the trend with boots emblazoned with star motifs, while other labels dabbled with crystals and rhinestones for a glam cowgirl vibe.
For consumers with more subdued tastes, brands incorporated handcrafted details like leather braiding, cord and fringe. Suede in shades of camel, gray and olive green softened the traditional look.
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Retailers – it’s time to make appointments! Check out the fabulous roster of member brands participating in the upcoming New York Shoe Expo at the NY Hilton Midtown, February 6-8, and market week, February 5-9. Many NY showrooms are open all week: Monday – Friday. You can also utilize the FFANY App to download the show directory on your iPhone or iPad, available free at the App store, search keyword FFANY.
Looking to gain knowledge and skills in the world of shoemaking? FFANY is proud to partner with the experts at Arsutoria School to bring the 5-day course “The Art of Shoemaking” to Los Angeles from March 12-16. A big thank you to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, who is offering a full scholarship ($2,500 value) to footwear industry employees looking to advance their careers through education – learn more.