January 27, 2023

Trendstop gives FashionUnited readers an insight into the key emerging catwalk trends shaping footwear design for the Spring/Summer 2023 season.

Footwear follows clothing and responds to key seasonal influences in very creative and unexpected ways. Metaverse inspirations bring digital aesthetics into the physical realm, while DIY and handmade elements offer the human touch of handcraft. Comfort is key for consumers, fulfilled by shoe designs with wide proportions, rounded profiles and soft materials.

Digital design IR

As with clothing, the virtual world influences the design of physical shoes. Playful styles with exaggerated, pumped-up proportions are ultra-creative and unexpected in their rendering. Molded constructions and spherical, rounded sole units inspired by the metaverse appear ready to be worn by an avatar. Soft crinkled sock-effect boots and shimmering crystal studs add to the otherworldly feel.

Rounded bumper sole

Exaggerated shapes are being recreated into more commercially viable styles based on consumer desires for comfort. Wide bumper styles with firm, molded wedges or flat soles are more wearable than high heels, are gently rounded and come with an integrated footbed for maximum comfort. Buttery quilted leather, semi-translucent rubbers and matte finishes give an increased sense of protection and softness.

Upcycled footwear

The trend for upcycled construction translates to shoes with designs made from pre-existing recycled pieces, dead stock of waste components, and found objects or materials. Midsoles are mixed and matched into sandwich layers, lace trims and duct tape become straps, and Velcro and laces of various designs are used to create new fastening techniques. Hand-drawn graphics on soles add to the creatively crafted DIY aesthetic.

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Trendstop.com is one of the world’s leading trend forecasting agencies for fashion and creative professionals, known for its insightful trend analysis and forecasting. Clients include H&M, Primark, Forever 21, Zalando, Geox, Evisu, Hugo Boss, L’OrĂ©al and MTV.

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