Footwear First

5 November 2017

by Isabelle Ohnemus

Footwear First

Whether you’re a smart brogues or limited edition trainers kind of guy, we’ve got you covered with the footwear trends to know about now.

Cool colors

Photo:  ETQ. Amsterdam/ AW 17/

Try sand, as seen at Valentino and Prada, as a core color and alternative to white. Footwear comes in leathers and tactile suedes for a premium touch or cords, webbings and technical knits when a casual approach is what you’re after.

Photo:  Pitti Uomo/ Fashion Week Streets

Versace, Dior Homme and Neil Barrett presented scarlet options for AW17. Matte surfaces can tone down the shade on formal Derbys, whilst fiery red sneakers offset core black outfits and elevate your style.

Photo: Marni, BOSS, Ermenegildo Zegna, The Original Car Shoe/ AW 17/ Fashion Weeks

Deep navy has fast become a menswear staple and Fendi and Boss chose the shade for new shoes. Whether across formal, casual or active pairs, the shade is refined and a welcome alternative to black. Go for burnished leather or experiment with nylon, knit and velvet renditions.

Key items

Photo: New Look / AW17/

Heard of the sneaker-hiker? You have now. Astrid Anderson, Etro and Acne Studios chose a hybrid approach for youthful functionality. It’s all in the details with D-ring eyelets, nylon or cord laces and hook fastenings adorning styles. Performance materials are key with ultra-traction soles hinting at exploring.

Paul Smith, Represent and Vivienne Westwood championed the rock star boot. Luxurious finishes of exotic snake or croc skins, velvet and metallic-hued leather give the humble boot a makeover. 1960s Beatle boots are back with Cuban and stack heels, cut square to the toe.

Photo: adidas /

Look to Wood Wood and Topman Design for a lesson in 1990s rave runners. Sneakers remain authentic to the rave scene with bold contours and panelled segments. Say hello to mesh performance materials and colored logos too.

Photo: Ermenegildo Zegna /

The Lug Oxford, presented at Emporio Armani and Missoni, pushes the boundaries of occasionwear via extreme cleat bases. The directional counter to formal styles also has a practical use – durability and stability for the colder months. Check out punk hardware and all-new straps for a fresh direction.

Top buys

Shop On EyeFitU: PROPER DESERT BOOTS & BEATLES INSPIRED BOOTS (New York): Acne Studios, Burberry

You need desert boots. They’re smart-casual so will see you through an array of events. The adaptable men’s wardrobe staple is new for the season via a cleated outsole. The classic shape remains but in a more rugged manner.

Shop On EyeFitU: Winter Boots (London): Brunello Cucinelli

You should also stock up on the updated skate, seen everywhere from Dior Homme to Givenchy. Think leather rather than classic canvas. Extra street cred comes via exaggerated lacing or D-ring detailing.

For desk to bar via gym, get new shoes now.