MOUNT VERNON — Bright colors for kids, comfort for men and feminine details for women are what’s fashionable in footwear this spring.
Color is probably the biggest word in shoes this spring, said Norita Hissong, manager of Shoe Sensations.
“Especially for kids, it’s color, color, color,” she said. “For men, comfort is in, as usual, but color is no stranger to men now. We have some reds and some greens, just a little more color for men than typically. Even men’s and ladies’ athletic shoes come in colors or have color accents.”
For women, Hissong said, coral is really huge and so is beige.
“Beige is a great neutral color that can be worn all the way through the summer,” she said. “People are substituting beige for black and wearing it even with their darker-colored outfits or their black outfits, and having a completely neutral look on their foot rather than having black shoes and black dress. For more casual wear, the beiges are in with a lot of sparkle. Stripes and patterns are in, too. ”
Hissong said there is a good variety of new styles this year, with a focus on lightweight and flexible footwear. Flip flops are a perennial favorite, but this year’s are soft flip flops with a tea-height cork heel, thong toe and bright colors. Super high heels are also in, she said.
“Straps are back and wedges are really in,” Hissong continued. “We have a lot of wedge styles — everything from a really low wedge to a really high wedge. You can’t go wrong with a wedge this spring. Wedges are also big in girls’ shoes, and more feminine details such as frills and ruffles are the trend for both women’s and girls’ shoes.”
The fisherman’s sandal with closed toes has been a popular item with men and boys, and boat shoes are big this season, too.
“That’s been a trend for men and women,” said Hissong. “The boat shoes come in neutral colors as usual, but also in brighter shades, like pink.”
As far as accessories go, one “really hot” item is the canoe sock which covers one’s foot but not one’s ankle.
“They hide inside the shoes so you don’t get tan lines for summer,” Hissong said.
Another fashion accessory for women that’s in this year is the bohemian hand bag. The bags are larger than those in recent years, with a longer strap. They come in earthy and neutral colors, but are also available in bohemian ’60s-retro patterns.